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Department of Pediatrics

Endocrinology Fellowship

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at The University of Washington is to train the next generation of leaders in the field. Our program is structured to emphasize both evidence-based clinical care and high-level scholarship.

Program Overview

The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship is am ACGME-accredited, three year program established in 2004. The Division of Endocrinology currently includes 17 faculty members, 7 advanced care practitioners, 15 certified diabetes educators, and dedicated nutrition and social work staff. The division provides care for children in the Puget Sound region and eastern Washington. As Seattle Children’s has a referral base from the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), children with complex disease from these regions are seen as well. This large and varied patient population is served by the division at diabetes and general endocrine clinics, or in multispecialty clinics with other subspecialties for comprehensive care of complex diseases. Division members are involved in multispecialty clinics that serve children with metabolic bone disorders, Prader Willi Syndrome, differences in sex determination, muscular dystrophy, gender nonconformity, neuro-oncology diseases, insulin resistance, Turner syndrome, or need assistance in transitioning to adult diabetes care. A team approached is used to care for the 1800+ children with Type 1 Diabetes that we serve, with multidisciplinary clinic visits that include nutrition and social work.

Pediatric endocrine fellowship includes research training, which primarily occurs in the second and third year of fellowship. One manuscript or other ‘work product’ is an ACGME-mandated requirement of fellowship completion. Fellows may conduct a project with faculty within in division, or with mentors at the University of Washington. Current research in the division involves Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis related diabetes, Diabetes insipidus, Differences in sexual differentiation, Transgender Care, Prader-Willi Syndrome, obesity, and mechanisms of hypothalamic and pituitary dysfunction after neurosurgery.

Diversity Statement

We value providing our patients with culturally sensitive care.  We seek applicants that are dedicated to providing this care and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. 

The University of Washington has pledged  to fight and dismantle systemic racism within our institutions, our policies, and our practice of medicine. We are fortunate to have a number of outstanding resources for these tasks in our community, including the University of Washington Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion , the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows , the Seattle Children's Center for Diversity and Health Equity , and Dr. Jason Deen, the Department of Pediatrics Associate Vice Chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

For Prospective Residents & Fellows

Pediatric Endocrinologists


First Year

First year is spent on clinical activities in outpatient and inpatient settings. 40 weeks in time blocks of 2 weeks are scheduled for inpatient or outpatient responsibilities. Inpatient Endocrine Primary and Endocrine consult services are separate services, staffed by different attending faculty. The fellow on service is assigned to one service and is not responsible for both the primary and consult services during the day. During outpatient blocks, the fellow is expected to attend 4-7 half day clinics/week of faculty’s patients, either general endocrine, diabetes, or multispecialty clinics. Fellow continuity clinic is started in year one. Eight weeks of research time is set aside for the fellow to meet and select a research mentor and formulate a research project. During division seminars, fellows will present cases for discussion, evaluate manuscripts for journal club, and present research ideas.  

Second Year

In the second year, fellows continue with 12 weeks of clinical work in addition to weekly continuity clinic. The majority of the time is spent in the execution of their chosen research project. Coursework to complete a higher degree such as one of the Masters programs at the University of Washington is possible and encouraged.

Third Year

In the third year, fellows complete 8 weeks of clinical work in addition to weekly continuity clinic. Scholarly work continues, with expectation that scholarly work product be presented at national meetings and/or in a manuscript submitted for publication. The third year fellow is expected to take an active/supervisory role in teaching of residents and students.


Core Training Sites

Seattle Children's Hospital & Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Springbrook

Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children's Hospital is both a community hospital for greater Seattle and the pediatric referral center for the Northwest providing excellent pediatric care to meet the medical, surgical and developmental needs of children in the WWAMI region. Serving as the main clinical training site for pediatric residents, this 420-bed hospital is conveniently located one and one-half miles from the University of Washington campus in an attractive, residential neighborhood of Seattle. The staff consists of University faculty and Seattle Children's full-time physicians, as well as private practicing physicians from the Seattle area.

Other sites include Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Harborview Medical Center, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the University of Washington Medical Center.

Division Chief

Catherine Pihoker, MD

Professor, Pediatrics

Fellowship Director

Sara A Divall, MD

Fellowship Director Associate Professor, Pediatrics


Carolina C Di Blasi, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

A. K. Helen L Dichek, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Sara A Divall, MD

Fellowship Director Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Patricia Y. Fechner, MD

Professor, Pediatrics

Juanita K Hodax, MD

Acting Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Alyssa Huang, MD

Acting Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Grace J Kim, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Ildiko H. Koves, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Lina Merjaneh, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Debika M. Nandi-Munshi, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Kathryn D. Ness, MD, MSCI

Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

Catherine Pihoker, MD

Professor, Pediatrics

Alissa Jeanne Curda Roberts, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Christian L. Roth, MD

Professor, Pediatrics

Parisa Salehi, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

David M. Werny, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Fellows and Alumni

(left to right) Angel Nip, Allison LaRoche and Arushi Verma

(left to right) Angel Nip, Allison LaRoche and Arushi Verma

Current Fellows

Jennifer Bracamontes, MD (2nd year)

  • Medical School: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Washington

Kelsey Eitel, MD (1st year)

  • Medical School: Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Residency: Indiana University



How to Apply


Our three-year fellowship seeks physicians who will have completed two to three years of training in an ACGME approved pediatric residency program or who are ECFMG certified and have completed all three steps of the USMLE.

Applications are accepted through ERAS:


The pediatric endocrinology program participates in the pediatric subspecialty fall match.

Pediatric Endocrinology Application Cycle Timeline
July 2018 Applicants begin applying to July cycle Fellowship programs
August 2018 Match opens
December 2018 Match Day
Fellowship Director

Sara A Divall, MD

Fellowship Director Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Program Coordinator
Lauren Hart - No picture available

Lauren Hart

Administrative Program Assistant

206.987.5271 (phone)
206.987.2720 (fax)

Seattle Children's
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PO Box 5371
M/S: OC.7.820
Seattle, WA 98145-5005