• Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
  • Advisor, International Rescue Committee

Seattle, WA
United States

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Dr. Pak-Gorstein is Associate Professor in the Dept of Pediatrics & Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept of Global Health. She co-chairs the Nutrition Think Tank of the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Academic Pediatrics Association's GH Special Interest Group, the Washington State Refugee Health Coalition, the New Arrivals Working Group of King County, & the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Planning Committee for the Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health. Her scholarly interests include medical education, global malnutrition, & refugee child health.

She co-directs Resident Education & Advocacy in Child Health(REACH) program at Seattle Children’s Hospital which she co-founded in partnership with Univ of Nairobi (2009). She is course instructor for UW public-GH major core course (SPH380). She attends at Harborview Pediatric Clinic serving immigrant/refugee children, supporting food security, health screening & child development. She has worked in program monitoring & evaluation, nutrition surveillance systems, & national surveys in Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, & India since 1998.

  • PhD (University of Michigan)
  • MD (Michigan State University)
  • MPH (University of Michigan)
  • BS (Smith College)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Nepali
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Distance Learning
  • Education and Training
  • Health Disparities
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition, Clean Water, and Food Security
  • Obesity
  • Social Determinants of Health

Pak-Gorstein S, Frintner MP, O’Callahan C, Spector J, St Clair N, Howard C, Anspacher M. Global Health Education for Pediatric Residents: Trends, Training Experiences, and Career Choices. Pediatrics 2019 Jan; 143(1): e20181559. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-1559. PMID: 30573662

Pak-Gorstein S and Batra M, Johnston B, Grow M, Grant A, Shugerman R, Lago S, Stapleton B, McPhillips H. Training Pediatricians to Address Health Disparities: An Innovative Residency Track Combining Global Health with Community Pediatrics and Advocacy. Academic Medicine 2018 Sep;93(9):1315-1320. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002304. PMID: 29847326

Dawson-Hahn, E., Koceja, L., Stein, E. Farmer B, Grow HM, Saelens B, Mendoza J, Pak-Gorstein S. Perspectives of Caregivers on the Effects of Migration on the Nutrition, Health and Physical Activity of their Young Children: A Qualitative Study with Immigrant and Refugee Families. J Immigrant Minority Health 2019; doi: 10.1007/s10903-019-00905-6

Steenhoff A, Crouse HL, Lukolyo H, Larson C, Howard C, Mazhani L, Pak-Gorstein S, Niecierenko M, Musoke PH, Marshall R, Soto M, Butteris S, Batra M for the American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Taskforce. State of the Art Review: Partnerships for Global Child Health. Pediatrics 2017 Oct; 140(4): e2016-382. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-3823 PMID: 28931576

Kounnavong S, Pak-Gorstein S, Akkhavong K, Palaniappan U, BerdagaV, Conkle J, Gorstein J. Key Determinants of Optimal Breastfeeding Practices in Laos. Food and Nut Sciences, 2013 April 4(10A): 61-70.