Phillip I. Tarr, M.D.

Co-Leader, Pathobiology Research Unit, Department of Pediatrics Director, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Melvin E. Carnahan Professor of Pediatrics Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Infectious Diseases


phone: (314) 454-6173


  • B.A., Brown University, 1975
  • M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, 1980


  • Intern/Resident, University of Washington School of Medicine/Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center, 1980 - 1983
  • Senior Fellow, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1983 - 1986
  • Fellow, University of Washington School of Medicine and Children's Hospital and Medical Center , 1988 - 1989

Licensure and Board Certification

  • American Board of Pediatrics, 1984
  • State of Missouri, , 2012
  • GI, 2012
  • BCS, 2012


  • American Gastroenterological Association/Blackwell Scientific Research Scholar Award, 1992 - 1995
  • Food and Drug Administration Commissioner's Special Citation, 1997 - 1997
  • Melvin E. Carnahan Professor of Pediatrics, Endowed Chair, 2004

Recent Publications view all (126)

PEDIATRICS Co-Authors Phillip I. Tarr, M.D.

Pediatrics has a long tradition of collaboration across the department. The faculty above have co-authored publications with Phillip I. Tarr, M.D.
1. Carl MA, Ndao MI, Springman AC, Shannon DM, Johnson JR, Johnston BD, Burnham CD, Weinstock ES, Weinstock GM, Wylie T, Mitreva M, Abubucker S, Zhou Y, Stevens H, Hall-Moore C, Julian S, Shaikh N, Warner BB, Tarr PI. (2014). Sepsis from the Gut: The Enteric Habitat of Bacteria that Cause Late-onset Neonatal Bloodstream Infections. In Press. Clinical Infectious Diseases

2. Gurnee, E. A., Ndao, I. M., McGhee, J. E., Warner, B. B., Tarr, P. I., Fritz, S. A., Burnham, C. A. (2014). Fecal Carriage of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus in Healthy Children. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy, 58 (2), 1261-2 PubMed: 24277049.

3. Bielaszewska, M., Schiller, R., Lammers, L., Bauwens, A., Fruth, A., Middendorf, B., Schmidt, M. A., Tarr, P. I., Dobrindt, U., Karch, H., Mellmann, A. (2014). Heteropathogenic virulence and phylogeny reveal phased pathogenic metamorphosis in Escherichia coli O2:H6. EMBO molecular medicine PubMed: 24413188.

4. Sanjar, F., Hazen, T. H., Shah, S. M., Koenig, S. S., Agrawal, S., Daugherty, S., Sadzewicz, L., Tallon, L. J., Mammel, M. K., Feng, P., Soderlund, R., Tarr, P. I., Debroy, C., Dudley, E. G., Cebula, T. A., Ravel, J., Fraser, C. M., Rasko, D. A., Eppinger, M. (2014). Genome Sequence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 Strain 2886-75, Associated with the First Reported Case of Human Infection in the United States. Genome announcements, 2 (1), PMCID: PMC3886948 PubMed: 24407635.

5. Turabelidze, G., Lawrence, S. J., Gao, H., Sodergren, E., Weinstock, G. M., Abubucker, S., Wylie, T., Mitreva, M., Shaikh, N., Gautom, R., Tarr, P. I. (2013). Precise dissection of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak by single nucleotide polymorphism analysis. Journal of clinical microbiology, 51 (12), 3950-4. PMCID: PMC3838074 PubMed: 24048526.

6. El Feghaly, R. E., Stauber, J. L., Tarr, P. I., Haslam, D. B. (2013). Viral co-infections are common and are associated with higher bacterial burden in children with clostridium difficile infection. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, 57 (6), 813-6 PubMed: 23838821.

7. El Feghaly, R. E., Stauber, J. L., Tarr, P. I., Haslam, D. B. (2013). Intestinal inflammatory biomarkers and outcome in pediatric Clostridium difficile infections. The Journal of pediatrics, 163 (6), 1697-1704.e2 PubMed: 24011765.

8. Schnadower, D., Tarr, P. I., Gorelick, M. H., O'Connell, K., Roskind, C. G., Powell, E. C., Rao, J., Bhatt, S., Freedman, S. B. (2013). Validation of the modified Vesikari score in children with gastroenteritis in 5 US emergency departments. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, 57 (4), 514-9. PMCID: PMC3788842 PubMed: 23676445.

9. Page, A. V., Tarr, P. I., Watkins, S. L., Rajwans, N., Petruzziello-Pellegrini, T. N., Marsden, P. A., Kain, K. C., Liles, W. C. (2013). Dysregulation of Angiopoietin 1 and 2 in Escherichia coli O157:H7 Infection and the Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome. The Journal of infectious diseases, 208 (6), 929-33. PMCID: PMC3749007 PubMed: 23801605.

10. Davis, T. K., McKee, R., Schnadower, D., Tarr, P. I. (2013). Treatment of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Infections. Infectious disease clinics of North America, 27 (3), 577-97 PubMed: 24011831.


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