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
  • The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC), 2013


  • 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 (135)

1. Qin, X., Klein, E. J., Galanakis, E., Thomas, A. A., Stapp, J. R., Rich, S., Buccat, A. M., Tarr, P. I. (2015). Real-Time PCR Assay for Detection and Differentiation of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli from Clinical Samples. Journal of clinical microbiology PubMed: 25926491.

2. Kuczius, T., Zhang, W., Merkel, V., Mellmann, A., Tarr, P. I., Karch, H. (2015). Agitation Down-Regulates Immunoglobulin Binding Protein EibG Expression in Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC). PloS one, 10 (3), e0119583 PubMed: 25746924.

3. Zhou, Y., Burnham, C. A., Hink, T., Chen, L., Shaikh, N., Wollam, A., Sodergren, E., Weinstock, G. M., Tarr, P. I., Dubberke, E. R. (2014). Phenotypic and Genotypic Analysis of Clostridium difficile Isolates: a Single-Center Study. Journal of clinical microbiology, 52 (12), 4260-6 PubMed: 25275005.

4. Sommovilla, J., Zhou, Y., Sun, R. C., Choi, P. M., Diaz-Miron, J., Shaikh, N., Sodergren, E., Warner, B. B., Weinstock, G. M., Tarr, P. I., Warner, B. W. (2014). Small Bowel Resection Induces Long-Term Changes in the Enteric Microbiota of Mice. Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract PubMed: 25183407.

5. La Rosa, P. S., Warner, B. B., Zhou, Y., Weinstock, G. M., Sodergren, E., Hall-Moore, C. M., Stevens, H. J., Bennett WE, J. r., Shaikh, N., Linneman, L. A., Hoffmann, J. A., Hamvas, A., Deych, E., Shands, B. A., Shannon, W. D., Tarr, P. I. (2014). Patterned progression of bacterial populations in the premature infant gut. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (34), 12522-7 PubMed: 25114261.

6. Schindler, E. I., Sellenriek, P., Storch, G. A., Tarr, P. I., Burnham, C. A. (2014). Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli: A Single Center, 11-Year Pediatric Experience. Journal of clinical microbiology PubMed: 25078916.

7. VanDussen, K. L., Marinshaw, J. M., Shaikh, N., Miyoshi, H., Moon, C., Tarr, P. I., Ciorba, M. A., Stappenbeck, T. S. (2014). Development of an enhanced human gastrointestinal epithelial culture system to facilitate patient-based assays. Gut PubMed: 25007816.

8. Carl, M. A., Ndao, I. M., Springman, A. C., Manning, S. D., Johnson, J. R., Johnston, B. D., Burnham, C. A., Weinstock, E. S., Weinstock, G. M., Wylie, T. N., Mitreva, M., Abubucker, S., Zhou, Y., Stevens, H. J., Hall-Moore, C., Julian, S., Shaikh, N., Warner, B. B., Tarr, P. I. (2014). Sepsis from the gut: the enteric habitat of bacteria that cause late-onset neonatal bloodstream infections. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 58 (9), 1211-8 PubMed: 24647013.

9. 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, 6 (3), 347-57. PMCID: PMC3958309 PubMed: 24413188.

10. 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.


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