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 (133)

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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), e01120-13. PMCID: PMC3886948.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.


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