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 - 1987
  • Fellow, University of Washington School of Medicine and Children's Hospital and Medical Center , 1988 - 1989

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Pediatrics - ABP, 1984
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology - ABP, 1992
  • State of Missouri, , 2002
  • 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 (144)

1. Lim, E. S., Zhou, Y., Zhao, G., Bauer, I. K., Droit, L., Ndao, I. M., Warner, B. B., Tarr, P. I., Wang, D., Holtz, L. R. (2015). Early life dynamics of the human gut virome and bacterial microbiome in infants. Nature medicine PubMed: 26366711.

2. Ordiz, M. I., May, T. D., Mihindukulasuriya, K., Martin, J., Crowley, J., Tarr, P. I., Ryan, K., Mortimer, E., Gopalsamy, G., Maleta, K., Mitreva, M., Young, G., Manary, M. J. (2015). The effect of dietary resistant starch type 2 on the microbiota and markers of gut inflammation in rural Malawi children. Microbiome, 3, 37. PMCID: PMC4558878 PubMed: 26334878.

3. Freedman, S.B., Lee, B.E., Louie, M., Pang, X., Ali, S., Chuck, A., Chui, L., Currie, G.R., Dickinson, J., Drews, S.J., Eltorki, M., Graham, T., Jiang, X., Johnson, D.W., Kellner, J., Lavoie, M., MacDonald, J., MacDonald, S., Svenson, L.W., Talbot, J., Tarr, P.I., Tellier, R., and Vanderkooi, O.G. (2015). Alberta Provincial Pediatric EnTeric Infection TEam (APPETITE): epidemiology, emerging organisms, and economics. BMC Pediatrics, 15 (89), 13.

4. Julian, S., Burnham, C. A., Sellenriek, P., Shannon, W. D., Hamvas, A., Tarr, P. I., Warner, B. B. (2015). Impact of Neonatal Intensive Care Bed Configuration on Rates of Late-Onset Bacterial Sepsis and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization. Infection control and hospital epidemiology, 1-10 PubMed: 26108888.

5. VanDussen, K. L., Marinshaw, J. M., Shaikh, N., Miyoshi, H., Moon, C., Tarr, P. I., Ciorba, M. A., Stappenbeck, T. S. (2015). Development of an enhanced human gastrointestinal epithelial culture system to facilitate patient-based assays. Gut, 64 (6), 911-20. PMCID: PMC4305344 PubMed: 25007816.

6. Gurnee, E. A., Ndao, I. M., Johnson, J. R., Johnston, B. D., Gonzalez, M. D., Burnham, C. A., Hall-Moore, C. M., McGhee, J. E., Mellmann, A., Warner, B. B., Tarr, P. I. (2015). Gut colonization of healthy children and their mothers with pathogenic ciprofloxacin-resistant Escherichia coli. The Journal of infectious diseases PubMed: 25969564.

7. Maitre, N. L., Ballard, R. A., Ellenberg, J. H., Davis, S. D., Greenberg, J. M., Hamvas, A., Pryhuber, G. S., , (2015). Respiratory consequences of prematurity: evolution of a diagnosis and development of a comprehensive approach. Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association, 35 (5), 313-21. PMCID: PMC4414744 PubMed: 25811285.

8. 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.

9. Pryhuber, G. S., Maitre, N. L., Ballard, R. A., Cifelli, D., Davis, S. D., Ellenberg, J. H., Greenberg, J. M., Kemp, J., Mariani, T. J., Panitch, H., Ren, C., Shaw, P., Taussig, L. M., Hamvas, A., , (2015). Prematurity and respiratory outcomes program (PROP): study protocol of a prospective multicenter study of respiratory outcomes of preterm infants in the United States. BMC pediatrics, 15, 37. PMCID: PMC4407843 PubMed: 25886363.

10. 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.