Katie Plax, M.D.  plax_k@kids.wustl.edu

Ferring Family Chair
Division Director, Adolescent Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
Patient Oriented Research UnitAdolescent MedicinePediatrics

phone: (314) 454-6005

Education

  • B.A., Brown University1989
  • M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1996
  • M.D., Boston Children's Hospital1997
  • M.D., St. Louis Children's Hospital1999

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 1999
  • American Board of Pediatrics1999
  • American Board of Pediatrics2006
  • American Board of Pediatrics2013

Honors

  • Outstanding Resident Award, St Louis Children's Hospital, an award presented by the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics1999
  • Recognized by the women Legislators of Missouri in a salute to Women Doctors and Health Care Administrators2000
  • The Ashley Award, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, an award for children's advocacy2002
  • The Community Advocate Award, The St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Association of Social Welfare2004
  • Excellence in Pediatrics Award, St Louis Pediatric Society2005
  • Resident Teaching Award-Outstanding Teacher Award, General Pediatric Medicine2006
  • Best Doctors, St. Louis Magazine2007 - Pres
  • Progressive Youth Connection Health Award 20072007
  • WUSM Distinguished Faculty Award for Community Service2008
  • Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award, Washington University2010
  • Health Care Hero Award, St Louis Business Journal2010
  • Lighting the Way Award, St Louis for Kids2010
  • Pioneer Award, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse - St. Louis2010
  • AAP Promising Practices Award for Promoting Adolescents' Strengths2011
  • Community Superhero Award, Voices for Children2011
  • What's Right with the Region - Demonstrating Innovative Solutions2013
  • Missouri Foundation for Health Corinne Walentik Award2014
  • Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Midwest Chapter Award2014
  • Missouri Foundation for Health Corinne Walentik MD Award2014

Recent Publications view all (8)


  1. Plax K, Donnelly J, Federico SG, Brock L, Kaczorowski JM. An Essential Role for Pediatricians: Becoming Child Poverty Change Agents for a Lifetime. Acad Pediatr. 2016;16(3 Suppl):S147-54. PMID:27044693  
  2. K Plax, J Garbutt, G Kaushik. HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Among High-Risk Youths: Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens (SPOT) Youth Center 2015;e1(-):e5. 
  3. S Garwood, K Plax, L Gerasi, M Jonson-Reid. More than Poverty: The Effect of Child Abuse and Neglect on Teen Pregnancy Risk. 2015. 
  4. L Baker, R Paul, J Heaps, E Westerhaus, J Chang, S Williams, M Brier, K Plax, B Ances. Impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus on Neurocognition and Risky Behaviors in Young Adults Journal of Neurovirology. 2014. 
  5. F Ahmad, K Plax, K Collins, D Jeffe, K Schechtman, J Garbutt, D Doerhoff, D Jaffe. Computerized Self-Interviews Improve Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Testing Among Youth in the Emergency Department 2014. PMID:Annals of Emergency Medicine  
  6. Kaushik G, Plax KL, Constantino JN, Lewis L, Mamah D. Mental health care utilization at a free drop-in youth center in St. Louis, Missouri. Mo Med. 2012;109(6):475-81. PMID:23362652  
  7. Plax K, Seifert RW. Medical debt, health care access, and professional responsibility. Virtual Mentor. 2006;8(3):166-9. doi:10.1001/virtualmentor.2006.8.3.msoc1-0603  PMID:23232350  
  8. L. Sanders, T. Robinson, L. Forster, K. Plax, J. Brosco, A Brito. From Bedside to Neighborhood: A Pediatrician's Tool Box for Evidence-based Community Projects. Pediatrics. 2005;115:1142-7.