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

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Ferring Family Chair
Division Chief, Adolescent Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
Adolescent MedicinePediatrics



  • BA, Brown University1989
  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1996
  • MD, Boston Children's Hospital1997
  • MD, St. Louis Children's Hospital1999

Licensure and Board Certification

  • American Board of Pediatrics, 1999
  • Missouri Medical License, 1999
  • American Board of Pediatrics, 2006
  • American Board of Pediatrics, 2013


  • 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 (15)

  1. Opioids in Adolescents' Homes: Prevalence, Caregiver Attitudes and Risk Reduction Opportunities. Acad Pediatr. 2018. PMID:29981856 
  2. "Building Community Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers using Modified World Cafe' Method" jpag. 2018;18. PMID:29960076 
  3. Characteristics of youth agreeing to electronic sexually transmitted infection risk assessment in the emergency department Emerg Med J Published Online First. 2017. doi:10.1136/emermed-2016-206199  
  4. Measurement Noninvariance of Safer Sex Self-Efficacy Between Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Black Youth. J Soc Social Work Res. 2016;7(3):569-584. PMCID:PMC5014365  PMID:27617061 
  5. "Trading Sex for Money or Compensation: Prevalence and Associated Characteristics from a STI clinic sample." Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. 2016;25(9):909-920. doi:10.1080/10926771.2016.1223245  
  6. "Contraception" Curr Treat Options Peds. 2016;2:171-183. doi:10.1007/s40746-016-0053-9  
  7. "Sexually Transmitted Infections" Curr Treat Options Peds. 2016;2:156. doi:10.1007/s40746-016-0058-4  
  8. An Essential Role for Pediatricians: Becoming Child Poverty Change Agents for a Lifetime. Acad Pediatr. 2016;16(3 Suppl):S147-54. PMID:27044693 
  9. HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Among High-Risk Youths: Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens (SPOT) Youth Center 2015;e1(-):e5. 
  10. More than Poverty: The Effect of Child Abuse and Neglect on Teen Pregnancy Risk. 2015. 
  11. Computerized Self-Interviews Improve Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Testing Among Youth in the Emergency Department 2014. PMID:Annals of Emergency Medicine 
  12. Impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus on Neurocognition and Risky Behaviors in Young Adults Journal of Neurovirology. 2014. 
  13. Mental health care utilization at a free drop-in youth center in St. Louis, Missouri. Mo Med. 2012;109(6):475-81. PMID:23362652 
  14. 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 
  15. From Bedside to Neighborhood: A Pediatrician's Tool Box for Evidence-based Community Projects. Pediatrics. 2005;115:1142-7. 
Last updated: 07/27/2018
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