Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric, M.D., MSCI  rivera_k@wustl.edu

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine
Medical Director, Multidisciplinary Technology Dependent Child Center, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine
Co-Director, Severe Asthma Clinic for Kids (SACK), Divison of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine
Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine

phone: (314) 454-2694

Clinical Interests

Dr. Rivera-Spoljaric is a member of the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine. She is the Medical Director of the Multidisciplinary Technology Dependent Child Clinic and also provides consultative services at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree in general sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR. She received her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, PR. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at Miami Children's Hospital and her Pulmonology fellowship at St Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO. She joined the faculty of Washington University in 2007. She is board certified in Pediatrics. She is a member of several organizations including the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Rivera’s research interests include childhood asthma and technology dependent children. She is involved with research efforts through the Childhood Asthma Research and Education (CARE) network and AsthmaNet, both multi-centered networks examining therapeutic approaches to childhood asthma.


  • B.S., University of Puerto Rico1997
  • M.D., Ponce School of Medicine2001
  • MSCI, Washington University School of Medicine2008


  • Resident, Miami Children's Hospital2001 - 2004
  • Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine2004 - 2007
  • Advanced Training in Motivational Interviewing, Berg-Smith Training and Consulting2011
  • Research Intensive in Comparative Effectiveness, Oregan Health and Schience University2011

Licensure and Board Certification

  • MO, Medical License2004
  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics2006
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology2012


  • Honor Roll and Dean's list, University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras1993 - 1997
  • Summer Research Grant, Award by Minority Biomedical Research Support1998
  • Academic Honors in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Radiology1998 - 2000
  • Clinical Distinction Award, Ponce School of Medicine2001
  • Nominated, Human in Medical Award, Ponce School of Medicine2001
  • K30 Award for Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation2006
  • American Thoracic Society Minority Trainee Travel Award2007
  • Faculty Diversity Scholar for Washington University School of Medicine2007 - 2010
  • KM1 Scholar for Comparative Effectiveness Research2011 - 2013
  • American Lung Association Clinical Patient Care Research Grant Award2013 - Pres
  • Clinical Research Award, Asian Pacific Society of Respirology2014

Recent Publications view all (15)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Kertz L, Rivera-Spoljaric K. Development and implementation of a severe asthma clinic for children. (In Preparation) 2016. 
  2. Kertz L, Rivera-Spoljaric K. Asthma related outcomes of children followed in the severe asthma clinic for kids at St Louis Children’s Hospital. (In-Preparation) 2016. 
  3. Kertz L, Rivera-Spoljaric K. Characteristics of patients in the severe asthma clinic for kids at St Louis Children’s Hospital. (In-Preparation) 2016. 
  4. Sterni LM, Collaco JM, Baker CD, Carroll JL, Sharma GD, Brozek JL, Finder JD, Ackerman VL, Arens R, Boroughs DS, Carter J, Daigle KL, Dougherty J, Gozal D, Kevill K, Kravitz RM, Kriseman T, MacLusky I, Rivera-Spoljaric K, Tori AJ, Ferkol T, Halbower AC, ATS Pediatric Chronic Home Ventilation Workgroup. An Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline: Pediatric Chronic Home Invasive Ventilation. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016;193(8):e16-35. doi:10.1164/rccm.201602-0276ST  PMID:27082538  
  5. Rivera-Spoljaric K, Strunk RC. Parents willingness, readiness and use of early signs to initiate treatment of an asthma exacerbation. 2015 (In Preparation) 2015. 
  6. Rivera-Spoljaric K, Strunk RC. Parents preferred pediatric asthma outcomes and their perspectives regarding treatment guidelines. 2015 (In Preparation) 2015. 
  7. Rivera-Spoljaric K, Halley M, Wilson SR. Shared clinician-patient decision-making about treatment of pediatric asthma: what do we know and how can we use it? Current Opinion in Allergy & Clinical Immunology. 2014;14(2):161-167. 
  8. Chuen-im P, Marwan S, Carter J, Kemp J, Rivera-Spoljaric K. Heterozygous 24-polyalanine repeats in the PHOX2B gene with different manifestations across three generations. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2014;49(2):E13-E16. doi:10.1002/ppul.22731  PMID:23460419  
  9. Beigelman A, King TS, Mauger D, Zeiger RS, Strunk RC, Kelly HW, Martinez FD, Lemanske RF Jr, Rivera-Spoljaric K, Jackson DJ, Guilbert T, Covar R, Bacharier LB, Childhood Asthma Research and Education Network of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Do oral corticosteroids reduce the severity of acute lower respiratory tract illnesses in preschool children with recurrent wheezing? J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013;131:1518-1525. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2013.01.034  PMID:23498594  
  10. Newton LP, Osei-Akosa Y, Strunk RC, Krauss M, Bacharier LB, Garbutt JM, Rivera-Spoljaric K. Nonrespiratory symptoms before loss of asthma control in children. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2013;1(3):304-6.e1-2. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2013.01.012  PMID:24565492  
  11. Chuen-im P, Smyth MD, Segura B, Ferkol T, Rivera-Spoljaric K. Recurrent pleural effusion without intrathoracic migration of ventriculoperitoneal shunt catheter: a case report. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2012;47(1):91-5. doi:10.1002/ppul.21510  PMID:22170808  
  12. Rivera-Spoljaric K, Jaenicke M, Sridhar S, Krauss MJ, Garbutt JM, Bacharier LB, Strunk RC. Caregivers report a wide variety of early signs and symptoms of impending asthma exacerbations that are not different between preschool and school-aged children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011;128(5):1109-11.e1-5. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2011.06.033  PMID:21906791  
  13. Garbutt J, Highstein G, Nelson KA, Rivera-Spoljaric K, Strunk R. Detection and home management of worsening asthma symptoms. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2009;103(6):469-73. doi:10.1016/S1081-1206(10)60262-1  PMID:20084839  
  14. Rivera-Spoljaric K, Chinchilli VM, Camera LJ, Zeiger RS, Paul IM, Phillips BR, Taussig LM, Strunk RC, Bacharier LB, Childhood Asthma Research and Education (CARE) Network. Signs and symptoms that precede wheezing in children with a pattern of moderate-to-severe intermittent wheezing. J Pediatr. 2009;154(6):877-81.e4. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2008.12.029  PMCID:PMC3086348  PMID:19324370  
  15. Rivera-Spoljaric K, and Faro A. Fibrosis quística: ¿Cuándo referir un niño para trasplante pulmonar? Neumología Pediátrica. 2007;2:84-89. 
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