• Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
  • Advisor, International Rescue Committee
  • Pediatric Advisor, WA State Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance

Seattle, WA
United States

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Dr. Pak-Gorstein is Associate Professor in the Depts of Pediatrics & Global Health (adjunct). She serves on the Steering Committee for the Academic Pediatrics Association's GH Special Interest Group, the Washington State Refugee Health Promotions Program, the New Arrivals Working Group of King County, & Pediatric Academic Societies Planning Committee for the Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health. She co-chairs the American Academy of Pediatric Telehealth Workgroup in Health Equities, and serves on the AAP Council on Immigrant Child/Family Health. Her scholarly interests in health equities focus on refugee child health, nutrition, & medical education.

She co-directs Resident Education & Advocacy in Child Health(REACH) program at Seattle Children’s Hospital which she co-founded in partnership with Univ of Nairobi (2009). She is course instructor for UW public-GH major core course. She attends at Harborview Pediatric Clinic serving immigrant/refugee children, supporting food security, housing stability, & child development. She has worked in program monitoring/evaluation, nutrition surveillance, & national surveys in Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, & India since 1998.

  • PhD (University of Michigan)
  • MD (Michigan State University)
  • MPH (University of Michigan)
  • BS (Smith College)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Nepali
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Community-Based Primary Health Care
  • Digital Media
  • Distance Learning
  • Education and Training
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Interventions
  • Health Outcomes
  • Health Policy
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Health Promotion
  • Homelessness
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • Nutrition
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Telemedicine

Pak-Gorstein S, Frintner MP, O’Callahan C, Spector J, St Clair N, Howard C, Anspacher M. Global Health Education for Pediatric Residents: Trends, Training Experiences, and Career Choices. Pediatrics 2019 Jan; 143(1): e20181559. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-1559. PMID: 30573662

Pak-Gorstein S and Batra M, Johnston B, Grow M, Grant A, Shugerman R, Lago S, Stapleton B, McPhillips H. Training Pediatricians to Address Health Disparities: An Innovative Residency Track Combining Global Health with Community Pediatrics and Advocacy. Academic Medicine 2018 Sep;93(9):1315-1320. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002304. PMID: 29847326

Dawson-Hahn, E., Koceja, L., Stein, E. Farmer B, Grow HM, Saelens B, Mendoza J, Pak-Gorstein S. Perspectives of Caregivers on the Effects of Migration on the Nutrition, Health and Physical Activity of their Young Children: A Qualitative Study with Immigrant and Refugee Families. J Immigrant Minority Health 2019; doi: 10.1007/s10903-019-00905-6

Steenhoff A, Crouse HL, Lukolyo H, Larson C, Howard C, Mazhani L, Pak-Gorstein S, Niecierenko M, Musoke PH, Marshall R, Soto M, Butteris S, Batra M for the American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Taskforce. State of the Art Review: Partnerships for Global Child Health. Pediatrics 2017 Oct; 140(4): e2016-382. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-3823 PMID: 28931576

Kounnavong S, Pak-Gorstein S, Akkhavong K, Palaniappan U, BerdagaV, Conkle J, Gorstein J. Key Determinants of Optimal Breastfeeding Practices in Laos. Food and Nut Sciences, 2013 April 4(10A): 61-70.