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

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

phone: 314-454-2468


  • 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

  • American Board of Pediatrics1999
  • Missouri Medical License1999
  • American Board of Pediatrics2006
  • American Board of Pediatrics2013


  • 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

Selected Publications view all (7)

  1. 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. 
  2. S Garwood, K Plax, L Gerasi, M Jonson-Reid. More than Poverty: The Effect of Child Abuse and Neglect on Teen Pregnancy Risk. 2015. 
  3. 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  
  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. 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  
  6. 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  
  7. 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.