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

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine
Researcher, Patient Oriented Research Unit
Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine

phone: (314) 454-2694


  • BS, University of Puerto Rico1997
  • MD, 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

  • 2004 - PresMO, Medical License
  • 2006 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • 2012 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology

Honors and Awards

  • 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
  • Advocate for Lung Health, American Thoracic Society, Washington, DC2017

Selected Publications view all (19)

Publication Co-Authors

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 
Parents preferred pediatric asthma outcomes and their perspectives regarding treatment guidelines. 2015 (In Preparation) 2015. 
Parents willingness, readiness and use of early signs to initiate treatment of an asthma exacerbation. 2015 (In Preparation) 2015. 
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. 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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