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Phillip I. Tarr, MD

Current Position
Melvin E. Carnahan Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Division of Gastroenterolgy and Nutrition

Specialty Areas
Pediatric Gastroenterology

Patients Seen At
St. Louis Children's Hosptial
One Children's Place, Suite C, 2nd Floor
St. Louis, MO  63110
Fax:   314-454-2412
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8208
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Gastrointestinal diseases, e coli, infectious diseases, nutrition, food safety

Board Certification
Pediatrics -- Certified
Pediatric Gastroenterology -- Certified

Medical Education
A.B.: Biology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1975
Medical Degree: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, 1980
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine/Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, 1983
Senior Fellow: Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, 1986
Research Associate: Seattle Biomedical Intitute, Seattle, Washington, 1987
Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Washington School of Medicine and Children's Hosptial and Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, 1989
Hospital Affiliations
St. Louis Children's Hosptial

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2005-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Editorial Responsibilities

Editorial Boards
1997-Pres Emerging Infectious Diseases
2006-Pres Journal of Infectious Diseases
2006-Pres Zoonoses and Public Health

Selected or Recent Journal Articles

Feghaly RE, Stauber JL, Tarr PI, Haslam DB. Viral Co-infections are Common and are Associated with Higher Bacterial Burden in Children with C. difficile Infection. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Jul 5. [Epub ahead of print]

El Feghaly RE, Stauber JL, Deych E, Gonzalez C, Tarr PI, Haslam DB. Markers of intestinal inflammation, not bacterial burden, correlate with clinical outcomes in Clostridium difficile infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Jun;56(12):1713-21.

Schnadower D, Tarr PI, Gorelick MH, O'Connell K, Roskind CG, Powell EC, Rao J, Bhatt S, Freedman SB. Validation of the Modified Vesikari Score in Children with Gastroenteritis in 5 U.S. Emergency Departments. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 May 14. [Epub ahead of print]

Zhou Y, Gao H, Mihindukulasuriya KA, La Rosa PS, Wylie KM, Vishnivetskaya T, Podar M, Warner B, Tarr PI, Nelson DE, Fortenberry JD, Holland MJ, Burr SE, Shannon WD, Sodergren E, Weinstock GM. Biogeography of the ecosystems of the healthy human body. Genome Biol. 2013 Jan 14;14(1):R1. [Epub ahead of print]

Saito JM, Yan Y, Evashwick TW, Warner BW, Tarr PI. Use and accuracy of diagnostic imaging by hospital type in pediatric appendicitis. Pediatrics. 2013 Jan;131(1):e37-44.

Agapova S, Stephenson K, Manary M, Weisz A, Tarr PI, Mkakosya R, Maleta K, Shulman RJ, Manary M, Shaikh N. Detection of low-concentration host mRNA transcripts in Malawian children at risk for environmental enteropathy. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Jan;56(1):66-71.

Denno DM, Shaikh N, Stapp JR, Qin X, Hutter CM, Hoffman V, Mooney JC, Wood KM, Stevens HJ, Jones R, Tarr PI, Klein EJ. Diarrhea etiology in a pediatric emergency department: a case control study. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Oct;55(7):897-904.

Hickey CA, Beattie TJ, Cowieson J, Miyashita Y, Strife CF, Frem JC, Peterson JM, Butani L, Jones DP, Havens PL, Patel HP, Wong CS, Andreoli SP, Rothbaum RJ, Beck AM, Tarr PI. Early volume expansion during diarrhea and relative nephroprotection during subsequent hemolytic uremic syndrome. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Oct;165(10):884-9.

González-Rivera R, Culverhouse RC, Hamvas A, Tarr PI, Warner BB. The age of necrotizing enterocolitis onset: an application of Sartwell's incubation period model. J Perinatol. 2011 Aug;31(8):519-23.

Leopold SR, Sawyer SA, Whittam TS, Tarr PI. Obscured phylogeny and possible recombinational dormancy in Escherichia coli. BMC Evol Biol. 2011 Jun 27;11:183.

Bucher BT, McDuffie LA, Shaikh N, Tarr PI, Warner BB, Hamvas A, White FV, Erwin CR, Warner BW. Bacterial DNA content in the intestinal wall from infants with necrotizing enterocolitis. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Jun;46(6):1029-33.

Dubberke ER, Haslam DB, Lanzas C, Bobo LD, Burnham CA, Gröhn YT, Tarr PI. The ecology and pathobiology of Clostridium difficile infections: an interdisciplinary challenge. Zoonoses Public Health. 2011 Feb;58(1):4-20.

Leopold SR, Shaikh N, Tarr PI. Further evidence of constrained radiation in the evolution of pathogenic Escherichia coli O157:H7. Infect Genet Evol. 2010 Dec;10(8):1282-5.

Bennett WE Jr, González-Rivera R, Puente BN, Shaikh N, Stevens HJ, Mooney JC, Klein EJ, Denno DM, Draghi A II, Sylvester FA, Tarr PI. Proinflammatory fecal mRNA and childhood bacterial enteric infections. Gut Microbes. 2010 Jul;1(4):209-212. Epub 2010 Jul 13.

Ahn CK, Russo AJ, Howell KR, Holt NJ, Sellenriek PL, Rothbaum RJ, Beck AM, Luebbering LJ, Tarr PI. Deer sausage: a newly identified vehicle of transmission of Escherichia coli O157:H7. J Pediatr. 2009 Oct;155(4):587-9

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. Phillip I. Tarr.

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