Katherine A. Poehling, M.D., M.P.H.

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Katherine A. Poehling, M.D., M.P.H.

Katherine A. Poehling, M.D., M.P.H.

Chair, Pediatrics

Professor, Pediatrics

Office of Women in Medicine and Science

Epidemiology & Prevention

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  • Society of Pediatric Research

  • Am Academy Of Pediatrics

  • Academic Pediatric Assoc

  • Infectious Disease Soc of Amer

  • NPI: 1669569794

Clinical Interests

  • General Pediatrics

Education & Training

  • B.A.

    1990 - Vanderbilt University

  • M.D.

    1995 - Wake Forest University

  • M.P.H.

    2001 - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics Pediatrics


Research Contact Information

Research Interests

  • Influenza, Human, Influenza Vaccines, Hospitalization, Infant, Pneumococcal Infections

Recent Publications

  • 2015-2016 vaccine effectiveness of live attenuated and inactivated influenza vaccines in children in the United States Poehling KA, Caspard H, Peters TR, Belongia EA, Congeni B, Gaglani M, Griffin MR, Irving SA, Kavathekar PK, McLean HQ, Naleway AL, Ryan K, Talbot HK, Ambrose CS.. Clin Infect Dis. 2018;66(5):665-672.
  • Enhancing resident education and optimizing care for children with special health care needs in resident continuity clinic Linton JM, Reichard E, Peters A, Albertini LW, Miller-Fitzwater A, Poehling K.. Acad Pediatr. 2018;18(4):366-369.
  • Is weight associated with severity of acute respiratory illness? Halvorson EE, Peters TR, Skelton JA, Suerken C, Snively BM, Poehling KA.. Int J Obes (Lond). 2018;():.
  • Effectiveness of live attenuated influenza vaccine and inactivated influenza vaccine in children during the 2014-2015 season McLean HQ, Caspard H, Griffin MR, Poehling KA, Gaglani M, Belongia EA, Talbot HK, Peters TR, Murthy K, Ambrose CS.. Vaccine. 2017;35(20):2685-2693.
  • Effectiveness of live attenuated influenza vaccine and inactivated influenza vaccine in children 2-17 years of age in 2013-2014 in the United States Caspard H, Gaglani M, Clipper L, Belongia EA, McLean HQ, Griffin MR, Talbot HK, Poehling KA, Peters TR, Veney N, Ambrose CS.. Vaccine. 2016;34(1):77-82.
  • Estimating the burden of pandemic infectious disease: the case of the second wave of pandemic influenza H1N1 in Forsyth County, North Carolina Peters TR, Snively BM, Suerken CK, Bischoff W, Vannoy L, Blakeney E, Bischoff T, Palavecino E, Sherertz R, Poehling KA.. N C Med J. 2016;77(1):15-22.
  • A population based study of uptake of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine in cancer survivors [abstract] Castellino S, Pleasant K, Poehling K, Tooze J.. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016;63(Suppl 1):S54.
  • Influenza-related hospitalization and ED visits in children less than 5 years: 2000-2011 Jules A, Grijalva CG, Zhu Y, Talbot HK, Williams JV, Poehling KA, Chaves SS, Edwards KM, Schaffner W, Shay DK, Griffin MR.. Pediatrics. 2015;135(1):e66-e74.
  • Multi-scale modeling for the transmission of influenza and the evaluation of interventions toward it Guo D, Li KC, Peters TR, Snively BM, Poehling KA, Zhou X.. Sci Rep. 2015;5():8980.
  • Predictors of influenza diagnosis among patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza Miller MR, Peters TR, Suerken CK, Snively BM, Poehling KA.. J Infect Dis. 2015;212(10):1604-1612.
  • Otopathogens detected in middle ear fluid obtained during tympanostomy tube insertion: contrasting purulent and non-purulent effusions Holder RC, Kirse DJ, Evans AK, Whigham AS, Peters TR, Poehling KA, Swords WE, Reid SD.. PLoS One. 2015;10(6):e0128606.
  • School-located influenza vaccination: can collaborative efforts go the distance?[commentary] Humiston SG, Poehling KA, Szilagyi PG.. Acad Pediatr. 2014;14(3):219-220.
  • Influenza vaccine in the red zone defense: a game-day player [editorial commentary] Peters TR, Poehling KA.. J Infect Dis. 2014;210(5):671-673.
  • Relative timing of influenza disease by age group Peters TR, Snively BM, Suerken CK, Blakeney E, Vannoy L, Poehling KA.. Vaccine. 2014;32(48):6451-6456.
  • Evaluation of the limit of detection of the BD Veritor system flu A+B test and two rapid influenza detection tests for influenza virus Peters TR, Blakeney E, Vannoy L, Poehling KA.. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2013;75(2):200-202.
  • The burden of influenza in young children, 2004-2009 Poehling KA, Edwards KM, Griffin MR, Szilagyi PG, Staat MA, Iwane MK, Snively BM, Suerken CK, Hall CB, Weinberg GA, Chaves SS, Zhu Y, McNeal MM, Bridges CB.. Pediatrics. 2013;131(2):207-216.
  • Disparities between black and white children in hospitalizations associated with acute respiratory illness and laboratory-confirmed influenza and respiratory syncytial virus in 3 US counties--2002-2009 Iwane MK, Chaves SS, Szilagyi PG, Edwards KM, Hall CB, Staat MA, Brown CJ, Griffin MR, Weinberg GA, Poehling KA, Prill MM, Williams JV, Bridges CB.. Am J Epidemiol. 2013;177(7):656-665.
  • Isolated head injury is a cause of shock in pediatric trauma patients Gardner A, Poehling KA, Miller CD, Tooze JA, Petty J.. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2013;29(8):879-883.
  • Respiratory syncytial virus-associated hospitalizations among children less than 24 months of age Hall CB, Weinberg GA, Blumkin AK, Edwards KM, Staat MA, Schultz AF, Poehling KA, Szilagyi PG, Griffin MR, Williams JV, Zhu Y, Grijalva CG, Prill MM, Iwane MK.. Pediatrics. 2013;132(2):e341-e348.
  • Verifying influenza and pneumococcal immunization status of children in 2009-2010 from primary care practice records and from the North Carolina Immunization Registry Poehling KA, Vannoy L, Peters TR.. N C Med J. 2013;74(3):185-191.
  • Influenza testing, diagnosis, and treatment in the emergency department in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Peters TR, Suerken CK, Snively BM, Winslow JE, Nadkarni MD, Kribbs SB, Poehling KA.. Acad Emerg Med. 2013;20(8):786-794.
  • Assessment of parental report for 2009-2010 seasonal and monovalent H1N1 influenza vaccines among children in the emergency department or hospital Poehling KA, Vannoy L, Light LS, Suerken CK, Snively BM, Guitierrez A, Peters TR.. Acad Pediatr. 2012;12(1):36-42.
  • Ethics and academic pediatrics [commentary] Szilagyi PG, Jacobson RM, Poehling KA.. Acad Pediatr. 2012;12(1):9-12.
  • Detection of group A Streptococcus in tonsils from pediatric patients reveals high rate of asymptomatic streptococcal carriage Roberts AL, Connolly KL, Kirse DJ, Evans AK, Poehling KA, Peters TR, Reid SD.. BMC Pediatr. 2012;12():3.
  • Potential impact of accelerating the primary dose of rotavirus vaccine in infants Halvorson EE, Peters TR, Snively BM, Poehling KA.. Vaccine. 2012;30(17):2738-2741.
  • Indirect, out-of-pocket and medical costs from influenza-related illness in young children Ortega-Sanchez IR, Molinari NAM, Fairbrother G, Szilagyi PG, Edwards KM, Griffin MR, Cassedy A, Poehling KA, Bridges C, Staat MA.. Vaccine. 2012;30(28):4175-4181.
  • Potential impact of parental Tdap immunization on infant pertussis hospitalizations Peters TR, Banks GC, Snively BM, Poehling KA.. Vaccine. 2012;30(37):5527-5532.
  • 2009-2010 seasonal influenza vaccination coverage among college students from 8 universities in North Carolina Poehling KA, Blocker J, Ip EH, Peters TR, Wolfson M.. J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(8):541-547.
  • One third of middle ear effusions from children undergoing tympanostomy tube placement had multiple bacterial pathogens Holder RC, Kirse DJ, Evans AK, Peters TR, Poehling KA, Swords WE, Reid SD.. BMC Pediatr. 2012;12():87.
  • Impact of maternal immunization on influenza hospitalizations in infants Poehling KA, Szilagyi PG, Staat MA, Snively BM, Payne DC, Bridges CB, Chu SY, Light LS, Prill MM, Finelli L, et al.. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011;204(6 Suppl 1):S141-S148.
  • Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome complicating influenza A infection in a young child Peters TR, Hammon DE, Jarrah RJ, Palavecino EL, Blakeney ES, Poehling KA.. ISRN Pulm. 2011;2011():art.645718.
  • The impact of missed opportunities on seasonal influenza vaccination coverage for healthy young children Allred NJ, Poehling KA, Szilagyi PG, Zhang F, Edwards KM, Staat MA, Donauer S, Prill MM, Fairbrother G.. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2011;17(6):560-564.
  • Vaccine effectiveness for laboratory-confirmed influenza in children 6-59 months of age, 2005-2007 Staat MA, Griffin MR, Donauer S, Edwards KM, Szilagyi PG, Weinberg GA, Hall CB, Prill MM, Chaves SS, Poehling KA, et al.. Vaccine. 2011;29(48):9005-9011.
  • Sickle cell trait, hemoglobin C trait, and invasive pneumococcal disease Poehling KA, Light LS, Rhodes M, Snively BM, Halasa NB, Mitchel E, Schaffner W, Craig AS, Griffin MR.. Epidemiology. 2010;21(3):340-346.
  • Failure of routine diagnostic methods to detect influenza in hospitalized older adults Talbot HK, Williams JV, Zhu Y, Poehling KA, Griffin MR, Edwards KM.. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010;31(7):683-688.
  • High costs of influenza: direct medical costs of influenza disease in young children Fairbrother G, Cassedy A, Ortega-Sanchez IR, Szilagyi PG, Edwards KM, Molinari N-A, Donauer S, Henderson D, Ambrose S, Poehling K, et al.. Vaccine. 2010;28(31):4913-4919.
  • Practice and child characteristics associated with influenza vaccine uptake in young children Poehling KA, Fairbrother G, Zhu Y, Donauer S, Ambrose S, Edwards KM, Staat MA, Prill MM, Finelli L, Allred NJ, et al.. Pediatrics. 2010;126(4):665-673.
  • The burden of respiratory syncytial virus infection in young children Hall CB, Weinberg GA, Iwane MK, Blumkin AK, Edwards KM, Staat MA, Auinger P, Griffin MR, Poehling KA, Erdman D, et al.. N Engl J Med. 2009;360(6):588-598.
  • Impact of a school-based influenza immunization program on disease burden: comparison of two Tennessee counties Poehling KA, Talbot HK, Williams JV, Zhu Y, Lott J, Patterson L, Edwards KM, Griffin MR.. Vaccine. 2009;27(20):2695-2700.
  • Potential impact of accelerating the primary dose of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in infants Stancil JM, Peters TR, Givner LB, Poehling KA.. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(5):422-425.
  • Influenza in older adults: impact of vaccination of school children Talbot HK, Poehling KA, Williams JV, Zhu Y, Chen Q, McNabb P, Edwards KM, Griffin MR.. Vaccine. 2009;27(13):1923-1927.
  • Parainfluenza virus infection of young children: estimates of the population-based burden of hospitalization Weinberg GA, Hall CB, Iwane MK, Poehling KA, Edwards KM, Griffin MR, Staat MA, Curns AT, Erdman DD, Szilagyi PG.. J Pediatr. 2009;154(5):694-699.
  • Not just for kids: new paradigms for vaccine delivery in pediatrics [commentary] Poehling KA, Szilagyi PG.. Acad Pediatr. 2009;9(5):293-294.
  • Influenza burden for children with asthma Miller EK, Griffin MR, Edwards KM, Weinberg GA, Szilagyi PG, Staat MA, Iwane MK, Zhu Y, Hall CB, Poehling KA, et al.. Pediatrics. 2008;121(1):1-8.
  • Influenza virus and acute asthma in children [reply to letter] Poehling KA, Miller EK, Weinberg GA, Hall CB, Fairbrother G.. Pediatrics. 2008;121(5):1080.
  • Influenza vaccine effectiveness among children 6 to 59 months of age during 2 influenza seasons: a case-cohort study Szilagyi PG, Fairbrother G, Griffin MR, Hornung RW, Donauer S, Morrow A, Altaye M, Zhu Y, Ambrose S, Poehling KA, et al.. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(10):943-951.
  • Vaccine effectiveness against laboratory-confirmed influenza in children 6 to 59 months of age during the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 influenza seasons Eisenberg KW, Szilagyi PG, Fairbrother G, Griffin MR, Staat M, Shone LP, Weinberg GA, Hall CB, Poehling KA, Edwards KM, et al.. Pediatrics. 2008;122(5):911-919.
  • Potential impact of acceleration of the pertussis vaccine primary series for infants Shinall MC Jr, Peters TR, Zhu Y, Chen Q, Poehling KA.. Pediatrics. 2008;122(5):1021-1026.
  • Rhinovirus-associated hospitalizations in young children Miller EK, Lu X, Erdman DD, Poehling KA, Zhu Y, Griffin MR, Hartert TV, Anderson LJ, Weinberg GA, Hall CB, et al.. J Infect Dis. 2007;195(6):773-781.
  • Reduction of frequent otitis media and pressure-equalizing tube insertions in children after introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine Poehling KA, Szilagyi PG, Grijalva CG, Martin SW, LaFleur B, Mitchel E, Barth RD, Nuorti JP, Griffin MR.. Pediatrics. 2007;119(4):707-715.

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