Suzinne pak-gorstein, MD, PhD
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Dr. Suzinne Pak-Gorstein is associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dr. Pak-Gorstein chairs the Academic Pediatrics Association's Special Interest Group in Global Health, acts as PAS liaison for the Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health (CCGCH), and active member of the American Academy’s Pediatric’s Section on International Child Health.

She is founding co-Director of the Resident Education and Advocacy in Child Health (REACH) program partnering Seattle Children’s Hospital with the University of Nairobi since 2009 in this bilateral exchange, training residents from Seattle and Nairobi to integrate population health concepts with pediatric care by carrying out community health assessments, advocacy, and stakeholder engagementShe is the co-Director of the Nutrition Think Tank for the Global Center for Integrated health of Women, Adolescents and Children (WACh-NTT), and also serves as course instructor and lecturer for UW public and global health courses. Locally, she a founding member of the Northwest Immigrant and Refugee Health Coalition that partners with representatives from service groups to advocate for immigrant and refugee health rights.


In her clinical practice, Dr. Pak-Gorstein attends at the Harborview Pediatric Clinic which serves immigrant/refugee children, from where she carries out several community collaborations to support refugee families in areas including food security, child development, health screening, and advocacy.

She has also carried out work with UNICEF and WHO in program monitoring and evaluation, nutrition surveillance systems, national surveys, and establishment of health information systems in several countries including Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, and India since 1998.


After graduating from Smith College, Massachusetts, Dr. Pak-Gorstein completed an MPH and PhD in Population Planning and International Health at the University of Michigan. After working in Nepal and Indonesia for several years she received an MD at Michigan State University and completed her pediatric training at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She speaks English, and conversational Indonesian and Nepali, as well as some French.