Katherine Irene Watson, DO, FAAP

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Watson serves as the Co-Program Director of the pediatric residency training program at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and leads the pediatric primary care education programs for the residents. She has been excited to lead projects to increase primary care education and community health in the residency training program including an innovative curriculum for first year pediatric residents focusing on social determinants of health, impacts on child health and community engagement. Dr. Watson is also a practicing general pediatrician in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics (GAP) at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. As an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Watson is a strong advocate for child wellbeing both in and outside the office setting. She has focused her academic work on addressing childhood obesity, especially in highest risk populations. In the clinic, she works with families to prevent and manage obesity by promoting breastfeeding, training residents to counsel effectively about health behaviors, and spearheading clinical food insecurity projects.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 2007-Present
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD), 2016-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Pre-Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002
  • DO, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2007
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, 2007-2010
  • Education Champion, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2016-2017
  • Women in Academic Leadership, University of Pittsburgh, 2019-2020
  • Physician Peer Coach, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2020

Selected Publications

Papas BA., Shaikh N., Watson K., Sucato G. Contraceptive counseling among pediatric primary care providers in Western Pennsylvania: A survey-based study. SAGE Open Medicine. September 6, 2017


Academic and Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Curriculum Design
  • Primary Care