Katherine Dobbs

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Katherine Dobbs, MD

Assistant Professor

  • Division: Infectious Diseases / Rheumatology


Katherine Dobbs, MD, is a physician in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital with a secondary appointment in the Center for Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University. She is Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Dobbs is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. Her special interest is pediatric infectious diseases. She was appointed to the UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital staff in 2016.

She earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Case Western Reserve University and received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Dobbs completed her residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. She completed her training with a research fellowship with the Center for Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University.

Research Interests

Dr. Dobbs’ research interests include innate immune responses to malaria and childhood infections of global health significance. She is currently principal investigator of a career development award studying monocyte-mediated immune responses to pediatric malaria.

Select recent publications:

Dobbs K and Dent E. Plasmodium malaria and antimalarial antibodies in the first year of life.
Parasitology 2016;143(2):129.

Dobbs K, Embury P, Odada-Sumba P, Vulule J, Rosa B, Mitreva M, Kazura J, Dent A. Monocyte dysregulation and systemic inflammation during pediatric falciparum malaria. 2017. JCI Insight, Sep 21;2(18).

Schrum JE, Crabtree JN, Dobbs KR, Kiritsy MC, Reed GW, Gazzinelli RT, Netea MG, Kazura JW, Dent AE, Fitzgerald KA, Golenbock DT. Plasmodium falciparum induces trained innate immunity. J Immunol, January 12, 2018, ji1701010.