Dr. Danielle Zerr

Dr. Danielle Zerr is Professor and Division Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Affiliate Investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Medical Director of Infection Prevention at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

She received her medical degree from Temple University and completed pediatric residency, pediatric infectious diseases fellowship, and a master of public health degree at the University of Washington.

Dr. Zerr has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In her words, “The first detection of SARS-CoV2 occurred in the Seattle area, and related to this, Seattle was the first epicenter in the US.  While preparations for COVID-19 had been initiated, a lot had to be accomplished in a very short timeline.  While Seattle Children's Hospital has faced shortages in personal protective equipment --which posed significant challenges-- relatively few pediatric patients have had confirmed cases and even fewer have required hospitalization.  Washington state appears to have “bent the curve” and are hopeful that they won’t experience the shortages of life-saving equipment that other sites have had to endure.”

When not consumed by COVID-19, Dr. Zerr’s research has focused on two main areas: (1) defining the epidemiology of viral pathogens in healthy children and immunocompromised hosts and (2) describing the epidemiology and defining effective prevention strategies for healthcare​-associated infections. She has been a PIDS member since 1996 and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society since 2011.