Katherine R. Dowling Schlaerth, MD

Title: Physician
Company: Family Health Center Pomona California
Location: Pasadena, California, United States

Katherine R. Dowling Schlaerth, MD, Physician at Family Health Center in the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements and leadership in family medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics and infectious diseases.

Dr. Schlaerth was inspired to pursue medicine after growing up with her brother, who was born with cerebral palsy. As he was unable to speak, she spent a lot of time caring for him, during which, she found that she had an aptitude for helping those in need. Dr. Schlaerth earned a Bachelor of Arts in natural science from Manhattanville College in 1964. In the following years, she worked towards earning an MD at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. After graduating in 1968, she was certified to practice medicine through the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Family Medicine.

While Dr. Schlaerth’s early years consisted of practicing family medicine, later in life, she was offered a position in gerontology. Consequentially, she completed the requirements and became certified in geriatrics in 1992. In the years since then, she has demonstrated her reputation for consistent success at the Family Health Center in the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. While she enjoyed her time working in geriatrics, she has recently returned to pediatrics. Since 2013, Dr. Schlaerth has been acting as both a preceptor and the coordinator of the pediatric curriculum for the Family Medicine Residency Program.

Outside of her primary roles, Dr. Schlaerth has found success as an author. In 1991, she published her book, “Raising a Large Family.” Additionally, she shares her plethora of knowledge as a speaker and presenter at a number of scientific presentations, as well as contributing to articles in various professional journals. As a testament to her success, Dr. Schlaerth has received myriad awards. These include, but are not limited to, the Teacher of the Year Award from the Family Medicine Residency Program at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in both 2012 and 2013, as well as the Teacher of the Year Award from the Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program in 1997. More recently, in 2020, she became a recipient of the Marquis Worldwide Humanitarian Award.

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