Katherine Chung, MD

Kathy Chung Thrash, MD

A true (and rare!) Angelino, Dr. Chung was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She serves as Medical Director for the NICU. She balances her clinical responsibilities and research interests with outdoor activities and raising her three children.

To decompress, she is an avid endurance Pelotoner, and enjoys indoor rock climbing. To our knowledge, she is the only member of our faculty to have climbed Machu Picchu and Mt. Kilimanjaro!


  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Residency: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Clinical Areas of Interest/Expertise

Neonatal early onset sepsis, very low birth weight infants, perinatal mood disorders, neonatal resuscitation.

Research Interests

Current Projects Include:

  1. Implementation of the Kaiser Sepsis Calculator to reduce laboratory draws, antibiotic usage, and NICU admissions
  2. Neuroprotective Strategies to Improve Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Very Low Birthweight Infants
  3. An Evaluation of a Teletherapy Counseling Intervention for NICU Parents

Contact Us

Cottage Children's Medical Center

Cottage Children's Pediatric Residency Program

Phone: 805-569-7464
Fax: 805-569-8358

400 W. Pueblo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Program Coordinator, Sabrina Orfalea, email: sanderso@sbch.org