Katherine Yun MD, MHS

Faculty Member

Katherine Yun is a faculty member at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an attending physician in both the Division of General Pediatrics and the Refugee Health Program at CHOP, and director of the Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship at CHOP. Dr. Yun also serves as the faculty lead for PolicyLab's Health Equity Portfolio. 

  • We need to ensure that the health system works well for ALL children, including children in low income families, children from historically marginalized groups, and children of immigrants.  My colleagues at PolicyLab get this, making it a rich and collaborative environment for researchers focused on addressing health disparities.

  • One in every four children in the US has a parent who immigrated to the US. These children are an incredibly important part of our nation's future. Developing evidence-based programs to make sure that children in immigrant families have access to preventive health care is what drives me.

Katherine Yun’s primary interest is refugee and immigrant health, specifically the well-being of children in immigrant families in the United States. Her work has focused on the prevalence of chronic, non-communicable conditions and insurance coverage among refugees in the US, as well as differences in primary and dental care utilization by children in different types of immigrant families. Current projects explore access to preventive health services for refugees and other immigrants in Pennsylvania. Ultimately, she hopes that her work will lead to improvements in the provision of patient-centered and accessible care for children in immigrant families.

Dr. Yun received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2006 and completed her residency in pediatrics at Yale University in 2009. Between 2009-2011, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and earned her Masters in Health Sciences Research from the Yale University School of Medicine. While at Yale, she was the supervising physician in the Yale-New Haven Hospital Pediatric Refugee Clinic, a co-recipient of Connecticut’s Myra M. Oliver Award for going “above the call of duty” to help refugees and immigrants. At CHOP she helps to coordinate education experiences for students, residents and other trainees through the Refugee Health Program. She believes that learning to work with families from many different regions and cultures prepares health professionals to provide compassionate, quality care for all of their patients.  

Dr. Yun has also worked in Europe, where she supported research on the health impact of human trafficking, and Central Asia, where she taught middle school. In June 2014, Dr. Yun was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Section on International Child Health (SOICH) at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her term began in October 2014. She and her husband currently live in Philadelphia, PA.