Saturday, February 17, 2018

Katherine Williamson, M.D.

Dr. Williamson
College 1997-2001
Pomona College
Claremont, CA
Medical School 2003-2008, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Dean’s Scholar Award
Internship 2008-2009, Pediatrics
CHOC Children’s–Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Orange, California
Residency 2009-2011, Pediatrics
CHOC Children’s–Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Orange, California
Licensure State of California
Certification Board Certified, American Board of Pediatrics
Memberships American Academy of Pediatrics
Honors Named 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics, (Orange County Chapter) Young Physician of the Year
Personal Dr. Katherine Williamson is inspired everyday by the relationships she develops with children and their families. She believes that children are the center of every family, and being a pediatrician is much more than treating their physical health. “It is important to me to be a positive role model and an advocate for my patients. I strive to be an active team player in a child’s life and I relish the opportunity to be a part of parents’ teams to help guide children to adulthood and help them realize their potential.”
Dr. Williamson is a native southern Californian. While growing up, she was actively involved in the dramatic arts attending the Orange County High School of the Arts, as well as competing in cross country and track, and participating in the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Pomona College of The Claremont Colleges. Inspired by her close relationship with her younger sister by twelve years, she followed her passion to become a pediatrician. Prior to medical school she conducted post-graduate research at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. She continued her research endeavors during her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine culminating in a medical thesis. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at CHOC Children’s Hospital.
In her leisure time, Dr. Williamson loves to travel and has explored many countries and continents around the world, experiencing many cultures. Dr. Williamson loves spending time outdoors with her family, friends, and their family dog, a giant 110 pound Labradoodle. Her favorite weekend activities include running, hiking, rock climbing, bike riding, and scuba diving.
Having completed two marathons including the Boston Marathon, Dr. Williamson has a specific interest in and is a children’s advocate for nutrition and exercise. While helping to form an after-school running team for elementary children and starting a school garden, she developed a passion for child advocacy work. During residency, Dr. Williamson was the Resident Leader for California in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) through which she chaired the AAP’s national resident campaign in 2010-2011 and partnered with the First Lady’s Let’s Move Initiative to fight childhood obesity ( In 2011 she spent a month in Washington, D.C. promoting children’s issues and lobbying key health-related legislation, and she now serves as the Young Physician Representative to the AAP’s Committee on State Government Affairs for California. With a background in the dramatic arts, she also plans to use social, written, and television media to reach out and teach kids and their families about health and nutrition.