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Phillip I Tarr, MD

Phillip I Tarr, MD

Dr. Tarr cares for children with gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. Tarr is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.
Division Of Gastroenterology
Gastroenterology-Pediatric - certified
Pediatrics - certified
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

For Patients:
To request an appointment, call 800.678.KIDS (5437) or fill out our online form.

For Referring Physicians:
To refer a patient, call Children's Direct at 800.678.HELP (4357).

For Patients:
To request an appointment, call 800.678.KIDS (5437) or fill out our online form.

For Referring Physicians:
To refer a patient, call Children's Direct at 800.678.HELP (4357).


  Public transportation available |   Handicap accessible
1 Children's Place
2nd Floor Suite C
St. Louis, MO 63110
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Medical School: Yale University New Haven Connecticut
Internship: University of Washington Seattle
Residency: University of Washington Seattle
Fellowship: University of Washington Seattle

Health Plans Accepted

Aetna Choice POS I & II
Aetna HMO
Aetna Open Choice PPO
Anthem BCBS Blue Access
Anthem BCBS Blue Access Choice
Baxter Regional PHO
Beech Street/Capp Care PPO
Best Doctors Inc
Capital Regional Medical Center PP
Cigna Open Access HMO/POS
Cigna PPO
CMR (Care Mngmt Resources)ASO
Community Care Network PPO
CorVel PPO
Coventry Advantra HMO/POS-MCARE
Coventry Healthcare HMO
Coventry/Coventry One PPO
Decatur Memorial Tertiary/Quarterna
First Health Coventry
Great-West HMO/POS
Great-West Open Access
Great-West PPO
Hannibal Health Network Tertiary
Health Alliance HMO & PPO
HealthCare USA MC+
Healthlink Open Access/HMO/POS
Healthlink PPO
Humana Choice Care PPO
Illinois Public Aid/Health Connect
IPA Secondary to Medicare
Mail Handlers/CNA PPO
Medicaid MO/ Missouri HealthNet
Mercy Health Plan HMO/POS
Mercy Health Plan PPO
MO Medicaid Secondary to Medicare
Molina Healthcare MC+
MultiPlan PPO
PPO Next/HealthStar
Primrose Tertiary/Quarternary
Private Health Care Systems PPO
Providers Network of America
Quincy Health Care Management
St. John's Health System Tertiary
Tricare/Triwest Prime HMO/POS
Tricare/Triwest Standard/ Extra PPO
Union Pacific RR Emp. Health System
United Healthcare Choice/Choice+
United Healthcare PPO/ Options
United Healthcare Select/Select+POS
USA Managed Care Org
Wellborn HMO

Early volume expansion during diarrhea and relative nephroprotection during subsequent hemolytic uremic syndrome.Hickey CA, Beattie TJ, Cowieson J, Miyashita Y, Strife CF, Frem JC, Peterson JM, Butani L, Jones DP, Havens PL, Patel HP, Wong CS, Andreoli SP, Rothbaum RJ, Beck AM, Tarr PI.Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Oct;165(10):884-9. Epub 2011 Jul 22.

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Related citationsObscured phylogeny and possible recombinational dormancy in Escherichia coli.Leopold SR, Sawyer SA, Whittam TS, Tarr PI.BMC Evol Biol. 2011 Jun 27;11:183.

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Free PMC ArticleRelated citationsBacterial DNA content in the intestinal wall from infants with necrotizing enterocolitis.Bucher BT, McDuffie LA, Shaikh N, Tarr PI, Warner BB, Hamvas A, White FV, Erwin CR, Warner BW.J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Jun;46(6):1029-33.

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Related citationsProinflammatory fecal mRNA and childhood bacterial enteric infections.Bennett WE Jr, González-Rivera R, Puente BN, Shaikh N, Stevens HJ, Mooney JC, Klein EJ, Denno DM, Draghi A II, Sylvester FA, Tarr PI.Gut Microbes. 2010 Jul;1(4):209-212. Epub 2010 Jul 13.


Free PMC ArticleRelated citationsChromosomal instability in enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7: impact on adherence, tellurite resistance and colony phenotype.Bielaszewska M, Middendorf B, Tarr PI, Zhang W, Prager R, Aldick T, Dobrindt U, Karch H, Mellmann A.Mol Microbiol. 2011 Feb;79(4):1024-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2010.07499.x. Epub 2011 Jan 4.

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Free PMC ArticleRelated citationsFurther evidence of constrained radiation in the evolution of pathogenic Escherichia coli O157:H7.Leopold SR, Shaikh N, Tarr PI.Infect Genet Evol. 2010 Dec;10(8):1282-5. Epub 2010 Aug 5.

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Related citationsDeer sausage: a newly identified vehicle of transmission of Escherichia coli O157:H7.Ahn CK, Russo AJ, Howell KR, Holt NJ, Sellenriek PL, Rothbaum RJ, Beck AM, Luebbering LJ, Tarr PI.J Pediatr. 2009 Oct;155(4):587-9.

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Related citationsShiga toxin 1 interaction with enterocytes causes apical protein mistargeting through the depletion of intracellular galectin-3.Laiko M, Murtazina R, Malyukova I, Zhu C, Boedeker EC, Gutsal O, O'Malley R, Cole RN, Tarr PI, Murray KF, Kane A, Donowitz M, Kovbasnjuk O.Exp Cell Res. 2010 Feb 15;316(4):657-66. Epub 2009 Sep 8.

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Free PMC ArticleRelated citationsA method for isolating and analyzing human mRNA from newborn stool.Bennett WE Jr, González-Rivera R, Shaikh N, Magrini V, Boykin M, Warner BB, Hamvas A, Tarr PI.J Immunol Methods. 2009 Sep 30;349(1-2):56-60. Epub 2009 Aug 3.

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Free PMC ArticleRelated citationsThe Escherichia coli ycbQRST operon encodes fimbriae with laminin-binding and epithelial cell adherence properties in Shiga-toxigenic E.  coli O157:H7.Samadder P, Xicohtencatl-Cortes J, Saldaña Z, Jordan D, Tarr PI, Kaper JB, Girón JA.Environ Microbiol. 2009 Jul;11(7):1815-26. Epub 2009 Mar 11.

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Free PMC ArticleRelated citationsAcute bloody diarrhea: a medical emergency for patients of all ages.Holtz LR, Neill MA, Tarr PI.Gastroenterology. 2009 May;136(6):1887-98. Epub 2009 May 7. Review.

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Related citationsA precise reconstruction of the emergence and constrained radiations of Escherichia coli O157 portrayed by backbone concatenomic analysis.Leopold SR, Magrini V, Holt NJ, Shaikh N, Mardis ER, Cagno J, Ogura Y, Iguchi A, Hayashi T, Mellmann A, Karch H, Besser TE, Sawyer SA, Whittam TS, Tarr PI.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 May 26;106(21):8713-8. Epub 2009 May 13.

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Free PMC ArticleRelated citationsTri-county comprehensive assessment of risk factors for sporadic reportable bacterial enteric infection in children.Denno DM, Keene WE, Hutter CM, Koepsell JK, Patnode M, Flodin-Hursh D, Stewart LK, Duchin JS, Rasmussen L, Jones R, Tarr PI.J Infect Dis. 2009 Feb 15;199(4):467-76.

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Free ArticleRelated citationsShiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli and the hemolytic uremic syndrome: what have we learned in the past 25 years?Ahn CK, Holt NJ, Tarr PI.Adv Exp Med Biol. 2009;634:1-17. No abstract available.

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Related citationsFrom diarrhoea to haemolytic uraemic syndrome - when to seek advice.Pollock KG, Stewart A, Beattie TJ, Todd WT, Ahn CK, Tarr PI, Cowden JM.J Med Microbiol. 2009 Apr;58(Pt 4):397-8. No abstract available.

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Free ArticleRelated citationsShiga toxin-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: distinct mechanisms of pathogenesis.Tarr PI.Kidney Int Suppl. 2009 Feb;(112):S29-32. Review.

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Related citationsEnteric infections and diagnostic testing.Bennett WE Jr, Tarr PI.Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2009 Jan;25(1):1-7. Review.

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Related citationsParental management of childhood diarrhea.Li ST, Klein EJ, Tarr PI, Denno DM.Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 Apr;48(3):295-303. Epub 2008 Nov 20.

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Related citationsDetection and characterization of the fimbrial sfp cluster in enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O165:H25/NM isolates from humans and cattle.Bielaszewska M, Prager R, Vandivinit L, Müsken A, Mellmann A, Holt NJ, Tarr PI, Karch H, Zhang W.Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009 Jan;75(1):64-71. Epub 2008 Oct 31.

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Free PMC ArticleRelated citationsThe late 1970s: a lull in the action on kuru.Tarr PI.Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2008 Nov 27;363(1510):3668-70. No abstract available.

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