bayside clinician profile

Katya Gerwein, MD

BA, Harvard College
MD, Harvard Medical School
Peds Residency, Children's Hospital, Boston
Board Certified, Pediatrics

Berkeley

I was born in Berkeley (at Alta Bates, in case you were curious). I grew up here, with the exception of a few years of toddlerhood in Gilroy where I came to love eating garlic and hearing Spanish, which I now speak as well. After graduating from Berkeley High, I moved back east where I majored in social anthropology at Harvard. After college, I worked at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF learning how tobacco companies and pharmaceutical companies insidiously try to influence medical literature and medical policy. I then headed back east again for the next eight years, to do my training at Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital of Boston and Boston Medical Center.

Pediatrics has always been the field that I loved—from the ongoing relationships with parents and children to the complex scientific issues of the growing body. It was the fulfillment of one of my life goals when I became a Board Certified pediatrician. While I learned a tremendous amount in residency about children—their health and diseases—I felt as if I had a second residency when I had my son Ezekiel immediately after residency. Not only was sleep deprivation included, but I learned a tremendous amount about breastfeeding, development, and sleep that no one had taught me in the hospital or clinics. My second child, Jesse, added new dimensions to my learning.

After residency, I worked in the Children’s Hospital Boston Emergency Department, but I missed primary care pediatrics. I wanted to know what happened after my patients left the ER—to make sure the constipation was treated and resolved, to follow the treatment of the child newly diagnosed with leukemia, to counsel and meet again with the parents driven to distraction with colic. I also missed the Bay Area, being near family and friends. When we moved back to Berkeley and I joined Bayside in 2002, I felt like I was really where I belonged. We very much enjoy the amazing hikes practically in our backyard, the year-round gardening, and being close to family and friends. My other passion outside of medicine is wheel thrown pottery, which I’ve been doing for more than 18 years.

I’m looking forward to developing a relationship with you and your children at Bayside.