Chihiro Morishima M.D.

Chihiro Morishima M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Laboratory medicine, Primary care - pediatrics


Center for Women and Children




Primary Location

Department of Laboratory Medicine

1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.6131|Map It 


Dr. Morishima directs the Clinical Immunology Laboratory and Research Testing Services as an associate professor in laboratory medicine. Her clinical focus is on developing immunological monitoring systems, and interpretation of serum and urine protein electrophoresis and immunofixation results.

Dr. Morishima completed her undergraduate, medical school and pediatric residency training at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed fellowship training in pediatric rheumatology at Seattle Children's Hospital and post-doctoral research in the UW Department of Immunology studying central tolerance induction. As a UW faculty member, she has focused on translational studies of human immune responses during chronic hepatitis C virus infection and cancer. Dr. Morishima was founding director of the Immune Monitoring Central Laboratory and remains a consultant for the NCI-sponsored Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network.

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, Subboard of Pediatric Rheumatology. Dr. Morishima is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer.

Patient Care Philosophy

Embedded in the core of our work in laboratory medicine is the concept of service. We aim to provide the highest quality test results and interpretations to aid our clinical colleagues in the care of their patients, thus providing a critical service to both providers and patients. I feel privileged to be in a position to translate cutting edge technologies into tests that can improve the lives of patients.

Personal Interests

Knitting, skiing, going to the farmer’s market.

Clinical Interests

Immunological assays for diagnosis and monitoring; serum and urine protein electrophoresis and immunofixation interpretation.

Research Interests

Translational research in immunological assay development and cancer immunotherapy.


Seattle Children's Hospital/UW MedicineFellowshipPediatric Rheumatology1995
St. Louis Children's HospitalResidencyPediatrics1991
St. Louis Children's HospitalInternshipPediatrics1989
Washington University School of MedicineMedical education1988


Board Certifications

American Board of PediatricsPediatric Rheumatology1996
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