Debra Cherry M.D., M.S.

 Debra Cherry M.D., M.S.

Specialties and Expertise

Environmental & Occupational Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Preventive Medicine


Primary Care, Rehabilitation Medicine




Primary Location

Occupational and Environmental Clinic at Harborview

325 9th Ave., 3rd Floor West Clinic
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


Dr. Cherry is director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Residency and an associate professor the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is an expert in the prevention and treatment of injuries and illnesses that result from exposure in the workplace. She is board certified in occupational medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Dr. Cherry earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco TX, her M.D. from Texas Tech in Lubbock TX, and her M.S. in environmental sciences from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches TX. She joined the UW OEM faculty in 2013 after serving on the OEM faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Texas for 13 years.

Before joining the UW, she was the principal investigator (PI) for a National Children’s Study location; PI for a CDC Community Transformation Grant; PI for a Regional Branch of the Texas Cancer Registry; and Medical Director for a Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

Patient Care Philosophy

I take pride in promoting the health and safety of workers, assisting injured workers in their transition back to work, and managing worker’s comp claims efficiently.

Personal Interests

I enjoy participating in triathlons with my daughter.

Clinical Interests

Work related injury and illness; exposure to hazardous waste products; work hazards associated with commercial fishing.

Research Interests

Worksite health promotion; resident education.


University of Texas Health Science Center San AntonioResidencyOccupational Medicine2000
Stephen F Austin UniversityMaster1999
Children's Mercy HospitalInternshipPediatrics1996
Texas Tech University HSCMedical education1995

Board Certifications

American Board of Preventive MedicineOccupational Medicine2001
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