Gretchen Domek, MD, MPhil
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-General Pediatrics

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Medical School:
  • MD, Harvard Medical School (2009)
Graduate School :
  • MPhil, University of Oxford (2005)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Utah (UT) (2003)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatrics (2012)
  • University of Colorado, Pediatric Global Health (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-General Pediatrics

Professional Titles

  • Director, International Adoption Clinic
  • Senior Investigator, Center for Global Health

Recognition & Awards

  • Presidential Citation, Society for Public Health Education (2016)
  • Early Career Award, Thrasher Research Fund (2015)
  • NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program Award, NIH (2015)

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on emerging technologies for global health promotion, early childhood development in resource limited settings, and international adoption. I am currently evaluating an SMS text message reminder platform to improve more timely immunization coverage in both rural and urban Guatemala. I have been involved in developing a digitalized birth registry of women and infants in the southwest region of Guatemala as well as the development and implementation of a program promoting early childhood health and development in this region. I am also evaluating the current evidence base for the initial health screening of internationally adopted children.


  • Domek GJ, Szafran LH, Allison MA, Kempe A, Jimenenz-Zambrano A, Silveira L, Camp B. Effects at 12 months of a primary care intervention using finger puppets to support early language promotion: a pilot study [abstract], Oral Abstract at: Pediatric Academic Societies and Asian Society For Pediatric Research Joint Meeting, 2022 April 21-25.
  • Domek GJ, Szafran LH, Bonnell LN, Berman S, Camp BW. Using Finger Puppets in the Primary Care Setting to Support Caregivers Talking With Their Infants: A Feasibility Pilot Study. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2020 May;59(4-5):380-387. PubMed PMID: 32037858
  • Wagner AL, Masters NB, Domek GJ, Mathew JL, Sun X, Asturias EJ, Ren J, Huang Z, Contreras-Roldan IL, Gebremeskel B, Boulton ML. Comparisons of Vaccine Hesitancy across Five Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Vaccines (Basel). 2019 Oct 18;7(4). PubMed PMID: 31635270
  • Domek GJ, Contreras-Roldan IL, Bull S, O'Leary ST, Bolaños Ventura GA, Bronsert M, Kempe A, Asturias EJ. Text message reminders to improve infant immunization in Guatemala: A randomized clinical trial. Vaccine. 2019 Sep 30;37(42):6192-6200. PubMed PMID: 31492475
  • 18. Mehner LC, Domek GJ, Abdel-Maksoud M, Jimenez-Zambrano A, Asturias EJ, Lamb MM, Berman S. The association of cumulative risk scoring with ASQ-3 outcomes in a rural impoverished region of Guatemala. Pediatr Dimensions 2019;4:1-6. doi: 10.15761/PD.1000198
  • Domek GJ, O'Leary ST, Bull S, Bronsert M, Contreras-Roldan IL, Bolaños Ventura GA, Kempe A, Asturias EJ. Measuring vaccine hesitancy: Field testing the WHO SAGE Working Group on Vaccine Hesitancy survey tool in Guatemala. Vaccine. 2018 Aug 23;36(35):5273-5281. PubMed PMID: 30061026
  • Domek GJ, Contreras-Roldan IL, Asturias EJ, Bronsert M, Bolaños Ventura GA, O'Leary ST, Kempe A, Bull S. Characteristics of mobile phone access and usage in rural and urban Guatemala: assessing feasibility of text message reminders to increase childhood immunizations. Mhealth. 2018;4:9. PubMed PMID: 29780812
  • Asturias EJ, Heinrichs G, Domek G, Brett J, Shick E, Cunningham M, Bull S, Celada M, Newman LS, Tenney L, Krisher L, Luna-Asturias C, McConnell K, Berman S. The Center for Human Development in Guatemala: An Innovative Model for Global Population Health. Adv Pediatr. 2016 Aug;63(1):357-87. PubMed PMID: 27426907
  • Domek GJ, Szafran LH, Jimenez-Zambrano A, Silveira L. Impact on maternal postpartum depressive symptoms of a primary care intervention promoting early language: a pilot study. Matern Child Health J (in press).
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Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Children's Hospital Colorado Child Health Clinic
860 N Potomac Cir
Aurora, CO 80011

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2012)
  • Essential Care for Every Baby Facilitator, Certificate (2015)
  • Helping Babies Breathe Master Trainer and Mentor, Certificate (2013)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Primary Care
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include pediatric primary care, early childhood development, and international adoption. I specialize in global health and have expertise in childhood institutionalization and early childhood health and development in resource-limited settings around the world.

Care Philosophy
I strive to provide the highest quality of comprehensive care to all of my patients and their families. My care philosophy is that the child and family should be treated and cared for together as a whole. As director of the multidisciplinary International Adoption Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado, I am passionate about supporting internationally adopted children and their families.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Harvard Medical School (2009)
Graduate Schools:
  • MPhil, University of Oxford (2005)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Utah (UT) (2003)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatrics (2012)
  • University of Colorado, Pediatric Global Health (2014)
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Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-General Pediatrics
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