Dr. Chelsea Gatcliffe was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago and received her undergraduate degree from Emory University. She was introduced to clinical research during her time at Emory which solidified her decision to become a physician. She attended the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for medical school and fell in love with caring for children during her pediatric rotation in Dublin. She trained in pediatrics at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital and went on to pursue pediatric pulmonology at UC San Diego/ Rady Children’s Hospital.

During her fellowship training, she became interested in multidisciplinary care through her experience with the Aerodigestive Clinic at Rady Children’s. She values the importance of teamwork and enjoys taking care of complex patients with the help of colleagues from other divisions. Her fellowship research utilized metagenomic sequencing to evaluate these patients with concerns for chronic aspiration.

She worked to develop the Aerodigestive Clinic here at UT Houston upon joining the faculty in September 2020. She is also interested in severe asthma, respiratory complications of pediatric cancer and rheumatologic disease, and congenital airway malformations.

Dr. Gatcliffe enjoys exploring Houston with her husband Eric and baby boy Frank. She enjoys finding the best cappuccino, riding her Peloton spin bike, and getting outside as much as possible.


Medical School
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Health System, Holtz Children's Hospital
University of California San Diego, Rady Children's Hospital San Diego


  1. Sanford Kobayashi E, Waldman B, Engorn BM, Perofsky K, Allred E, Briggs B, Gatcliffe C, Ramchandar N, Gold JJ, Doshi A, Ingulli EG, Thornburg CD, Benson W, Farnaes L, Chowdhury S, Rego S, Hobbs C, Kingsmore SF, Dimmock DP, Coufal NG. Cost Efficacy of Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Front Pediatr. 2022 Jan 24;9:809536. doi: 10.3389/fped.2021.809536. eCollection 2021.PMID: 35141181
  2. Gatcliffe C, Rao A, Brigger M, Dimmock D, Hansen C, Montgomery J, Schlaberg R, Coufal NG, Farnaes L. Metagenomic sequencing and evaluation of the host response in the pediatric aerodigestive population.  Pediatric Pulmonol 2021; 56 (2) 516-524. PMID: 33270378  (Feb)
  3. Barber A, Passarelli P, Dworsky ZD, Gatcliffe C, Ryu J, Lesser DJ. Clinical implications of pulmonary nodules detected in children.  Pediatric Pulmonol 2021; 56 (1): 203-2010. (Jan)  PMID: 331186985
  4. Frisch A, Chandra P, Smiley D, Peng L, Rizzo M, Gatcliffe C, Hudson M, Mendoza J, Johnson R, Lin E, Umpierrez GE. Prevalence and clinical outcome of hyperglycemia in the perioperative period in noncardiac surgery. Diabetes Care. 2010 Aug;33(8):1783-8. doi: 10.2337/dc10-0304. Epub 2010 Apr 30.PMID: 20435798
  5. Pasquel FJ, Spiegelman R, McCauley M, Smiley D, Umpierrez D, Johnson R, Rhee M, Gatcliffe C, Lin E, Umpierrez E, Peng L, Umpierrez GE. Hyperglycemia during total parenteral nutrition: an important marker of poor outcome and mortality in hospitalized patients. Diabetes Care. 2010 Apr;33(4):739-41. doi: 10.2337/dc09-1748. Epub 2009 Dec 29.PMID: 20040658