Judith K. Eckerle, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Judith K. Eckerle

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-2272

Fax 612-625-2920

Office Address:
Global Pediatrics
717 Delaware St SE, 3rd Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
Global Pediatrics
Mail Code 1932
717 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Faculty Member, Division of Global Pediatrics

Director, Adoption Medicine Clinic

Faculty Member, Center for Neurobehavioral Development

Adoption Medicine Physician

MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Residency in Pediatrics, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Fellowship in International Adoption, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN


The reason I went into adoption medicine is because I love children, and this was a natural fit for me as an international adoptee from South Korea. I feel a strong bond to the adopted children and their families because of my personal experiences, and because of my training I feel well equipped to help them with their health and transition issues.

Awards & Recognition

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors, Rising Star Edition” (2017, 2019)
  • Excellence in Child Health Advocacy Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2019)
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Angels in Adoption® Honoree (2018)
  • Recognition Honor Award from CDC, Pediatric Tuberculosis Task Force, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (2010)


Research Summary/Interests

Primary research and education interests are FASD in the internationally adopted population.


Review Articles

Eckerle Kang, J: International Adoption: A Personal Perspective. Pediatric Clinics of North America (2005) 52-5, 1507-1515

Eckerle, J, Ishizuka, K Tethered cord and leptomyelolipoma in a vestigial tail. Consultant, accepted for publication.

Paton, SJ; Croom, CS. Peer reviewed by Eckerle, J: An Overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for Physicians. Primary Care Reports (2010).

February 14, 2011: Pulse Magazine, “The Hidden Risk of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.”

Book Chapters
Miller, B, Johnson, DE, Eckerle Kang, J, Petryk, A: Growth Failure in International Adoptees, Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease, in press


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

International and Domestically adopted children; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital; University of Minnesota Medical Center