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Christian Rocholl, MD

Program Director
Pediatric Residency — Spokane


  • Brown University, Teaching Fellow Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2002 – 2005
  • University of Utah, Pediatric Chief Resident, 2001– 2002
  • University of Utah, Categorical Pediatric Resident, 1998 – 2001
  • University of Vermont, Internship Internal Medicine, 1997 – 1998
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Doctor of Medicine, 1993 – 1997
  • Seton Hall University, Bachelor of Science in Biology Honors Research Program, 1989 – 1993

Additional Information

What inspired you to pursue medicine?
If you asked me as a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, I would have said “a fireman.” Becoming a doctor was not something I thought of until later in college. I had spent a lot of time volunteering with children and medical school was a means of continuing the enjoyment I get when helping a child.

What are your passions and hobbies outside of work?
My wife Tanya and I met in Salt Lake City during residency, and both love being outdoors regardless of the season. When completing fellowship, we were looking for a great place to raise a family with easy access to the outdoors. Spokane provided us with both and 18 years later we continue to enjoy the things that attracted us to Spokane. When not at work in the ED or working with the residency I am typically outside or exercising. During the winter I enjoy downhill skiing and when the temperatures are warmer and the snow clears, I can be found biking on the trail or road. Growing up I couldn’t wait for the snow to come so I could hit the slopes but recently I am equally if not more excited for spending summers on Lake Pend Oreille.

What would you do if you hadn’t pursued medicine?
Although I grew up in New York City, I loved being in the mountains of the northeast. I did not experience the bigger mountains of the West until after I was in medical school and knew they would be a part of my life. If I had experienced them earlier in life, I would be working in the mountains, doing what I am not sure. When graduating from residency, I looked for a job as a pediatrician in a mountain town but ultimately decided to do a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Spokane now provides me with the best of both worlds, a career in the pediatric ED and access to the wonderful Inland Northwest.

Christian Rocholl
Christian Rocholl, MD
Program Director