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Catherine Hough-Telford

Catherine Hough-Telford, M.D.
Medical Education:
  • 2010, Doctor of Medicine - University of South Florida
  • 2013, Residency - University of Alabama Birmingham
Board Certified Since:
PCHA Location:
South Tampa Office

ABC News - Why Parent's Aren't Vaccinating Their Kids, According to New Study (feat. Dr. Hough-Telford)


Catherine Hough-Telford, M.D., joined Pediatric Health Care Alliance in 2016 at our South Tampa Office.

Dr. Hough-Telford was born and raised in Brandon, Florida. In 2006 she graduated cum laude from the University of Florida (Gainesville) with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science. She received her Medical Doctorate from the University of South Florida College of Medicine (Tampa) in 2010, and completed her pediatric residency at University of Alabama, Birmingham. She received multiple residency commendations and also served as UAB Pediatrics Chief Resident from 2013-2014. Subsequently she received two additional years of fellowship training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

In 2016 Dr. Hough-Telford was published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as the lead author on a study about vaccine delays and refusals. The study results garnered national attention, and her work was cited by leading news sources including The Huffington Post,, and ABC News (linked above), as well as major metropolitan newspapers including Seattle Times and Los Angeles Times.

Her areas of interest include pediatric infectious diseases, prevention of disease through vaccinations, congenital infections, child advocacy, and infant feeding and nutrition.

Dr. Hough-Telford knows the difference Pediatric Health Care Alliance makes in our community firsthand. Her father, Dr. Gerard Hough, has been caring for children in the Brandon community for more than 35 years and has been part of the PHCA family since 1999.

"One of the main reasons I became a pediatrician is because of my dad - he has been such a huge influence on why I wanted to care for children. Growing up I saw what a difference he made in the lives of his patients, and I wanted to have that opportunity, too. I love watching kids grow from the time they are babies until adulthood. Pediatrics is a unique field because we have the opportunity to help guide patients toward healthy lifestyles and choices that will become the foundation for the rest of their lives."

When she is not at the office, Dr. Hough-Telford loves reading, traveling, running, and Florida Gator sports. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and family and friends in the Tampa Bay area.

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
  • Society for Pediatric Research

Hospital Affiliations

  • St. Joseph's Hospital