Seattle Children’s Hospital Appoints Dr. Ruth McDonald to Pediatrician-in-Chief

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Dr. McDonald moves into her new role to improve treatment outcomes and patient experiences throughout Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital today announced the appointment of Ruth McDonald, MD, to pediatrician-in-chief. In this new role, Dr. McDonald will work to improve quality of treatment and the patient experience throughout all of the hospital’s sites of care.

Dr. McDonald, a pediatric nephrologist, has been with Seattle Children’s for 19 years, most recently as medical director of Ambulatory Services where she focused on improving communications and aligning hospital and clinic needs with the needs of referring physicians. Continuing to enhance such communications will become part of Dr. McDonald’s responsibilities in her new pediatrician-in-chief role.

“Dr. McDonald has been very effective as chair of the Clinical Practice Committee and medical director of our ambulatory clinics,” said Dr. Bruder Stapleton, senior vice president and chief academic officer at Seattle Children’s and chair of the University of Washington (UW) Department of Pediatrics, “Children’s and the Department of Pediatrics are fortunate to have her clinical leadership as we serve the children of the Northwest.”

Dr. McDonald is also an at-large member of the Children’s University Medical Group Board of Directors and chairs the group’s Clinical Practice Committee. She is well known and respected nationally as a leader in national organ allocation policy development, working actively in several organizations. Dr. McDonald also serves as principal investigator in many multicenter research studies on pediatric renal transplantation. Additionally, she serves on the pediatric nephrology sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics.

“I have greatly enjoyed being part of an organization dedicated to meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy, all the way through adulthood and am thrilled to expand my role within Children’s,” said Dr. McDonald. “I am looking forward to working with others in our organization to continue finding new ways to deliver top quality care.”

Dr. Mark Del Beccaro, former pediatrician-in-chief, has moved into his new position as vice president of medical affairs at Seattle Children’s.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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