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 mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top five children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research.

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