Dr. Mark Del Beccaro Named Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer of Seattle Children's

Del Beccaro will replace current CMO, Dr. David Fisher, who is retiring in October

Seattle Children's announced today that Dr. Mark Del Beccaro has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer effective Oct. 1. Del Beccaro, who currently serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs, will replace Dr. David Fisher, who is retiring.

"Mark has made many significant contributions to Seattle Children's over the course of his career," said Thomas N. Hansen, MD, CEO of Seattle Children's. "We are all very excited to see what he will bring to his new position."

Del Beccaro, 57, started his career at Seattle Children's in 1979 after graduating from Stanford University. He moved to Seattle with the intention of attending the University of Washington School of Medicine. Having a desire to work in pediatrics, and wanting to become a Washington state resident, Del Beccaro started working as a nursing aid at what was then Children's Orthopedic Hospital. He later transitioned to the position of mental health specialist within the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.

Del Beccaro entered medical school at the University of Washington in 1981 and started his pediatric residency at Seattle Children's in 1985. Three years later, he was appointed chief resident. He joined the faculty of Seattle Children's Emergency Department in 1989 and was appointed pediatrician-in-chief in 2007. A professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Del Beccaro became Vice President of Medical Affairs in 2012. His many accomplishments include:

  • Implementation of an electronic medical record and computerized order entry (CPOE) system
  • Launching the hospital's clinical effectiveness team, which led to Seattle Children's Clinical Standard Work initiative
  • Playing an integral role in the design, preparation and completion of Building Hope, the hospital's new state-of-the-art cancer, critical and emergency care building.

Despite his busy administrative schedule, Del Beccaro has continued to see patients in the Emergency Department three to four times per month.

"I get to play with kids, treat their broken bones, close their lacerations, relieve a families concern or help shepherd them through a difficult health crisis while helping to train future medical providers," he said. "It's a privilege and a great honor."

In his new role, Del Beccaro said he will continue the work that Fisher began – particularly the support of hospital medical staff and faculty, and efforts to continually improve patient safety. He also will advocate for completion of a fully electronic medical record that reaches community partners and families; further the development and integration of clinical standard work; and ensure the care provided is affordable and of the highest quality.

"Mark's passion, dedication, leadership and commitment to our patients, families and his colleagues make him an outstanding candidate to serve as CMO," Hansen said. "He is in a great position to lead Seattle Children's into the next era."

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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