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About Seattle Children's

Seattle Children's Leadership


Seattle Children's leadership is responsible for overall administration of operations.



  • Lisa Brandenburg, MBA, MPH, President, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • James Hendricks, PhD, President, Seattle Children's Research Institute
  • Douglas Picha, President, Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation


  • Cindy Evans, RN, MHA, Senior Vice President, Hospital Operations
  • David Fisher, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
  • Susan Heath, RN, MN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Sanford Melzer, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Robert Sawin, MD, Senior Vice President, Surgeon-in-Chief and President, CUMG
  • Jeffrey Sconyers, JD, Senior Vice President, General Counsel
  • F. Bruder Stapleton, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UWSOM
  • Kelly Wallace, MBA, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Wes Wright, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer


  • Stephanie Axelrod, Vice President, Community and Strategic Initiatives
  • Cara Bailey, BA, MBA, Senior Vice President, Continuous Performance Improvement
  • Jennifer Becker, Vice President, Ambulatory
  • Mark Del Beccaro, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs
  • Cris V. Ewell, PhD, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Alex Garrard, Vice President, Human Resources
  • Warren Hewitt, CPA, Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President, Finance
  • Todd Johnson, Vice President, Facilities
  • Eugene Kolker, PhD, Chief Data Officer
  • Erik Lausund, Vice President, Research Operations and Logistics
  • Ruth McDonald, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief
  • Troy McGuire, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Suzanne Petersen Tanneberg, MASSA, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Vice President, External Affairs and Guest Services

Latest News

Vaccine Safety: Getting the Message to Parents in Doubt
8.28.14 — U.S. News & World Report

Measles, mumps and whooping cough have been around a long time – along with the vaccines to prevent them. But instead of being ... cont.

Depressed Teens May Need Extra Support To Stick With Treatment
8.27.14 — NPR

A new study from Seattle Children’s Research Institute suggests integrating mental health treatment into primary care may ... cont.

Can running cure depression? Seattle Children’s brain research finds exercise can help patients
8.26.14 — Puget Sound Business Journal

Researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute have pinpointed a tiny area of the brain that controls our motivation to ... cont.