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About Seattle Children's

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
  • Judy Dougherty, RN, Vice President, Surgical Services
  • Cris V. Ewell, PhD, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Warren Hewitt, CPA, Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President, Finance
  • Steven Hurwitz, Senior Vice President, Shared Services
  • 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

Why did Seattle Children’s Research Institute just land $5.3M?
4.16.14 — Puget Sound Business Journal

Dr. Tim Rose, co-director of Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Global Infectious Disease Research,  has ... cont.

12-year-old benefits from new heart pump at Seattle Children's
4.16.14 — KING 5 TV

Although many advances have been made in temporary heart pumps for adults, the same has not been true for children. But, that’s ... cont.

Dangers of Vaccine Hesitancy Explained in 10 Tweets
4.16.14 — ABC News

Parental decisions are the bedrock of childhood vaccination rates. While most parents turn to their pediatricians for help ... cont.