Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Sperring leadershipJeff Sperring, MD

At Seattle Children’s since 2015
MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

I wrote in my medical school application that being a doctor was as much a matter of the heart as it was the mind. During my third year of medical school, it became really clear that pediatrics was what I wanted to do. In working with kids and their families, I found the connection of care and science. Part of it is the challenge of taking care of kids who are sick, but more importantly the hope that you could make a difference that would be lifelong: 50, 60 or 70 years of impact. At this point in my career, I am fortunate to be able to move to the Pacific Northwest and join an amazing team at Seattle Children’s that is bringing more hope to kids and families every day by connecting the heart of care and the science of cure. Hope. Care. Cure. It's what we do best.


hendricks_James_173x105James B. Hendricks, PhD

President, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

At Seattle Children’s since 2003
PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Doug Picha leadershipDouglas Picha

President, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation

At Seattle Children’s since 1980
BA, Washington State University

Senior and Executive Vice Presidents

Other Leadership

  • Jennifer Becker, Vice President, Ambulatory
  • Greg Blackburn, MS, MBA, Vice President, Clinical Support Services
  • Vickie Cleator, Vice President, Research Service Line Operations
  • Mary Gardner, CISSP, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Katharine Fitzgerald, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Kathy Jo Freeman, RN, MSN, Vice President, Service Lines and Surgical Specialities
  • Warren Hewitt, CPA, Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Finance
  • Todd Johnson, Vice President, Facilities
  • Erik Lausund, Vice President, Research Operations and Logistics
  • Ruth McDonald, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs
  • Troy McGuire, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Mike Murphy, FACHE, CMPE, Vice President, Accountable Care Networks
  • Pam Rock, Vice President, Medical Service Lines and Specialty Programs
  • Craig Rubens, MD, PhD, Executive Director, GAPPS
  • Petra Smith, JD, Vice President, Human Resources
  • Suzanne Petersen Tanneberg, MASSA, Vice President, External Affairs and Guest Services