Disorders of Sex Development Program
Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington formed a multidisciplinary team in 1981 to care for children with disorders of sex development (DSDs). Today this team has become Children’s DSD Program and is named a Center of Excellence by the NIH. We diagnose and manage DSDs in infants, children and adolescents. Our mission is to improve the care of these children by educating families and healthcare providers, doing research to assess outcomes and reviewing current medical practice.
Many children with DSDs have complex, rare conditions. Some need urgent care after birth, like to treat a condition that threatens their life or health. In some cases, it is also important to get support to help you understand whether it is best to raise your child as a girl or a boy if your child’s sex is not clear right away. We can help relieve some of the anxiety that many families have during this process. The providers on our DSD team work together closely to provide timely, expert care. Our team is made up of specialists from pediatric and reproductive endocrinology, genetics, urology, gynecology, child and adolescent psychiatry, adolescent medicine and cytogenetics. We involve family members in decisions about their child’s care, and we provide experienced counseling and support.