Our dedicated Pediatric Surgery team includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, fellows, residents, nurse practitioners and certified medical assistants. In addition, a host of other specialists - dietitians, child life specialists, occupational and physical therapists - are here to support your child.
We take a team approach to your child's care. We stay in close communication with you - and with one another - from your child's first visit to the clinic through surgery and follow-up.
Pediatric General Surgeons
Seattle Children's has the largest general and thoracic surgery team in the region. All of our doctors are board certified or eligible for certification in pediatric surgery, with expertise in general surgery and all conditions relating to the chest, abdomen and pelvis. Read more about our doctors' specific areas of interest and skills.
- Jeffrey R. Avansino, MD
- George T. Drugas, MD
- Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH
- Kenneth W. Gow, MD
- Patrick J. Healey, MD
- Patrick J. Javid, MD
- Daniel J. Ledbetter, MD
- John J. Meehan, MD
- Kimberly J. Riehle, MD
- Robert S. Sawin, MD
- Caitlin Smith, MD
- John H.T. Waldhausen, MD
Advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) are registered nurses (RNs) who also have master's-level training. They have many years of experience and are important partners in caring for your child and your family.
ARNPs assess and evaluate patients, oversee their care, teach families about their child's surgery and provide long-term follow-up. Our nurse practitioners are available throughout your child's care to answer questions and share advice.
- Catherine Boellaard, ARNP
- Ellen Bruchmiller, ARNP
- Ronelle Caskey, ARNP
- Allison Comick, ARNP, MPH
- Kaitlin Hoban, DNP, ARNP
- Melinda Kratzig, ARNP, DNP
- Jenny Kreiss, ARNP
- Valerie Nelson, ARNP
- Brooke Schmelzle, DNP
- Abigail VanDeraa, ARNP, DNP
Teamwork Across Specialties at Seattle Children's
One of Seattle Children's greatest strengths is the collaboration of specialists from many different disciplines. The Pediatric Surgery team works closely with a variety of pediatric specialists across the hospital, including Cancer and Blood Disorders, Transplant, Neonatology, Craniofacial, Nephrology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Urology, Orthopedics and Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine.
This collaboration gives us the greatest breadth of experience and expertise to develop the best possible plan of care for your child.
Every child's surgery is unique. On the day of surgery, our pediatric anesthesiologists work closely with you and the Pediatric Surgery team to make sure that your child stays safe throughout the procedure - and this includes the time before they fall asleep. Our anesthesiologists are specially trained to work with children and teens at every developmental stage.
Seattle Children's Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine is the only anesthesiology group in the region that has specialized training in pediatric anesthesia and works exclusively with children and teens. We provide safe, family-friendly care before, during and after surgery. Our Pain Medicine team works with kids who are experiencing acute or chronic pain.
Last year, the team provided anesthesia for more than 20,000 procedures at Seattle Children's, for both simple and complex surgical operations, as well as many non-operative procedures such as catheter placement, MRIs, dental care and joint injections. Most hospitals don't provide pediatric anesthesiology services for procedures other than surgeries, but we believe kids deserve this level of care.
Read more about our pediatric anesthesiologists and our Pain Medicine team.
Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Practitioners