Seattle Children's Transplant Team
A successful transplant is a team effort. At Seattle Children’s, the same team of dedicated specialists will work with you to care for your child throughout the transplant process.
We do everything we can to give our patients a chance at healthy, active lives.
Seattle Children’s has some of the best and brightest transplant specialists in the nation, and our surgeons employ the latest surgical techniques. Research is a critical part of the care we provide.
One of our top research priorities — unlocking the human immune system — will mean much higher rates of survival and better quality of life for all children receiving transplants.
Our Transplant Center has taken major strides to attract top transplant specialists and add innovative programs. Our staff of nationally known doctors and transplant specialists includes:
Patrick Healey, MD, division chief, Transplantation
Dr. Patrick Healey joined Children’s in 1995. After earning his medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Healey completed his residency at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, serving as the chief surgical resident during his final year.
He was a research fellow at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and a transplant fellow in the Division of Transplant Surgery at the University of Washington. He moved to Children’s for a fellowship in pediatric surgery before assuming his current role.
Dr. Healey’s areas of interest include pediatric transplantation, liver and kidney transplantation, congenital anomalies and pediatric tumors.
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Lester Permut, MD, interim division chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery; surgical director, Cardiac Transplant; program director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Education
Dr. Permut joined Seattle Children’s in 2002. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, and did postgraduate training at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center.
He has completed the University of Washington’s teaching scholars program. He is director of education for the pediatric cardiac surgery program and cardiothoracic surgery lecturer for the anesthesia and pediatric ICU fellowship programs. His clinical interests include pediatric cardiac surgery and complex congenital heart defects.
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Jorge Reyes, MD, director, Transplant Services
Pioneering transplant surgeon Dr. Jorge Reyes joined Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington School of Medicine in July 2004.
In addition to leading the Division of Transplantation at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Reyes is chief of pediatric transplantation and director of clinical services at Seattle Children's.
Dr. Reyes attended medical school in Brazil and trained at Harvard, New York Medical College and the University of Pittsburgh, where he worked with transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl.
He established a world-class pediatric intestine and liver transplant program at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital. In Seattle, Dr. Reyes is helping to lead the expansion of Children's transplant program, including the development of the intestine transplant program and live-donor liver transplantation.
His research focuses on reducing transplant patients’ dependence on anti-rejection drugs. His practice includes pediatric and adult transplant surgery (all abdominal organs) as well as complex hepatobiliary (liver), pancreatic and intestinal surgery.
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Ruth McDonald, MD, medical director, Solid Organ Transplant
Dr. Ruth McDonald earned her medical degree at the University of Minnesota, where she earned the university’s Top Medical Graduate Award, before moving to Seattle for a residency at Children’s.
After serving as Seattle Children’s assistant chief resident during her final year, Dr. McDonald became a fellow in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
She joined the faculty with a focus on transplant medicine. Currently, she serves as associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology, and is the medical director of Solid Organ Transplant.
Her professional interests include pediatric nephrology and solid organ transplant. She serves as a principal investigator in many multicenter research studies on pediatric renal transplant.
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Yuk Law, MD, medical director, Cardiac Transplant and Heart Failure
Dr. Yuk Law’s interest is cardiomyopathy, advanced heart failure in congenital heart disease and transplantation. He attained additional research and immunology training as a recipient of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program award at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yale University, before his clinical training in cardiology at The Hospital for Sick Children. Before coming to Seattle, he was a heart failure and transplant specialist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Oregon Health and Science University. He is a contributing author on pediatric heart failure to the field’s most authoritative text, Congestive Heart Failure, as well as numerous other scientific articles. His comprehensive and multidisciplinary background allows him to provide seamless care to complex pediatric cardiac patients.
He joined Seattle Children’s transplant team in 2006.
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Simon Horslen, MB ChB, medical director, Liver and Intestine Transplant
Dr. Simon Horslen joined our medical staff in January 2005. A pediatric hepatologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Dr. Horslen is helping to lead the expansion of Children’s transplant program.
He is also a professor of pediatrics within the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Washington.
Dr. Horslen joins us from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he was the medical director of the pediatric transplant program. British-born, he earned his medical degree from the University of Bristol, England, in 1984.
He is a founding Fellow of the Royal College of Pediatric and Child Health, and a member of the Royal College of Physicians. Dr. Horslen is accredited in both general pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology.
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Karen Murray, MD, division chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Dr. Karen Murray received her medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, and completed her residency in pediatrics here at Children's, followed by a year as chief pediatric resident.
She completed a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Boston Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Her clinical focus is in pediatric hepatology, and she is heavily involved with NIH-supported research in pediatric liver disease.
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Robert Sawin, MD, surgeon-in-chief
Robert S. Sawin, MD, is surgeon-in-chief at Seattle Children’s and vice-chairman of the Department of Surgery in the University of Washington School of Medicine.
He has been at Children’s since 1987, when he arrived from Boston to begin his fellowship in pediatric surgery. He had completed his residency at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
After he completed his fellowship here in 1989, Dr. David Tapper asked him to stay on the faculty to help establish the liver transplant program and the ECMO program. In 1990, he performed the first pediatric liver transplant in the Northwest with Dr. Jim Perkins. He also performed the first ECMO cannulation.
In addition to a clinical interest in pediatric liver and tumor surgery, Dr. Sawin developed a research interest in the biology of pediatric tumors. He became an active member of the national oncology cooperative the Children’s Cancer Group, and has published many articles focused on cancer surgery, including the treatment of neuroblastoma, sarcomas and Wilms’ tumor.
He has held leadership positions at Children’s since 1995, when he became Chief of General and Thoracic Surgery. He was named Children’s second surgeon-in-chief in December 2002, succeeding his mentor, Dr. Tapper.
Dr. Sawin has been active in many regional, national, and international surgical societies, and has served as Secretary of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, as well as Secretary Treasurer of the North Pacific Surgical Association.
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John H.T. Waldhausen, MD, division chief, General Surgery
Dr. John Waldhausen attended medical school at Pennsylvania State University. His post-doctoral training was completed at the University of Virginia Health Science Center in Charlottesville.
Following a pediatric surgery fellowship at Seattle Children’s, Dr. Waldhausen joined the faculty of Children’s and the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1992.
Dr. Waldhausen is a member of many professional organizations, such as the American Pediatric Surgical Association, Washington State Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, Society of University Surgeons and the Pacific Coast Surgical Association.
Dr. Waldhausen’s primary research is in clinical outcomes. He is responsible for running the pediatric surgery fellowship training program and two medical student clerkships within the department.
He is also responsible for overseeing general surgery education at Children’s.
Dr. Waldhausen’s clinical activities cover the broad range of pediatric surgery with a focus on minimally invasive surgery, congenital surgical problems and pediatric cancer surgery.
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Jodi Smith, MD, MPH
Dr. Jodi Smith earned her medical degree and completed her pediatric residency at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
She came to Seattle, where she completed her pediatric nephrology fellowship and earned an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Washington.
After completing her fellowship, she joined the faculty as a clinician scientist with a focus on transplant medicine.
Currently, she serves as an acting assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology.
She has just been awarded a five-year mentored scientist award by the NIH to study the role of sub-clinical viral infections in the development of kidney transplant dysfunction in pediatric recipients.
The importance of her research is highlighted by the fact that she was also selected as a National Kidney Foundation Young Investigator and an American Society of Transplantation Junior Faculty grant recipient to support these studies.
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Evelyn Hsu, MD
Dr. Evelyn Hsu joined Children’s in August 2011. She received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington and fellowships in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric advanced/transplant hepatology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Her clinical interests include pediatric liver and small-intestine transplant, childhood cholestasis, autoimmune liver disease, viral hepatitis, long-term outcomes for pediatric liver transplant recipients and childhood cholestatic liver disease.
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Andre A.S. Dick, MD
Dr. Andre Dick joined Seattle Children’s medical staff in 2009 after completing a transplant surgery fellowship in the Division of Transplant Surgery at the University of Washington.
Dr. Dick earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed his residency in general surgery at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine's M.S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Before moving to Seattle, he also completed a two-year research fellowship in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
Dr. Dick is board certified in general surgery and is qualified to perform transplantations of the liver, kidney and pancreas. His research interests include outcomes in pediatric and adult transplantation.
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