UW Pediatrics: Providing National Leadership

Bruder Stapleton, MD_173x173This year, the Department of Pediatrics once again was among U.S. News & World Report’s top pediatric departments – reaching the ranking of #5 in the nation. We continue to rank seventh among NIH funded pediatric departments when partnered with a freestanding children’s hospital. Seattle Children’s was ranked in all 10 of the specialty areas U.S. News ranks – many within the top 10. Congratulations to the Pediatric Nephrology Division, which was ranked third in the nation, and to our pediatric residency, which also received national acclaim and was ranked fourth.

This past year also brought exciting new leadership for three pediatric divisions. Dr. Sandra Juul, a leading investigator in the area of neurocognitive science for extremely premature babies, became chief of the Division of Neonatology. She is growing the research programs in the division and expanding our regional neonatal research. Dr. Rita Mangione-Smith, a national leader in health outcomes research, became chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and then chief of a combined Division of General Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine. She brings tremendous vision for the evolving health system, recognizing the blurring lines of hospital medicine with community practice.

Seattle Children’s also welcomed Dr. Jeff Sperring, a general pediatrician and former associate pediatric residency director at Indiana University, as chief executive officer in 2015. He is an outspoken advocate for providing the best care for children, training the next generation of leaders in pediatrics and pediatric specialties, and integrating research into clinical advancements. His vision and energy are inspiring to our department as we seek to achieve identical goals. I hope that you will enjoy learning about our outstanding faculty and departmental programs in this annual academic report. 

F. Bruder Stapleton, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Ford/Morgan Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
Associate Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine
Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President, Seattle Children's Hospital