The Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine provides the highest-quality pediatric care for both general and specialized pediatric orthopedic problems. We have the largest, most complete pediatric orthopedic department in the Northwest, focusing on all pediatric orthopedic specialties.

Our sites of clinical care include Seattle Children’s Hospital and locations in Bellevue, Federal Way, Mill Creek, and Olympia as well as outreach facilities in Yakima, Wenatchee, and the Tri-Cities in Washington and in Anchorage, Alaska. Our clinical volumes have improved 50 percent in five years, and our access has decreased from one month to one week. Our quality of care has improved according to patient/family surveys and the surveys have been integrated into all aspects of care with our Value Stream work at the hospital.

Our faculty includes some of the most accomplished pediatric orthopedic surgeons in North America dedicated to providing immediate access and care to all children in our region. We treat 2,000 pediatric fractures a year in addition to spinal deformities, pediatric foot and hand deformities, and musculoskeletal tumors and infections. We collaborate with our pediatric colleagues on treating complicated neuromuscular disorders, including cerebral palsy and myelomeningocele; congenital deformities; and skeletal dysplasia, including achondroplasia.

Our pediatric sports program has developed a multidisciplinary sports service dedicated to the health care of all pediatric athletes. Our pediatric sports providers partner with the University of Washington Concussion Program to provide first-class concussion care. Pediatricians, rehabilitation specialists, pediatric cardiologists and sports psychologists participate in our pediatric orthopedic team. Our greatest resource in the sports program are our Children’s sports trainers who provide sports health care to 18 high schools in the Seattle/Bellevue area in addition to many community based sports programs. Children’s trainers allow our program to be well connected to the needs of our children and their families.

Leadership and Faculty

Jonathan Michael Chen, MD, Chief

Cardiac Surgery, Transplantation

Academic Title: Professor

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Fellows

  • Maryse Bouchard, MD
  • Kirk Mulgrew, MD
  • Brett Toresdahl, MD