Children's Hospital Appoints New Surgeon-in-Chief

Seattle, Wash. – Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center recently named Robert S. Sawin, M.D., as surgeon-in-chief and director of the Department of Surgery.


Seattle, Wash. – Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center recently named Robert S. Sawin, M.D., as surgeon-in-chief and director of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Sawin has also been appointed vice chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. Sawin received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, completed his residency in general surgery at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston and was clinical fellow in surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Sawin came to Children’s in Seattle in 1987. He has served as associate director of the Surgery Infant Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, chief of the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery and, more recently, the interim director of the Department of Surgery.

His clinical and research interests are surgical oncology, tumor growth factor research, inflammatory bowel disease and extra corporeal membrane oxygenation.

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Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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