Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center Establishes Endowed Chair for the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic

Jim and Janet Sinegal have donated $1.5 million to Children’s to establish an endowed chair for the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, a program of Children’s. Ben Danielson, MD, Medical Director at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle, has been selected as the first holder of the chair.


Jim and Janet Sinegal have donated $1.5 million to Children’s to establish an endowed chair for the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, a program of Children’s. Ben Danielson, MD, Medical Director at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle, has been selected as the first holder of the chair.

Funding for this Endowed Chair will be used to support Danielson’s work as an advocate for health care for underserved populations and in increasing diversity within the medical profession.

“Dr. Danielson was honored with this appointment for his unwavering dedication to the children at risk for being underserved in the community. He has been a champion for diversity in healthcare and has been a treasured role model for those populations under represented in healthcare,” says Richard A. Molteni, MD, medical director at Children’s. His contributions include the development of a comprehensive primary care program for children that also addresses their dental and mental health needs, improving services to children in foster and kindred care, and providing school-based youth healthcare.

A graduate of Harvard University, Danielson completed his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and his pediatric residency at Children’s. In addition to serving as medical director of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, he is the medical director in a school-based clinic at Cleveland High School. In 2004, he was awarded the Charlie Garcia Distinguished Service Award, named after the former assistant dean for multicultural affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine who retired in 2003. The award recognized his efforts to increase diversity within the medical profession, and currently, he is working to help increase diversity within the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He participates in the African American Mentor Network, and has served as a mentor for students in the Summer Medical Education Program, a six-week enrichment program for under-represented college students interested in medicine and dentistry.

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic opened in 1970 and is located in Seattle’s central district. Staff provides pediatric primary and dental care, and mental health services for children to 21 years of age. Focused services include chronic disease management for children with asthma and sickle cell disease.

About Seattle Children’s

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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