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Charles A. Cowan, MD

Charles A. Cowan, MD

Developmental Pediatrics, Pediatrics-Inpatient, Autism Center

On staff since October 1977

Children's Title: Medical Director, Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center

Academic Title: Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"My entire 40-year career as a pediatrician has been dedicated to my belief that no matter their race, socioeconomic status or abilities, all children deserve the very best healthcare to allow them to achieve their highest potential. Serving disadvantaged populations is my personal passion. For the past 26 years, that has meant caring for children with disabilities — and especially in the past 15 years, caring for children and their families who are affected by autism. Every day, I come to work knowing that I’ll be privileged to see joy or accomplishment on the face of a child — whether it’s as simple as holding their body up without support or saying “Hi, Mom.”"

Making a Difference


AuroraMercer Island, WA03.30.11
Dr Cowan has been with us through the shock of an initial autism diagnosis and beyond. He is highly recommended.
Recommend Dr. Charles Cowan


Board Certification(s)
Medical/Professional School
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science - Chicago Medical School, North Chicago
Pediatrics, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx
Clinical Interests

Autism disorders, Asperger syndrome

Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014Seattle Magazine 2014
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013Seattle Magazine 2013
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012Seattle Magazine 2012
U.S. News Top DoctorU.S. News and World Report 2012
"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians"Consumer's Research Council of America 2009


Injection volumes of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid are increasing in the endoscopic management of vesicoureteral reflux.
Pediatric surgery international , 2010 May: 509-13
Surgical management of congenital ureteropelvic junction obstruction: a Pediatric Health Information System database study.
The Journal of urology , 2008 Oct: 1689-92; discussion 1692
Variation in inpatient resource utilization and management of apparent life-threatening events.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2008 May: 629-35, 635.e1-2
The conversion to metered-dose inhaler with valved holding chamber to administer inhaled albuterol: a pediatric hospital experience.
Respiratory care , 2008 Mar: 338-45
Newborn care by pediatric hospitalists in a community hospital: effect on physician productivity and financial performance.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2008 Jan: 74-8
The evolution of vesicoureteral reflux management in the era of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer: a pediatric health information system database study.
The Journal of urology , 2006 Oct: 1864-7
Augmentation cystoplasty rates at children's hospitals in the United States: a pediatric health information system database study.
The Journal of urology , 2006 Oct: 1716-20
Variation in inpatient diagnostic testing and management of bronchiolitis.
Pediatrics , 2005 Apr: 878-84

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OC.9.840 - Neurodevelopmental
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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