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Charles A. Cowan, MD

Charles A. Cowan, MD

Developmental Pediatrics, 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 Ill be privileged to see joy or accomplishment on the face of a child whether its as simple as holding their body up without support or saying "Hi, Mom.""

    • Aurora Mercer Island, WA 03.30.11

      Dr Cowan has been with us through the shock of an initial autism diagnosis and beyond. He is highly recommended.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Magazine 2015
    Newsweek Health: Top Cancer Doctors 2015 Newsweek 2015
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
    Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
    U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
    Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine 2012
    • Farmer C, Butter E, Mazurek MO, Cowan C, Lainhart J, Cook EH, DeWitt MB, Aman M
      Aggression in children with autism spectrum disorders and a clinic-referred comparison group.
      24497627 Autism : the international journal of research and practice , 2015 Apr, : 19(3)281-91 PMCID: PMC4331245
    • Wilfond BS, Miller PS, Korfiatis C, Diekema DS, Dudzinski DM, Goering S, Seattle Growth Attenuation and Ethics Working Group
      Navigating growth attenuation in children with profound disabilities. Children's interests, family decision-making, and community concerns.
      21155109 The Hastings Center report , 2010 Nov. : 40(6)27-40
    • Sorensen MD, Koyle MA, Cowan CA, Zamilpa I, Shnorhavorian M, Lendvay TS
      Injection volumes of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid are increasing in the endoscopic management of vesicoureteral reflux.
      20140734 Pediatric surgery international , 2010 May : 509-13
    • Vemulakonda VM, Cowan CA, Lendvay TS, Joyner BD, Grady RW
      Surgical management of congenital ureteropelvic junction obstruction: a Pediatric Health Information System database study.
      18708209 The Journal of urology , 2008 Oct. : 1689-92; discussion 1692
    • Tieder JS, Cowan CA, Garrison MM, Christakis DA
      Variation in inpatient resource utilization and management of apparent life-threatening events.
      18410764 The Journal of pediatrics , 2008 May : 152(5)629-35, 635.e1-2
    • Tieder JS, Cowan CA, Garrison MM, Christakis DA
      Variation in inpatient resource utilization and management of apparent life-threatening events.
      18410764 The Journal of pediatrics , 2008 May : 629-35, 635.e1-2
    • Salyer JW, DiBlasi RM, Crotwell DN, Cowan CA, Carter ER
      The conversion to metered-dose inhaler with valved holding chamber to administer inhaled albuterol: a pediatric hospital experience.
      18291050 Respiratory care , 2008 Mar. : 338-45
    • Tieder JS, Migita DS, Cowan CA, Melzer SM
      Newborn care by pediatric hospitalists in a community hospital: effect on physician productivity and financial performance.
      18180416 Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2008 Jan. : 74-8
    • Lendvay TS, Sorensen M, Cowan CA, Joyner BD, Mitchell MM, Grady RW
      The evolution of vesicoureteral reflux management in the era of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer: a pediatric health information system database study.
      16945675 The Journal of urology , 2006 Oct. : 1864-7
    • Lendvay TS, Cowan CA, Mitchell MM, Joyner BD, Grady RW
      Augmentation cystoplasty rates at children's hospitals in the United States: a pediatric health information system database study.
      16945630 The Journal of urology , 2006 Oct. : 1716-20
    • Lendvay TS, Sorensen M, Cowan CA, Joyner BD, Mitchell MM, Grady RW
      The evolution of vesicoureteral reflux management in the era of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer: a pediatric health information system database study.
      16945675 The Journal of urology , 2006 Oct. : 1864-7
    • Christakis DA, Cowan CA, Garrison MM, Molteni R, Marcuse E, Zerr DM
      Variation in inpatient diagnostic testing and management of bronchiolitis.
      15805359 Pediatrics , 2005 Apr, : 878-84
    • Charles A. Cowan, MD, Berman, S.
      Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Pediatric Decision Making , 2003 : 70-74
    • Strauss WL, Unis AS, Cowan C, Dawson G, Dager SR
      Fluorine magnetic resonance spectroscopy measurement of brain fluvoxamine and fluoxetine in pediatric patients treated for pervasive developmental disorders.
      11986128 The American journal of psychiatry , 2002 May : 159(5)755-60

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics

Medical/Professional School

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science - Chicago Medical School, North Chicago

Residency

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