Craig Jackson, MD, MHA

Craig Jackson, MD, MHA


On staff since October 1982

Children's Title: Medical Director, Seattle Children's Hospital NICU

Academic Title: Professor

"It is a great privilege and greater responsibility to be the medical director of the Seattle Children's NICU since 1992. We receive the most difficult and complex infants from Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho for treatment by some of the best medical and surgical specialists in the nation, and to be cared for by the best nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, and physical/occupational therapists anywhere. My job is to keep us working as a team to deliver the best outcomes possible for our young patients and their families."

After 15 years of basic and clinical research in lung diseases of newborns, Dr. Jackson changed his major focus from research to neonatal medical direction, strategic planning, and business services. To improve his administrative skills, he completed the executive Masters in Health Administration at the University of Washington in 2007.

Dr. Jackson plans to continue his primary administrative activity as neonatal medical director at Seattle Children's Hospital, including quality improvement activities, and working with leaders in Perinatology at UW to build its program in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and fetal diagnostic services. He is co-manager of the Children's Neonatology Value Stream process to continuously improve clinical outcomes and family-centered care.


Board Certification(s)

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Medical/Professional School

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville
University of Washington School of Public Health , Seattle


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Newborn respiratory disease; continuous quality improvement


  • Kunz SN, Tieder JS, Whitlock K, Jackson JC, Avansino JR
    Primary fascial closure versus staged closure with silo in patients with gastroschisis: a meta-analysis.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2013 Apr, : 48(4)845-57
  • Craig Jackson, MD, MHA
    Respiratory Distress in the Preterm Infant
    Avery's Diseases of the Newborn, 9th ed. , 2012
  • Craig Jackson, MD, MHA
    Aspiration Syndromes
    Pediatrics , 2005
  • Craig Jackson, MD, MHA
    Respiratory Distress Syndrome
    Pediatrics , 2005
  • Craig Jackson, MD, MHA
    Respiratory Disease in the Newborn
    Pediatrics , 2005


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Therapeutic hypothermia for neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy Community Medical Center Missoula, MT Jan. 23, 2012