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Kathleen C Y Sie, MD

Kathleen C Y Sie, MD

Otolaryngology, Craniofacial

On staff since July 1992

Children's Title: Director, Childhood Communication Center; Co-Director, Cochlear Implant Program; Richard and Francine Loeb Endowed Chair in Childhood Communication Research

Academic Title: Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"Helping children to communicate more effectively helps them in their socialization, self-confidence and language and cognitive development. With changes in medicine and technology, families and children have many choices today that were not available even 10 years ago. I consider it the ultimate privilege to help take care of children. I enjoy talking with the kids and their families in the clinic setting to help them understand their medical issues and challenges and to present them with treatment options, and I enjoy following through with whichever choices the family makes. In addition to taking the best possible care of each patient, I believe, the way that we make things better for children is through research."

Kathleen C.Y. Sie, MD, is director of the Childhood Communication Center at Seattle Childrens Hospital and professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She developed the Childhood Communication Center in 2002 to optimize the multidisciplinary care available to children with complex communication needs.

She also participates in the Craniofacial Center. She earned her MD from the University of Michigan Medical School, completed a residency in otolaryngology and a fellowship in auditory research at the University of Washington and completed a clinical fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Childrens Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. Her clinical efforts are focused on communication issues of childhood. She directs the Hearing Loss Clinic and co-directs the Cochlear Implant Program.

Sie performed the first cochlear implant at Seattle Childrens in 1994, and performed all of Childrens cochlear implants until 2005. She also works with speech language pathologists in the evaluation and management of children with velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI), and she works with colleagues to perform complex auricular reconstruction using autologous tissue and on prosthetic management of microtia. Her research efforts have focused on surgical outcomes in VPI management and epidemiological studies on pediatric cochlear implantation.

Recommendations

  • Alice Seattle, WA 12.10.13

    We are so thankful for Dr. Sie and her experience and knowledge in not only Otolaryngology but other conditions related to hearing loss. When our daughter went in for eustacian tube surgery, within minutes she noticed her facial features and recommended that we draw blood for a specific genetic test. Unbelievably, she was spot on and we found out the cause of our daughter's hearing loss, which is now helping us manage her care holistically in the best way possible. We had heard so much about Dr. Sie that we pushed to have her do the eustacian tube surgery without even meeting her. It was the best decision. Thank you Dr. Sie - we are so thankful for your proactiveness to helping us get the best care for our daughter.

  • Stacey Kenmore, WA 01.02.13

    Dr. Sie is very knowledgeable and friendly. I have a high level of confidence in the care she provides my son. She has great "bedside manner" and can communicate well with children and parents too.

  • Denise Arlington, WA 02.10.11

    Dr. Sie has seen our daughter Allyson regarding hearing problems she has had since birth. Dr. Sie has always been so professional and so good with Allyson - she instilled a high level of confidence in both my Husband and myself and we feel blessed to have had our daughter under her care.

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Otolaryngology

Medical/Professional School

University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor

Residency

Surgery - General, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Otolaryngology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implant, Chronic ear disease and cholesteatoma; Ear anomalies: microtia and atresia, prominent ears, malformed ears; Cleft Palate, Velopharyngeal Insufficiency. Research Interests: Cochlear implantation in children and Velopharyngeal Insufficiency.

Research Focus Area

Therapeutic Trials

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
Charles Ferguson Award for Clinical Research, Third Prize Concensus in developing a VPI Video Instruction Tool American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology 2012
Charles Ferguson Award for Clinical Research, Second Prize For "Validation of a VPI-specific Quality of Life Instrument" American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology 2012
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
"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians" Consumer's Research Council of America 2009

Publications

  • Iwata AJ, Dunnell J, Norton SJ, Sie KC
    Prenatal Diagnosis of SLC26A4 Mutation and Delayed Onset of Hearing Loss.
    Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery , 2013 Jan. 16
  • Tieu DD, Gerber ME, Milczuk HA, Parikh SR, Perkins JA, Yoon PJ, Sie KC
    Generation of consensus in the application of a rating scale to nasendoscopic assessment of velopharyngeal function.
    Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery , 2012 Oct. : 138(10)923-8
  • Skirko JR, Weaver EM, Perkins J, Kinter S, Sie KC
    Modification and evaluation of a Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Quality-of-Life instrument.
    Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery , 2012 Oct. : 138(10)929-35
  • Lam DJ, Chiu LL, Sie KC, Perkins JA
    Impact of Cleft Width in Clefts of Secondary Palate on the Risk of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency.
    Archives of facial plastic surgery , 2012 Apr, 16
  • Heike CL, Stueckle LP, Stuhaug ET, Pimenta LA, Drake AF, Vivaldi D, Sie KC, Birgfeld CB
    Photographic protocol for image acquisition in craniofacial microsomia.
    Head & face medicine , 2011 Dec. 30 : 725
  • Patrick DL, Edwards TC, Skalicky AM, Schick B, Topolski TD, Kushalnagar P, Leng M, O'Neill-Kemp AM, Sie KS
    Validation of a quality-of-life measure for deaf or hard of hearing youth.
    Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery , 2011 July : 145(1)137-45
  • Parhizkar N, Saltzman B, Grote K, Starr J, Cunningham M, Perkins J, Sie K
    Nasopharyngeal airway for management of airway obstruction in infants with micrognathia.
    The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association , 2011 July : 48(4)478-82
  • Evans KN, Sie KC, Hopper RA, Glass RP, Hing AV, Cunningham ML
    Robin sequence: from diagnosis to development of an effective management plan.
    Pediatrics , 2011 May : 127(5)936-48
  • Cushing SL, Swanson RL, Sie KC
    Prevention of auricular deformity in children with diastrophic dysplasia.
    International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology , 2011 Mar. 15
  • Misono S, Sie KC, Weiss NS, Huang ML, Boeckh M, Norton SJ, Yueh B
    Congenital cytomegalovirus infection in pediatric hearing loss.
    Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery , 2011 Jan. : 137(1)47-53
  • Rogers DJ, Sie KC, Manning SC
    Epiglottitis due to nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae in a vaccinated child.
    International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology , 2010 Feb. : 218-20
  • Chen EY, Inglis AF, Ou H, Perkins JA, Sie KC, Chiara J, Manning SC
    Endoscopic electrocauterization of pyriform fossa sinus tracts as definitive treatment.
    International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology , 2009 Aug. : 1151-6
  • Chen EY, Paladin A, Phillips G, Raske M, Vega L, Peterson D, Sie KC
    Semicircular canal dehiscence in the pediatric population.
    International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology , 2009 Feb. : 321-7
  • Sie KC, Starr JR, Bloom DC, Cunningham M, de Serres LM, Drake AF, Elluru RG, Haddad J Jr, Hartnick C, Macarthur C, Milczuk HA, Muntz HR, Perkins JA, Senders C, Smith ME, Tollefson T, Willging JP, Zdanski CJ
    Multicenter interrater and intrarater reliability in the endoscopic evaluation of velopharyngeal insufficiency.
    Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery , 2008 July : 757-63
  • Paladin AM, Phillips GS, Raske ME, Sie KC
    Labyrinthine dehiscence in a child.
    Pediatric radiology , 2008 Mar. : 348-50
  • Sie KC, Chen EY
    Management of velopharyngeal insufficiency: development of a protocol and modifications of sphincter pharyngoplasty.
    Facial plastic surgery : FPS , 2007 May : 128-39
  • McCullough BJ, Adams JC, Shilling DJ, Feeney MP, Sie KC, Tempel BL
    3p-- syndrome defines a hearing loss locus in 3p25.3.
    Hearing research , 2007 Feb. : 51-60
  • Perkins JA, Inglis AF, Sie KC, Manning SC
    Recurrent thyroglossal duct cysts: a 23-year experience and a new method for management.
    The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology , 2006 Nov. : 850-6
  • Yoon PJ, Starr JR, Perkins JA, Bloom D, Sie KC
    Interrater and intrarater reliability in the evaluation of velopharyngeal insufficiency within a single institution.
    Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery , 2006 Sept. : 947-51
  • Lam DJ, Starr JR, Perkins JA, Lewis CW, Eblen LE, Dunlap J, Sie KC
    A comparison of nasendoscopy and multiview videofluoroscopy in assessing velopharyngeal insufficiency.
    Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery , 2006 Mar. : 394-402
  • Perkins JA, Lewis CW, Gruss JS, Eblen LE, Sie KC
    Furlow palatoplasty for management of velopharyngeal insufficiency: a prospective study of 148 consecutive patients.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2005 July : 72-80; discussion 81-4
  • Stern RE, Yueh B, Lewis C, Norton S, Sie KC
    Recent epidemiology of pediatric cochlear implantation in the United States: disparity among children of different ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
    The Laryngoscope , 2005 Jan. : 125-31
  • Lewis CW, Carron JD, Perkins JA, Sie KC, Feudtner C
    Tracheotomy in pediatric patients: a national perspective.
    Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery , 2003 May : 523-9
  • Sie KC, Gruss JS
    Results with Furlow palatoplasty in the management of velopharyngeal insufficiency.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2002 June : 2588-9; author reply 2590-1
  • Eblen LE, Sie KC
    Perceptual and instrumental assessment of velopharyngeal insufficiency.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2002 June : 2589-90; author reply 2590-1

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
Outcomes in children with Robin Sequence: Does facial phenotype matter? ACPA 2011
Perceptions of quality of life among youth who are deaf or hard of hearing International Society for Quality of Life Research London 2010

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Research Grant 2009 - 2012
Hearing Loss and Quality of Life of Children and Youth NIDCD, NIHKathleen Sie, MDKathleen Sie, MD Jan. 1, 2007
Clinical vestibular assessment in children with deafness Hear See Hope Foundation $40,000.00 Jan. 1, 2007
Role of congenital CMV in pediatric hearing loss Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation $75,000.00 Jan. 1, 2006