Kenneth W. Gow, MD

Kenneth W. Gow, MD

Oncology, General Surgery, Vascular Anomalies

On staff since September 2007

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, UW

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"The best aspect of my job is having the chance to fix a problem and provide children with meaningful change for the rest of their lives."

Kenneth Gow, MD is an attending surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

He also attends at the Seattle Children’s Everett Clinic and Tri Cities Clinic.  He is also the Associate Program Director of the general surgical residency program, and is an affiliate investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  He completed his residency training   and his fellowship in pediatric surgery at Vancouver Children’s Hospital in British Columbia.  Gow’s clinical and research focus is on pediatric surgical oncology and surgical education.


  • Janet Rome, Ga.30161 02.13.15

    For years my daughter battled severe constipation... Her health had started to get worse it seemed each time we went to the hospital.... That is when we met Dr.Gow at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston....HE WAS HER LIFESAVER IN MY EYES.... He is the one who found her diagnosis of Short Segment Hirchsprungs Disease,..Dr.Gow is also the one who performed her complete pull thru... Tori was only 9 at the time ...this year will be 21 in June... and still when people ask about her hero her Senior speech at school and even now she says I have several but Dr.Gow ... who gave me a very prosperious life with a disease I had no control over.... thank you Dr.Gow,,,,, JANET AND TORI MARTIN


    Dr. Gow was the greatest doctor I've ever had and made my surgery experience as easy as could be! He removed my tumor on August 8th 2014 and about a month after surgery i can get back to my daily activities and be involved in sports! thanks Dr. Gow!!

  • Jeanie Bellingham, WA 12.18.13

    We were very lucky to meet Dr. Gow and he saved our son's life in 2007. He had great sense of humor. He was professional, very responsive, humble, and genuine. I was worried and scared as a mother of a sick 10 months old baby. We trusted Dr. Gow through these difficult moments. My child is a healthy and happy 1st grader now. Dr. Gow is a great surgeon! Thank you, Dr. Gow!

  • Shawn Columbus, GA 07.09.12

    Dr. Gow is the greatest! When he was in Atlanta he saved my son's life. My son was born with a rare condition and Dr. Gow was there with me every step of the way. I cannot thank him enough for his kindness, caring, and professionalism. We will never forget you and can never thank you enough for giving him a chance at life. He is the best!


Board Certification(s)

Surgery - General
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Surgery


Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC


Pediatric Surgery, British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver
Pediatric Surgery, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis

Clinical Interests

Optimizing surgical techniques in diagnosing, resection and managing solid tumors in children. Research in application of minimally invasive techniques in oncology and use of image-guidance for surgical resection.

Research Focus Area

Translational Research

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
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


  • Ghazi B, Carlson GW, Murray DR, Gow KW, Page A, Durham M, Kooby DA, Parker D, Rapkin L, Lawson DH, Delman KA
    Utility of lymph node assessment for atypical spitzoid melanocytic neoplasms.
    Annals of surgical oncology , 2010 Sept. : 2471-5
  • Gow KW, Lao OB, Leong T, Fortenberry JD
    Extracorporeal life support for adults with malignancy and respiratory or cardiac failure: The Extracorporeal Life Support experience.
    American journal of surgery , 2010 May : 669-75
  • Shehata BM, Fishman I, Collings MH, Wang J, Poulik JM, Ricketts RR, Parker PM, Heiss K, Bhatia AM, Worcester HD, Gow KW
    Pseudoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia of the breast in pediatric patients: an underrecognized entity.
    Pediatric and developmental pathology : the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the Paediatric Pathology Society , 2009 Nov. : 450-4
  • Gow KW
    Visual learning: harnessing images to educate residents optimally.
    Journal of surgical education , 2009 Nov. : 392-4
  • Goldin AB, Gow KW
    Cancer care in the pediatric surgical patient: a matter of interpretation.
    Surgery , 2009 Sept. : 528; author reply 528-9
  • Gow KW, Heiss KF, Wulkan ML, Katzenstein HM, Rosenberg ES, Heard ML, Rycus PT, Fortenberry JD
    Extracorporeal life support for support of children with malignancy and respiratory or cardiac failure: The extracorporeal life support experience.
    Critical care medicine , 2009 Apr, : 1308-16
  • Gow KW, Lee L, Pruthi S, Patterson K, Healey PJ
    Mesenchymal hamartoma of the liver.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2009 Feb. : 468-70
  • Gow KW, Rapkin LB, Olson TA, Durham MM, Wyly B, Shehata BM
    Sentinel lymph node biopsy in the pediatric population.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2008 Dec. : 2193-8
  • Gow KW, Saad DF, Koontz C, Wulkan ML
    Minimally invasive thoracoscopic ultrasound for localization of pulmonary nodules in children.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2008 Dec. : 2315-22
  • Moses KA, Kirsch AJ, Heiss EA, Gow KW
    Supernumerary kidney in a term infant with VATER association.
    The American surgeon , 2008 Sept. : 874-6
  • Chang TS, Shehata BM, Stallings C, Gow KW, Onyeije CI
    Fetus in fetu presenting as an abdominal mass in a newborn female infant.
    The American surgeon , 2008 Sept. : 883-5
  • Cribbs RK, Wulkan ML, Heiss KF, Gow KW
    Minimally invasive surgery and childhood cancer.
    Surgical oncology , 2007 Nov. : 221-8
  • Downard CD, Rapkin LB, Gow KW
    Melanoma in children and adolescents.
    Surgical oncology , 2007 Nov. : 215-20
  • Park F, Gow KW
    Gene therapy: future or flop.
    Pediatric clinics of North America , 2006 Aug. : 621-38
  • Gow KW, Bhatia A, Saad DF, Wulkan ML, Heiss KF
    Left-sided gastroschisis.
    The American surgeon , 2006 July : 637-40
  • Gow KW, Wulkan ML, Heiss KF, Haight AE, Heard ML, Rycus P, Fortenberry JD
    Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for support of children after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization experience.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2006 Apr, : 662-7
  • Metzger ML, Howard SC, Hudson MM, Gow KW, Li CS, Krasin MJ, Merchant T, Kun L, Shelso J, Pui CH, Shochat SJ, McCarville MB
    Natural history of thyroid nodules in survivors of pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma.
    Pediatric blood & cancer , 2006 Mar. : 314-9
  • Saad DF, Shehata BM, Patrick E, Gow KW
    Intramuscular hemangioma of the abdominal wall.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2006 Mar. : 601-2
  • Saad DF, Gow KW, Milas Z, Wulkan ML
    Laparoscopic adrenalectomy for neuroblastoma in children: a report of 6 cases.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2005 Dec. : 1948-50
  • Saad DF, Gow KW, Cabbabe S, Heiss KF, Wulkan ML
    Laparoscopic cystogastrostomy for the treatment of pancreatic pseudocysts in children.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2005 Nov. : e13-7
  • Saad DF, Gow KW, Redd D, Rausbaum G, Wulkan ML
    Renal artery pseudoaneurysm secondary to blunt trauma treated with microcoil embolization.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2005 Nov. : e65-7
  • Saad DF, Gow KW
    Images in clinical medicine. Small-bowel prolapse through a persistent omphalomesenteric duct.
    The New England journal of medicine , 2005 July 7 : e1
  • Saad DF, Gow KW, Shehata B, Wulkan ML
    Pyloric duplication in a term newborn.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2005 July : 1209-10
  • Koontz CS, Oliva V, Gow KW, Wulkan ML
    Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical excision of cystic lung disease in children.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2005 May : 835-7
  • Durham MM, Gow KW, Shehata BM, Katzenstein HM, Lorenzo RL, Ricketts RR
    Gastrointestinal stromal tumors arising from the stomach: a report of three children.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2004 Oct. : 1495-9
  • Gow KW, Mayfield JK, Lloyd D, Shehata BM
    Pseudoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia of the breast in two adolescent females.
    The American surgeon , 2004 July : 605-8
  • Parast MM, Eudy G, Gow KW, Amin M, Shehata B
    A unique case of renal carcinoma with Xp11.2 translocations/ TFE3 gene fusions in a 3-year-old child, with coexistent von Hippel-Lindau gene mutation.
    Pediatric and developmental pathology : the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the Paediatric Pathology Society , 2004 July : 403-6
  • Gow KW, Mykytenko J, Patrick EL, Dodson TF
    Brachial artery pseudoaneurysm in a 6-week-old infant.
    The American surgeon , 2004 June : 518-21
  • Bhatia AM, Gow KW, Heiss KF, Barr G, Wulkan ML
    Is the use of laparoscopy to determine presence of contralateral patent processus vaginalis justified in children greater than 2 years of age?
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2004 May : 778-81
  • Milas Z, Atkinson G, Gow KW
    Pediatric surgical images. Meconium peritonitis.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2004 Feb. : 245-6
  • Gow KW, Lensing S, Hill DA, Krasin MJ, McCarville MB, Rai SN, Zacher M, Spunt SL, Strickland DK, Hudson MM
    Thyroid carcinoma presenting in childhood or after treatment of childhood malignancies: An institutional experience and review of the literature.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2003 Nov. : 1574-80
  • Gow KW, Hayes-Jordan AA, Billups CA, Shenep JL, Hoffer FA, Davidoff AM, Rao BN, Schropp KP, Shochat SJ
    Benefit of surgical resection of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in pediatric patients undergoing treatment for malignancies and immunodeficiency syndromes.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2003 Sept. : 1354-60
  • Gow KW, Murphy JJ 3rd, Wu JK, Desa DJ
    Metastatic testicular rhabdomyosarcoma--a report of two cases.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2003 Aug. : E1-3
  • Gow KW, Kobrynski L, Abramowsky C, Lloyd D
    Massive benign thymic hyperplasia in a six-month-old girl: case report.
    The American surgeon , 2003 Aug. : 717-9
  • Hwang H, Murphy JJ, Gow KW, Magee JF, Bekhit E, Jamieson D
    Are localized intestinal perforations distinct from necrotizing enterocolitis?
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2003 May : 763-7
  • Garrett KM, Hoffer FA, Behm FG, Gow KW, Hudson MM, Sandlund JT
    Interventional radiology techniques for the diagnosis of lymphoma or leukemia.
    Pediatric radiology , 2002 Sept. : 653-62