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Robert S. Sawin, MD

Robert S. Sawin, MD

General Surgery, Oncology, Transplantation

On staff since March 1988

Children's Title: Surgeon-in-Chief

Academic Title: Professor of Surgery

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"It is my job to ensure that every child receives the highest quality of surgical care and that it is provided safely and with compassion."

Robert Sawin, MD, is surgeon-in-chief at Seattle Children's Hospital and vice chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is an attending surgeon in both pediatric general and thoracic surgery and in pediatric transplant.

He completed his residency at Harvard's Brigham and Womens Hospital and completed a fellowship at Seattle Children's. Sawin helped establish Seattle Children's liver transplant program and ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) program. In addition to clinical interests in pediatric liver, tumor surgery, congenital anomalies and the correction of chest wall deformities, Dr. Sawin leads the department of surgery's efforts in developing health care systems that ensure high quality, safe and cost effective care.

Making A Difference

  • Harnessing the Power of Research

    A new initiative aims to bring research to more children at the site of care – a bold step to improve outcomes by inspiring more collaboration between clinicians and scientists. ... cont.

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh

Residency

Surgery - General, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston

Fellowship

Pediatric Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Pediatric tumors, Congenital diaphragmatic hernia, inflammatory bowel disease and chest wall defects

Research Focus Area

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Genetics and Developmental Biology

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
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
"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians" Consumer's Research Council of America 2009

Publications

  • Ledbetter DJ, Sawin RS
    Adrenal insufficiency in newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2010 Oct. : 696; author reply 696
  • Waldhausen JH, Avansino JR, Libby A, Sawin RS
    Application of lean methods improves surgical clinic experience.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2010 July : 1420-5
  • Lao OB, Crouthamel MR, Goldin AB, Sawin RS, Waldhausen JH, Kim SS
    Thoracoscopic repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia in infancy.
    Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A , 2010 Apr, : 271-6
  • Goldin AB, Sawin RS, Garrison MM, Zerr DM, Christakis DA
    Aminoglycoside-based triple-antibiotic therapy versus monotherapy for children with ruptured appendicitis.
    Pediatrics , 2007 May : 905-11
  • Kletter GB, Sweetser DA, Wallace SF, Sawin RS, Rutledge JC, Geyer JR
    Adrenocorticotropin-secreting pancreatoblastoma.
    Journal of pediatric endocrinology & metabolism : JPEM , 2007 May : 639-42
  • Lee SL, Beyer TD, Kim SS, Waldhausen JH, Healey PJ, Sawin RS, Ledbetter DJ
    Initial nonoperative management and delayed closure for treatment of giant omphaloceles.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2006 Nov. : 1846-9
  • Kim SS, Lau ST, Lee SL, Schaller R Jr, Healey PJ, Ledbetter DJ, Sawin RS, Waldhausen JH
    Pyloromyotomy: a comparison of laparoscopic, circumumbilical, and right upper quadrant operative techniques.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons , 2005 July : 66-70
  • Avansino JR, Goldman B, Sawin RS, Flum DR
    Primary operative versus nonoperative therapy for pediatric empyema: a meta-analysis.
    Pediatrics , 2005 June : 1652-9
  • Waldhausen JH, Cusick RA, Graham DD, Pittinger TP, Sawin RS
    Removal of chest tubes in children without water seal after elective thoracic procedures: a randomized prospective study.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons , 2002 Apr, : 411-5

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
To Cut is to Cure?: Management of Pediatric Empyema Richard Schisgall Memorial Lecture, Children’s National Medical Center Washington, D.C. March 1, 2009