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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."

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.


Board Certification(s)
Pediatric Surgery
Medical/Professional School
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh
Surgery - General, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
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 NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013Seattle Magazine 2013
Seattle's Top DocSeattle Met Magazine 2013
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012Seattle Magazine 2012
U.S. News Top DoctorU.S. News and World Report 2012
"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians"Consumer's Research Council of America 2009


Adrenal insufficiency in newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2010 Oct: 696; author reply 696
Application of lean methods improves surgical clinic experience.
Journal of pediatric surgery , 2010 Jul: 1420-5
Thoracoscopic repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia in infancy.
Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A , 2010 Apr: 271-6
Adrenocorticotropin-secreting pancreatoblastoma.
Journal of pediatric endocrinology & metabolism : JPEM , 2007 May: 639-42
Aminoglycoside-based triple-antibiotic therapy versus monotherapy for children with ruptured appendicitis.
Pediatrics , 2007 May: 905-11
Initial nonoperative management and delayed closure for treatment of giant omphaloceles.
Journal of pediatric surgery , 2006 Nov: 1846-9
Pyloromyotomy: a comparison of laparoscopic, circumumbilical, and right upper quadrant operative techniques.
Journal of the American College of Surgeons , 2005 Jul: 66-70
Primary operative versus nonoperative therapy for pediatric empyema: a meta-analysis.
Pediatrics , 2005 Jun: 1652-9
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 TitleEventLocationDate
To Cut is to Cure?: Management of Pediatric EmpyemaRichard Schisgall Memorial Lecture, Children’s National Medical CenterWashington, D.C.March 1, 2009

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OA.9.220 - Surgery
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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