Charles A. Cowan, MD

Charles A. Cowan, MD

Developmental Pediatrics, Pediatrics-Inpatient, Autism Center

On staff since October 1977

Children's Title: Medical Director, Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center

Academic Title: Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"My entire 40-year career as a pediatrician has been dedicated to my belief that no matter their race, socioeconomic status or abilities, all children deserve the very best healthcare to allow them to achieve their highest potential. Serving disadvantaged populations is my personal passion. For the past 26 years, that has meant caring for children with disabilities and especially in the past 15 years, caring for children and their families who are affected by autism. Every day, I come to work knowing that Ill be privileged to see joy or accomplishment on the face of a child whether its as simple as holding their body up without support or saying "Hi, Mom.""

Making A Difference


  • Aurora Mercer Island, WA 03.30.11

    Dr Cowan has been with us through the shock of an initial autism diagnosis and beyond. He is highly recommended.


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science - Chicago Medical School, North Chicago


Pediatrics, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx

Clinical Interests

Autism disorders, Asperger syndrome

Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
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


  • Sorensen MD, Koyle MA, Cowan CA, Zamilpa I, Shnorhavorian M, Lendvay TS
    Injection volumes of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid are increasing in the endoscopic management of vesicoureteral reflux.
    Pediatric surgery international , 2010 May : 509-13
  • Vemulakonda VM, Cowan CA, Lendvay TS, Joyner BD, Grady RW
    Surgical management of congenital ureteropelvic junction obstruction: a Pediatric Health Information System database study.
    The Journal of urology , 2008 Oct. : 1689-92; discussion 1692
  • Tieder JS, Cowan CA, Garrison MM, Christakis DA
    Variation in inpatient resource utilization and management of apparent life-threatening events.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2008 May : 629-35, 635.e1-2
  • Salyer JW, DiBlasi RM, Crotwell DN, Cowan CA, Carter ER
    The conversion to metered-dose inhaler with valved holding chamber to administer inhaled albuterol: a pediatric hospital experience.
    Respiratory care , 2008 Mar. : 338-45
  • Tieder JS, Migita DS, Cowan CA, Melzer SM
    Newborn care by pediatric hospitalists in a community hospital: effect on physician productivity and financial performance.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2008 Jan. : 74-8
  • Lendvay TS, Cowan CA, Mitchell MM, Joyner BD, Grady RW
    Augmentation cystoplasty rates at children's hospitals in the United States: a pediatric health information system database study.
    The Journal of urology , 2006 Oct. : 1716-20
  • Lendvay TS, Sorensen M, Cowan CA, Joyner BD, Mitchell MM, Grady RW
    The evolution of vesicoureteral reflux management in the era of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer: a pediatric health information system database study.
    The Journal of urology , 2006 Oct. : 1864-7
  • Christakis DA, Cowan CA, Garrison MM, Molteni R, Marcuse E, Zerr DM
    Variation in inpatient diagnostic testing and management of bronchiolitis.
    Pediatrics , 2005 Apr, : 878-84