Dennis L. Christie, MD

Dennis L. Christie, MD

Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research

On staff since January 1976

Academic Title: Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"Thanks to an entrepreneurial mentor, I was able to be involved in the initial development of pediatric gastroenterology as a sub-specialty and to help define its direction and approach to gastrointestinal illnesses. We were among the first to use endoscopic technology in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric gastroenterology conditions and to clarify the safety and efficacy of these new instruments. Since that time, we have seen innovative science help advance the treatment of children with complex liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatitis. I continue to be thrilled with my daily involvement in helping these children live better lives."

  • Dennis L. Christie, MD, is an attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. He is board certified in pediatric gastroenterology. Christie was instrumental in establishing the specialty of pediatric gastroenterology in the Pacific Northwest.

    He collaborated in the establishment of the safety, efficacy and practicality of using flexible fiber optic endoscopy in the diagnosis and therapy of children with gastrointestinal diseases. Two of his early publications demonstrated the association between gastroesophageal reflux and recurrent respiratory disease. His research interests relate to inflammation in the intestine. He is actively involved with the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment Center and the Autism Treatment Network. He is a member of the CUMG Advisory Board and chairman of the contracting committee for CUMG. He is past president of the pediatric committee for the American College of Gastroenterology, is an active member of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and belongs to the American Gastroenterological Association.

    • S Surprise, AZ 07.11.13

      I was diagnosed with a complex form of Crohn's Disease when I was 13. My primary care physician referred me to a gastroenterologist and after two years of unsuccessful treatments and many hospital stays, my GI admitted that my case was far too complicated for her and the knowledge she had. After months of searching, I was referred to Dr. Christie and going to see him was the best decision I ever made. Dr. Christie was kind and understanding and made me feel safe and properly cared for. The great thing about Dr. Christie is that he's not afraid to think outside the box to get results. Three years after being diagnosed I was in a full remission and I thank Dr. Christie for that. Sadly, I'm no longer able to be seen by a pediatric gastroenterologist, every GI I've had since just can't fill Dr. Christie's wonderful shoes.

    • Michelle Kansas City, Missouri 03.30.11

      Our first experience with Dr. Christie was long distance when he called me after being recommended by my son's GI Doctor at Vanderbilt. I knew the moment I spoke with him that it was a good fit for my son's needs. We packed up and moved to Seattle and met him that week. I knew it was going to be a good experience when I realized he did not push medication and was more for healing the body from the inside-out. He did not pressure my son into anything and spent time educating us about the next steps. He then worked with Adam Goldin (whom I also highly recommend in Pediatric Surgery) and after my son's surgery, spent a long time with me explaining their findings and smiled with me and was so encouraging. I love Seattle Children's Hospital and so did my son. He had so many bad experiences in the past (not with Vanderbilt, but with other hospitals) that Dr. Christie gave us both hope again. Dr. Christie has been practicing in the field of Gastroenterology for a long time and was highly recommended by Vanderbilt. He is very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing good GI care for their child.

  • 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
    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
    • Levy RL, Langer SL, Walker LS, Romano JM, Christie DL, Youssef N, DuPen MM, Feld AD, Ballard SA, Welsh EM, Jeffery RW, Young M, Coffey MJ, Whitehead WE
      Cognitive-behavioral therapy for children with functional abdominal pain and their parents decreases pain and other symptoms.
      20216531 The American journal of gastroenterology , 2010 Apr, : 946-56
    • Ake JA, Jelacic S, Ciol MA, Watkins SL, Murray KF, Christie DL, Klein EJ, Tarr PI
      Relative nephroprotection during Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections: association with intravenous volume expansion.
      15930195 Pediatrics , 2005 June : e673-80
  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    The Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of IBD Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Feb. 11, 2006
    Reflux Disorders Providence Everett Medical Center, Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Washington Nov. 11, 2005
    Understanding Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in the Pediatric Patient Central Washington Hospital Wenatchee, Washington Oct. 28, 2005
    New Perspectives in Celiac Sprue Kennewick General Hospital Kennewick, Washington Oct. 21, 2005
    New Perspectives in Celiac Disease North Pacific Pediatric Society: 171st Scientific Conference. Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine, Washington Aug. 25, 2005 - Aug. 28, 2005
    All That Vomits is Not Reflux North Pacific Pediatric Society: 171st Scientific Conference Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine, Washington Aug. 25, 2005 - Aug. 28, 2005


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago


Gastroenterology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles

Research Focus Area

Translational Research, Therapeutic Trials