George T. Drugas, MD

George T. Drugas, MD

General Surgery

On staff since November 2008

Children's Title: Clinical Director, Surgical Inpatient Units; Director, Quality Improvement, Surgical Services; Coordinator, Department of Surgery

Academic Title: Associate Professor

"I work on quality improvement and processes that aim to improve patient care. Many of these projects focus on patient safety but all seek to enhance the hospital experience of the families and children that are cared for in our clinics, in-patient units and operating rooms. Standardization is one of the keys to eliminating human error. I help surgical services achieve the goal of keeping children safe while striving to provide effective, cost-conscious, timely, family-friendly, patient-centered care."

George Drugas, MD, MBA 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 Federal Way and is the Director for Perioperative Quality and Safety, and the Clinical Director of the inpatient surgical unit. His clinical focus is on pediatric general surgery, and his research focus is on operational process improvement and surgical quality improvement. Drugas received his MD from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Stanford University Medical Center, and his fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received his MBA from the University of Rochester, William E. Simon School of Business.


Board Certification(s)

Surgery - General
Surgical Critical Care
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago
University of Rochester, Rochester


Surgery - General, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford


Surgical Critical Care, University of Miami, Miami
Surgery - General, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Surgery - General, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

Clinical Interests

Surgical outcomes, operational process improvement Surgical oncology

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012


  • Markhardt BK, Jones L, Drugas GT
    Isolated torsion of the fallopian tube in a menarchal 11-year-old girl.
    Pediatric emergency care , 2008 June : 374-6
  • Ghushe ND, Drugas GT
    Rhabdomyosarcoma of the clitoris.
    Pediatric radiology , 2007 Nov. : 1179
  • Domajnko B, Drugas GT, Pegoli W Jr
    Temporary occlusion of the gastroesophageal junction: a modified technique for stabilization of the neonate with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula requiring mechanical ventilation.
    Pediatric surgery international , 2007 Nov. : 1127-9
  • Qualia CM, Drugas GT, Jones LT
    Meckel's diverticulum on small-bowel follow-through series and computerized tomography scan in a 7-year-old boy with anemia.
    Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association , 2007 Oct. : e42-3
  • Qualia CM, Drugas GT, Jones LT
    Ileal duplication cyst mimicking adnexal cyst on prenatal ultrasound.
    Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association , 2007 Sept. : A30
  • Qualia CM, Drugas GT, Jones LT, Rossi TM
    Colonoscopic diagnosis of an appendiceal mucocele.
    Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition , 2007 Aug. : 145-6
  • Drugas GT, Boulanger B, Korones DN, Katzman PJ, Koniaris LG
    Desmoplastic small round cell tumor.
    Pediatric blood & cancer , 2004 May : 489-92
  • Khanna A, Drugas GT
    Air gun pellet embolization to the right heart: case report and review of the literature.
    The Journal of trauma , 2003 June : 1239-41
  • Schoeniger LO, Bankey P, Drugas GT, Koniaris LG
    Optimal closure of the complex abdomen.
    Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960) , 2003 Apr, : 458
  • Ognibene SJ, Koniaris LG, Pegoli W Jr, Drugas GT
    Intraoperative colonic lavage in a premature infant: a case report.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2002 Nov. : 1645-7