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Robert J. Boucek, MD

Robert J. Boucek, MD

Cardiology, Transplantation, Vascular Anomalies

On staff since January 2005

Children's Title: Thomas Bradley Armstrong Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology

Academic Title: Professor

Research Center: Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine


HeatherMill Creek, WA08.21.13
I will never forget the first time I met Dr. Boucek. My twins (boy and girl about 13 at the time) had been seen by another heart doctor for a while when in walks Dr. Boucek, seemly to take over their care. He was very nice from the start. Not condescending at all and kind of reminded me of Johnny Depp from the Pirates of the Caribbean with his mannerisms and I have recently told him this. My twins inherited the trait for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and have been closely monitored for over 10 years. They are seen by adult doctors now as they are 22 but Dr. Boucek is and will always be close to our family. I was extremely glad to hear that he is now focusing on research and trying to find cures to save even more people. He is smart as a whip and has very bright people working with him. I wish he could be cloned to teach budding doctors what bedside manner is because he intuitively knows what this is. He is the most pleasant doctor I have ever met.
NicoleJacksonville, Florida02.07.13
My son Jacob was Dr. Boucek's patient when he worked at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. FL. He is such an amazing doctor and person. I was 17 years old when I had my son. Never did he speak down to me because I was young and not as knowledgeable as some of the other parents. He explained things that were happening so that we could understnad them too. If we did not understand something he tried another way to explain it so that we would understand. One evening while Jacob was waiting on the heart transplant list my husband was nervous. He asked the nurse to page "Dr. Boo". When he called back and my husband asked him a few questions, rather then brush him off till tomorrow, he came back inside to sit with us and explain things. When He got the call he was just then getting into his car. How many doctors do you know that would get back out of their car and come back inside to talk to scared/ worried parents? But he did! Jacob was never afraid to go to his appointments like some kids. Dr. Boo during his appointments would crawl on the floor and play with him. While he was in the room with my son, my son had his full attention. Jacob is now 13 years old. If it wasn't for Dr. Boo's experience and dedication my son might not be here today. He is an incredible doctor. Any child who is blessed to have him as their doctor is in great hands! Thanks for taking such great care of Jacob, Dr. Boo. You left him in good hands with Dr. Korang! Nicole Mitchell
LexyPuerto Rico01.03.13
He was the BEST DR. I'VE EVER HAD...! He was my heart transplant Dr. 10 years ago. He was more than a Dr. he care really care about his patients. I always remember him as what he is... THE BEST DR., A GREAT PERSON...!
My Dr. when I received my transplant at age 13. I was never an easy to deal with patient and this man constantly went above and beyond. I am 12 years out and doing great.
JaniceCincinnati, OH03.05.12
Dr. Boucek left a huge impression on me and my family. He was with us from the beginning when I found out my son, Joshua Neal, needed a heart transplant in 1991. Dr. Boucek was not just a doctor . . . he always made things easy to understand and was one of the most genuinely caring doctors I have ever met before or since that time. And believe me . . . I've met MANY doctors. Dr. Boo - as Josh called him, is kind, intelligent, extremely knowledgable in his field and spent MANY hours at the hospital. He will NEVER be forgotten. It was a sad day for us when he left Vanderbilt. Seattle is very lucky to have him. Thank you Dr. Boo!
HeidiSurgoinsville, TN12.16.11
Dr. Boucek is simply put - the very best. He is caring, intelligent, and kind with all his families that he treats. Our daughter Sarah is alive and well because of Dr. Boucek's care. We wish he would move to TN!
Tinast. petersburg florida03.27.12
The best Dr.ever. We miss you!
Recommend Dr. Robert Boucek


Board Certification(s)
Pediatric Cardiology
Medical/Professional School
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans
Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham
Pediatric Cardiology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville
Clinical Interests

Myocardial regeneration, cardiac transplantation

Research Focus Area

Therapeutic Trials

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians"Consumer's Research Council of America 2009


Innovation in basic science: stem cells and their role in the treatment of paediatric cardiac failure--opportunities and challenges.
Cardiology in the young , 2009 Nov: 74-84
Carvedilol for children and adolescents with heart failure: a randomized controlled trial.
JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association , 2007 Sep 12: 1171-9
Rescue cardiac transplantation for failing staged palliation in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Cardiology in the young , 2006 Dec: 556-62
Initial experience with a bicuspid polytetrafluoroethylene pulmonary valve in 41 children and adults: a new option for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction.
The Annals of thoracic surgery , 2005 Mar: 924-31
Late replacement of the pulmonary valve: when and what type of valve?
Cardiology in the young , 2005 Feb: 58-63
Echocardiographic determination of right ventricular function.
Cardiology in the young , 2005 Feb: 48-50
Pediatric cardiac transplantation in children with high panel reactive antibody.
The Annals of thoracic surgery , 2004 Nov: 1703-9
Diastolic performance assessed by tissue Doppler after pediatric heart transplantation.
The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation , 2004 Jul: 865-72
Advances in methods for surveillance of rejection.
Cardiology in the young , 2004 Feb: 93-6
Cardiac transplantation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Cardiology in the young , 2004 Feb: 83-7
Effects of one year of recombinant human growth hormone (GH) therapy on cardiac mass and function in children with classical GH deficiency.
The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism , 2003 Sep: 4095-9
Effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor on delayed-onset doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity.
Cardiovascular toxicology , 2003: 319-29

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
RC.2.820 - Cardiology Administration
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Additional Offices

Seattle Children's
RC.2.820 - Cardiology-Heart Ctr
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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