Robert J. Boucek, MD

Robert J. Boucek, MD

Cardiology, Transplantation, Vascular Anomalies

On staff since January 2005

Academic Title: Professor

Robert J. Boucek Jr., MD, is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He holds the Thomas Bradley Armstrong Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology. He received his MD from Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans. He completed a pediatrics internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and fellowships in biochemistry and pediatric cardiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Boucek was the first medical director for the pediatric heart transplant programs at Vanderbilt and at the University of South Florida/All Children’s Hospital. He was instrumental in bringing infant cardiac transplantation to SCH. He has led the recruitment of basic research collaborators to focus on the translation of myocardial regeneration strategies to children with heart failure. Boucek’s vision is to develop a nationally recognized Clinical and Research Center for the diagnosis and care of children with heart failure at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington.


  • Heather Mill Creek, WA 08.21.13

    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.

  • Nicole Jacksonville, Florida 02.07.13

    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

  • Lexy Puerto Rico 01.03.13

    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...!

  • bethany Tampa 05.03.12

    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.

  • Janice Cincinnati, OH 03.05.12

    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!

  • Heidi Surgoinsville, TN 12.16.11

    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!

  • Tina st. petersburg florida 03.27.12

    The best Dr.ever. We miss you!


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


  • Kaushal S, Jacobs JP, Gossett JG, Steele A, Steele P, Davis CR, Pahl E, Vijayan K, Asante-Korang A, Boucek RJ, Backer CL, Wold LE
    Innovation in basic science: stem cells and their role in the treatment of paediatric cardiac failure--opportunities and challenges.
    19857353 Cardiology in the young , 2009 Nov. : 74-84
  • Shaddy RE, Boucek MM, Hsu DT, Boucek RJ, Canter CE, Mahony L, Ross RD, Pahl E, Blume ED, Dodd DA, Rosenthal DN, Burr J, LaSalle B, Holubkov R, Lukas MA, Tani LY
    Carvedilol for children and adolescents with heart failure: a randomized controlled trial.
    17848651 JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association , 2007 Sept. 12 : 1171-9
  • Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Chai PJ, Lindberg HL, Asante-Korang A, McCormack J, Dadlani G, Boucek RJ
    Rescue cardiac transplantation for failing staged palliation in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
    17116269 Cardiology in the young , 2006 Dec. : 556-62
  • Quintessenza JA, Jacobs JP, Morell VO, Giroud JM, Boucek RJ
    Initial experience with a bicuspid polytetrafluoroethylene pulmonary valve in 41 children and adults: a new option for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction.
    15734406 The Annals of thoracic surgery , 2005 Mar. : 924-31
  • Boucek RJ Jr, Martinez R
    Echocardiographic determination of right ventricular function.
    15934691 Cardiology in the young , 2005 Feb. : 48-50
  • Quintessenza JA, Jacobs JP, Chai PJ, Morell VO, Giroud JM, Boucek RJ
    Late replacement of the pulmonary valve: when and what type of valve?
    15934693 Cardiology in the young , 2005 Feb. : 58-63
  • Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Boucek RJ, Morell VO, Botero LM, Badhwar V, van Gelder HM, Asante-Korang A, McCormack J, Daicoff GR
    Pediatric cardiac transplantation in children with high panel reactive antibody.
    15511459 The Annals of thoracic surgery , 2004 Nov. : 1703-9
  • Asante-Korang A, Fickey M, Boucek MM, Boucek RJ Jr
    Diastolic performance assessed by tissue Doppler after pediatric heart transplantation.
    15261182 The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation , 2004 July : 865-72
  • Boucek RJ Jr, Chrisant MR
    Cardiac transplantation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
    15244145 Cardiology in the young , 2004 Feb. : 83-7
  • Boucek RJ Jr, Boucek MM, Asante-Korang A
    Advances in methods for surveillance of rejection.
    15244147 Cardiology in the young , 2004 Feb. : 93-6
  • Shulman DI, Root AW, Diamond FB, Bercu BB, Martinez R, Boucek RJ Jr
    Effects of one year of recombinant human growth hormone (GH) therapy on cardiac mass and function in children with classical GH deficiency.
    12970269 The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism , 2003 Sept. : 4095-9
  • Boucek RJ Jr, Steele A, Miracle A, Atkinson J
    Effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor on delayed-onset doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity.
    14734829 Cardiovascular toxicology , 2003 : 319-29