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Ryan M. McAdams, MD

Ryan M. McAdams, MD


On staff since October 2008

Academic Title: Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"As a parent, I treasure how precious, unique, and vulnerable a baby is, especially when they are born with complicated medical issues. I am a neonatologist who always strives to respectfully care for every baby in the neonatal intensive care unit in a manner that promotes optimal healing, safe medical practices, open family communication, and a devotion to their best interests. I am hopeful that through our research efforts we will help improve neurodevelopmental outcomes in vulnerable infants and give them a chance to achieve their highest potential."


Jerichomonroe, washington03.21.13
Thank God for Ryan McAdams he is an amazing person. Our daughter was in the NICU and Dr.McAdams was the only doctor that would talk to my husband and I like real people he never once made us feel like we were being treated like stupid parents who know nothing (like most doctors these days). He always was there for us and when he had to break us bad news he did it himself he even came back to the hospital after he was off work to sit with us when our daughter wasn't doing well. He made sure we understood all of our options and helped us with the research. After our daughter passed he even went to see her twin brother in UW NICU before our son was able to come home just so he could make sure that our son was healthy. Thank you doctor McAdams, we will be seeing you soon with our next baby and we are so happy that you will be part of the team that helps our son. Thank you again.
LawrenceRenton, WA09.30.12
Dr McAdams is more than just a wonderful doctor he is a wonderful man. He always had time for my wife and I while our son was in the Nicu. He spoke to us like human beings when we had questions. He never once spoke down to us. Our only regret is that he does not have an outside pediatrician practice as he would surely be our sons primary care doctor. Thank you so much Dr McAdams.
MelissaRichland, Washington12.20.11
I thank God for Dr. McAdams! He is a wonderful Doctor that had to make some tough decisions with our son's care. He looked outside the box and as a result, we believe he played a big role in saving our son's life. He took a lot of time to come and talk with us whenever we had concerns. I especially appreciate him talking to us intelligently rather than talking down to us. He helped us learn a lot about our son's condition. Thank you Dr. McAdams! Augustus' Mom and Dad
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Board Certification(s)
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Medical/Professional School
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Pediatrics, David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB
Clinical Interests

Clinical focus: Promoting quality improvement in medical education; utilizing evidence-based teamwork systems to optimize patient outcomes; improving neonatal medical transports Research focus: Short and long-term effects of neonatal vascular injury and development; infection-associated preterm birth; improving global newborn care in resource-poor settings

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
Seattle's Top DocSeattle Met Magazine 2013
Finalist: digital photograph "Waiting at the Crossroads."Seattle Childrens Hospital Research Staff Development Committee Research Symposium, Lab art display, Seattle, WA 2011
Finalist: digital photograph "Hypertrophy on Glass."Seattle Childrens Hospital Research Staff Development Committee "Lab Art: Stepping off the Carpet" Research Symposium, Seattle, WA 2010
Outstanding Teacher of the YearThis award is selected by the residents of the University of Washington Pediatric Residency Program 2009 - 2010
Teacher of the YearThis award is selected by Japanese Intern Class, US Naval Hospital, Okinawa, Japan 2006 - 2007


Characterization of health care provider attitudes toward parental involvement in neonatal resuscitation-related decision making in mongolia.
Maternal and child health journal , 2014 May: 18(4)920-9
Group B streptococcal infection of the choriodecidua induces dysfunction of the cytokeratin network in amniotic epithelium: a pathway to membrane weakening.
PLoS pathogens , 2014 Mar: 10(3)e1003920
Time to implement delayed cord clamping.
Obstetrics and gynecology , 2014 Mar: 123(3)549-52
Artist's statement: Wait and See.
Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges , 2014 Feb: 89(2)263
Coping on canvas.
JAMA pediatrics , 2013 Sep: 167(9)795
Case report: severe disseminated adenovirus infection in a neonate following water birth delivery.
Journal of medical virology , 2013 Apr: 85(4)667-9
Influence of infection during pregnancy on fetal development.
Reproduction (Cambridge, England) , 2013: 146(5)R151-62
Percutaneous embolization of congenital portosystemic venous fistula in an infant with down syndrome.
Case reports in vascular medicine , 2013: 2013127023
Concurrent erythropoietin and hypothermia treatment improve outcomes in a term nonhuman primate model of perinatal asphyxia.
Developmental neuroscience , 2013: 35(6)491-503
Artist's statement: Champei's Petals.
Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges , 2012 Oct: 87(10)1367
Attitudes of healthcare providers towards non-initiation and withdrawal of neonatal resuscitation for preterm infants in Mongolia.
Journal of health, population, and nutrition , 2012 Sep: 30(3)346-52
Poor birth weight recovery among low birth weight/preterm infants following hospital discharge in Kampala, Uganda.
BMC pregnancy and childbirth , 2012 Jan 9: 121
The role of cytokines and inflammatory cells in perinatal brain injury.
Neurology research international , 2012: 2012561494
Choriodecidual infection downregulates angiogenesis and morphogenesis pathways in fetal lungs from Macaca nemestrina.
PloS one , 2012: 7(10)e46863

Research Funding

Grant TitleGrantorAmountAward Date
"Is prolonged exposure to dexmedetomidine safe for neonates?"Seattle Children's Hospital Center for Clinical and Translational Research Grant, Seattle, WA $20000Sept. 28, 2012 - Sept. 28, 2013
"GBS mediated in utero fetal injury"NIH $$620,956July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2017
"GBS mediated in utero fetal injury"NIH $620,956July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2017
"Are the neurodevelopmental effects of neonatal stress and morphine regulated by miRNAs?" $25,000Sept. 1, 2010 - Oct. 1, 2013
Optimizing neuroprotection following perinatal asphyxia"NIH/NICHD $2,196,613Sept. 17, 2007 - June 30, 2012

Primary Office

University of Washington
UW Box 356320 - Neonatology
1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195-6320

Additional Offices

Seattle Children's
M1-12 - NICU Administration
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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