Doug Opel, MD, MPH, was nominated by the Washington State Department of Health and received an honorable mention for excellence in vaccine communication as part of the UpShot Awards. The National Vaccine Program Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives the UpShot Awards to recognize and celebrate exceptional individuals and organizations advancing the National Vaccine Plan. A pioneer in vaccine hesitancy research, Opel led the development of the Parent Attitudes about Childhood Vaccines Survey, the first validated clinical tool to help identify parents who are hesitant to childhood vaccines. View 2017 award winners.

Luke Hoffman, MD, PhD, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Society for Pediatric Research council.

Joseph Flynn, MD, MS, was elected to three-year term on the board of directors of the Renal Physicians Association, effective March 16, 2017. 

Seema Shah, JD, received a two-year “Making a Difference” grant from the Greenwall Foundation for her project A New Ethical and Regulatory Approach for the Use of Human Challenge Studies With Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Karen Murry, MD, received much media coverage for a NPR/Kaiser Health News interview she did on the new FDA approval for two drugs to treat hepatitis C in children. The story was covered by 82 local, regional and national news outlets, which includes coverage on NPR’s regional affiliates in 72 major cities across the country. Aside from appearing on NPR and Kaiser Health News, the story ran on popular healthcare news sites like ReachMD, Healthcare Finance, The Body Pro and California Healthline.  

Seattle Magazine’s 17th Annual Top Doctors

Congratulations to our faculty members that have been named 2017 Top Doctors


Genetic Medicine 

Developmental Medicine 






Infectious Diseases 








Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Plastic Surgery


Viviana Bompadre, PhD, Tressa Mattioli Lewis and Michael Goldberg, MD: A comparison of the functional health of children with Costello syndrome in 1999 and in 2015. Bompadre V, Mattioli-Lewis T, Yassir WK, Goldberg MJ. Am J Med Genet Part A. 2017; 9999:1–4. 

Matthew “Boots” Kronman, MD, MSCE: Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing: Wind at our backs or flapping in the breeze? Hersh AL, Kronman MO. Pediatrics. 2017 April; 139(4).

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH: Ethical concerns when minors act as standardized patients. Pediatrics. 2017 Mar;139(3):e20162795. Khoo EJ, Schremmer RD, Diekema DS, Lantos JD.

Joseph Flynn, MD, MS: Vascular stiffness in children with chronic kidney disease. Savant JD, Betoko A, Flynn JT, et al. Hypertension. 2017 May;69(5):863-869.

Wally Krengel, MD: Anaphylactic reaction to tranexamic acid in an adolescent undergoing posterior spinal fusion. Chiem J, Ivanova I, Parker A, Krengel W 3rd, Jimenez N. Paediatr Anaesth. 2017 Mar 21. 

Antoinette Lindberg, MD: Management of pediatric type I open fractures in the emergency department or operating room: a multicenter perspective. Godfrey J, Choi PD, Shabtai L, Nossov SB, Williams A, Lindberg AW, Silva S, Caird MS, Schur MD, Arkader A. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Mar 10. 

Tamara Simon, MD, MSPH: 1) Pseudomonas aeruginosa and post-tracheotomy bacterial respiratory tract infection readmissions. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2017; 9999:1–7. Russell CJ, Simon TD, Mamey MR, Newth CJL, Neely MN. 2) Shunting outcomes in post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus: results of a Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network prospective cohort study. JNS: Pediatrics. Published online April 28, 2017. Wellons JC III, Shannon CN, Holubkov R, Riva-Cambrin J, Kulkarni AV, Limbrick DD Jr., Whitehead W, Browd S, Rozzelle C, Simon TD, Tamber MS, Oakes WJ, Drake J, Luerssen TG, and Kestle J for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. 

Tamara Simon, MD, MSPH, had two papers selected as one of the top 10 papers of the year for the four Journal of Neurosurgery journals (from over 5,000): 

  1. Risk factors for shunt malfunction in pediatric hydrocephalus: a multi-center prospective cohort study. JNS: Pediatrics. Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 382-390. Riva-Cambrin J, Kestle JRW, Holubkov R, Butler J, Kulkarni AV, Drake J, Whitehead WE, Wellons III JC, Shannon C, Tamber M, Limbrick D, Rozelle C, Browd SA, Simon TD for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network.
  2. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy in children: prospective multicenter results from the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. JNS: Pediatrics. Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 423-429. Kulkarni AV, Riva-Cambrin J, Holubkov R, Browd SR, Cochrane DD, Drake JM, Limbrick DD, Rozzelle CJ, Simon TD, Tamber M, Wellons JC III, Whitehead WE, and Kestle JR. 

Klane White, MD: Progression of hip dysplasia in mucopolysaccharidosis type I hurler after successful hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Mar 2;98(5):386-95. Langereis EJ, den Os MM, Breen C, Jones SA, Knaven OC, Mercer J, Miller WP, Kelly PM, Kennedy J, Ketterl TG, O'Meara A, Orchard PJ, Lund TC, van Rijn RR, Sakkers RJ, White KK, Wijburg FA.

Aaron Wightman, MD, MA: 1) Management dilemmas in pediatric nephrology: Time-limited trials of dialysis therapy. Pediatr Nephrol (2017) 32: 615. Wightman A. 

Updated May 29, 2017