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About Seattle Children's

Children's Leadership


Seattle Children's leadership is responsible for overall administration of operations.



  • Lisa Brandenburg, MBA, MPH, President, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • James Hendricks, PhD, President, Seattle Children's Research Institute
  • Douglas Picha, President, Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation


  • Cindy Evans, RN, MHA, Senior Vice President, Hospital Operations
  • David Fisher, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
  • Susan Heath, RN, MN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Sanford Melzer, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Robert Sawin, MD, Senior Vice President, Surgeon-in-Chief and President, CUMG
  • Jeffrey Sconyers, JD, Senior Vice President, General Counsel
  • F. Bruder Stapleton, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UWSOM
  • Kelly Wallace, MBA, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Wes Wright, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer


  • Stephanie Axelrod, Vice President, Community and Strategic Initiatives
  • Cara Bailey, BA, MBA, Senior Vice President, Continuous Performance Improvement
  • Jennifer Becker, Vice President, Ambulatory
  • Mark Del Beccaro, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs
  • Judy Dougherty, RN, Vice President, Surgical Services
  • Cris V. Ewell, PhD, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Warren Hewitt, CPA, Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President, Finance
  • Steven Hurwitz, Senior Vice President, Shared Services
  • Todd Johnson, Vice President, Facilities
  • Eugene Kolker, PhD, Chief Data Officer
  • Erik Lausund, Vice President, Research Operations and Logistics
  • Ruth McDonald, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief
  • Troy McGuire, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Suzanne Petersen Tanneberg, MASSA, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Vice President, External Affairs and Guest Services

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