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I Am Seattle Children’s

Watch the videos and read the stories of the providers, staff, supporters, patients, families, volunteers and friends who make up the Seattle Children’s family.

Better Concussion Care

A strategic gift brings together the expertise needed to better understand, prevent and treat concussions in kids and teens.

Taking a Stand for Health

Creating the healthiest generation yet means tackling the nonmedical factors that make kids from low-income backgrounds sick.

Neuroblastoma Research Brings Hope

Our researchers are helping more kids beat one of the deadliest pediatric cancers, giving new hope to patients nationwide.

Better Care for Kids and Teens Questioning Their Gender Identity

Our new Gender Clinic is working to eliminate barriers to care for a population of kids who are at risk and underserved.

Lighting Up Brain Tumor Tissue

People like you help turn a gee-whiz idea into a tool that promises to improve surgical outcomes for kids with brain tumors.

Donors Propel Efforts to Develop Gene Therapy and Immunotherapy

We’re inserting new genetic instructions into cells to develop therapies that could cure diseases once and for all.

You Are Bigger Than Your Disease

Ethan Roberts was diagnosed with Crohn's disease just before school began. Fortunately, psychologist Dr. Carin Cunningham was on his team, ready to help him see that his life is bigger than his disease.

Making Heart Transplants Possible for More Children

Our Heart Center is pushing the envelope with techniques that make heart transplants available to more children.

MAGEC Means Less Surgery for Kids With Severe Scoliosis

Surgeons at Seattle Children’s helped introduce a technology that reduces surgeries for kids with severe scoliosis – and improves their lives.

New Technology Helps Pinpoint the Brain Functions Involved in Addiction

Leading-edge technologies help researchers pinpoint how brain pathway activity differs between addicts and nonaddicts.

Super Glue Makes Removing Venous Malformations Easier and Less Risky

We pioneered a way to get rid of painful, disfiguring veins with less risk and almost no recurrence – using super glue.

Bold Vision for the Future

Our next great era will leverage the power of our top-notch care and research to find new cures and help keep kids healthier.

Cancer Immunotherapy Is a Miracle in the Making

You are helping us create a future where pediatric cancer treatment is less toxic and far less harmful.

Bioethicists Unravel Thorny Issues

As medicine pushes the boundaries of what can be done, Seattle Children’s bioethicists ask what is the best thing to do.

Guild Members’ Passion Boost Programs for Patients

Fundraising guilds boost Seattle Children’s bottom line through fun, friendships and feel-good events.

Helping Kids From All Backgrounds Thrive

We look at the whole picture – medical and nonmedical – to help kids from low-income and ethnically diverse families thrive.

Clinical Research Bridges New Ideas to Advances in Care

On the journey to better treatments, clinical research studies are the bridge between new ideas and proven advances in care.

Poetry’s Healing Power

Our writing programs use professional poets to help families and staff give voice to their experience, find strength and heal.

Parents Are Key to Overcoming Behavioral Health Issues

Improving the lives of kids facing mental health issues – and their families – are key at Seattle Children’s.

Repairing Heart Defects Without Surgery

We are pioneering ways to use catheters to repair complex heart problems, reduce complications and help kids recover faster.

Pursuing Cures for Mitochondrial Disease

When doctors told them there were no treatments for mitochondrial disease, families banded together to make Seattle Children’s a world leader in mitochondrial research – and help us test a breakthrough drug.

Can Diet Cure Crohn’s Disease?

Dr. David Suskind is pinpointing how an innovative diet puts patients with Crohn’s disease into remission – without medications or their side effects.

Helping Athletes with Disabilities Get Back in the Game

When injuries bench kids with disabilities, a specialized team of physical therapists helps them get back in the game.

Early Detection of SCID Saves Lives

We brought a newborn screening test to Washington to catch arare disorder when babies are still healthy enough to be cured.

Catalysts to Care

Donor support enables Seattle Children's to offer innovative services and programs that help patients and families thrive.

Help for Immediate Needs

Thanks to our donors, Seattle Children's can offer on-the-spot help when families are unprepared or unable to meet basic needs arising from their child's hospitalization.

Measuring Behavioral Health

For many medical providers, measuring patients’ health and progress is as easy as doing a blood draw and ordering a lab test. But the mileposts are less concrete for mental health specialists treating issues like depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Freda Liu and her colleagues are trying to overcome this by studying whether a systematic way of regularly measuring patients’ symptoms – called routine outcomes monitoring (ROM) – could help providers to assess treatment progress and respond to patients’ needs.

Helping Teens Manage Chronic Migraines

Chronic migraine can be so debilitating for teenagers that they have trouble going to school, stop participating in sports and lose touch with friends. Making matters worse, medication alone may not work for some youths with chronic migraine and many patients live far from providers like Dr. Emily Law, a psychologist and researcher who teaches patients ways to reduce their pain. Now Law is preparing to study how an innovative tool could bridge this geographic gap by helping patients with chronic migraine over the Internet.

Using Social Media to Gauge Suicide Risk

Dr. Molly Adrian is chasing an elusive goal: finding a way to know when adolescents and young adults who contemplate suicide might actually try to harm themselves. She is pursuing an innovative solution – a computerized system that would scan adolescents’ social media posts for signs of crisis and alert a medical specialist or family member when someone needs immediate help.

Pursuing Solutions to Healthcare Disparities

Dr. Casey Lion’s research aims to overcome a harsh – and sometimes overlooked – reality: Children from low-income minority groups often have worse medical outcomes than kids who are white or from higher-income families.She is preparing to launch an innovative project to better identify what contributes to these disparities – and test a new way to overcome them.

How Our Research Improves Cancer Treatments

Clinical research has improved the outlook for most kids with cancer. Here’s why the future promises to be even better.

Making Sure Treatments for Kids Are Safe

Many drugs and treatments are made for – and tested on – adults. We’re making sure they’re as safe as possible for kids.

Revolutionizing Treatment for Graft-Versus-Host Disease

Dr. Leslie Kean broke new ground when she discovered that a rheumatoid arthritis drug could potentially eliminate GVHD. Now she is leading a Phase II clinical trial to evaluate whether the drug works in children. It’s the nation’s only multicenter pediatric clinical trial aimed at preventing GVHD.

Helping Kids with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Take Control of Their Lives

Our IBD Center combines empathetic care and innovative treatment so kids can get back to doing what they love.

Preparing Teens to Manage Their Healthcare as Adults

Our Heart Center team helps teens learn to manage their health as they prepare to leave the comfortable nest of pediatric care.

Making a Difference for Kids with Scleroderma

Efforts are underway to improve care for kids with scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease with devastating impact.

Helping Families Overcome Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Dr. Heather Carmichael Olson is part of a unique project to reduce alcohol’s impact on children in the Australian outback.

Improving Treatment for Childhood Concussions

Dr. Frederick Rivara will help guide a new $5 million research program to find better ways to diagnose and treat youth concussions.

Bringing Mental Healthcare to Underserved Communities

Dr. Kathleen Myers has spent the past two decades investigating how telemental health – mental health treatment delivered interactively, in real time via teleconferencing – can improve the lives of children in underserved communities.

Knowing How Care Today Affects a Child's Future

Our pediatric experts are focused on how treatments today affect growing bodies in the future.

Revolutionary New Surgery for Complex Craniosynostosis

A revolutionary new surgery changes the picture for children with Apert syndrome.

The Search for MS Therapies Is On

Multiple sclerosis is becoming more prevalent in children, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Our researchers are developing innovative therapies to end its destructive toll.

Improving Treatment for ADHD

Dr. Mark Stein’s passion for helping children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) started three decades ago when, working as a camp counselor, he witnessed how stimulant medications affect kids – for better and for worse.

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Helps Kids with CP Gain Mobility and Independence

Seattle Children’s has the right mix of expertise to offer kids with spastic cerebral palsy a path toward independence.

Better Care for Teens with Depression

Dr. Laura Richardson is investigating whether an integrative approach to mental healthcare – called collaborative care – can help teens with depression get better care, faster.

Measuring the Quality of Pediatric Healthcare

As one of the nation’s leading quality of care researchers, Dr. Rita Mangione-Smith is developing innovative ways to pinpoint which medical treatments, procedures and practices improve patients' lives, and which ones fall short.

Working to Fix the Genetic Cause of Disease

Doctors at Seattle Children’s have developed groundbreaking tools that promise to fix the genetic causes of disease. Now they seek funding to turn the tools into cures.

Dr. Timothy Cox: Searching for Clues About Cleft Lip and Palate

Dr. Timothy Cox is on the trail of the genetic and environmental factors that cause cleft lip and palate.

Improving the Quality of Life for Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Seattle Children’s is improving how we detect, prevent and treat the health problems that come in cancer’s aftermath.

Surgeons Improve Outcomes

Seattle Children’s surgeons apply the art and science of their craft to improve outcomes for kids.

Donor Spotlight: Resa Moore

Seattle Children’s Research Institute may be powered by the brightest scientific minds, but the original push for the institute came straight from the hearts of mothers.

Zebrafish Aquatics Facility

Operated by the Center for Tissue and Cell Sciences, Seattle Children’s zebrafish aquatics facility is helping researchers pursue advanced therapies that repair congenital heart defects and other disorders – without invasive surgery or its complications.

Dr. Gary Walco: Improving Pain Management

Dr. Gary Walco is on a mission to make every child's experience at the hospital as painless as possible. Starting now.

Seattle Children's Hospital Providers Transplant Hope to One 3-Year-Old Patient

When Destiny was born, doctors detected that her small bowel was blocked because the lumen of the bowel was not formed. She has undergone about a dozen surgeries and in January 2011 received a small bowel transplant at Seattle Children’s.

Picturing the Future of Epilepsy Care

Dr. Rusty Novotny opens the door to better epilepsy care through his focus on integrated, multimodal imaging.

Healthy Kidneys, Healthy Lives

Seattle Children's Nephrology team takes an innovative approach to providing teens with chronic kidney disease what they need to live the lives they choose.

Passion for Drowning Prevention

Dynamic duo Elizabeth Bennett and Dr. Linda Quan strive to stop drowning deaths through research, outreach and advocacy.

Matters of the Heart

Dramatic innovations in cardiac catheterization mean fewer conditions require open-heart surgery. Seattle Children's interventional cardiologists are helping show the way.

David Knott and the Sound of Music Therapy

Kim Arthur interviewed music therapist David Knott to find out how he uses music to help patients. He naturally turned to his musical instruments to explain.

Operations, Big and Small

What does a 300-pound high-school football player with appendicitis have in common with a tiny newborn with the birth defect gastroschisis? Seattle Children's general and thoracic surgery providers can give both the care they need.

Helping Kids Lead “Ordinary” Lives

No one appreciates the perseverance behind medical research more than Kari Foss, a member of Kentwood High School’s volleyball team, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 2.