Stories

Redefining Mental Health: A conversation with Suzanne Petersen about revolutionizing pediatric mental health

Suzanne Petersen, vice president for External Affairs and Guest Services, is leading Seattle Children's strategic initiative to improve the mental and emotional health of young people in our region.

Milton Wright Finds His Way Back 'Home'

Milton Wright's childhood unfolded within Seattle Children's walls – making friends, experiencing loss and facing death more times than he can count. Today, Wright is back at Seattle Children's – not as a patient, but as an employee and a symbol of hope.

Changing the Trajectory

An intensive program gives young kids who are significantly impacted by autism the skills they need to engage with life.

Curing Hepatitis C in Kids

Dr. Karen Murray leads the charge to wipe out the virus by bringing two highly effective adult drugs to infected children.

Improving Health for All

Seattle Children’s focuses on broadening the diversity of people who participate in clinical and community-based research to improve health among the underserved.

PCP Consults Reduce Antipsychotic Prescriptions

Phone-based consultations with behavioral health specialists reduced prescriptions for antipsychotic medications by 49% among children enrolled in Medicaid in Washington state.

Promoting Resilience; Reducing Stress

A promising intervention arms teens and young adults with coping skills to manage stress after a cancer diagnosis and boost quality of life beyond treatment.

Breathing and the Brainstem

Neuroscience researchers at Seattle Children’s made an unusual discovery in 2016: an uncharted area of the brain necessary to breathing.

Gaining Ground on Neuroblastoma

We helped show that two stem cell transplants, plus immunotherapy, significantly increased survival for children with high-risk neuroblastoma.

New Procedure for Treacher Collins

A surgical paradigm shift makes it possible for kids with severely restricted airways to breathe on their own.

Dietary Therapy for IBD

New research at Seattle Children’s demonstrates that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet can induce clinical remission in ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

New Lupus Therapy Targets T Cells

A drug derived from sea anemone venom demonstrates the potential to suppress inflammation without the severe side effects of existing therapies.

Moving Cell Therapies Forward

We’re investing hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, manufacture and test cell therapies that aim to cure diseases at the source.

Big Data, Better Results

We’re developing unique ways to protect kids from secondary health challenges associated with a stay in the ICU.

All In Against Leukemia

Our High-Risk Leukemia Program leaves no stone unturned to help hard-to-treat kids win a race against time.

Making Headway on Brain Disorders

We’re intent on curing disorders in the developing brain – and not just treating symptoms – by ferreting out root causes.

Rewriting the Rules

More precise, less toxic cancer therapies aren’t a futuristic vision anymore – they’re saving kids today

A Cure for Hepatitis C

Research led by Dr. Karen Murray opens the door for children to use a game-changing treatment originally developed for adults.

Low-Tech Fix to Deadly Issue

Complementary expertise of three Seattle organizations creates a feeding device that could save infants in low-resource areas. 

New Insights on Craniosynostosis

Seattle Children's researchers found that the mild to moderate developmental delays that can accompany the most common type of craniosynostosis can be overcome.

Can the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Traditional medicine says what you eat doesn’t affect disease. But we’re proving that a diet can stop a lifelong disorder.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Records Seizures, Provides Families a Path Forward

Our epilepsy monitoring unit records seizures as they occur to pinpoint their source.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.