About Seattle Children's


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.

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.

Helping Families Overcome Food Allergies

When Elizabeth M. Campbell was born with severe food allergies in Everett in 1933, the nearest allergy specialist was in San Francisco, Benadryl hadn’t been invented and there were virtually no books on how to live with food allergies.

Revolutionizing Brain Research

Six years after Dr. Nino Ramirez came to Seattle, Seattle Children's Research Institute is one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, as measured by NIH funding, and the Center for Integrative Brain Research has emerged as a world leader in brain research.

Transforming Brain Tumor Treatment

In 2004, Erin Cordry rushed her 8-year-old son, Max, to Seattle Children’s after severe headaches left him unable to walk or stand. A few hours later, she and her husband were confronted by images of a malignant, golf-ball sized tumor in Max’s brain.

Introducing Our New CEO

Dr. Jeff Sperring steps aboard to steer Seattle Children’s along the path of growth, research and the best possible care.

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.

Using Architecture to Inspire Research

Aedas’s Robert Bruckner is helping Seattle Children’s Research Institute design spaces that spark collaboration and fuel the quest for cures.

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.

Improving Critical Care

Dr. Scott Watson is uncovering the ways intensive-care treatments affect children’s long-term health – and exploring new ways to help patients survive and thrive.

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.

Science Adventure Lab Program Expands

You helped launch our traveling science program. Recent improvements let us reach more kids and deepen our impact.

Starting Out Strong

When pregnant couples discover problems with their babies, we help them make some of the toughest decisions they'll ever face.

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.

Adapting Heart-Assist Technology to Younger, Smaller Patients

We’re helping usher in a new generation of child-sized heart pumps designed to save kids whose hearts are failing.

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.

A Fighting Chance for the Smallest Babies

A small team at Seattle Children’s, including Dr. Tom Hansen, Dr. Skip Smith, Dr. Peter Richardson and Chris Howard, is working to save the lives and improve the outcomes of tiny babies. Thanks to the continuing support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, these investigators have developed an invention called Seattle Positive Airway Pressure (Seattle-PAP) that promises to improve the odds for premature infants, no matter where they are born.

Donor Profile: Copacino + Fujikado

Since the early 2000s, Copacino + Fujikado has led some of Seattle Children’s most significant campaigns. Copacino views this work as more than just assisting a client – he sees it as a commitment to helping children and families throughout the Northwest. That’s one reason why his agency makes regular financial contributions to Seattle Children’s and is a member of its Research Champions program.

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.

Reducing Families’ Stress in the PICU

Dr. Ross Hays is studying whether palliative care can transform how hospitals help families cope in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Finding Better Therapies for Cerebral Palsy

Dr. Kristie Bjornson is leading some of the first studies of whether cerebral palsy therapies help patients become more active.

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.

Practical Ways to Prevent Obesity

More than one third of children and adolescents are obese or overweight, and more and more families are coming to Dr. Jason Mendoza for advice. But treatments can be difficult to complete, and are expensive. Mendoza is testing a new approach, using ideas from eras when obesity was uncommon.

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.

Improving the Lives of Foster Kids

Dr. Kym Ahrens is using an innovative summer camp to help foster children reduce risks of pregnancy and contracting sexually transmitted diseases, and overcome the emotional and behavioral problems that contribute to them.

Using Statistics to Improve Pediatric Care

As a biostatistician, Dr. Chuan Zhou spends much of his time developing models and analyzing all kinds of data. But that doesn't mean he loses sight of the patients encased in each string of numbers.

Working to Eliminate Pediatric HIV in the Developing World

Dr. Lisa Frenkel's team is developing a simple test that could improve HIV treatment and reduce mother-infant transmission.

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.

Our New Building Is Here

In April 2013 we welcomed patients to Building Hope – a new space designed to make being in the hospital easier.

Treating the Whole Child

We’re committed to making a real difference in the mental health of children and teens.

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.

Investigating How Spina Bifida Limits Activity

Not long ago, spina bifida carried a grim prognosis: most patients didn’t survive past their twenties. Now almost all of them will live far into adulthood, thanks to tremendous advances in care. While Dr. William Walker marvels at this progress, he also knows it brings humbling new challenges and responsibilities.

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.

Overcoming Autism’s Social Barriers

Dr. Felice Orlich is finishing an innovative study that tries to help teens with autism break through this isolation by enlisting school peers to expand their social networks.

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.

Increasing Doctor–Researcher Collaboration to Improve Care for Kids

Research is a form of hope, and Seattle Children’s is on a quest to give every child the opportunity to benefit.

Website Helps Parents Improve Children’s Asthma Care

Seattle Children’s researchers use technology to open a window for parents to help their kids breathe more easily.

Improving Preschoolers’ Oral Health

Efforts to promote twice-daily toothbrushing through parent and child education have been met with little success. The barrier that parents report most often is child non-compliance or refusal. Dr. Brent Collett is pursuing a new tactic, focusing on parents’ use of behavior management skills.

Helping Young Children Sleep Better

Between 10% and 40% of preschoolers have significant sleep problems, making them more likely to struggle in school, struggle with emotions and behavior and develop obesity. Dr. Michelle Garrison is investigating how a new approach can help parents fix these problems and improve their children’s health – and their family’s quality of life.

Using Facebook to Study Substance Use

Most people would never want to relive adolescence, but Dr. Megan Moreno’s team does it every day, by following the Facebook posts of hundreds of young adults who participate in their research.

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.

Tackling Autism’s Toughest Questions

Dr. Bryan King and colleagues' autism research investigates fundamental questions about a disorder whose prevalence has skyrocketed from one in 1,000 children 30 years ago to about one in 110 today.

Improving Communication About Vaccines

Dr. Doug Opel is investigating how to persuade skeptical parents to vaccinate their children.

Making Heart Surgery Obsolete

Dr. Mark Majesky’s research could revolutionize treatments for everything from heart disease to muscular dystrophy.

Donors Spark Innovation

Donor dollars play an essential role in supporting discovery and innovation at the laboratory bench and the bedside.

Helping Parents Focus on Their Child’s Care, Not How to Pay for It

Seattle Children’s commitment to uncompensated care helps families focus on their child’s health rather than the cost of the medical care needed to restore it.

Unraveling How Autism Affects the Brain

Dr. Sara Webb is looking beyond autism’s symptoms to identify the cognitive processes that drive children’s brains and behavior.

Protecting Children from Chemicals

Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana is identifying how everyday chemicals affect children and helping families find practical ways to reduce their exposure.

Decreasing Unnecessary Lab Tests, Saving Money

Dr. Michael Astion’s team is leading an innovative project to decrease unnecessary testing that could save families, hospitals and insurance companies millions of dollars a year.

Improving the Lives of Suicidal Teens

Dr. Elizabeth McCauley is testing therapies that could put suicidal teens on track toward happier, healthier lives.

Developing Strategies to Prevent Substance Abuse

About 10% of adolescents suffer from depression, and roughly the same percentage of youth have substance abuse problems. While these numbers might seem alarming, Dr. Cari McCarty believes they also contain reasons for hope.

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.

Unraveling How Craniofacial Conditions Affect Development

By unraveling how craniofacial conditions affect childhood development, Dr. Matthew Speltz is dedicated to catching developmental problems earlier, when treatment could help children lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

Preventing Obesity by Improving Children’s Environments

As Dr. Pooja Tandon watched an increasing number of overweight children come through her office, she came to an uncomfortable realization: traditional weight-loss strategies frequently did not work.

Unraveling the Genetics of Childhood Disorders

By unraveling the genetic causes of rare brain disorders, Dr. Bill Dobyns is opening the door to innovative treatments for more common childhood diseases including autism, epilepsy and certain cancers.

Improving Treatment for a Common Craniofacial Disorder

When it comes to birth defects, craniofacial microsomia (CFM) isn’t a household name. But it’s the second most common congenital facial condition, affecting more than one in every 3,500 children. It occurs when part of a child’s face – usually the ear or jaw – is underdeveloped, and it can profoundly impact a child’s ability to hear, eat, breathe or speak. Which explains why Dr. Carrie Heike is on a mission to revolutionize our understanding of CFM.

Helping Develop a Game-Changing New CF Therapy

A game-changing therapy for cystic fibrosis completes the journey from the laboratory to the bedside with help from Seattle Children’s.

Emergency Care Round-the-Clock

The team at Seattle Children’s Emergency Department stands ready round-the-clock to treat any childhood illness and injury – from the catastrophic to the common.

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.

Accelerating Research Through Philanthropy

VECA Electric and Technologies, a founding sponsor of Seattle Children's Research Champions program, has recently made an important discovery of its own: philanthropy can energize the donor as much as the recipient.

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.

An Ounce of Prevention

Seattle Children’s partners with community organizations to tackle tough – and ticklish – issues that affect kids.

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.

Nurses Make the Difference

Nurses work on the front line of patient care and are the eyes and ears of the medical team.

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.

Kids with Autism: Better Access to Services

Seattle Children's is taking a leadership role in making an audacious goal a reality: helping every child with autism get the services and treatment they deserve.

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.

Cystic Fibrosis: Defeating Chronic Lung Infections

Dr. Luke Hoffman studies how different bacteria interact to improve treatment for chronic lung infections.

Principal Investigator Focus: Dr. Lisa Frenkel

As a clinician and researcher specializing in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Dr. Lisa Frenkel, an investigator in the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research, stands at the crossroads between two worlds.

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.

Breathing Easier: Developing the Hansen Ventilator

Dr. Tom Hansen challenged a team to develop a low-tech, low-cost ventilator for use in resource-limited areas. What they’ve designed could save millions of preterm infants in the developing world.

Pediatric Specialty Care in Bellevue

Eastside children and teens get the region’s best pediatric specialty care at our new Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center – and their parents get a short commute.

Innovations in Occupational Therapy

An innovative therapy helps children develop new motor pathways to improve use of a weakened arm.

Seattle Children's Journey Program

Seattle Children's Journey Program helps parents and siblings invest in a changed life after the death of a child. Two hundred families use the program's bereavement services each year.

The Gift of Time

Our diverse league of volunteers – from high schoolers to golden-agers – carry out small tasks that reap big rewards for patients, families, staff members and the volunteers themselves.

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. 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.

Changing the Script

The Biofeedback Clinic helps adolescents with chronic pain take back their lives. Using a variety of mind-body techniques – including guided visualization, progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing – adolescents learn to control their pain.

Asthma Q&A with Dr. Jason Debley

Asthma is a blockage of bronchial tubes in the lungs caused by inflammation and swelling of the bronchial tubes, and spasm of the muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes. Find out more about asthma and current research being done by Dr. Jason Debley.

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? Children's general and thoracic surgery providers can give both the care they need.

Prevention Saves Lives

Injury and trauma are the leading cause of death among children, teens and young adults. Learn about injury prevention and the changes being made each day to help your children lead healthier lives.

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.

Cancer Survivor Program

Cancer and its treatment can have serious long-term effects on health that are sometimes not evident until later in life. We have a follow-up program for childhood cancer survivors and their families.

Hearing Loss: Early Intervention Helps Kids Communicate

Deaf and hard-of-hearing infants enrolled in appropriate early intervention services by 6 months of age are likely to have normal language and cognitive development. Have an audiogram as early as possible so that your baby can be consistently exposed to language.

Families Are Our Partners in Care

"A chronically ill child presents a challenging journey for a family, but through partnering with the medical teams at Children's we have been able to truly experience the joys of being parents."

Fetal Heart Program

If a problem is detected during a routine ultrasound screening, an obstetrician (OB) can refer the patient to Children’s Heart Center specialists for a complete fetal cardiac evaluation.

The Best Transplant Care

Pioneering organ transplant surgeon Dr. Jorge Reyes directs transplant services at Children’s and the University of Washington Medical Center. He is also a professor and chief of the Division of Transplantation at the UW School of Medicine.

Team Care for Cleft Lip and Palate

Children’s multidisciplinary approach to cleft lip and palate provides an ideal environment for an infant with a cleft. A craniofacial pediatrician oversees the care of each child, creating a treatment plan tailored to the child’s condition and then coordinating care among the other specialists on the child’s care team.

Electrophysiology Reduces Heart Transplants

"When a child’s heart beats too fast," says Dr. Jack Salerno, Children’s electrophysiologist, "we can use radiofrequency ablation to cauterize a small area of tissue that prevents the irregular heartbeat from recurring."

New Options for Treating Heart Defects

With cardiac catheterization, doctors use the bloodstream to get to the heart. Doctors make an incision in a vein near the groin, then insert a flexible hollow tube called a catheter.

Life and Limb: Improving Bone Tumor Treatment

A lot has changed over the last two decades in the treatment of bone tumors. As recently as the early 1980s, amputation was the standard of care and survival rates for cancerous bone tumors were less than 50%.

Excellent Care and Outcomes for Children with Heart Disease

About one in every 100 babies born in the United States has a heart defect. Most of them will need treatment or surgery.