Meet Your Team
Our Neurosciences Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. We take a team approach to your child’s care. We stay in close communication with you – and with one another – from your child’s first visit through treatment and follow-up.
Besides doctors, your child will get care from advanced practice providers (APPs). These are advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and physician assistants (PAs) with special training and education to diagnose and treat patients.
Our team is experienced using advanced therapies to treat babies, children and teens with a broad range of disorders affecting the brain and spinal cord. All of our doctors are board certified in neurology, with extra training and knowledge about the nervous system. Our clinic is the main teaching site for the University of Washington’s nationally recognized program to give licensed doctors specialized training in pediatric neurology.
- John Jay Alexander, MD
- Catherine Amlie-Lefond, MD
- Heidi Blume, MD, MPH
- Xiuhua Bozarth, MD, PhD
- Juliane Gust, MD, PhD
- Lorie Hamiwka, MD
- Peter R. Kollros, MD, PhD
- Fawn Leigh, MD
- Carey Lockhart, MD
- Jason Lockrow, MD, PhD
- Jonathan Lopez, MD
- Dararat Mingbunjerdsuk, MD
- Lindsey Morgan, MD
- Niranjana Natarajan, MD
- Edward J. Novotny, Jr., MD
- Catherine Otten, MD
- James Owens Jr., MD, PhD
- Stephanie Randle, MD, MS
- Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD
- Russell P. Saneto, DO, PhD
- Aimee Sato, MD
- Kyle J. Steinman, MD, MAS
- Hannah Tully, MD
- Brien Vlcek, MD
- Mark Wainwright, MD, PhD, division chief
- Joanna Wrede, MD
- Stacie K. Addison, BS, RN
- Senzel Ahmadi, RN
- Kira M. Bernard, BSN, RN
- Lori R. Giesbert, RN, CPN
- Shaun M. Hadley, RN
- Whitney P. Hodgen, BSN, RN
- Mary Jane Katowa, BSN, RN
- Roselyn La Madrid, BSN, RN-BC, clinical operations manager
- Viktor T. Lasmarias, RN
- Rachelle J. Robinson, BSN, RN
- Andrea C. Schnee, BSN, RN
- Coral J. Sepulveda, MSN, RN, CNL
- Pamela W. Sligh, RN, CPN
- Meghan Smith, BSN, RN, CNRN, unit based educator
- Mary H. Voeller, BSN, RN
We have more pediatric neurosurgeons and neurosurgery nurse practitioners than any other hospital in the Pacific Northwest. Our board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons have special training to know the unique needs of babies, children and teens and to operate on brains that are still developing.
- Jennifer Bracken, RN
- Andrea Colvin, RN
- Roselyn La Madrid, RN-BC, BSN, clinical operations manager
- Rachelle J. Robinson, RN, BSN
- Meghan Smith, BSN, RN, CNRN, unit based educator
Teamwork Across Specialties at Seattle Children’s
Close collaboration among our specialists is a great strength of Seattle Children’s. It helps us give your child the best care possible. Depending on your child’s needs, they may see professionals in these Seattle Children’s programs.
We are the largest brain tumor center for children in the Northwest and among the nation’s busiest centers. In addition to traditional surgery, we offer minimally invasive laser ablation surgery for some types of brain tumors.
Learn about the Brain Tumor Program.
Neurosurgeons and craniofacial surgeons at Seattle Children’s work together to treat children who have problems that affect their brain, face and skull.
Read about our Craniofacial Center team.
We have the only epilepsy program for children in the Northwest that is accredited level 4 by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). A level 4 center uses the most advanced technology to diagnose epilepsy and evaluate patients before surgery. We offer the most advanced medical and surgical treatments for epilepsy, including laser ablation surgery.
Learn more about the Epilepsy Program.
Our neurosurgeons and general surgeons operate together when a condition affects a child’s nervous system and their chest, belly or pelvis.
Meet our General and Thoracic Surgery team.
Our team cares for children with disorders that affect mitochondria – parts of cells that help make energy. Our team includes experts in many areas of medicine, and we do research to improve care and cure rates for these conditions.
Meet the Mitochondrial Medicine team.
Our Neurodevelopmental team cares for children with special needs. Our patients have conditions that include hydrocephalus and myelomeningocele, a severe form of spina bifida. Doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians and physical and occupational therapists work together to meet your child’s needs.
Meet the Neurodevelopmental team.
Neuropsychologists are experts in how brain development affects a child’s learning and behavior. We check your child’s memory, attention, thinking, language skills, coordination, senses and personality. We offer ideas for education planning and behavior management.
Meet the Neuropsychology team.
Some neurological conditions affect a child’s eyesight. Our eye doctors (ophthalmologists) check your child’s vision, how the muscles control eye movement and the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain.
Meet the Ophthalmology team.
When needed, our neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons work together to perform spine surgery. Our board-certifiedorthopedic surgeons are experts in evaluating and managing problems that affect the muscles and bones of children and teens.
Meet the Orthopedics team.
Our radiologists make detailed images to help diagnose problems affecting the brain and spinal cord.
Meet the Radiology care team.
We help children and teens regain strength and function after illness, surgery or injury. Our Tone Management Program evaluates patients who have problems with high muscle tone (spasticity) and recommends medical and surgical treatment. We help kids manage their spasticity with medicines, shots (injections) and physical therapy. When surgery is the best treatment, our clinic works closely with the neurosurgery team.
Meet the Rehabilitation team.
Our program brings together some of the nation’s top experts on concussions and brain injuries to keep young athletes safe and healthy. We can evaluate, diagnose and manage any level of injury to your child’s brain.
Learn about our Sports Concussion Program.
Learn more about the Pacific Northwest’s only pediatric vascular neurology program.