Aaron G Wightman, MD, MA

Aaron G Wightman, MD, MA

Bioethics Consultation Service, Fetal Care and Treatment Center, Apheresis

On staff since October 2015

Children's Title: Co-Director of Education, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and Palliative Care

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and Palliative Care

    • Related Pages

    • Wightman Lab

      The Wightman Lab focuses on research on medical decision-making for children with complex, chronic medical conditions.

    • Carly Vancouver, WA 07.24.16

      Dr. Aaron Wightman recently spent time with our teenage daughter for providing a second opinion and guidance on a serious issue. We traveled several hours to get back to Seattle, because we know Seattle Children's is the best around and we could not get knowledgeable pediatric care where we live. Both my daughter and I recommend Dr. Wightman without reservation for any issue - for any child in need of nephrology care. He is extremely knowledgeable on matters of kidney health and came to the appointment thoroughly versed on our daughter's medical history as though he had committed every page to memory. Dr. Wightman is relateable to children as well as parents, and provided us with a positive, do-able plan of action whereby we left Seattle Children's Hospital Nephrology Clinic feeling a huge weight had been lifted. In today's world of healthcare, and in the world of technology, information overload and uncertainty, it is extremely comforting to find a practitioner who not only took the time to become very familiar with our child's background, current health, and answered all our questions, but instantly developed a lifelong relationship with us. He took his time (another rarity), and we never, ever once felt rushed, or felt like no one really cared. Our nurse, Cathy Watt was awesome too! Thank you Dr. Wightman. Seattle Children's is lucky to have you on their team!

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Residency Peer Teaching Award University of Washington Pediatric Residency Program 2011
    Paul Young Award for Outstanding Research American Pediatric Association 2011
  • Other Publications

    • Wightman A, Diekema D
      Should an Undocumented Immigrant Receive a Heart Transplant?
      26496053 AMA journal of ethics, 2015 Oct 1 : 17(10)909-13
    • Wightman A, Kett J
      Has neonatal dialysis become morally obligatory? Lessons from Baby Doe.
      25982939 Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992), 2015 Aug. : 104(8)748-50
    • Wightman A, Smith J, Diekema D
      Neurodevelopmental status as a criterion for solid organ transplant eligibility
      Pediatric Transplantation Ethics, 2015
    • Wightman A, Opel DJ, Marcuse EK, Taylor JA
      Washington State pediatricians' attitudes toward alternative childhood immunization schedules.
      22123877 Pediatrics, 2011 Dec. : 128(6)1094-9 PMCID:PMC3387893
  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Caregiver Burden in Pediatric Dialysis Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2015
    The boundaries of parental decision-making: the role of parental interests University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 2015
    Current ESRD Access-to-Treatment Dilemmas: a Historical Context National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings Las Vegas, NV 2014
    A trial of dialysis American Society of Pediatric Nephrology annual meeting Vancouver, BC 2014
    Ethics of Neonatal Dialysis Northwest Kidney Center Seattle, WA 2013
    Could you, should you dialyze that baby? National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting Orlando, FL 2013


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Nephrology

Medical/Professional School

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
University of Washington, Seattle, WA


University of Washington School of Medicine GME, Seattle, WA


Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests

Dialysis and renal transplantation

Research Description

My research interest focuses on decision-making in children with complex, chronic illnesses.