Burt Yaszay, MD

Burt Yaszay, MD


  • Children's Title: Chief, Medical Director, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Academic Title: Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Orthopedics and Sport Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research
  • On Staff Since: June 2021
"I have spent more time in the healthcare system than I hope anyone will ever have to, not just as surgeon, but also as a patient. Through my experiences I have learned that it is not just about providing the best care; but also assuring that caregivers and their child know this and feel cared for and advocated for by every member of their care team. This is the foundation for my practice and something I’ve been passionate about sharing with others through my role in teaching new surgeons. It is truly a privilege to be allowed to take care of one’s child, one that should be remembered with every step, every interaction, and at any opportunity by every care team member throughout each aspect of care."
  • Biography

    Burt Yaszay, MD is the Chief of the Division of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital. He is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and a fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association.

    Dr. Yaszay earned his medical degree at Stanford University. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Washington. This was followed by a fellowship in Pediatric and Adult Spine at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. He obtained further training in Pediatric Orthopedics at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego where he remained for nearly 14 years before returning to Seattle. His clinical interests include all areas of the spine. He has extensive experience in adolescent and neuromuscular scoliosis, early onset scoliosis and the cervical spine. While focused on pediatric patients, his training in the adult spine ensures that any recommendations incorporate the long-term effects of the disease and its treatment.

    Understanding the need to improve care, Dr. Yaszay is extensively involved in research. He is a member of multiple multi-center study groups including the Harms Study Group, Pediatric Spine Study Group, and the Fox Study Group. He is a co-founder and prior President of the Pediatric Cervical Spine Study Group. In addition to authoring over a 130 peer-reviewed articles, he has written 15 book chapters and been an editor for 3 major spine books. His research awards include Hibbs Award (2018, 2020), Louis Goldstein Award (2018, 2020), Whitecloud Award and the Globus Medical QSV Research Award. Dr. Yaszay enjoys teaching as well as being a student. He trains medical students, residents, fellows and visiting scholars. He is frequently invited as a speaker at national and international conferences. His most profound educational experience was being a SRS Travelling fellow and visiting major academic spine centers across Japan, China, South Korea and Hong Kong.

    Personally, Dr. Yaszay loves spending time with his wife, daughter and 2 dogs. He likes cycling, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling.

    Board Certification(s)

    Orthopaedic Surgery


    Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA


    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


    NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases-Orthopedic Inst, New York, NY

    Clinical Interests

    All areas of the spine. Adolescent and neuromuscular scoliosis, early onset scoliosis and the cervical spine.

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