Caitlin Annette Smith, MD

Caitlin Annette Smith, MD

Surgical Specialties, Bowel Management Treatment Program, Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine, General Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Hernia Program

On staff since September 2017

Children's Title: Co-Director, Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine Program; Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

  • Caitlin A. Smith, MD, is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Washington and an attending pediatric surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Smith earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College in 2009 and completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of California at Davis in 2015. She completed her fellowship training in pediatric surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has also received additional training with Dr. Marc Levitt at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and will be the second individual to successfully complete the Advanced Training Program in Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction.

    Dr. Smith is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in adult general surgery and pediatric surgery. She is a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the American College of Surgeons.

    • Related Resources

    • Rebecca Pateros, WA 02.04.19

      DR. Smith was a breath of fresh air for our familly. we have been dealing with his issue since he was 3 months old and no one would give us answers that even seemed remotely right. As a mother i knew my child was dealing with more than just constipation. when we arrived and saw her she could tell right away something was wrong and did testing just to double check. she was patient with us as parents and let us speak our mind about the subject. She knows what she doing and is very knowledgable about it. Her heart is defientley in it. I wish there was more doctors like her! Thank you.

    • Tara Seattle, WA 08.11.18

      Dr. Smith is extremely knowledgable, calm and has a great connection with her patients. My daughter has consistently gotten the best care from Children's and Dr. Smith. I always get my questions answered and my daughter feels safe in the care of her. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Smith. Thank you!

    • Keri Lake Stevens, WA 04.02.18

      Dr. Smith is everything that you could ever wish for a Doctor caring for your child. She is always excited to see my son, and he just lights up when she walks into the room. He has been with her since the day he was born, and she takes great care of him on a monthly basic. Dr. Smith has done 3 surgeries on him and the care she gives to him, and to us as parents is remarkable. She explains everything and gives you time to ask all of your questions and she answers them very thoroughly. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful Doctor!!

    • Heather Seattle, WA 12.26.17

      Dr. Smith was calm, clear and confident in explaining what would happen during my child's emergency appendectomy. She was reassuring to my daughter and answered her questions in a way she could understand. She spoke to my husband and I when the surgery was completed and made us feel like we could ask as many questions as we wanted. She wasn't rushed and she was kind and respectful.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Top Surgeon Washington Magazine
    Seattle Top Doctor Seattle Met Magazine
  • Book Chapters

    • Caitlin A Smith
      Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Short Bowel Syndrome
      Avery's Diseases of the Newborn , (10th Editi)

    Other Publications

    • Smith CA, Avansino J
      Anorectal Malformations
      31194415 2019 Jan.
    • Smith CA, Waldhausen JT
      Benign Gallbladder Disease
      PedSCORE, 2017
    • Grant SB, Hon H, Iver P, Smith C, Sun S
      The RAS-ACS: Recruiting medical students and training future leaders.
      26419051 Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 2015 Aug. : 100(8)23-8
    • Smith CA, Gosselin RC, Utter GH, Galante JM, Young JB, Scherer LA, Schermer CR
      Does saline resuscitation affect mechanisms of coagulopathy in critically ill trauma patients? An exploratory analysis.
      25803514 Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis : an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis, 2015 April : 26(3)250-4
    • Hylton JR, Smith CA, Li CS, Pevec WC
      Octogenarians develop infrapopliteal arterial occlusive disease in the absence of traditional risk factors.
      24858583 Annals of vascular surgery, 2014 Oct. : 28(7)1712-8
    • Smith CA, Duby JJ, Utter GH, Galante JM, Scherer LA, Schermer CR
      Cost-minimization analysis of two fluid products for resuscitation of critically injured trauma patients.
      24589538 American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2014 March 15 : 71(6)470-5
    • Smith C, Galante JM, Pierce JL, Scherer LA
      The surgical residency baby boom: changing patterns of childbearing during residency over a 30-year span.
      24455012 Journal of graduate medical education, 2013 Dec. : 5(4)625-9 PMCID:PMC3886462
    • Galante JM, Smith CA, Sena MJ, Scherer LA, Tharratt RS
      Identification of barriers to adaptation of battlefield technologies into civilian trauma in California.
      24183771 Military medicine, 2013 Nov. : 178(11)1227-30
    • Canter RJ, Smith CA, Martinez SR, Goodnight JE Jr, Bold RJ, Wisner DH
      Extremity soft tissue tumor surgery by surgical specialty: a comparison of case volume among oncology and non-oncology-designated surgeons.
      23893351 Journal of surgical oncology, 2013 Sept. : 108(3)142-7
    • Wasif N, Smith CA, Tamurian RM, Christensen SD, Monjazeb AM, Martinez SR, Canter RJ
      Influence of physician specialty on treatment recommendations in the multidisciplinary management of soft tissue sarcoma of the extremities.
      23552630 JAMA surgery, 2013 July : 148(7)632-9
    • Smith CA, Galante JM, Pierce JL, Scherer LA
      Laparoscopic transdiaphragmatic pericardial window: getting to the heart of the matter.
      21996485 Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 2011 Dec. : 213(6)736-42
    • Adamo MA, Drazin D, Smith C, Waldman JB
      Comparison of accidental and nonaccidental traumatic brain injuries in infants and toddlers: demographics, neurosurgical interventions, and outcomes.
      19877772 Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics, 2009 Nov. : 4(5)414-9
    • Fredricks DN, Smith C, Meier A
      Comparison of six DNA extraction methods for recovery of fungal DNA as assessed by quantitative PCR.
      16207973 Journal of clinical microbiology, 2005 Oct. : 43(10)5122-8 PMCID:PMC1248488
    • Musher B, Fredricks D, Leisenring W, Balajee SA, Smith C, Marr KA
      Aspergillus galactomannan enzyme immunoassay and quantitative PCR for diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis with bronchoalveolar lavage fluid.
      15583275 Journal of clinical microbiology, 2004 Dec. : 42(12)5517-22 PMCID:PMC535238
    • Smith TC, Jahr CE
      Self-inhibition of olfactory bulb neurons.
      12089528 Nature neuroscience, 2002 Aug. : 5(8)760-6

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    An Ode to Continence: Dealing with the Challenges of Pediatric Pelvic Congenital Anomalies Grand Rounds Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Oct. 2017
    An Ode to Continence: Dealing with the Challenges of Pediatric Pelvic Congenital Anomalies Grand Rounds Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Oct. 2017
    A History of Surgical Instruments Grand Rounds University of California, Davis May 2015
    Bioscaffold Replacement in Pediatric Vascular Injury: A Case Report Western Trauma Association Steamboat, Colorado March 6, 2014
    Mechanisms of Coagulopathy in Metabolic Acidosis Induced by Fluid Resuscitation of Critically Ill Trauma Patients Resident Research Forum University of California,Davis April 2013
    Mechanisms of Coagulopathy in Metabolic Acidosis Induced by Fluid Resuscitation of Critically Ill Trauma Patients American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Region IX Resident Research Competition San Francisco, CA Dec. 2012
    Area of Specialization and Sarcoma Practice Volume Impact Practitioner Decision-Making in Patients with Localized Extremity Soft Tissue Sarcoma Pacific Coast Surgical Association, 82nd Annual Meeting Scottsdale, Arizona 2011
    Racial Disparities Among Adult Patients with Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STC) 6th Annual Academic Surgical Congress Huntington Beach, California 2011
    Predicting Survival for Well-differentiated liposarcoma: The Importance of Location. 6th Annual Academic Surgical Congress Huntington Beach, California 2011


Board Certification(s)

Surgery (General Surgery)
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

Albany Medical College, Albany, NY


University of CA Davis Medical Center-ALLIED HEALT, Sacramento, CA


University of Washington School of Medicine GME, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests

Her clinical interests include anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung disease, cloaca, and complex abdominal tumors. She is the current Program Director for the cutting edge, multidisciplinary clinic at Seattle Children’s called the Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine (RPM) clinic. This represents one of the few multidisciplinary colorectal and reconstructive pelvic surgery clinics in the United States. This clinic involves a comprehensive approach to patients with issues of the pelvic floor and urinary, reproductive, and intestinal systems in a team effort to improve their quality of life.

Research Description

Dr. Smith’s research interests surround anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung disease, and cloaca. She is currently also involved in multiple research studies with the Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Learning Consortium (PCPLC). Specific areas of interest include improving the transition to adult care for this patient population, and improving long term cloaca outcomes.