Caitlin Annette Smith, MD

Caitlin Annette Smith, MD

Surgical Specialties

On staff since September 2017


    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.


    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.


    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.


    • 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.


Board Certification(s)

Surgery - General
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

Albany Medical College, Albany


Surgery - General, UC Davis Health System, Sacramento


Pediatric Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle