Casey Lion, MD, MPH

Pediatrics-Inpatient

On staff since August 2010

Children's Title: Attending Physician, General Pediatrics

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

Language (Other than English): Spanish

  • K. Casey Lion, MD, MPH, is an attending physician in General Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is an Investigator at the Seattle Children's Research Institute, co-Director of the Health Services and Quality of Care Research Fellowship, and Program Lead for Patient Navigation for the University of Washington Cancer Consortium.

    She earned her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and a Masters in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. She completed her residency and quality of care research fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academic Pediatric Association. Her research interests are in improving communication and quality of health care for vulnerable children, espcially those with language barriers.

    • Dolores Tulalip,Wa 09.27.11

      I cannot speak the name Casey Lion without tears welling up in my eyes. What a blessing she was to my son, Talon, and my family. she is kind, caring, extremely intelligent and very good at what she does. she explains everything in detail and makes certain that everyone is on the same page. She is also very gentle and takes the time to listen to everyone's needs and respects that. I truley believe our son is with us today for the jugdment call she made that day. she has a place in our hearts forever. Thank GOD for Casey!

  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Chan T | Lion KC | Mangione-Smith R
      Racial disparities in failure-to-rescue among children undergoing congenital heart surgery.
      The Journal of pediatrics, 2015 April : 166(4)812-8.e1-4
    • Lion KC | Ebel BE | Rafton S | Zhou C | Hencz P | Mangione-Smith R
      Evaluation of a quality improvement intervention to increase use of telephonic interpretation.
      Pediatrics, 2015 March : 135(3)e709-16
    • Lion KC, Thompson DA, Cowden JD, Michel E, Rafton SA, Hamdy RF, Killough EF, Fernandez J, Ebel BE
      Clinical Spanish use and language proficiency testing among pediatric residents.
      23969350 Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2013 Oct. : 88(10)1478-84
    • Raphael JL, Rueda A, Lion KC, Giordano TP
      The role of lay health workers in pediatric chronic disease: a systematic review.
      24011745 Academic pediatrics, 2013 Sept. : 13(5)408-20 PMCID:PMC3802546
    • Lion KC, Rafton SA, Shafii J, Brownstein D, Michel E, Tolman M, Ebel BE
      Association between language, serious adverse events, and length of stay among hospitalized children.
      24313090 Hospital pediatrics, 2013 July : 3(3)219-25
    • Lion KC, Mangione-Smith R, Martyn M, Hencz P, Fernandez J, Tamura G
      Comprehension on family-centered rounds for limited English proficient families.
      23491584 Academic pediatrics, 2013 May : 13(3)236-42
    • Lion KC, Thompson DA, Cowden JD, Michel E, Rafton SA, Hamdy RF, Killough EF, Fernandez J, Ebel BE
      Impact of language proficiency testing on provider use of Spanish for clinical care.
      22689864 Pediatrics, 2012 July : 130(1)e80-7
    • Lion KC, Prata N, Stewart C
      Adolescent childbearing in Nicaragua: a quantitative assessment of associated factors.
      19620093 International perspectives on sexual and reproductive health, 2009 June : 91-6

    Other Publications

    • Desai AD, Zhou C, Haaland W, Johnson J, Lion KC, Lopez MA, Williams DJ, Kenyon CC, Mangione-Smith R, Johnson DP
      Social Disadvantage, Access to Care, and Disparities in Physical Functioning Among Children Hospitalized with Respiratory Illness.
      32118564 Journal of hospital medicine, 2020 April 1 : 15(4)211-218 PMCID:PMC7153490
    • Connell SK, Rutman LE, Whitlock KB, Haviland MJ, Simmons S, Schloredt K, Ramos J, Brewer K, Augustine M, Lion KC
      Health Care Reform, Length of Stay, and Readmissions for Child Mental Health Hospitalizations.
      32014883 Hospital pediatrics, 2020 March : 10(3)238-245
    • Lion KC, Zhou C, Ebel BE, Penfold RB, Mangione-Smith R
      Identifying Modifiable Health Care Barriers to Improve Health Equity for Hospitalized Children.
      31801795 Hospital pediatrics, 2020 Jan. : 10(1)1-11 PMCID:PMC6931033
    • Lion KC, DeCamp LR
      Inpatient Language Barriers: An Old Problem in Need of Novel Solutions.
      31577222 Journal of hospital medicine, 2019 Oct. : 14(10)640-641 PMCID:PMC6817306
    • Davis SH, Rosenberg J, Nguyen J, Jimenez M, Lion KC, Jenicek G, Dallmann H, Yun K
      Translating Discharge Instructions for Limited English-Proficient Families: Strategies and Barriers.
      31562199 Hospital pediatrics, 2019 Oct. : 9(10)779-787 PMCID:PMC6876295
    • Lion KC, Kieran K, Desai A, Hencz P, Ebel BE, Adem A, Forbes S, Kraus J, Gutman C, Horn I
      Audio-Recorded Discharge Instructions for Limited English Proficient Parents: A Pilot Study.
      30126714 Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety, 2019 Feb. : 45(2)98-107 PMCID:PMC6378142
    • Gutman CK, Cousins L, Gritton J, Klein EJ, Brown JC, Scannell J, Lion KC
      Professional Interpreter Use and Discharge Communication in the Pediatric Emergency Department.
      30048713 Academic pediatrics, 2018 Nov. : 18(8)935-943 PMCID:PMC6855246
    • Parast L, Burkhart Q, Gidengil C, Schneider EC, Mangione-Smith R, Lion C, McGlynn EA, Carle A, Britto MT, Elliott MN
      Validation of New Care Coordination Quality Measures for Children with Medical Complexity.
      29550397 Academic pediatrics, 2018 July : 18(5)581-588 PMCID:PMC6152933
    • Raphael JL, Lion KC, Bearer CF
      Policy solutions to recruiting and retaining minority children in research.
      28590464 Pediatric research, 2017 Aug. : 82(2)180-182
    • Rutman L, Wright DR, OʼCallaghan J, Spencer S, Lion KC, Kronman MP, Zhou C, Mangione-Smith R
      A Comprehensive Approach to Pediatric Pneumonia: Relationship Between Standardization, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Clinical Testing, and Cost.
      27811579 Journal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, 2017 July : 39(4)e59-e69
    • Lion KC, Wright DR, Desai AD, Mangione-Smith R
      Costs of Care for Hospitalized Children Associated With Preferred Language and Insurance Type.
      28073815 Hospital pediatrics, 2017 Feb. : 7(2)70-78 PMCID:PMC5535794
    • Lion KC
      Caring for Children and Families With Limited English Proficiency: Current Challenges and an Agenda for the Future.
      27979993 Hospital pediatrics, 2017 Jan. : 7(1)59-61
    • Rutman L, Atkins RC, Migita R, Foti J, Spencer S, Lion KC, Wright DR, Leu MG, Zhou C, Mangione-Smith R
      Modification of an Established Pediatric Asthma Pathway Improves Evidence-Based, Efficient Care.
      27940683 Pediatrics, 2016 Dec. : 138(6)
    • Lion KC, Wright DR, Spencer S, Zhou C, Del Beccaro M, Mangione-Smith R
      Standardized Clinical Pathways for Hospitalized Children and Outcomes.
      27002007 Pediatrics, 2016 April : 137(4) PMCID:PMC5531174
    • Lion KC, Brown JC, Ebel BE, Klein EJ, Strelitz B, Gutman CK, Hencz P, Fernandez J, Mangione-Smith R
      Effect of Telephone vs Video Interpretation on Parent Comprehension, Communication, and Utilization in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
      26501862 JAMA pediatrics, 2015 Dec. : 169(12)1117-25 PMCID:PMC5524209
    • Chan T, Lion KC, Mangione-Smith R
      Racial disparities in failure-to-rescue among children undergoing congenital heart surgery.
      25556012 The Journal of pediatrics, 2015 April : 166(4)812-8.e1-4
    • Lion KC, Ebel BE, Rafton S, Zhou C, Hencz P, Mangione-Smith R
      Evaluation of a quality improvement intervention to increase use of telephonic interpretation.
      25713276 Pediatrics, 2015 March : 135(3)e709-16
    • Lion KC | Raphael JL
      Partnering health disparities research with quality improvement science in pediatrics.
      PMC4306804 Pediatrics, 2015 Feb. : 135(2)354-61
    • Lion KC, Raphael JL
      Partnering health disparities research with quality improvement science in pediatrics.
      25560436 Pediatrics, 2015 Feb. : 135(2)354-61 PMCID:PMC4306804
    • Lion KC, Mangione-Smith R, Britto MT
      Individualized plans of care to improve outcomes among children and adults with chronic illness: a systematic review.
      24761537 Care management journals : Journal of case management ; The journal of long term home health care, 2014 : 15(1)11-25
    • Lion KC, Thompson DA, Cowden JD, Michel E, Rafton SA, Hamdy RF, Killough EF, Fernandez J, Ebel BE
      Clinical Spanish use and language proficiency testing among pediatric residents.
      23969350 Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2013 Oct. : 88(10)1478-84
    • Raphael JL, Rueda A, Lion KC, Giordano TP
      The role of lay health workers in pediatric chronic disease: a systematic review.
      24011745 Academic pediatrics, 2013 Sept. : 13(5)408-20 PMCID:PMC3802546
    • Lion KC, Rafton SA, Shafii J, Brownstein D, Michel E, Tolman M, Ebel BE
      Association between language, serious adverse events, and length of stay among hospitalized children.
      24313090 Hospital pediatrics, 2013 July : 3(3)219-25
    • Lion KC, Mangione-Smith R, Martyn M, Hencz P, Fernandez J, Tamura G
      Comprehension on family-centered rounds for limited English proficient families.
      23491584 Academic pediatrics, 2013 May : 13(3)236-42
    • Lion KC, Thompson DA, Cowden JD, Michel E, Rafton SA, Hamdy RF, Killough EF, Fernandez J, Ebel BE
      Impact of language proficiency testing on provider use of Spanish for clinical care.
      22689864 Pediatrics, 2012 July : 130(1)e80-7

  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Targeted Inpatient Navigation to Improve Care for Minority Children and Families National Institute of Child Health and Human Development $628,146 Sept. 2014 - July 2019
    Understanding Patterns of Interpreter Use in the Pediatric Emergency Department Center for Diversity and Health Equity, Seattle Children's Hospital $10,000 Nov. 2013

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics

Medical/Professional School

University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco
University of California Berkeley, Berkeley

Residency

Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle

Fellowship

Quality of Care Research, University of Washington, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Care of culturally and linguistically diverse patients, general pediatrics

Research Description

Development and evaluation of interventions to improve health care quality for children from low-income, minority, and limited English proficient families. Rigorous evaluation of quality improvement interventions.