Cora Collette Breuner, MD, MPH

Cora Collette  Breuner, MD, MPH

Adolescent Medicine, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Biofeedback, Eating Disorders, Fracture Program, Spine Program

On staff since January 1995

Children's Title: Attending Physician

Academic Title: Professor

"My passion to be an excellent physician is balanced by my desire to be a compassionate human being. Each day I wake up I am excited to see what awaits me in my clinical practice, with my 3 fabulous children and with my colleagues. I am honored to be a member of Seattle Children's Hospital and grateful to have had the opportunity to have shared tears and joy with countless courageous patients and their families. To be able to combine an integrative and holistic focus in pediatrics, adolescent medicine and orthopedics has been and continues to be amazing and rewarding journey."

  • Cora Collette Breuner, MD, MPH, is member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Department at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is a Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Breuner earned her MD at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She completed an internship and residency at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, and an Adolescent Medicine fellowship at the University of Washington. She received her Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington.

    She is board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Her clinical interests include the treatment of eating disorders and obesity in the adolescent as well in sports and trauma related injuries in the child and adolescent. She is also interested in the management and treatment of adolescents with headaches, abdominal pain, and chronic musculoskeletal pain. She is particularly focused on the use of holistic, mindfulness and integrative approaches such as biofeedback, yoga, and massage in the management of these conditions. She is president of the Northwest Society of Adolescent Medicine and faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    Her research interests include the evaluation of yoga as an adjunctive intervention for eating disorders, biofeedback for chronic headache and the assessment of complementary medicine for diabetes. Her goal is to incorporate complementary, holistic and integrative medicine into the outpatient and inpatient arenas at Children’s. She is an active participant in the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Committee for Adolescence and the PREP academic board review course for Adolescent Medicine.

    • Shannon Lake Stevens, WA 04.18.20

      Dr. Breuner has been the missing piece of our Daughter's care team. I can't say enough, how her tenacity and passion for children with eating disorders is her true mission. She has and will continue to save our Daughter's life. She's only 11 and needed a Dr. to tell her about Anorexia in a way she understood. She tells us what our daughter needs to be healthy, is a support for us as parents, and also has the warm heart to make her patients feel heard and supported. We were stuck in neutral for months, with our Daughter's eating disorder, before Dr. Breuner came into our lives. She is simply THE BEST!!

    • Kate Brooklyn, NY 12.03.19

      I saw Dr. Breuner for the first time in 2012. I was 14 years old and had just told my mom that I felt unable to eat food without hating myself. She promptly brought me to Seattle Children's, where Cora met me with more empathy than I ever could have imagined. I cannot stress this enough: Dr. Breuner saved my life. I am 7 years free of relapse due to her diligence, which is EXTREMELY rare for anorexia survivors. I am forever indebted to her. She even inspired my college thesis. Love her.

    • Mickey Seattle WA 10.04.19

      My favorite doctor by far. Has worked with me my whole life. She is very supportive.

    • megan renton, wa 09.19.17

      I cannot express how much I love Cora. I had multiple issues which brought me to children's, and Cora was head of my care team, always pointing us in the right direction of what to do next. She is so fun, caring, spunky and compassionate. I've never felt like a doctor has actually cared about me on a deeper level than just being a patient... until I met Dr. Cora Breuner. Love her to death.

    • Kayla Kirkland, WA 10.16.15

      Dr. Breuner is amazing! Best doctor I have had ever! She is so kind and so caring. She actually listens to you and makes you feel like the best patient. Has helped me so much in the Biofeedback program at Seattle Childrens! Highly, highly recommend her!

    • Rebecca Vashon, WA 07.13.15

      Dr. Breuner was completely wonderful with my son.

    • Maureen Kirkland Washington 02.20.15

      Dr. Breuner is amazing! She was so welcoming, positive, proactive, and has a wonderful personality. Very kind and understanding of both myself and my teenager. Both my daughter and I felt very hopefully of the program and with Cora

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2022 Seattle Magazine 2022
    Seattle Top Doctor - 2019 Seattle Magazine 2019
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2018 Seattle Magazine 2018
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2017 Seattle Magazine 2017
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2016 Seattle Magazine 2016
    Seattle Top Doctor 2016 Seattle Met Magazine 2016
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
    Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
    Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine 2012
    U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
     Top Doctor - Seattle Magazine Seattle Magazine Jan 1, 2009
  • Other Publications

    • McCarty RL, Weber WJ, Loots B, Breuner CC, Vander Stoep A, Manhart L, Pihoker C
      Complementary and alternative medicine use and quality of life in pediatric diabetes.
      20180689 Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.), 2010 Feb. : 165-73
    • Kemper KJ, Breuner CC
      Complementary, holistic, and integrative medicine: headaches.
      20124273 Pediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010 Feb. : e17-23
    • Rosen LD, Breuner CC
      Primary care from infancy to adolescence.
      18061779 Pediatric clinics of North America, 2007 Dec. : 837-58; ix
    • Breuner CC
      Alternative and complementary therapies.
      17030278 Adolescent medicine clinics, 2006 Oct. : 521-46; abstract ix
    • Breuner CC
      Natural contraception.
      16183542 Adolescent medicine clinics, 2005 Oct. : 603-16
    • Breuner CC, Smith MS, Womack WM
      Factors related to school absenteeism in adolescents with recurrent headache.
      15012658 Headache, 2004 March : 217-22
    • Breuner CC
      The adolescent traveler.
      12687903 Primary care, 2002 Dec. : 983-1006
    • Breuner CC
      Complementary medicine in pediatrics: a review of acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, and chiropractic therapies.
      12486401 Current problems in pediatric and adolescent health care, 2002 Nov. : 353-84
  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Complementary Medicine, Nutritional Supplements and Eating Disorders University of Wisconsin Madison, WI Sep 1, 2009
    Adolescent Updates University of Washington School of Medicine Family Practice Review Seattle, WA Jun 1, 2009
    Strategies for Managing the Difficult Adolescent Patient PAS workshop Baltimore, MD May 1, 2009
    Predictor and Patterns of Complementary and Alternative Medicine utilization among Washington state SEARCH for Diabetes in youth participants North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine Minneapolis, Minnesota May 1, 2009
    Nutrition Supplements in teens Nursing conference unkonwn Mar 1, 2009
    Sport Performance and Nutritional Supplements Lynn Staheli Annual Orthopedic Meeting Seattle, WA Jan 1, 2009
  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    5T32 DK63687 NIH Jul 1, 2007
    Biofeedback and headache research with Heidi Blume 1. Seattle Childrens Academic Enrichment Fund Jan 1, 2007


Board Certification(s)

Adolescent Medicine

Medical/Professional School

Thomas Jefferson University-Jefferson School Of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA


Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA


University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests

eating disorders and headaches

Research Focus Area

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Behavioral / Mental Health