Craig E. Taplin, MD


On staff since July 2009

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"As a pediatrician, I was drawn to endocrinology because, the vast majority of the time, we deal with clinical issues related to growth and physical development — and there is nothing more fundamental to child health than those two things! My goal for every child and family I see in clinic is for them to feel they have the chance to fulfill every hope and dream without letting a chronic disease get in the way. We do this as a clinical team by aiming to give our patients the skills and confidence to be healthy, active people — who also happen to have, for example, diabetes."

    • Bethany Snohomish 07.09.15

      Dr. Taplin has been working with us to treat my daughters Diabetes for two years now. His positive affirmation of our efforts to care for her and challenge to change the things we can have made such an impact on our family. He his remarkably available for questions and truly cares deeply about his patients. Thank you Dr. Taplin, you stand out above the rest!! We so appreciate you!

    • Dan Sammamish, WA 03.16.15

      Dr. Taplin and his support team are first class care providers. Our daughter was diagnosed with T1D and the time the team spends with us is remarkable. Dr. Taplin easily spends 30-45 minutes for each visit which is highly unusual for a medical visit. The team is responsive, helpful and caring. We couldn't ask for better care for our daughter.

    • Liz Puyallup 05.07.14

      We moved here from the Midwest and this is the first endocrinologist that I have seen that was friendly and listened to my concerns. He is very knowledgeable and also helped me find an adult endocrinologist to help me with my AI also. I highly recommend Dr. Taplin because not only does he listen, but he doesn't talk down to his patients or the parents of the patients. Our family has dealt with this issue with other endocrinologists so that it has been refreshing to find a doctor that treats his patients with respect.

    • Elizabeth Carnation, WA 10.01.12

      Dr. Taplin, I am so appreciative of you. Without your diagnosis, our Amelia.... well now that I am crying, she would probably be much sicker than she is right now. Our whole family is so indebted to you for your wonderful expertise and care while examining her. Your diagnosis has put us ahead of where we might be right now if you had let my daughter-in-law Rose walk out the door without looking at Amelia. How can we thank you? There are no words that can. We are forever in your debt. Thank you so much!

    • Mollie Seattle, WA 06.23.12

      Dr. Taplin is our son's Endocrinologist, and we couldn't be happier. Dr. Taplin listens to our questions and provides us with information in planning for school, activities, trips...anything that is important for our family. He speaks directly to our son and has an amazing repoire with him. Our son is very young, but Dr. Taplin finds a way to speak with him at his own level and in a way that is is truthful (but not scary) about his diabetes. We wish our son didn't have diabetes, but we are grateful that Dr. Taplin is there to support us through the journey with our son.

    • Danielle Auburn, Wa 03.13.12

      Dr. Taplin has been my son's endocrinologist for about 4 years; before that his endo was Dr. Pihoker. Dr. Taplin is very thorough, personable, and devoted to his patients. My son has a rare endocrine disorder and Dr. T is always on top of research and the latest treatments. He is so great with my son - always talking directly to him and focusing on him during appointments rather than focusing on me or talking over my son as if he wasn't there. We love Dr. Taplin.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2018 Seattle Magazine 2018
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
  • Other Publications

    • Malik FS, Taplin CE
      Insulin Therapy in Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes.
      24458650 Paediatric drugs, 2014 Jan. 24
    • Nandi-Munshi D, Tridgell A, Taplin CE
      Acute ovarian torsion and primary hypothyroidism.
      23753092 Pediatrics, 2013 July : 132(1)e233-8
    • Taplin CE, Mojibian M, Simpson M, Taki I, Liu E, Hoffenberg EJ, Norris JM, Scott FW, Rewers M
      Antibodies to the wheat storage globulin Glo-3A in children before and at diagnosis of celiac disease.
      21119542 Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, 2011 Jan. : 52(1)21-5 PMCID:PMC3057879
    • Taplin CE, Cobry E, Messer L, McFann K, Chase HP, Fiallo-Scharer R
      Preventing Post-Exercise Nocturnal Hypoglycemia in Children with Type 1 Diabetes.
      20650471 The Journal of pediatrics, 2010 July 20
    • Taplin CE, Zeitler P
      Exercise for the treatment of childhood obesity--is it simply too much to ask?
      19143663 Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992), 2009 Feb. : 214-6
    • Taplin CE, Barker JM
      Autoantibodies in type 1 diabetes.
      18176860 Autoimmunity, 2008 Feb. : 41(1)11-8
    • Taplin CE, Barker JM
      Autoantibodies in type 1 diabetes.
      18176860 Autoimmunity, 2008 Feb. : 11-8
    • Taplin CE, Barker JM
      Natural evolution, prediction, and prevention of type 1 diabetes in youth.
      19156572 Endocrine research, 2008 : 17-33
    • Taplin CE, Cowell CT, Silink M, Ambler GR
      Fludrocortisone therapy in cerebral salt wasting.
      17101713 Pediatrics, 2006 Dec. : e1904-8
    • Taplin CE, Craig ME, Lloyd M, Taylor C, Crock P, Silink M, Howard NJ
      The rising incidence of childhood type 1 diabetes in New South Wales, 1990-2002.
      16138797 The Medical journal of Australia, 2005 Sept. 5 : 243-6
    • Taplin CE, Craig ME, Lloyd M, Taylor C, Crock P, Silink M, Howard NJ
      The rising incidence of childhood type 1 diabetes in New South Wales, 1990-2002.
      16138797 The Medical journal of Australia, 2005 Sept. 5 : 183(5)243-6

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Insulin Resistance in Our Children - the Impact of Obesity Seattle Children’s Hospital Obesity Symposium Seattle, WA Nov. 1, 2009
    Fear Of Night-time Hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetes - What is the Role of Exercise? Annual Scientific Sessions, American Diabetes Association New Orleans, LA June 1, 2009


Board Certification(s)

General Pediatrics (Non-ABMS)
Pediatric Endocrinology (Non-ABMS)

Medical/Professional School

The University of New South Wales, Sydney


Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead


Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Colorado - The Children's Hospital - Denver, Aurora

Clinical Interests

Type 1 Diabetes, Growth, Thyroid; Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes in Children, Prevention of Hypoglycemia during and after Exercise

Research Focus Area

Translational Research