Craig Jackson, MD, MHA

"It was a great privilege and greater responsibility to be the medical director of the Seattle Children's NICU from 1992 to 2017. My current passion is counseling the parents of high-risk fetuses in the prenatal clinics at SCH and UWMC"

  • After 15 years of basic and clinical research in lung diseases of newborns, Dr. Jackson changed his major focus from research to neonatal medical direction, strategic planning, and business services. To improve his administrative skills, he completed the executive Masters in Health Administration at the University of Washington in 2007.  After finishing 25-years as the SCH NICU medical director, he redirected his energies to neonatal counseling in the prenatal clinics at SCH and at UWMC.  I'm interested in the development of methods to teach empathetic communication skills to clinicians, and methods to help parents make difficult medical decisions for their fetuses and newborns; adaptation of workshops with patient simulation for videoconferencing; and the development of the PRISM program to teach resilience skills to NICU parents.

    Current administrative and training responsibilities: Neonatology liaison to the Prenatal Diagnosis Clinics at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington Medical Center; member of the CONNECT program leadership team for teaching communication skills to clinicians; member of CUMG Physician Education, Billing, Compliance Committee; at-large member of the SCH Medical Executive Committee; member of the SCH/UW Pediatric Intern Retreat Steering Committee; and division educator for professional billing documentation and compliance.

    • Lori Woodinville 01.21.16

      For 10 years, I have been writing annual updates to Dr. Jackson about our son. Dr. Jackson was the neonatologist at my son's premature birth 11 years ago and he was also the attending the night he was transported to SCH from Evergreen critically ill. Thanks to Dr. Jackson and his team for saving our son's life with the use of post-hemorrhagic surfactant. Dr. Jackson notices the smallest details, is compassionate, smart and thinks outside of the box. In hindsight perhaps we should have named our son Craig. We can't ever thank him and the other neonatalogists or the NICU team enough and these words can't convey our gratitude. SCH NICU really cares about fragile infants and providing excellent medical care. It is compassion and the best medicine at SCH and this is demonstrated by Dr. Jackson!

  • Other Publications

    • Jackson CJ
      Respiratory Distress in the Preterm Infant
      Avery's Diseases of the Newborn, 9th ed., 2012
    • Jackson JC
      Aspiration Syndromes
      Pediatrics, 2005
    • Jackson JC
      Respiratory Disease in the Newborn
      Pediatrics, 2005
    • Jackson JC
      Respiratory Distress Syndrome
      Pediatrics, 2005


Board Certification(s)

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Medical/Professional School

University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests

Prenatal neonatology counseling and palliative care; critical care of infants with complex surgical and pediatric subspecialty problems.