Craig Jackson, MD, MHA

Neonatology, Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment

On staff since October 1982

Children's Title: Associate Division Head for Regional Neonatal Program Development

Academic Title: Professor

"It is a great privilege and greater responsibility to be the medical director of the Seattle Children's NICU since 1992. We receive the most difficult and complex infants from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho for treatment by some of the best medical and surgical specialists in the nation, and to be cared for by the best nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians and physical/occupational therapists anywhere. My job is to keep us working as a team to deliver the best outcomes possible for our young patients and their families."

  • 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.

    Dr. Jackson plans to continue his primary administrative activity as neonatal medical director at Seattle Children's Hospital, including quality improvement activities, and working with leaders in Perinatology at UW to build its program in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and fetal diagnostic services. He is co-manager of the Children's Neonatology Value Stream process to continuously improve clinical outcomes and family-centered care.

    • 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

    • Kunz SN, Tieder JS, Whitlock K, Jackson JC, Avansino JR
      Primary fascial closure versus staged closure with silo in patients with gastroschisis: a meta-analysis.
      23583145 Journal of pediatric surgery, 2013 April : 48(4)845-57
    • 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

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Therapeutic hypothermia for neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy Community Medical Center Missoula, MT Jan. 23, 2012


Board Certification(s)

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Medical/Professional School

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


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Newborn respiratory disease; continuous quality improvement