David J. Inwards-Breland, MD, MPH

Adolescent Medicine, Gender

On staff since February 2009

Children's Title: Adolescent Medicine, Medical Director of Seattle Children's Gender Clinic

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"I enjoy caring for adolescents and giving them medical guidance to become healthy and happy adults. For most people, adolescents are challenging patients but I enjoy finding out what makes them tick. In addition, I enjoy working with male adolescents and young adults, encouraging them to value their health and enter the healthcare system before medical issues arise."

  • David Breland, MD, MPH is a member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Breland earned his MD from the University of California, Davis and a MPH at the University of California, Berkeley.

    He completed his fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Breland practices at Seattle Children's Hospital and Harborview Medical Center. He has expertise in male health, eating disorders, obesity depression, anxiety and gender identity issues. He does general primary care for adolescents at Harborview Medical Center. He also will see patients at the new Bellevue Clinic. His research interest includes increasing adolescent male use of school-based health centers, and depression in adolescent and young adult males.

    • Jordan Seattle 03.22.19

      I saw Dr. Breland a little over a year ago pretty regularly, and to this day he is the most kind, knowledgable doctor I have ever been treated by. He completely changed my life course and he helped me want to be better.

    • Rebecca Federal Way, WA 06.19.15

      Our family feels so fortunate to have found Dr. Breland. He listens, he cares, he is so respectful. He is also very knowledgeable about current issues. We highly recommend him and agree with another viewer that "he is a breath of fresh air"!

    • Karen Bellevue, WA 03.17.15

      Kind, informative, and positive. Really nice to consult with him, and he was helpful in terms of next steps for my 16 year old daughter's needs.

    • Brittany Bothell, WA 11.23.11

      Dr. Breland is such a breath of fresh air. He is knowledgeable, kind and listens! He gave my son his undivided attention and yet made me feel like I was always in charge. We spent a wonderful year with him while my teenage son lost weight and made some great new habits! Couldn't be more thankful to be have been put in his path!!

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2019 Seattle Magazine 2019
    Seattles Top Doctor 2016 Seattle Met Magazine 2016
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOC - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
  • Other Publications

    • Widdice L, Ma Y, Jonte J, Farhat S, Breland D, Shiboski S, Moscicki AB
      Concordance and Transmission of Human Papillomavirus withinHeterosexual Couples Observed over Short Intervals.
      23319742 The Journal of infectious diseases, 2013 Jan. 14
    • Widdice LE, Breland DJ, Jonte J, Farhat S, Ma Y, Leonard AC, Moscicki AB
      Human papillomavirus concordance in heterosexual couples.
      20638007 The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2010 Aug. : 151-9
    • Breland DJ, Park MJ
      Depression: focus on the adolescent male.
      19477773 American journal of men's health, 2008 March : 87-93
    • Park MJ, Breland D
      Alcohol and cigarette use among adolescent and young adult males.
      19482816 American journal of men's health, 2007 Dec. : 1(4)339-46
    • Park J, Breland D
      Investing in adolescence: building a strong foundation for male health.
      19482801 American journal of men's health, 2007 Sept. : 1(3)224-7
    • Park MJ, Breland D
      Starting on a healthy path: promotion of young men's sexual health.
      19482791 American journal of men's health, 2007 June : 1(2)148-53


Board Certification(s)

Adolescent Medicine

Medical/Professional School

UC - Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento
University of California Berkeley, Berkeley


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Oakland, Oakland


Adolescent Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco

Research Focus Area

Translational Research