Dena R. Brownstein, MD

Emergency Medicine

On staff since August 1985

Children's Title: Medical Director, Patient Safety

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

  • Dena R. Brownstein, MD, is an attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is the associate medical director for patient safety at Settle Children’s. She received her MD from the University of Washington, completing her residency at Seattle Children’s and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    She is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Brownstein is coordinator of the Seattle Children’s pediatric internship for paramedic students and director of the paramedic course. She was a co-editor of the AAP’s national pediatric EMS curriculum, Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP). Brownstein is the recipient of numerous awards, including the University of Washington Outstanding Public Service Award. She is certified in ACLS and ATLS, and is a PALS and PEPP instructor 

  • Other Publications

    • Loren DJ, Klein EJ, Garbutt J, Krauss MJ, Fraser V, Dunagan WC, Brownstein DR, Gallagher TH
      Medical error disclosure among pediatricians: choosing carefully what we might say to parents.
      18838644 Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 2008 Oct. : 922-7
    • Garbutt J, Brownstein DR, Klein EJ, Waterman A, Krauss MJ, Marcuse EK, Hazel E, Dunagan WC, Fraser V, Gallagher TH
      Reporting and disclosing medical errors: pediatricians' attitudes and behaviors.
      17283304 Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 2007 Feb. : 179-85


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

University of Washington, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Pediatric out-of-hospital care (Emergency Medical Services), clinical quality and patient safety

Research Focus Area

Quality Improvement