Faisal S. Malik, MD, MSHS

"Working at Seattle Children’s allows me to focus on innovative, patient-centered interventions. I am particularly inspired by the opportunity to focus my research on age-specific opportunities to improve health outcomes — such as leveraging social media — in youth and young adults with diabetes. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with adolescents and young adults with diabetes every day and am committed to amplifying their voices to address barriers and equity issues within diabetes care."

  • Dr. Malik is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, an Investigator at the Center for Child Heath, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute, and a pediatric endocrinologist at Seattle Children's Hospital. His research focuses on developing and investigating the effectiveness of patient-centered interventions that improve self-efficacy in diabetes management and ultimately, health outcomes for youth and adults with diabetes.

    Dr. Malik is also the Director of Resarch and Co-Medical Director of the University of Washington Adolescent and Young Adult Diabetes Transition Clinic.

    • Regina Centralia 07.28.20

      There are not enough positive words to use in describing our families experiences with Dr. Malik! Among those that will fit in this space are warm, open, proactive, respectful and just an all round super human being. Dr. Malik cared for our son through a patient centered relationship. He cared for our family in the same manner. His brilliance and his professionalism are a gift to every child and family with whom he touches.

    • Raven Belfair, Wa 06.02.20

      I went to Dr Malik for 4 years, he was the most thorough doctor. He was always on top of things, and I couldn't recommend a better doctor (: Thank you Dr Malik

    • Christina Rochester, WA 02.08.20

      My daughter has been a patient of Dr. Malik’s for several years. He is kind, knowledgeable, takes time to answer my questions and thoroughly explains my daughters plan of care. I highly recommend him!!

    • Abdullahi Kent, WA 03.08.19

      Dr Malik took care of our Daughter like his own. His explanation and attention to details were exceptional. He is warm and welcoming. He added us to his patients list, even though he had a tight schedule. He is Godsent!


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Endocrinology

Medical/Professional School

Albany Medical College, Albany
Georgetown University, Washington
University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle


University of Washington, Seattle


University of Washington, Seattle

Research Description

As an investigator in the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Dr. Malik leads the Improving Diabetes Outcomes Team. He is currently involved with three different studies designed to improve health outcomes in youth with diabetes:

  • The use of social media to support diabetes management in youth with type 1 diabetes (NIH);
  • The use of systematically designed external incentives to increase adolescent participation to type 1 diabetes self-care behaviors (ADA)
  • The use of a resilience resource intervention to reduce diabetes distress in adolescents with type 1 diabetes (NIH).

Some of his contributon to science to date is highlighted below:

Evaluating the quality of medical care in pediatric diabetes: These studies helped to raise the concern for the consistency and quality of care delivered to children with T1D in the U.S.

Malik FS, Hall M, Mangione-Smith R, Keren R, Mahant S, Shah SS, Srivastava R, Wilson KM, Tieder JS. Patient Characteristics Associated with Differences in Admission Frequency for Diabetic Ketoacidosis in U.S. Children’s Hospitals. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2016;171:104-110. PMID: 26787380.

Malik FS, Stafford JS, Klingensmith G, Dabelea D, Lawrence J, Mayer-Davis, E, Saydah S, Corathers S, Reboussin B, Pihoker C. Receipt of Recommended Complications and Comorbidities Screening in Youth and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes: Associations with Metabolic Status and Satisfaction with Care. Pediatric Diabetes. 2020 Mar;21(2):349-35. PMID: 31797506.

Developing novel approaches to improve outcomes in youth and adolescents with diabetes: These studies explored the impact of a community care model designed to provide additional support in the home and school setting to youth struggling with diabetes management and the acceptability of the use of financial incentives to support adolescent engagement in type 1 diabetes self-care.

Malik FS, Yi-Frazier JP, Taplin CE, Roth CL, Whitlock KB, Howard W, Pihoker C. Improving the Care of Youth With Type 1 Diabetes with a Novel Medical-Legal Intervention: The Diabetes Community Care Ambassador Program. Diabetes Educator. 2018 Apr. PMID: 29320934.

Malik FS, Senturia KD, Lind CD, Chalmers KD, Yi-Frazier JP, Shah SK, Pihoker C, Wright DR. Adolescent and Parent Perspectives on the Acceptability of Financial Incentives to Promote Self-Care in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes. 2020 May; 21(3):533-551. PMID: 31863541.

Leveraging the use of social media to improve health outcomes in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: These studies highlighted that adolescents are comfortable sharing diabetes-related information over socia media and are interested in receiving traditional diabetes support over social media from thier diabetes care team.

Yi-Frazier JP, Cochrane K, Mitrovich C, Pascual M, Buscaino E, Eaton L, Panlasigui N, Clopp B, Malik F. Using Instagram as a Modified Application of Photovoice for Storytelling and Sharing in Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes. Qualitative Health Research. 2015 Apr. PMID: 25904674.

Malik FS, Panlasigui N, Gritton J, Gill H, Yi-Frazier J, Moreno M. Adolescent Perspectives on the Use of Social Media to Support Type 1 Diabetes Management. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2019 May; 21(6):e12149. PMID: 31199310.