Faisal S. Malik, MD, MSHS

Faisal S. Malik, MD, MSHS


On staff since July 2015

"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 co-medical director of the UW Adolescent and Young Adult Diabetes Transition Clinic.

    • 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)


Medical/Professional School

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


Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle


Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Washington, Seattle
Health Services and Quality of Care Research, 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.

Tieder J, McLeod L, Keren R, Luan X, Localio R, Mahant S, Malik F, Wilson, K, Srivastava R. Variation in Resource Use and Readmission for Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Children's Hospitals. Pediatrics. 2013;132(2):237–44. PMID: 23878044.

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.

Developing interventions to improve outcomes for high-risk youth with diabetes: This study demonstrated that a community care model designed to provide additional support in the home and school setting to youth struggling with diabetes management  resulted in improved glycemic control, particularly in youth with public health insurance.

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.

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; in press.