Francine M Baran, MD

"I love making a difference in children's lives by helping care for one of their most precious abilities: their sight. I've always had steady hands and enjoyed work that requires precision. After entering medical school, I discovered that ophthalmology fit my strengths. Plus, the lasers and imaging technology appealed to the sci-fi side of my personality. As a doctor at Seattle Children's, what I enjoy most about my work is following kids over time and knowing that the surgery I performed or the glasses I prescribed are helping them reach their full potential."

  • Francine M. Baran, MD, is attending physician at Seattle Childrens Hospital and assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received her MD at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

    She completed fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology at Childrens Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. She specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. Her interests include resident teaching and the mechanisms behind the development of myopia. She is a principal investigator in the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Baran is an active member in several local and national medical associations.

    • Yasmin Granger, Washington 05.11.21

      After a failed surgery with our local ophthalmologist, I was so discouraged that I would never see my son’s eyes nice and clear. That was until we met Dr. Barron. She performed surgery on my son and was very honest with us about the outcome. I was so appreciative of the whole team for checking in on us even after surgery. Dr. Barron not only changed my son’s life but ours as well and we will forever be indebted to them.

    • Satya Bellevue, WA 02.20.21

      After visiting many eye doctors and specialist over several years, we were referred to Dr. Baran. She was able to diagnose my daughter's eye condition and has helped significantly improve her eye condition. She was very understanding and patiently explained everything to us. Thank you Dr. Baran for taking care of Srishti!

    • Inez Everett, WA 08.16.17

      My daughter was referred to Dr, Baran by another doctor and we have been seeing Dr. Baran semi-annually for about 4 years now. Dr. Baran also performed surgery on my daughter to help with eye alignment. We appreciate how thorough Dr. Baran is and how well she works with our daughter. Dr. Baran is amazing and we are thankful for her caring for our daughter's eyes.

    • Megan Yakima, WA 04.19.16

      Dr. Baran treats her patients and their families with the utmost respect. She makes coming to the doctor fun and exciting. Dr. Baran has a sweet and gentle spirit about her. Our son is 5 years old and can be shy. Each times he visits Dr. Baran she makes him feel like one of her own. My husband and I are very appreciative of how Dr. Baran allows us to look at what she is seeing in our sons eye. She explains everything to us and helps us understand at each visit. We recommend Dr. Baran to any parent. She is able to calm any anxiety you have about your situation. Thanks Dr. Baran for taking your time with Carson. Would see anybody else.

    • Audrey Puyallup WA 07.30.14

      Our family loves Dr. Baran. Dr Baran is very sweet, gentle and informative. She has handled every appointment with my daughter gracefully and treats her patients as if they were her own children. I wouldnt see any other provider. My three year old looks forward to her visits with Dr. Baran. Thank You Dr. Baran!

    • Jonathan Buckley, WA 02.15.13

      Dr. Baran and her entire team are wonderfully kind. My son first saw them at 13 months old. They explained to doubtful parents patiently and "played" with Jonathan so that going back is fun. I am so grateful to have found her after a discouraging encounter with our local pediatric opthmalogist. We leave on a positive note, even if my son's prescription is worriesome, she talks us through our anxieties.

    • kayden Stanwood 06.07.12

      Dear Dr. Baran, Today I saw my first 3D movie. I couldn't believe it! It was so awesome! It was because of the great surgery you did last time. Thank you so much, Kayden Kummer age 8

    • Maria Lake Tapps, WA 02.03.12

      Dr. Baran and Miss Jenny are absolutely wonderful. Dr. Baran did surgery on my daughter Taylor when she was just 2, and the results have been excellent. Both Dr. B and Jenny have wonderful patient manners and my kids actually argue over whose turn it is to see them next! Thank you for everything! Maria Holt, Christopher and Taylor

    • Heidi Ketchikan, Alaska 11.21.11

      Dr. Baran has been my sons eye doctor for over 4 years now. She has done several surgeries on him and always takes the time to talk with me and with him. She is amazing and I am thankful to have her as part of our medical team...

  • Other Publications

    • Weiss AH, Baran F, Kelly J
      Congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction: delineation of anatomic abnormalities with 3-dimensional reconstruction.
      22410626 Archives of ophthalmology, 2012 Jul 1 : 130(7)842-8

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Failed Nasolacrimal Stent in Trisomy 21: Retrospective Case Series Costenbader Society Squaw Peak, California Aug 6, 2011
    "Im Having a Difficult Time Seeing the Whiteboard at School: Family with Dominant Optic Neuropathy" UW Eye Institute Seattle, WA Mar 23, 2011
    "Optic Neuropathy" UW Eye Institute Seattle, WA Jan 6, 2011
    "Congenital Oculomotor III Palsy with Decompensation" UW Eye Institute Seattle, WA Jan 28, 2010
    "Got goblet cell?" Stevens Johnson Syndrome" UW Eye Institute Seattle, WA Oct 1, 2009
    "Management of Chalazion In Kids" UW Eye Institute Seattle, WA Jan 28, 2009
    "Isolated Iris Coloboma: Visual Implications and Systemic Associations" Costenbader Society Annual Meeting Sant Fe, NM Sep 12, 2008 - Sep 13, 2008
    "Strabismus Basics: Exotropia and Esotropia for the Pediatrician." Pediatric Associates, Inc PS Bellevue, WA Sep 5, 2007
    "Retinoblastoma: Screening and Treatment." Seattle Rainier Lions Club Seattle, WA Jun 14, 2007
    "Power of the Patch: Amblyopia Treatment Trials." Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons May 17, 2007
    "Hypotropia and Anomalous Head Position: Diagnosis and Plan." Childrens National Medical Center June 2006
    "Anomalous Head Position with Nystagmus: Plan." Childrens National Medical Center Washington, DC May 2006
    "Anterior Segment Anomaly: Diagnosis and Plan." Costenbader Society Hilton Head, SC April 2006
    "Ptosis and Hypertropia: Diagnosis and Plan." Childrens National Medical Center Washington, DC April 2006
    How to Examine Children Less than Three Years of Age for Vision Anomalies." American Academy of Pediatrics Super CME Course Washington, DC April 2006
    "Common Pediatric Eyelid Lesions." Childrens National Medical Center Washington, DC March 2006
    Anterior Segment Anomaly: Diagnosis and Plan." Uniform Health Services Washington, DC Jan. 2006
    "Optic Nerve Anomalies." Childrens National Medical Center Washington, DC Jan. 2006
    "Congenital Eyelid Malformations: Ankyloblepharon." Childrens National Medical Washington, DC Nov. 2005
    "Management of Lymphangioma." Walter Reed Medical Center Washington, DC Aug. 2005
    "Management of Traumatic Hyphema." Childrens National Medical Center Washington, DC July 2005


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Clinical Interests

Strabimus, nasolacrimal duct disorders, ptosis, pediatric cataracts, pediatric glaucoma, amblyopia and systemic diseases that affect the eye.

Research Focus Area

Translational Research