Helen L Dichek, MD

Helen L Dichek, MD

Endocrinology and Diabetes, Lipid Disorders Program, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Program

On staff since February 2001

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Endocrinology

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

    • Jong-Won Bothell, WA 01.07.22

      We always love to see Dr. Helen Dichek and purposely choose to see her even though there is a closer location. I have a child with special needs and we have known Dr. Dichek since 2012. She is the best doctor that we have experience with, who is not only concerned about my son's hyperthyroidism but also his growth in other aspects of his life. She truly sees a person and not just a patient. The annual doctor visits with her became a huge time of healing for a family like us. Moreover, my first daughter was greatly inspired to join the medical field through her encounters with Dr. Dichek. At present, she is attending the UW School of Nursing.

    • Beau Wenatchee, WA 12.16.16

      Dr. Dichek has treated my son for over 12 years. Her knowledge, compassion and genuine concern are amazing, she is truly one of the very best!

    • Jessica Federal Way, Wa 12.27.13

      What a breath of fresh air! Our appointment today went very well. Our daughter was responsive to the doctor, and we were more than pleased with how thorough she was in our complicated situation. I feel very confident that we are headed in the right direction and feel more reassured that answers are on the horizon. Like usual, Children's is the best!

    • Jennifer Bellingham, WA 10.25.13

      Dr. Dichek is the most fabulous doctor on our son's care team. She is so good with children, and I am fascinated by her level of knowledge each time we see her. She is an advocate for our son, and time and time again she goes above and beyond in working towards finding medical reasons that attribute to Dominic's quality of life. I have the most trust and faith in Dr. Dichek's care and skill than with any other doctor.

    • Toni Hoquiam, WA 02.28.12

      My daughter absolutely loves Dr. Dichek. We have been going to her for several years and you could not ask for more. She is kind, considerate, caring and so very knowledgeable. She is wonderful with children. Like most children my daughter doesn't love going to the doctor, but when I let her know she is seeing Dr. Dichek her mood totally 360's because she is excited to get to go see her.

    • Amy Seattle, WA 11.10.11

      I loved my experience with Dr Dichek. She is brilliant, attentive, and goes out of her way to provide the best care I've received from any specialist. She makes patients feel comfortable while performing high level assessments and diagnosis. She also has a great understanding of genetics.

    • Vivian Bellingham, WA 05.06.11

      Dr. Dichek is so wonderful! She is very kind, patient, understanding and compassionate. She definitely has knowledge of Diabetes and is thoughtful in presenting the information both to the patient and family. My son is a normal 15-year-old and she knew how to talk to him so that he felt a part of his treatment. I also love her accent! Thank you!

    • Jesse Seattle, WA 03.17.11

      Dr. Dichek was wonderful with my 2 year old son. She was patient and kind and allowed him to have choices during our initial visit. While we don't know the outcome for our child, we feel confortable with her commitment to seeing his development over time!

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2022 Seattle Magazine 2022
  • Other Publications

    • Flynn R, Qian K, Tang C, Dronadula N, Buckler JM, Jiang B, Wen S, Dichek HL, Dichek DA
      Expression of apolipoprotein A-I in rabbit carotid endothelium protects against atherosclerosis.
      21772254 Molecular therapy : the journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy, 2011 Oct. : 19(10)1833-41 PMCID:PMC3188740
    • Farris SD, Hu JH, Krishnan R, Emery I, Chu T, Du L, Kremen M, Dichek HL, Gold E, Ramsey SA, Dichek DA
      Mechanisms of urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA)-mediated atherosclerosis: role of the uPA receptor and S100A8/A9 proteins.
      21536666 The Journal of biological chemistry, 2011 Jun 24 : 286(25)22665-77 PMCID:PMC3121410
    • Chiu HK, Qian K, Ogimoto K, Morton GJ, Wisse BE, Agrawal N, McDonald TO, Schwartz MW, Dichek HL
      Mice lacking hepatic lipase are lean and protected against diet-induced obesity and hepatic steatosis.
      20056822 Endocrinology, 2010 March : 993-1001
    • Krishnan R, Kremen M, Hu JH, Emery I, Farris SD, Slezicki KI, Chu T, Du L, Dichek HL, Dichek DA
      Level of macrophage uPA expression is an important determinant of atherosclerotic lesion growth in Apoe-/- mice.
      19729604 Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology, 2009 Nov. : 1737-44
    • Frutkin AD, Otsuka G, Stempien-Otero A, Sesti C, Du L, Jaffe M, Dichek HL, Pennington CJ, Edwards DR, Nieves-Cintrón M, Minter D, Preusch M, Hu JH, Marie JC, Dichek DA
      TGF-[beta]1 limits plaque growth, stabilizes plaque structure, and prevents aortic dilation in apolipoprotein E-null mice.
      19325140 Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology, 2009 Sept. : 1251-7
    • Taleban S, Carew HT, Dichek HL, Deeb SS, Hollenback D, Weigle DS, Cummings DE, Brunzell JD
      Energy balance in congenital generalized lipodystrophy type I.
      18640396 Metabolism: clinical and experimental, 2008 Aug. : 1155-61
    • Eacker SM, Agrawal N, Qian K, Dichek HL, Gong EY, Lee K, Braun RE
      Hormonal regulation of testicular steroid and cholesterol homeostasis.
      18032697 Molecular endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.), 2008 March : 623-35
    • Qian K, Agrawal N, Dichek HL
      Reduced atherosclerosis in chow-fed mice expressing high levels of a catalytically inactive human hepatic lipase.
      17234195 Atherosclerosis, 2007 Nov. : 66-74
    • Dichek HL, Agrawal N, El Andaloussi N, Qian K
      Attenuated corticosterone response to chronic ACTH stimulation in hepatic lipase-deficient mice: evidence for a role for hepatic lipase in adrenal physiology.
      16368783 American journal of physiology. Endocrinology and metabolism, 2006 May : E908-15
    • Dichek HL, Qian K, Agrawal N
      Divergent effects of the catalytic and bridging functions of hepatic lipase on atherosclerosis.
      15205216 Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology, 2004 Sept. : 1696-702
    • Cozen AE, Moriwaki H, Kremen M, DeYoung MB, Dichek HL, Slezicki KI, Young SG, Véniant M, Dichek DA
      Macrophage-targeted overexpression of urokinase causes accelerated atherosclerosis, coronary artery occlusions, and premature death.
      15096455 Circulation, 2004 May 4 : 2129-35
    • Dichek HL, Qian K, Agrawal N
      The bridging function of hepatic lipase clears plasma cholesterol in LDL receptor-deficient "apoB-48-only" and "apoB-100-only" mice.
      14679168 Journal of lipid research, 2004 March : 551-60
    • Ishida T, Zheng Z, Dichek HL, Wang H, Moreno I, Yang E, Kundu RK, Talbi S, Hirata K, Leung LL, Quertermous T
      Molecular cloning of nonsecreted endothelial cell-derived lipase isoforms.
      14667806 Genomics, 2004 Jan. : 24-33
  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Research Collaboration on Hepatic Lipase Takeda Pharmaceutical Company $719,000.00 Apr 1, 2009


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Endocrinology

Medical/Professional School

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven

Clinical Interests

Lipid physiology and disorders