Jack Christian Salerno, MD

Jack Christian Salerno, MD

Cardiology, Arrhythmia, Cardiac Catheterization

On staff since December 2003

Children's Title: Associate Head, Division of Cardiology; Director, Electrophysiology and Pacing Services

Academic Title: Professor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"Connecting with patients, families, and staff drives my work each day. It is a privilege to collaborate with families, especially in difficult situations. I find that when you communicate clearly but sprinkle in some humor, you can empower patients and families to make informed decisions about their care."

  • Jack C. Salerno, MD, is director of the Electrophysiology and Pacing Service at Seattle Children's Hospital and Associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He earned his MD and completed a pediatrics residency at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his general pediatric cardiology fellowship followed by an advanced electrophysiology fellowship at Texas Children's Hospital.

    Dr. Salerno has expertise and training in pediatric cardiology, electrophysiology and pacemaker implantation. Specific areas of clinical interest include sports related symptoms and prevention of sports related sudden death.

    • Joni BELLEVUE 05.31.14

      Dr. Salerno has been our Cardiologist for many years. He has always been a top notch doctor and I am learning to appreciate him in a new way as my son approaches adulthood. Our son had CHD that required two surgeries resulting in a Fontan circulation. Dr Jack has been a great coach and mentor facilitating his care in our transitions from child, adolescent and now approaching adult. It was a wistful moment for me this year when my son was driving as we left our annual checkup and I realized our time at Childrens will soon be in our past. Thank you for all the wonderful years of encouragement and medical care!

    • Coralie Bellingham, wa 01.25.13

      Jack Salerno has been so great to us. Even though he probably sees thousands of patients every year and we only see him once every 2 years, I feel like he always remembers us and is so great with our daughter. I wouldn't want anyone else to be her doctor.

    • J Seattle, WA 05.31.12

      Excellent Doc. He has a way of connecting with young kids as well as older teens, understanding how children and teens communicate. He is extremely thorough and takes the time to explain things in understandable terms. I wouldn't want to have my son treated by anyone else.

    • Nicole Darrington WA 05.01.12

      We first met Dr. Salerno when our little girl was just a few days old. He made us feel at ease with what was going on with our daughter. He really helped us to understand what was going on and treated our daughter as if she was his family. I would recommend him to all my friends! He is truly a great doctor!

    • Matt Bellingham 03.14.12

      He is the best Dr. that I could ask for ever. I would recomend him to all my friends and family.

    • Scott EDMONDS 12.17.10

      We were referred to Dr. Salerno with my Son's illness. I have never felt so at ease with a more professional Dr. as I did with Dr. Salerno. He has a way of making kids feel comfortable as they visit his office. i'm truely grateful for all he did to help my son. I have recommended Salerno in the past & wouldn't hesitate in the future to refer him to my family & friends. Excellent Dr.

    • Nancy Bellevue, Wa 12.01.10

      Dr. Salerno is amazing. My daughter was referred to Cardiology after an ER visit. He was one of the first doctors that was able to look at the bigger picture and helped us figure out what was going on with my daughter. He's also great with the patients and made both my daughter and I feel totally at ease. We couldn't have been luckier to end up in his care.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2022 Seattle Magazine 2022
    Seattle Top Doctor - 2019 Seattle Magazine 2019
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2018 Seattle Magazine 2018
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2016 Seattle Magazine 2016
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
    Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
    Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
    U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
    "Doctors Going Beyond" Award Recipient 425 Magazine 2012
    Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine 2012
  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Madsen NL, Drezner JA, Salerno JC
      Sudden cardiac death screening in adolescent athletes: an evaluation of compliance with national guidelines.
      23118118 British journal of sports medicine, 2012 Oct.
    • Drezner JA, Asif IM, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Fean R, Rao AL, Stout K, Harmon KG
      Accuracy of ECG interpretation in competitive athletes: the impact of using standised ECG criteria.
      22310648 British journal of sports medicine, 2012 April : 46(5)335-40
    • Drezner JA, Asif IM, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Fean R, Rao AL, Stout K, Harmon KG
      Accuracy of ECG interpretation in competitive athletes: the impact of using standised ECG criteria.
      22310648 British journal of sports medicine, 2012 April : 46(5)335-40
    • Salerno JC, Garrison MM, Larison C, Seslar SP
      Case fatality in children with supraventricular tachycardia in the United States.
      21418251 Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE, 2011 July : 34(7)832-6
    • Salerno JC, Seslar SP
      Supraventricular tachycardia.
      19255396 Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 2009 March : 163(3)268-74
    • Salerno JC, Chun TU, Rutledge JC
      Sinus bradycardia, Wolff Parkinson White, and left ventricular noncompaction: an embryologic connection?
      17786379 Pediatric cardiology, 2008 May : 29(3)679-82
    • Salerno JC, Johnston TA, Chun TU, Jones TK
      Coronary compression by an epicardial pacing lead within the pericardium.
      17488265 Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology, 2007 July : 18(7)786
    • Salerno JC, Cailes CD, Lewin MB
      Nontraumatic pericardiophrenic defect with tamponade.
      17041710 Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, 2006 : 33(3)404-5 PMCID:PMC1592288
    • Salerno JC, Kertesz NJ, Friedman RA, Fenrich AL Jr
      Clinical course of atrial ectopic tachycardia is age-dependent: results and treatment in children < 3 or > or =3 years of age.
      15013128 Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2004 Feb. : 43(3)438-44
    • McMahon CJ, Price JF, Salerno JC, El-Said H, Taylor M, Vargo TA, Nihill MR
      Cardiac catheterisation in infants weighing less than 2500 grams.
      12887066 Cardiology in the young, 2003 April : 13(2)117-22

    Published Abstracts

    • Asif I, Drezner J, Fean J, Harmon KG, Owens D, Prutkin J, Rao A, Salerno J, Stout K.
      Accuracy of ECG Interpretation in Competitive Athletes
      Clin J Sports Med, 2011 : 21(2)180
    • Asif I, Drezner J, Harmon KG, Owens D, Prutkin J, Salerno J, Stout K
      Markedly Abnormal ECG in a Collegiate Athlete: Rationale for Serial Evaluation
      Clin J of Sports Med, 2011 : 21(2)180
    • Salerno JC, Seslar SP, Garrison M.
      Mortality in children with the primary diagnosis of supraventricular tachycardia: a national sample
      Hearth Rhythm, 2009 May : 6(5S)S197
    • Snyder C, Cannon B, Moltedo J, Salerno JC, Bryant R.
      Cathecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia in the pediatric patient
      Heart Rhythm Journal, 2007 : 4(5S)S260
    • Wolf M, Zeltser I, Salerno JC, Shah M.
      Electrical Storm in children with an implantable cardioverter defibrialltor: Clinical features and outcome
      Heart Rhythm Journal, 2007 : 4(5S)S197
    • McMullan MM, Salerno JC.
      Predictors of ECMO support in infants with tachycardia induced cardiomyopathy
      21st annual Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Conference 2010
    • Madsen N , Drezner J, Salerno JC
      Sudden Cardiac Death Screening In the High School Athlete: A Statewide Evaluation of Compliance with AHA Guidelines
      American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2011
    • Madsen N , Drezner J, Salerno JC
      Sudden Cardiac Death Screening In the Athlete: A Statewide Evaluation of the Primary Care Provider
      American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference 2011
    • Madsen N , Drezner J, Salerno JC
      The Preparticipation Physical Evaluation: A Statewide Analysis of Clinical Practice
      Pediatric Academic Society Conference 2012

    Other Publications

    • Salerno JC, Lewin MB.
      Truncus Arteriosus
      Echocardiography in Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease, 2009 : Lai et al,
    • Salerno JC, Mazor R
      Evaluation and Management of Pediatric Acute Infectious Myocarditis
      Pediatric Emergency Practice, 2008 Apr 1 : 5(4)
    • Salerno JC.
      Implantable Defibrillator Recall: Implications for Children
      Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2007 Dec. : 6(12)
    • Salerno JC, Coleman B
      Emergent Evaluation of Syncope
      Up to Date, 2006
    • Salerno JC, Coleman B
      Causes of Syncope
      Up to Date, 2006


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Cardiology

Medical/Professional School

University Of California San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA


University of California Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA


Baylor College of Medicine-Pediatric Cardiology Fe, Houston, TX

Clinical Interests

Sports cardiology and sudden death prevention in athletes including: Long QT syndrome (LQTS), ion channelopathies, sudden cardiac arrest, sudden death prevention, palpitations, syncope, syncope with exercise, family history of sudden death or arrhythmia, atrioventricular block, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), Wolff Parkinson White (WPW), pediatric electrophysiology, electrophysiology studies (EP studies), ablation, pacemaker implantation, implantable defibrillator insertion.