James Wyche Manier Owens, MD, PhD

James Wyche Manier Owens, MD, PhD

Neurosciences Center, Neurology, Environmental Medicine, Epilepsy Program

On staff since October 2013

Children's Title: Director, Neurology Education

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Neurology; Adjunct Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Integrative Brain Research

    • Creighton Bellevue, WA 03.29.23

      I am a physician and a neurologist colleague suggested we obtain a second opinion from Dr. Owens. I have to admit that we were very lucky to have this recommendation in order to find the right neurologist for our son. Dr. Owens is patient, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. He provided data driven recommendations that helped us sort through the information on my son's condition that was not entirely clear, even for someone in the medical field. He has a knack for putting children at ease and he spent a whole hour making sure all our questions were answered.

    • Stephanie Richland, WA 07.16.22

      Dr. Owens is an amazing doctor. We became his patient when another provider left the clinic. We are so blessed and lucky to have gotten him as my son's doctor. He is incredibly kind, compassionate, personable, calm, funny, intelligent, respectful, caring and I could keep going!! He took the time to get to know him. He cared about gaining my sons trust and mine. He always talks to my son, making sure he and I understand whats being said. He includes my son in all conversations and decisions about his health, which is so wonderful. Thats makes him feel better, included about his diagnosis not just talked over. This is scary but he helps us all stay calm even when things do happen he helps calm our fears. We never feel rushed when we are talking to him, whether it's in person, virtual visits or even phone calls, even though he must be incredibly busy. When we were an inpatients at Seattle Children's Hospital he came to see us multiples times when he was off work and could have gone home to his own family. We are so lucky to have Dr. Ownes on my sons team! Highly recommended Dr. Owens!!!

    • Lisa Anchorage 01.05.21

      Dr Owens is a kind, compassionate, and thorough doctor and we consider ourselves quite fortunate to have him on our son's team for his brain tumor and seizures. He has always included our son in the conversation and explained everything in terms we can all understand. He is empathetic and listens to and addresses all concerns. We never feel rushed when he is with us, though he must have so much to do. I will always be grateful to him and the time he took to relate to me as a parent as well as build a solid relationship of trust (and PUNS!) with my son during a very stressful situation for all! I highly recommend Dr Owens.

    • Miranda Tacoma, WA 04.03.20

      We came to Dr. Owens for a second opinion after receiving a devastating diagnosis by our former primary neurologist. Not only did Dr. Owens completely calm down our distraught and frantic selves, he rationally explained his own opinion and recommendations of other specialties to see who could actually test for and ultimately prove wrong that terminal diagnosis initially given to us. Since then, the last 5+ years Dr. Owens has been incredibly competent, kind and effective in adjusting medications and decreasing our daughter's amount and intensity of seizures and helping increase her quality of life. Having a medically fragile child with developmental delays who is non verbal, non mobile and suffering from hundreds of seizures a day is heartbreaking and frustrating as a parent and caregiver. Dr. Owens has been a calming, supportive resource who always is so friendly and willing to help however he can. My husband and I are so grateful to have found a neurologist we enjoy working with who actually knows us and our family and truly seems to care. Thank you Dr. Owens!!

    • Shalon Moses Lake, WA 01.04.18

      Dr. Owens is one of the most personable doctors I've ever had the chance to meet. He has been great in being apart of our sons care team and we enjoy seeing him each time we go to Seattle Children's. Having a terminally ill child is never easy but having a great doctor makes this more bearable.

    • Alana Langley, Wa 09.06.17

      Dr Owens is easily one of the most kind and personable physicians we have ever had the pleasure to work with in treating our young son's intractable epilepsy. His warmth is only surpassed by his depth of knowledge and tremendous medical expertise. Having a child with medical and developmental special needs is not easy and navigating treatment options and care can be frustrating under the best of scenarios, however Dr Owens is always a superstar on our care team and we are very grateful to be under his care and guidance.

    • Jen Brier, WA 08.06.14

      Dr. Owens was great to work with when our 2 week old was in ICU. He answered all of our copious questions with grace and information. He is obviously a genius, but remains approachable and kind. Seattle Children's is blessed to have him on staff!

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


Board Certification(s)

Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
Clinical Neurophysiology

Medical/Professional School

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX


Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Clinical Interests

Epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, general child neurology

Research Description

Neurological education, clinical application of electroneurodiagnositic techniques