James Wyche Manier Owens, MD, PhD

James Wyche Manier Owens, MD, PhD

Neurosciences Center, Neurology, Environmental Medicine, Epilepsy Program

Children's Title: Director, Neurology Education

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

Research Center: Center for Integrative Brain Research

    • 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!


Board Certification(s)

Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology
Clinical Neurophysiology

Medical/Professional School

University of Washington, Seattle


Baylor College of Medicine, Houston


Baylor Comprehensive Epilepsy Ctr, Houston
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Clinical Interests

Epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, general child neurology

Research Description

Neurological education, clinical application of electroneurodiagnositic techniques