John Hansell Lockhart, MD

John Hansell Lockhart, MD

Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Concussion Program, General Pediatrics

On staff since August 2013

Academic Title: Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"As a former athlete, I understand the mental and physical impact of injury and missing competition. My goal as a physician is to keep kids in the game! We try to minimize time missed, but will never do it in an unsafe manner. The Seattle Childrens Sports team has unique expertise with multiple physicians having been former Division I college athletes and having competed at very high levels. We understand the drive of our patients and the pressure they get from coaches, parents, and themselves. We want to treat the current injury, prevent future injury, and return kids to play as all around better athletes!"

    • Nicole Snohomish, WA 06.05.23

      We are so thankful for being referred by our pediatrician to Seattle Children’s and lucky to be a patient of Dr Hansell Lockhart. He helped our 13 year old daughter and myself understand concussions in a very relatable way. He has great understanding of sports concussions and made us feel at ease. We would absolutely recommend him for any type of concussion related issues! Thank you Dr Hansell Lockhart, you are much appreciated!!

    • John Seattle, WA 06.30.22

      We were very impressed with Dr. Lockhart. He has an excellent bedside manner, he is kind, and he has a thoughtful approach to diagnosis. His decision-making seems sound and considers all factors while prioritizing the patient’s health. I work in healthcare and interact with orthopods weekly. He’s one of the best clinicians I’ve seen. We felt good having our daughter in his care and walked away with a solid rest and rehab plan to get her back on the field, strong and healthy.

    • Twila Snohomish, WA 04.04.18

      Dr Lockhart is great! We really appreciate the way that he talks directly to my daughter and makes sure that she 100% understands what the plan is, what potential risks are for different treatments, what his advice is but then puts her in the driver's seat of her own health decisions. He answers her questions thoroughly and takes the time to really know how she feels about different treatment options. I feel like he is helping her to become a better advocate for her health care treatment as she heads into adulthood. I also appreciate how he is not opposed to trying different things like PT and Acupuncture instead of just throwing a prescription out.

    • Caryn Arlington, WA 03.22.18

      Fabulous doctor! Dr. Lockhart is thorough, witty, and delightful. I appreciate the way he handled the visit with my 18-yo daughter. He explained her symptoms, tests, results, and treatment plan to her, making sure she understood everything. She felt very comfortable during her appointment and left his office pleased. I highly recommend Dr. Lockhart for ANY of your sports medicine needs.

    • Valerie Bellevue, WA 12.06.15

      I highly recommend Dr. Lockhart. My 14-year-old daughter is a competitive cheerleader and he successfully treated a knee injury and she's now seeing him for a stress fracture. She adores him and I am impressed by his knowledge and compassion. He had to tell her recently that while she couldn't compete for three months, he would get her back to cheer as soon as possible. Dr. Lockhart takes time to explain everything and makes her feel better about the road to recovery. As a parent, you can't ask for more than that.

    • Cathy Bellevue, WA 04.14.15

      Dr. Lockhart has been wonderful with our son's concussion recovery. Our son really enjoys Dr. Lockhart's sense of humor, respects his knowledge, and follows his recommendations. I appreciate his knowledge - both research-based and clinical -- and his compassion. Dr. Lockhart is our son's all-time favorite!

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Chief Resident 2010 - 2011
    Associate Chief Resident 2009 - 2010
    Neurology Resident of the Year 2008
    Gold Humanism Honor Society (Rush Chapter) 2007
    Big Ten Medal of Honor Recipient 2002
  • Other Publications

    • Lockhart, JH, Congeni, J
      Cervical Spine Injuries
      Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 2016 : (20th Editi)
    • Case of the Month: Shin Pain
      American Academy of Pediatrics: Counsel on Sports Medicine and Fitness, 2012 Sept.
  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Difficult Return-to-Play Decisions in Scholarship Athletes! Seattle Sports Concussion Program Seattle, WA Sept. 2015
    Common Throwing Injuries in the Young Athlete Multicare and Mary Bridge Childrens Hospital Day of Pediatrics Tacoma, WA Sept. 2015
    Growth Plates and the Developing Athlete Pediatric Residents Lecture, Seattle Childrens Hospital Seattle, WA June 2015
    Shoulder and Clavicle: Exam Demo and Cases Panel; Lower ExtremitySplinting; and Head Injury/Concussion Staheli Orthopedics Conference, Seattle Childrens Hospital Seattle, WA Jan. 2015
    Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Essentials Bridging the Concussion Gap Webinar, Lecturer and Panelist Akron Childrens Hospital, Akron, OH July 2014
    Freestyle and Greco Wrestling Injuries: Mechanisms, Evaluation and Treatment CHMCA Sports Med Annual Conference Akron, OH March 2013
    Conservative Treatment of Spondylolysis in Athletes, Panel Discussion CHMCA Sports Medicine Annual Conference Akron, OH March 2012
    Dermatology and the Athlete University of Akron Guest Lecturer Akron, OH Feb. 2012


Board Certification(s)

Sports Medicine

Medical/Professional School

Rush Medical College at Rush University, Chicago, IL


Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH


Akron Children's Hospital GME, Akron, OH

Clinical Interests

Any health condition, musculoskeletal or medical, that interferes with sports performance and participation. Expertise in overuse injuries, sports dermatology, sports concussion management, and return to play decision making. Procedural experience including exertional compartment syndrome direct pressure testing, auricular hematoma repair, and joint injection and aspiration.

Research Description

Clinical effects of sports concussions on pediatric athletes.