Kathleen C Y Sie, MD

Kathleen C Y Sie, MD


  • Children's Title: Division Chief, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery; Director, Childhood Communication Center
  • Academic Title: Professor
  • Foundation Title: Richard and Francine Loeb Endowed Chair in Childhood Communication Research
  • Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research
  • On Staff Since: July 1992
"Helping children to communicate more effectively helps them in their socialization, self-confidence and language and cognitive development. With changes in medicine and technology, families and children have many choices today that were not available even 10 years ago. I consider it the ultimate privilege to help take care of children. I enjoy talking with the kids and their families in the clinic setting to help them understand their medical issues and challenges and to present them with treatment options, and I enjoy following through with whichever choices the family makes. In addition to taking the best possible care of each patient, I believe, the way that we make things better for children is through research."
  • Biography

    Kathleen C.Y. Sie, MD, is director of the Childhood Communication Center at Seattle Childrens Hospital and professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She developed the Childhood Communication Center in 2002 to optimize the multidisciplinary care available to children with complex communication needs.

    She also participates in the Craniofacial Center. She earned her MD from the University of Michigan Medical School, completed a residency in otolaryngology and a fellowship in auditory research at the University of Washington and completed a clinical fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Childrens Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. Her clinical efforts are focused on communication issues of childhood. She directs the Hearing Loss Clinic and co-directs the Cochlear Implant Program.

    Sie performed the first cochlear implant at Seattle Childrens in 1994, and performed all of Childrens cochlear implants until 2005. She also works with speech language pathologists in the evaluation and management of children with velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI), and she works with colleagues to perform complex auricular reconstruction using autologous tissue and on prosthetic management of microtia. Her research efforts have focused on surgical outcomes in VPI management and epidemiological studies on pediatric cochlear implantation.

    Board Certification(s)

    Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology


    University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI


    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


    Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

    Clinical Interests

    Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implant, Chronic ear disease and cholesteatoma; Ear anomalies: microtia and atresia, prominent ears, malformed ears; Cleft Palate, Velopharyngeal Insufficiency.

    Research Interests: Cochlear implantation in children and Velopharyngeal Insufficiency.

    Research Description

    Clinical research in childhood communication

    Research Focus Area

    Therapeutic Trials, Translational research, observational studies, investigator-initiated interventional studies

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