Linda Quan, MD

On staff since June 1976

Children's Title: Past President, Medical Staff; Co-chair, Nominating Subcommittee

Academic Title: Professor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"I think I personally make the biggest difference in situations where I can help patients deal with fears, expectations and misinformation. It's very satisfying to able to use my judgment and experience to decide when tests and consultants aren't needed — so families can weather their mild illnesses with less anxiety, medications and interruptions in their daily lives."

  • Linda Quan, MD, is an emergency attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received her MD from the University of Washington, where she trained as an intern, resident and fellow.

    She was chief of emergency services at Seattle Children’s for more than two decades. Quan is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in emergency medicine. She has served on many committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMS-C), CDC Injury Prevention, and recently for the American Red Cross. She has spent a large part of her career on research of drowning, drowning prevention, and pediatric resuscitation for which she has received many biomedical grants. Quan has received numerous awards and has an extensive bibliography.

  • Other Publications

    • Moore E, Ali M, Graham E, Quan L
      Responding to a request: gender-exclusive swims in a Somali community.
      20402206 Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974), 2010 Jan. : 137-40
    • Johnston BD, Bennett E, Quan L, Gonzalez-Walker D, Crispin B, Ebel B
      Factors influencing booster seat use in a multiethnic community: lessons for program implementation.
      18540004 Health promotion practice, 2009 July : 411-8
    • Quan L
      To measure delay to CPR interval or not to measure-Is that the question?
      19150164 Resuscitation, 2009 March : 291-2
    • Bowman SM, Sharar SR, Quan L
      Impact of a statewide quality improvement initiative in improving the management of pediatric splenic injuries in washington state.
      18545112 The Journal of trauma, 2008 June : 1478-83
    • Bennett TD, Kaufman R, Schiff M, Mock C, Quan L
      Crash analysis of lower extremity injuries in children restrained in forward-facing car seats during front and rear impacts.
      16966993 The Journal of trauma, 2006 Sept. : 592-7
    • Quan L
      Resuscitation great. Leon Chameides: a gentle giant and the father of pediatric resuscitation.
      16901613 Resuscitation, 2006 Sept. : 348-55
    • Rossano JW, Quan L, Kenney MA, Rea TD, Atkins DL
      Energy doses for treatment of out-of-hospital pediatric ventricular fibrillation.
      16762479 Resuscitation, 2006 July : 80-9
    • Quan L
      Adult and pediatric resuscitation: finding common ground.
      16391223 JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 2006 Jan. 4 : 96-8
    • Reder S, Quan L
      Emergency mental health care for youth in Washington State: qualitative research addressing hospital emergency departments' identification and referral of youth facing mental health issues.
      15502655 Pediatric emergency care, 2004 Nov. : 742-8
    • Vavilala MS, Cummings P, Sharar SR, Quan L
      Association of hospital trauma designation with admission patterns of injured children.
      15284561 The Journal of trauma, 2004 July : 119-24; discussion 124
    • Reder S, Quan L
      Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in Washington state public high schools.
      12628559 Resuscitation, 2003 March : 283-8
    • Klein EJ, Diekema DS, Paris CA, Quan L, Cohen M, Seidel KD
      A randomized, clinical trial of oral midazolam plus placebo versus oral midazolam plus oral transmucosal fentanyl for sedation during laceration repair.
      11986452 Pediatrics, 2002 May : 894-7


Medical/Professional School

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Drowning and prevention, Pediatric cardiac arrest

Research Description

Drowning, drowning prevention, pediatric resuscitation.

Research Focus Area

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention