Matthew S. Blessing, MD

Craniofacial

On staff since November 2019

"During my career, I have developed close, longstanding relationships with my patients, their families, and a multidisciplinary team of colleagues. Over time, I have become most passionate about working with patients with complex medical issues; I emphasize a holistic approach, with a focus on quality of life and wellness as the overarching goals of the care I provide. I prefer mutual decision-making with patients and families, and love to collaborate with other providers to develop the ideal care plan. My interests in challenging medical issues, strong relationships with patients and families, and teamwork across specialties forged my interest in craniofacial medicine, and prompted my move to this discipline after 11 years in pediatric primary care. "

  • Matthew Blessing, MD, is an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed residency in pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital in 2008.

    Dr. Blessing focuses on clinical care and medical education in his role in the Division of Craniofacial Medicine. He had similar responsibilities at the UW Neighborhood Kent/Des Moines Clinic, where he practiced as a primary care provider for eleven years. In addition, he had administrative responsibilities regarding pediatric residents' education at his previous clinic.

    • Megan Renton, WA 03.10.20

      Dr. Blessing is an amazing person and physician. I first met Dr. Blessing while pregnant with my first child almost 11 years ago. I was immediately impressed by his interaction with us as parents. During the 10 years that he was our children’s pediatrician, he was one of the most kind hearted, caring individuals I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. From first time parent worries to potential big concerns and rarer conditions that are new to him, he is amazing at calming nerves, putting children and parents at ease, and working with colleagues / specialists to ensure that he is providing the best medical care possible. He takes the time to listen to concerns, follow-up with research when necessary, present various options, and discuss pros and cons until both the patient and parents are comfortable. If he ever disagreed with any choices we made, I never knew it…I always left the exam room feeling great about where we were headed.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    UW Medicine PRAISE Award Awarded to providers based on surveys from patients and families, with a focus on provider communication during clinic visits. UW Neighborhood Clinics 2013 - 2019
    UW Neighborhood Clinics Provider of the Year Awarded to one provider annually across all of the UW Neighborhood Clinics, based on a combination of patient/family surveys and evaluations by staff across all of the clinics. Based on quality of care, respectful treatment of colleagues, and communication. UW Neighborhood Clinics July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics

Medical/Professional School

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing

Residency

Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Dr Blessing has a particular clinical interest in patients' quality of life and mental health, especially in the setting of complex, chronic medical issues. He believes that a multidisciplinary team, with a diversity of viewpoints, is essential to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. He loves working with pediatric residents and medical students in the clinical setting, as well.