Matthew S Blessing, MD

Matthew S Blessing, MD

22q Clinic, Craniofacial Center

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.

    • Katie Renton 02.19.23

      Dr. Blessing was the on call pediatrician when my son had an issue with his jaw splint breaking. We were not making progress in getting it resolved and Dr. Blessing immediately sensed that we needed help. He was patient, kind, thoughtful and responsive. His extra effort to help my son and I was done after hours and required a number of phone calls and communications. I couldn't have been more thankful for his ability to make the necessary connections and get us the help that we needed. He was empathetic and collaborative which was exactly what we needed. I can only imagine that this level of care is extended to his regular patients as well. We are thankful to have Dr. Blessing on staff at Seattle Children's. He is an example for all!

    • Ron Des Moines, WA 02.02.23

      We had the pleasure and blessing of being graced with Dr Matthew Blessing as our child, Roman's, first Pediatric physician. Dr Blessing has taken care of all of 3 of our children during his tenured in clinic before moving to Children's Hospital. He's a doctor that genuinely cares about his patients, presents passion in his execution, and determination in his resolve. Thank you Doctor Blessing for being an impacting part of our children's life. You will always be valued in our hearts.

    • Erin Tacoma 01.12.22

      We were gifted with Dr. Blessing as our sons pediatrician after his previous doc also took a position at Children's. With a medically complex kiddo and a host of questions, we saw Dr Blessing through nearly a decade of practice. He took a kiddo, who prior to him, had only felt safe with one other doctor (Jinguji) and helped our kiddo conquer his fear of doctors. His calm and gentle approach was an absolute godsend when we felt like everything was on fire. I cannot recommend Dr. Blessing enough. It was a very sad day when he left UW KDM.

    • 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 Jul 1, 2009 - Jun 30, 2010


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

Michigan State University at East Lansing, East Lansing, MI


University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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.