Meg Vernon, MD

Meg  Vernon, MD


On staff since September 2006

Children's Title: Attending Physician

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"I love clinical care and the continuity my general outpatient cardiology practice offers. Nothing is better than watching a child grow up and develop into a thriving teenager! I practice pediatric cardiology with young adults in mind. I want each and every one of my patients to grow up to be a healthy, thriving adult. I encourage my patients to fall in love with being active. I promote physical activity and sports participation - from playing in the yard to playing on a varsity baseball, golf or soccer team. The benefits of leading a physically active lifestyle are numerous and kids with congenital heart disease need to play. Supporting their safe participation is one of my driving goals. In addition to asking my patients about physical activity, I love hearing what they are reading. Some of my favorite books and series have been recommended by my patients! "

  • Biography

    Margaret M. Vernon, MD, is attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She earned her BS from Cornell University and her MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She completed her pediatrics residency at Seattle Children's Hospital (University of Washington) and her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital (Harvard University). She is board certified in pediatric cardiology.

    Dr. Vernon's outpatient Cardiology practice is located at Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center. She sees new consultations as well as providing continuity of care for her established patients. Dr. Vernon is a part of our non-invasive imaging team and performs interpretation of echocardiography. As Medical Director of the Exercise Lab, she interprets various types of cardiac stress testing, including Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET).

    In herfree time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children: skiing, hiking, biking, swimming, reading, and cooking.

  • Patient Testimonials
  • Awards and Honors
    Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2022 Seattle Magazine 2022
  • Publications

    Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Vogel M, Vernon MM, McElhinney DB, Brown DW, Colan SD, Tworetzky W
      Fetal diagnosis of interrupted aortic arch.
      20185024 The American journal of cardiology, 2010 March : 727-34
    • MacMillan M, Jones TK, Lupinetti FM, Johnston TA
      Balloon angioplasty for Blalock-Taussig shunt failure in the early postoperative period.
      16216028 Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2005 Dec. : 585-9

    Other Publications

    • Chelliah A, Moon-Grady AJ, Peyvandi S, Chiu JS, Bost JE, Schidlow D, Carroll SJ, Davey B, Divanovic A, Hornberger L, Howley LW, Kavanaugh-McHugh A, Kovalchin JP, Levasseur SM, Lindblade CL, Morris SA, Ngwezi D, Pruetz JD, Puchalski MD, Rychik J, Samai C, Tacy TA, Tworetzky W, Vernon MM, Yeh J, Donofrio MT
      Contemporary Outcomes in Tetralogy of Fallot With Absent Pulmonary Valve After Fetal Diagnosis.
      34098741 Journal of the American Heart Association, 2021 Jun 15 : 10(12)e019713 PMCID:PMC8477871
    • Coles TM, Hernandez AF, Reeve BB, Cook K, Edwards MC, Boutin M, Bush E, Degboe A, Roessig L, Rudolph A, McNulty P, Patel N, Kay-Mugford T, Vernon M, Woloschak M, Buchele G, Spertus JA, Roe MT, Bury D, Weinfurt K
      Enabling patient-reported outcome measures in clinical trials, exemplified by cardiovascular trials.
      34120618 Health and quality of life outcomes, 2021 Jun 13 : 19(1)164 PMCID:PMC8201736
    • Freud LR, McElhinney DB, Kalish BT, Escobar-Diaz MC, Komarlu R, Puchalski MD, Jaeggi ET, Szwast AL, Freire G, Levasseur SM, Kavanaugh-McHugh A, Michelfelder EC, Moon-Grady AJ, Donofrio MT, Howley LW, Selamet Tierney ES, Cuneo BF, Morris SA, Pruetz JD, van der Velde ME, Kovalchin JP, Ikemba CM, Vernon MM, Samai C, Satou GM, Gotteiner NL, Phoon CK, Silverman NH, Tworetzky W
      Risk Factors for Mortality and Circulatory Outcome Among Neonates Prenatally Diagnosed With Ebstein Anomaly or Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia: A Multicenter Study.
      33076749 Journal of the American Heart Association, 2020 Nov 3 : 9(21)e016684 PMCID:PMC7763426
    • Margaret M. Vernon
      Advances in Fetal Echocardiography
      Ultrasound Clinics, 2011 Jan.
    • Meg Vernon, MD
      The Fetal Echocardiogram
      Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease, The Companion Series, 2011
    • Margaret M. Vernon
      Chapter 8: Cardiovascular Issues
      The Oxford American Handbook of Pediatrics, 2009 : 259-290
    • Margaret M. Vernon
      Fetal Cardiology and Neonatal Transition
      The Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics
    • Margaret M. Vernon and Mark B. Lewin
      Fetal and Neonatal Echocardiography
      Avery's Diseases of the Newborn, 9th Edition
  • Presentations
    Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Fetal Cardiac Imaging UW (with teleconference to Harborview) Sep 21, 2012
    Prenatal Detection of Congenital Heart Disease: How Does It Work and How Good Is It? Seattle Children's Hospital Apr 28, 2012
    The Fetal Echocardiogram Seattle University Seattle, WA May 26, 2011
    Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease The WA State Obstetrical Society Annual Meeting Seattle, WA Dec 5, 2008
    Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Prenatal Diagnosis Regional Conference Seattle, WA Nov 1, 2008
    Fetal Arrhythmias: Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment Strategies Eastside Maternal Fetal Medicine Bellevue, WA Apr 8, 2008


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Cardiology

Medical/Professional School

University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry, Rochester, NY


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Clinical Interests
the diagnosis and management of congenital and acquired heart disease, exercise testing, physical activity promotion
Research Description
cardiac exercise therapeutics, physical activity promotion
Research Focus Area

cardiac exercise therapeutics