Melinda A. Hendrickson, MD


On staff since May 2015

Academic Title: Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

"What drew me to neonatology was the complicated relationship of biology and the tiny human. As a first year medical student in the NICU, I was awed by the strength of the most fragile babies and amazed by the compassion of the caregivers. I knew I wanted to be a part of that incredible team of people devoted to the care of these babies and their families."

  • Dr. Hendrickson is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    She completed her training in pediatrics and neonatology at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. After her fellowship, she practiced neonatology in community-based level 3 NICUs and participated in several quality improvement projects focusing on better outcomes for preterm infants. Her interests include reducing chronic lung disease with non-invasive ventilation, improving growth and nutrition of preterm infants and enhancing family centered care in the NICU.

    • Ashleigh Bremerton, WA 05.29.19

      Dr. Hendrickson was one of our baby's two primary Neonatologists during his first three months of life. He was born at 25 weeks and 3 days at 1lb 4oz and has severe Chronic. Lung Disease. Dr. Hendrickson was absolutely wonderful. She always explained every Discovery and change to us, and then again using examples, and then would recap again to be sure we understood. She was always incredibly kind and compassionate, would always stop by to check in, and even called me to check on us after we transferred to another hospital. We will always be grateful that she was with us for the beginning of our journey.

    • Ashley Pasco, WA 09.30.16

      Dr. Hendrickson was so amazing with our baby girl from the moment our daughter entered into her care in the NICU. She discovered a life threatening issue early on and was able to start treatment right away so that our daughter went on to fully recover without surgery or any long term issues. She was attentive and engaged the entire stay and we felt that she truly cared about our daughters well being. We owe everything to Dr. Hendrickson and Seattle Children's for their efforts in bringing our baby home healthy.


Board Certification(s)

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Medical/Professional School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Clinical Interests

Reducing chronic lung disease following RDS in the preterm infants; optimizing nutritional support in the NICU population; encouraging the use of human milk in the NICU; empowering families to be active in the care of their ill infant