Michael A Portman, MD

Michael A Portman, MD


"Unlocking the secrets of heart disease in children both at the bench and at the bedside, and then developing new diagnostic and treatment approaches is most rewarding. In that way, my work extends not only to the children I personally treat but also to those cared for by other physicians."
  • Biography

    Michael A. Portman, MD, is director of research in the Division of Cardiology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is attending physician at Seattle Children’s Heart Center and the Cardiology Clinic at Providence Everett Medical Center.

    Portman’s research activities include pharmacological clinical trials, basic science research projects focused on cardiac metabolism in animal models and mentoring future clinical researchers. He is an editorial board member of the American Journal of Physiology — Heart and Circulatory Physiology and co-investigator for a grant on cardiovascular research training.

    Board Certification(s)

    Pediatric Cardiology


    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH


    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

    Clinical Interests

    Cell metabolism, biomedicine, MRI

    Research Description

    We also perform research in Kawasaki Disease, which is an inflammatory syndrome attacking coronary arteries in children. Our work includes drug studies in animal models, and pharmacogenomic studies in patients. We are also performing clincial trials in patients.

    We study cardiac metabolism and the impact of changing substrate utilization on the heart during development and during pathological states such as heart failure and cardiopulmonary bypass. Thyroid regulation of metabolism is a primary interest. Work is translational and progresses from basic benchtop studies to mice to large animals to the bedside.

    Research Focus Area

    Cardiac Metabolism, Cardiology, Congenital Cardiac Surgery Outcomes, Kawasaki Disease, Pulmonary

  • Related Resources

    • Portman Research Group

      The Portman Research Group discovers ways to protect children’s hearts from damage related to surgery, and leads major research on Kawasaki disease.

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