Niranjana Natarajan, MD

Niranjana  Natarajan, MD

Neonatal Neurocritical Care Unit (Neuro NICU), Neurosciences Center, Neurology, Cerebral Palsy Program, Pediatric Vascular Neurology Program, Headache Program

On staff since July 2013

Children's Title: Director, NeuroNICU

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Neurology

  • Dr. Niranjana "Nina" Natarajan joined Seattle Childrens in July 2013.

    Dr. Natarajan attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio were she received her BS in Biochemistry. She completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, and subsequently did her residency in Pediatrics and Child Neurology at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center. After joining in July, Dr. Natarajan had the unique opportunity to train in San Francisco for a "mini-fellowship" in Neonatal Neurology at UCSF, where she was able to learn from experts within this emerging and exciting field.

    Working alongside the Division of Neonatology, Dr. Natarajan plans to develop a Neonatal Neurology Consult service, providing a specialized and multidisciplinary approach to newborns with neurologic injury.

    • Christa Seattle, WA 07.19.16

      We love Dr. Natarajan so much! She is so patient, knowledgeable, kind and fun with our 12 year old! Our daughter loves to go and see her and we love how she interacts with Lora. We could not recommend her higher!

    • Leigh Monroe, WA 05.19.15

      Dr. Natarajan was the first neurologist we met after arriving to the NICU. In those critical and terrifying first hours, Dr. Natarajan was a class act. She was compassionate and warm, realistic and knowledgeable. As a family in crisis, being treated with respect and kindness during those difficult moments was invaluable, and we felt like our child and family received world class care. A quick story: When we first met Dr. Natarajan in the NICU, she shook my hand, looked into my eyes, and congratulated me on my beautiful baby. That was the first time I had heard anything other than apologies and condolences, and it really caught me by surprise. It was such a small act, but it was profound. It was the moment I realized that I'm a mother and that things just might turn out ok. I'll remember that moment for the rest of my life.

    • Audra Moses Lake, WA 03.02.15

      She is amazing she listened to everything I had and when I got ahead of myself she would slow me down and help me with understanding everything

    • Jen Brier 08.06.14

      We love, love, love Niranjana. She has been so fun to work with through this difficult time with our 1 month old. She is thorough, thoughtful, and brilliant! We have appreciated all of our docs, but she shines! Hopefully we haven't ruined her enjoyment of rooibos tea. Prov. 17:22 says, "A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones." Nira definitely practices good medicine!

    • Marlon Chehalis, WA 01.18.14

      Niranjana was simply amazing. Delightful and informative, I couldn't have been happier with the level of care at this facility.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Child Neurology Foundation Medical Student Scholarship Child Neurology Foundation 2005
    Family Choice Award, 2017 Family Advisory Council, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Other Publications

    • Fernández-López D, Natarajan N, Ashwal S, Vexler ZS
      Mechanisms of perinatal arterial ischemic stroke.
      24667913 Journal of cerebral blood flow and metabolism : official journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 2014 Mar 26
    • Natarajan N, Jain SV, Chaudhry H, Hallinan BE, Simakajornboon N
      Narcolepsy-cataplexy: is streptococcal infection a trigger?
      23493659 Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2013 Mar 15 : 9(3)269-70 PMCID:PMC3578683
    • Gilbert DL, Zhang J, Lipps TD, Natarajan N, Brandyberry J, Wang Z, Sallee FR, Wassermann EM
      Atomoxetine treatment of ADHD in Tourette syndrome: reduction in motor cortex inhibition correlates with clinical improvement.
      17588810 Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, 2007 Aug. : 118(8)1835-41 PMCID:PMC1978200
    • Kim DK, Natarajan N, Prabhakar NR, Kumar GK
      Facilitation of dopamine and acetylcholine release by intermittent hypoxia in PC12 cells: involvement of calcium and reactive oxygen species.
      14657041 Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985), 2004 March : 96(3)1206-15; discussion 1196


Board Certification(s)

Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

Medical/Professional School

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Clinical Interests

Newborn neurologic disorders