Rebecca Anne Stark, MD

Rebecca Anne Stark, MD

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Program, General Surgery, Fertility Preservation Program, Fetal Care and Treatment Center, Hernia Program

On staff since December 2018

Children's Title: Co-Director, Maternal Fetal Intervention and Surgery Program

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

  • Biography


    Rebecca Stark, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a board certified pediatric surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UW.  She is the Director of the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Program and Surgical Co-director of the ECMO Program at SCH.


    Dr. Stark specializes in the care of babies and children with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias (CDH). She started the CDH program at SCH, which brings together experts from many disciplines to care for the complex set of health issues associated with this congenital defect. This team ensures quality care across all stages (prenatal, inpatient/hospitalization and long term follow up care).  Dr. Stark strongly believes that CDH patients and their families receive the highest quality care when they are treated by a team with expertise, and she is proud to be part of this team.  For her, the most rewarding part about her job is getting to follow her patients long term and seeing them thrive as toddlers, kids and young adults. 


    Dr. Stark also specializes in pediatric surgical oncology and is part of the complex tumor team at SCH.  She participates on national cancer committees such as COG and PSORC which aim to improve care for these patients.


    Dr. Stark is the site PI for the CDH Study Group which is an international, multi-institutional consortium of children’s hospitals that collaborate to improve care for these patients through shared research.  Her current research focuses on novel therapies and improving outcomes for patients with CDH.


    Personal Interests


    Dr. Stark enjoys spending time hiking, camping, and travelling with her family. She especially enjoys playing, reading, and observing the natural world with her son, who has developed a recent interest in dinosaurs and Roald Dahl.  


  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Theodorou C, Galganski L, Stark R,
      Traumatic posterolateral abdominal wall hernia in a pediatric patient.
      J Pediatr Surg Case Reports, 2019 : 4323-25
    • Trappey AF, Galganski L, Saadai P, Stephenson J, Stark R, Farmer DL, Langer JC, Hirose S.
      Surgical management of pediatric rectal prolapse: A survey of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA)
      J Pediatr Surg. , 2019 March 18
    • Anderson JE, Galganski LA, Cheng Y, Stark RA, Saadai P, Stephenson JT, Hirose S.
      Epidemiology of gastroschisis: a population-based study in California from 1995-2012.
      J Pediatr Surg. , 2018 Dec. : 53(12)2399-2403
    • Anderson JE, Vanover MA, Saadai P, Stark RA, Stephenson JT, Hirose S.
      Epidemiology of Hirschsprung disease in California from 1995-2013.
      Pediatr Surg Int. , 2018 Dec. : 34(12)1299-1303
    • Anderson JE, Cheng Y, Stephenson JT, Saadai P, Stark RA, Hirose S.
      Incidence of gastrochisis in California.
      JAMA Surg. , 2018 Nov. 1 : 153(11)1053-1055
    • Anderson JE, Vanover MA, Saadai P, Stark RA, Stephenson JT, Hirose S.
      Epidemiology of Hirschsprung disease in California from 1995 to 2013
      Pediatr Surg Int., 2018 Oct. 15 : 34(12)
    • Anderson JE, Stark RA.
      AdrenalCortical Tumor in a Newborn followed by a Choroid Plexus Tumor: A Case of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome.
      J Pediatr Surg Case Reports., 2018 June : 3358–61
    • Kabagambe S, Lankford L, Kumar P, Chen YJ, Herout K, Lee C, Stark R, Farmer DL, Wang A.
      Isolation of a myogenic progenitor cell population from human placenta; a pilot study.
      J Pediatr Surg. , 2017 Dec. : 52(12)2078-2082
    • Anderson JE, Stark RA, Saadai P, Hirose S.
      Association of Procedures and Patient Factors With 30-Day Readmission Rates After Pediatric Surgery.
      JAMA Surg. , 2017 Oct. 1 : 152(10)980-98
    • Pet GE, Stark RA, Meehan JJ, Javid PJ.
      Outcomes of bedside sutureless umbilical closure without endotracheal intubation for gastroschisis repair in surgical infants.
      Am J Surg. , 2017 May : 213(5)958-962
    • Keller B, Kabagambe S, Becker J, Chen YJ, Goodman L, Clark-Wronski J, Furakawa K, Stark R, Rahm A, Hirose S, Raff G.
      Intercostal Nerve Cryoablation versus Thoracic Epidural Catheters for Postoperative Analgesia Following Pectus Excavatum Repair: Preliminary Outcomes in Twenty-Six Cryoablation Patients.
      J Pediatr Surg. , 2016 Dec. : 51(12)2033-2038
    • Farmer DL, Stark RA.
      Should Patients Choose Their Care?
      JAMA Surg. , 2016 May 1 : 151(5)415-6
    • Jabaji Z, Stark R, Dunn JC.
      Regeneration of enteric ganglia in mechanically lengthened jejunum after restoration into intestinal continuity
      J Pediatr Surg. , 2013 Jan. : 48(1)118-23
    • Lee SL, Yaghoubian A, Stark R, Munoz V, Kaji A.
      Are There Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Use of Restraints and Outcomes in Children Following Motor Vehicle Crashes?
      J Pediatr Surg. , 2012 June : 47(6)1192-5
    • Stark R and Dunn JC.
      Mechanical Enterogenesis.: A Review. Journal of Healthcare Engineering.
      Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2012 June : v3229-242
    • DeUgarte D, Stark R, Kaji A, Yaghoubian A, Tolan A, Lee SL.
      Obesity Does Not Impact Outcomes for Appendicitis.
      Am Surg., 2012 Feb. : 78(2)254-7
    • 19. Stark R, Panduranga M, Carman G, Dunn JCY.
      Development of an Endoluminal Intestinal Lengthening Capsule.
      J Pediatr Surg. , 2012 Jan. : 47(1)136-41
    • S.L. Lee, Stark R, Yaghoubian A, Kaji A, Shekherdimian S.
      Does Age Affect the Outcomes And Management of Pediatric Appendicitis?
      J Pediatr Surg. , 2011 Dec. : 46(12)2342-5
    • Stark R, Zupekan T, Bondada S, Dunn JCY.
      Restoration of mechanically lengthened jejunum into intestinal continuity in rats.
      J Pediatr Surg. , 2011 Dec. : 46(12)2321-6
    • Stark R, Lee S, Putnam B, Neville A, Bricker S.
      Common denominators in death from pediatric back-over trauma.
      Am Surg. , 2011 Oct. : 77(10)1420-2
    • Lee SL, Yaghoubian A, Stark R, Shekherdimian S.
      Equal Access to Healthcare Does Not Eliminate Disparities in the Management of Adults with Appendicitis.
      J Surg Res., 2011 Oct. : 170(2)209-13
    • Lei NY, Ma G, Zupekan T, Stark R, Puder M, Dunn JC.
      Controlled release of vascular endothelial growth factor enhances intestinal adaptation in rats with extensive small intestinal resection.
      Surgery, 2011 Aug. : 150(2)186-90

    Book Chapters

    • Galganski LA, Stark RA.
      Extragonadal Germ Cell Tumors Chapter
      Pediatric Surgery NaT., 2018 May

    Published Books, Videos, Software, etc.

    • Stark, R.
      Eblast Literature Review for APSA Cancer Committee, 2018 April

    Published Abstracts

    • Anderson JA, Cheng Y, Stephenson J, Saadai P, Stark RA
      Risk of Gastroschisis is Higher in Rural Counties in California.
      JAMA Surg.
    • 3. Galganski L, Kabagambe SK, Trappey F, Vanover M, Langer JC, Stephenson J, Stark RA, Hirose S, Saadai P.
      Establishing a Surgery-Driven Multidisciplinary Pediatric Colorectal Center.
      J Pediatr Surg.
    • Anderson JA, Saadai P, Stephenson J, Hirose S, Stark RA.
      Incidence and outcomes of Appendicitis in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis
      J Pediatr Surg.
    • Anderson JA, Galganski LA, Cheng Y, Stark RA, Saadai P, Stephenson J, Hirose S.
      Epidemiology of Gastroschisis: A Population-Based Study in California from 1995-2012.
      J Pediatr Surg.

    Other Publications

    • Galganski L, Lee C, Pivetti C, Lansford L, Stark RA.,
      Myogenic progenitor cells seeded on extracellular matrix demonstrate engraftment in a rodent model of congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
      American Academy of Pediatrics national meeting poster presentation, 2018


Board Certification(s)

Surgery (General Surgery)
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

St. George's University School of Medicine, West Indies


Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA