Russell T. Migita, MD

Russell T. Migita, MD

Emergency Medicine

Academic Title: Clinical Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"I believe that we can make a great Emergency Department even better. Parents come to the ED because they have an urgent concern about their child. I love Childrens "continuous performance improvement" approach because it focuses on what families value timely, high-quality care and an opportunity to get their concerns addressed by our outstanding medical providers. I come to work each day because I love spending time at the bedside with patients and their families. I want to make sure that all of our providers have the resources they need to do the same thing 24 hours a day and 365 days a year."

  • Russell T. Migita, MD, is an attending physician and is the Clinical Director of Emergency Services at Seattle Childrens Hospital. He is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He earned his MD from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Washington.

    Dr. Migita is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and is a PALS provider and instructor. He is a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics. His special responsibilities include extensive work in Emergency Department and hospital Continuous Improvement initiatives. He is the Director of Education at the UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety. Dr. Migita has received the University of Washington Fellow Teaching Award. His research interests include patient safety, quality improvement, and the application of lean manufacturing principles to improve health care delivery and quality.

    • Sarah Arlington, WA 07.03.11

      Finally, after weeks of questions, several doctors, many tests, a few false diagnoses, we found Dr. Migita who properly diagnosed the cause of our daughter's knee pain. He is kind, caring and takes his job seriously. I would highly recommend him.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Magazine 2015
    Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
  • Other Publications

    • Poole NM, Kronman MP, Rutman L, Weissman SJ, Migita RT, Caglar D, Zerr DM
      Improving Antibiotic Prescribing for Children With Urinary Tract Infection in Emergency and Urgent Care Settings.
      29298246 Pediatric emergency care, 2018 Jan. 2
    • Yoshida H, Leger KJ, Xu M, Migita RT, Rutledge JC, Pollard JA, Kroon L, Mazor SS, Moon A, Rutman LE
      Improving Time to Antibiotics for Pediatric Oncology Patients With Suspected Infections: An Emergency Department-Based Quality Improvement Intervention.
      29293201 Pediatric emergency care, 2018 Jan. : 34(1)47-52
    • Evers PD, Starr M, McNeil MJ, OʼNeill L, Posa A, Savage T, Migita R
      Suspected Pediatric Influenza Risk-Stratification Algorithm: A Clinical Decision Tool.
      28763405 Pediatric emergency care, 2017 Aug. 1
    • Rutman L, Atkins RC, Migita R, Foti J, Spencer S, Lion KC, Wright DR, Leu MG, Zhou C, Mangione-Smith R
      Modification of an Established Pediatric Asthma Pathway Improves Evidence-Based, Efficient Care.
      27940683 Pediatrics, 2016 Dec. : 138(6)
    • Uspal NG, Rutman LE, Kodish I, Moore A, Migita RT
      Use of a Dedicated, Non-Physician-led Mental Health Team to Reduce Pediatric Emergency Department Lengths of Stay.
      26806468 Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 2016 April : 23(4)440-7
    • Rutman L, Migita R, Spencer S, Kaplan R, Klein EJ
      Standardized Asthma Admission Criteria Reduce Length of Stay in a Pediatric Emergency Department.
      26728418 Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 2016 March : 23(3)289-96
    • Lo MD, Rutman LE, Migita RT, Woodward GA
      Rapid Electronic Provider Documentation Design and Implementation in an Academic Pediatric Emergency Department.
      26535503 Pediatric emergency care, 2015 Nov. : 31(11)798-804
    • Rutman LE, Migita R, Woodward GA, Klein EJ
      Creating a leaner pediatric emergency department: how rapid design and testing of a front-end model led to decreased wait time.
      25996231 Pediatric emergency care, 2015 June : 31(6)395-8
    • Xu M, Qin X, Astion ML, Rutledge JC, Simpson J, Jerome KR, Englund JA, Zerr DM, Migita RT, Rich S, Childs JC, Cent A, Del Beccaro MA
      Implementation of filmarray respiratory viral panel in a core laboratory improves testing turnaround time and patient care.
      23270907 American journal of clinical pathology, 2013 Jan. : 139(1)118-23
    • Martin ET, Qin X, Baden H, Migita R, Zerr DM
      Randomized double-blind crossover trial of ultraviolet light-sanitized keyboards in a pediatric hospital.
      21624637 American journal of infection control, 2011 June : 39(5)433-5
    • Migita RT, Klein EJ, Garrison MM
      Sedation and analgesia for pediatric fracture reduction in the emergency department: a systematic review.
      16389210 Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 2006 Jan. : 46-51
    • Migita RT, Klein EJ, Garrison MM
      Sedation and analgesia for pediatric fracture reduction in the emergency department: a systematic review.
      16389210 Archives of pediatrics and adolescent medicine, 2006 Jan. : 160(1)46-51


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Medical/Professional School

UC - San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla


University of Washington, Seattle


University of Washington, Seattle

Research Focus Area

Translational Research