Sarah E S Leary, MD, MS

Sarah E S Leary, MD, MS


  • Children's Title: Attending Physician and Medical Director, Pediatric Brain Tumor Program
  • Academic Title: Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Research Center: Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research
  • On Staff Since: August 2009
"It is a privilege to work with children as part of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers who are so dedicated to providing the best care for our patients today while at the same time working to find a cure for every child in the future. My favorite days are those when I receive notes and pictures from my former patients who now are living long, healthy lives free of cancer."
  • Biography

    Sarah Leary, MD, is an Attending Physician and Medical Director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program in the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and associate of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Leary is a leader in clinical and translational research with a goal of improving outcomes for children, adolescents and young adults with brain tumors.

    Locally, she serves as the Medical Director of Clinical Research at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research, leads the Seattle Children’s Tumor Banking and Biology study, and serves as the Seattle Children’s site Principal Investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group and CONNECT Clinical trials consortia. Nationally, she is the clinical Vice-Chair of the Central Nervous System Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group; the chair of the Data Safety Monitoring Committee of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium; and a member of the Brain Malignancy Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute. She is leading international data sharing efforts as the lead of the clinical data working group of the Children’s Brain Tumor Network (CBTN) and the Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the INSPiRE consortium. 

    Board Certification(s)

    Pediatric Hematology-Oncology


    University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN


    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD


    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric brain tumors, Precision Medicine 

    Research Focus Area

    Novel Therapeutics, Translational Research

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