Wendy Sue L. Swanson, MD, MBE

Wendy Sue L. Swanson, MD, MBE

Pediatrics-Primary Care

On staff since September 2006

Children's Title: Chief of Digital Innovation, Digital Health

"We live in an entirely new time in medicine thanks to evolving technology. We are afforded a great opportunity to use new tools and technologies to forge better partnerships with patients and families. I am driven to create, curate and deliver up-to-date information and scientific evidence wed with storytelling to help parents make great decisions for their children."

  • Wendy Sue Swanson is a general pediatrician and Chief of Digital Innovation at Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Swanson graduated with Honors in Psychology from Kenyon College. After college, she taught bilingual, middle school science for 2 years through Teach for America in Oakland, CA. She earned an MD and MBE (Master's in Bioethics) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then completed her residency at Seattle Children's Hospital.

    Dr. Swanson is interested in the intersection of media and medicine and its impact on the physician-patient relationship. She writes Seattle Mama Doc for Seattle Children's Hospital, the first pediatrician-authored blog for a major children's hospital. Dr Swanson is an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media. She sits on the Board of Advisors for Parents magazine and is on the board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. She speaks nationally on physician use of social media and its role in advocacy. She is called on frequently by the media for her expertise in pediatric health and is active in sharing her perspectives on pediatric health issues via social media. Dr Swanson believes physicians have an obligation to share opinions online. Her objective is to illustrate how we can marry social media tools to that of traditional media to inform parents and caregivers, engage pediatricians, and decrease the divide that may exist between patients and their physicians. She believes that a growing community of online physicians can empower patients to make informed decisions founded in science. Dr. Swanson is also the author of the book Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance. Follow her on Twitter (@SeattleMamaDoc) at https://twitter.com/SeattleMamaDoc/ and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SeattleMamaDoc/.

    • Narli Raleigh 03.01.19

      Dr. Swanson is the best.

  • Other Publications

    • Doug Opel, Richard P Shugerman, Heather A McPhillips, Wendy Sue L Swanson, Sarah E Archibald, Douglas S Diekema
      Professionalism and the match: a pediatric residency program's postinterview no-call policy and its impact on applicants
      17768182 Pediatrics, 2007 Oct. 1 : e826-31
    • Wendy Sue L Swanson
      The impact of the interview in pediatric residency selection
      16026186 Ambulatory Pediatrics, 2005 July : 216-20


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia


Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle