Press Releases

Russ Williams Appointed SVP, CAO of Seattle Children's

Williams assumes role after serving as chief operating officer at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health since 2013

Seattle Children’s has appointed Russ Williams as senior vice president and chief administrative officer. Williams, who previously served as the chief operating officer of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, will oversee key system operations areas, including Marketing and Communications, Facilities and Research Service Line Operations.

Williams served as the chief operating officer of Riley since July 2013. In that role, he led major facilities expansions, facilitated planning and development of key service lines, and maintained complex systems that supported patient, family and clinical operations across the institution.

“I had the pleasure of working with Russ at Riley and can attest to his mission-focused leadership, strong strategic skills, compassion for his colleagues and commitment to improving children’s health,” said Dr. Jeff Sperring, chief executive officer of Seattle Children’s. “He brings an incredible depth of leadership experience, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team.”

Prior to his role at Riley, Williams served as vice president of operations at Fairview Southdale Hospital, and vice president of patient experience at University of Minnesota Medical Center and Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Brigham Young University in Utah and his master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota.

“I am deeply honored to join one of the top children’s hospitals in the country,” said Williams. “I look forward to leading key system operations across the institution that support providers, researchers and the incredible patients and families that we serve.”

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Foundation, along with Seattle Children’s Guild Association – the largest all volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country – works with our generous community to raise funds for lifesaving care and research.

For more information, visit or follow us on TwitterFacebook, LinkedInInstagram or on our On the Pulse blog.