Jeffrey R. Avansino, MD

Jeffrey R. Avansino, MD

General Surgery, Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine

On staff since August 2008

Children's Title: Medical Staff President

Academic Title: Associate Professor of Surgery

"I was first attracted to pediatric surgery during my 3rd year of medical school at the University of Nevada, while watching my mentor repair a tracheoesophageal fistula. I was captivated by the delicate nature of the surgery, the complexity of the congenital anomaly, and the opportunity to care for both the patient and the family. I am so lucky to have a job in which I have a positive and healing impact on peoples lives on a daily basis. I love talking with the families and patients and helping them understand and navigate the complexities of medical issues. That is definitely the most rewarding part of my job. Simlarly, my colleagues are amazing -- both within my division as well as throughout the hospital. Finally, I enjoy the opportunity to improve the quality and safety of care we deliver to our patients by contributing to our hospitals continuous performance improvement effort. I feel profoundly blessed to be a pediatric surgeon at Seattle Children's."

Jeffrey R. Avansino, MD, is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Washington and an attending pediatric surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Avansino earned his medical degree from the University of Nevada, School of Medicine in 1999 and completed his residency at the University of Washington in 2006. From 2002 to 2004, he served as a research fellow at the VA Medical Center in Seattle, studying intestinal stem cell transplantation. In 2008, he completed his fellowship training in pediatric surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Dr. Avansino is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in adult general surgery and pediatric surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

His clinical interests include anorectal malformations and Hirschsprungs disease, minimally invasive surgery and chest wall reconstruction. He helped develop a cutting edge multidisciplinary clinic at Seattle Children's called the Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine (RPM) clinic. The RPM clinic involves a comprehensive approach to patients with abnormalities of the pelvic floor and its organs (urinary, reproductive, and intestine) in a concentrated, team effort to improve their quality of life.

Dr. Avansino's research interests center on continuous process improvement (CPI) and quality. CPI is a philosophy based on the Toyota production system used to improve processes by eliminating unnecessary steps in the care of our patients and applying these principals not only to academic and administrative processes but also to clinical work. Clinical Standard Work (CSW) combines the use of evidence-based medicine and consensus opinion to create a standard and reliable method of caring for our patients. The combination of CPI and CSW creates an environment for patients that heightens and enhances safety and efficiency.

Locally, he is a medical staff officer and serves on the Medical Executive Committee, Quality Improvement Steering Committee, and the Credentialing Professionals Standards Committee.


  • Steven Seattle, WA 01.13.14

    This is a copy of an email that I sent directly to Dr. Avansino, to which he replied immediately with sentiments that made my heart beam: Dr. Avansino, It has taken me entirely too long to let you know how much my wife and I thank you for the incredible job you did for our son. There were two surgeries that you had performed, one to address an Inguinal Hernia, and one prior to that to remove an abdominal abscess. This was when our son was 2 years old, in 2008 at Childrens Hospital. Our real concern at the time of the operations, and for subsequent years afterwards, was that these procedures would somehow limit his ability to be physical as a growing young person. I am pleased beyond words to say that he is running around and being as crazy with his body as any other kid his age. This is the result of your efforts, and we cant thank you enough. As long as you know that what you do has a direct positive impact on the quality of life of the people you encounter, much less the patient, that is all that matters to me. Very sincerely, Steve

  • Tressa Fairbanks,AK 11.23.13

    In 2010, our son Ricky was diagnosed with a very extreme form of UC at the age of nine. His treatment of our son was that of an extremely caring and knowing surgeon who treated him not only professionally, but also in a very peraonal manner. Our son has very fond memories of Dr Avansino and care that he received from all of the staff at Seattle's Children's Hospital.

  • Kelly Chehalis, WA 04.26.13

    My daughter, Paige has been going to Children's Hospital for 18 years now. It has been a long road of various stages of all of her complex issues. In the last year or so we were introduced to a clinic called Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine. Walking into the clinic we felt hopeless and defeated, both her and I. But, Dr. Jeff Avansino has been the Best Doctor and support for our family that we have ever had! He is positive, attentive, and all around very comforting! He has gone above and beyond in the care for my daughter. He was always there to answer any question I had, or reassure us of something I was worried about. He was and is always very caring. He always makes me feel a flood of comfort when he comes to check on Paige while she is at the hospital for any procedure. He has checked on Paige and answered my nervous questions even though he was not scheduled to see us. Dr. Avansino changed Paige and my family's life so much! We are very grateful to have met him. :)

  • richie America 11.21.12

    very good

  • Krissy Redmond, WA 07.05.12

    This past June Dr. Avansino preformed a laparoscopic resection to remove an ileal stricture related to an earlier Crohns flare in our son Kyle. This was the first surgical procedure for Kyle. The timing of this surgery was not planned however Dr. Avansino had met with us during two prior hospital stays and one clinic appointment to discuss proactively a treatment plan for him. Dr. Avansino and the staff at Childrens walked us through each procedure given to Kyle over the past six months leading up to this point, as well as explaining to us what his surgery would entail. We felt well informed and as calm as we could be under the circumstance. Kyle was at ease going into surgery and throughout his recovery stay at Childrens. I understand he is not cured from his Crohns disease, we just feel strongly that Dr Avansino helped us make the right choice in treatment for our son before he leaves for college this coming September. My husband and I felt very comfortable leaving Kyle in Dr. Avansino hands. We really cant thank him enough!

  • Iranis Kirkland, WA 04.25.12

    Dr. Avansino is such a wonderful person, my 4 year old son was diagnosed with a Inguinal Hernia 18 months ago and he did such an amazing surgery on my son with no complications at all. I thought that we were done but unfortunately my son has a new Inguinal Hernia and Dr. Avansino is going to do it again, i'm so glad to know he's the one that is going to do the surgery because he's a great Doctor and he care so much for health of his patients. Thank you Dr. Avansino!!!

  • Tressa Fairbanks,Ak 01.09.12

    My son Ricky had been diagnosed with U.C and his colon needed to be removed and we had Dr.Avasino perform the surgery and it went great.I highly recommend Dr.Avasino to take care of your child!Thank God for Dr.Avasino and Seattle childrens hospial.

  • Courtney Royal City, WA 05.17.11

    Dr. Avansino is an amzing doctor! He gave us and our baby girl so much thought and attention. He truly cares for each of his patients. We appreciate the fact that everytime we came into his office we felt as if he knew us and especially knew our daughter and that was a very comforting feeling! He kept us very informed throughout her surgery and even during her recovery. Thank you Dr. Avansino for what you have done for our little girl! You are Great!

  • Alycen Lake Tapps, WA 12.06.10

    Dr. Avansino is a true professional with a wonderful, friendly personality. He made our son feel like he was his only patient during his surgery and recovery, and made sure we were informed every step of the way. We highly recommend Dr. Avansino for his professionalism, knowledge and personability.


Board Certification(s)

Surgery - General
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

University of Nevada, School of Medicine, Reno


Surgery - General, University of Washington, Seattle
Surgery - General, University of Washington, Seattle


Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Anorectal malformations; Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine (RPM) clinic

Research Focus Area

Continuous process improvement (CPI) and quality

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
Elected graduation speaker Elected graduation speaker for Executive Leadership Program Graduation Ceremony Seattle University 2015
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Magazine 2015
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
Seattle Magazine "Top Doctor" Seattle Magazine 2014
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine "Top Doctors" Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
Nominated, Family Choice Award Seattle Children's Hospital 2014
Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine "Top Doctors" Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2013
U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
ACS, Washington Chapter 2005
Resident Research Symposium: First Place 2004
Association of Academic Surgery: Resident Award Session 2003
Seattle Surgical Society: First Place, Basic Science Competition 2003
Ruth E. Saviers Memorial Scholarship 1998
Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Scholarship 1998
Alpha Omega Alpha, in Junior year University of Nevada School of Medicine 1998
Lange Book Award 1997
McGraw Hill Book Award 1996


  • Coe A, Avansino JR, Kapur RP
    Distal Rectal Skip-Segment Hirschsprung Disease and the Potential for False-Negative Diagnosis.
    26372258 Pediatric and developmental pathology : the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the Paediatric Pathology Society , 2015 Sept. 15 - 2015 Sept. 15
  • Merguerian PA, Grady R, Waldhausen J, Libby A, Murphy W, Melzer L, Avansino J
    Optimizing value utilizing Toyota Kata methodology in a multidisciplinary clinic.
    26169487 Journal of pediatric urology , 2015 Aug. - 2015 Aug. : 11(4)228.e1-6
  • Avansino JR, Goldin AB, Risley R, Waldhausen JH, Sawin RS
    Standardization of operative equipment reduces cost.
    24074655 Journal of pediatric surgery , 2013 Sept. : 48(9)1843-9
  • Avansino JR, Peters LM, Stockfish SL, Walco GA
    A paradigm shift to balance safety and quality in pediatric pain management.
    23382441 Pediatrics , 2013 Mar. : 131(3)e921-7
  • Bar-Joseph KL, Amies-Oelschlager AM, Avansino JR
    A painful protuberance: a young woman had primary amenorrhea and an inguinal hernia.
    22425407 American journal of obstetrics and gynecology , 2012 Aug. : 207(2)144.e1-2
  • George T. Drugas, MD, Kwon S, Ho JW, Drugas G, Avansino JR
    Presentation and management of candida-associated vasculitis with gastrointestinal involvement in a pediatric patient
    22659888 J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr , 2012 May 31
  • Thapa M, Gilbreath P, Avansino JR
    Creating a VOD cast
    Cool Technology for Academic Medicine , 2011 Apr, 10
  • Gilbreath P, Thapa M, Stephenson J, Avansino JR
    Thoracoscopic Repair of a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
    Available from: , 2011
  • Gilbreath P, Thapa M, Stephenson J, Rudzinski E, Avansino JR
    Thoracoscopic Resection of Bronchogenic Cyst
    Available from: , 2011
  • Bradley T, Stephenson J, Drugas G, Avansino JR
    Laparoscopic management of neonatal paraesophageal hernia with intrathoracic gastric volvulus.
    20713199 Journal of pediatric surgery , 2010 Aug. : E21-3
  • Waldhausen JH, Avansino JR, Libby A, Sawin RS
    Application of lean methods improves surgical clinic experience.
    20638518 Journal of pediatric surgery , 2010 July : 1420-5
  • Aarabi S, Drugas G, Avansino JR
    Mesothelial cyst presenting as an irreducible inguinal mass.
    20620295 Journal of pediatric surgery , 2010 June : e19-21
  • Avansino JR, Gow K, Migita D
    Transforming Doctors into Change Agents
    Leading the Lean Healthcare Journey , 2010
  • Agopian VG, Chen DC, Avansino JR, Stelzner M
    Intestinal stem cell organoid transplantation generates neomucosa in dogs.
    19165549 Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract , 2009 May : 971-82
  • Avansino JR, Chen DC, Hoagland VD, Woolman JD, Stelzner M
    Orthotopic transplantation of intestinal mucosal organoids in rodents.
    16934605 Surgery , 2006 Sept. : 423-34
  • Chen DC, Agopian VG, Avansino JR, Lee JK, Farley SM, Stelzner M
    Optical tissue window: a novel model for optimizing engraftment of intestinal stem cell organoids.
    16697415 The Journal of surgical research , 2006 July : 52-60
  • Chen DC, Avansino JR, Agopian VG, Hoagland VD, Woolman JD, Pan S, Ratner BD, Stelzner M
    Comparison of polyester scaffolds for bioengineered intestinal mucosa.
    17409741 Cells, tissues, organs , 2006 : 154-65
  • Avansino JR, Stelzner M
    Palliative Treatment of Rectal Cancer
    Advanced Therapy in Gastroenterology and Liver Disease, 5th edition , 2004
  • Avansino JR, Bjerke S, Hendrickson M, Stelzner M, Sawin R
    Clinical features and treatment outcome of intussusception in premature neonates.
    14666476 Journal of pediatric surgery , 2003 Dec. : 1818-21
  • Jeffrey R. Avansino, MD, Karmy-Jones R, Avansino JR, EJ Stern
    CT of Blunt Tracheal Rupture
    Amer. J of Radiology , 2003 June : 180: 1670
  • Jeffrey R. Avansino, MD, Avansino JR, M Stelzner
    Operative Techniques in General Surgery , 2001 Dec. : 3(4):251-262
  • Jeffrey R. Avansino, MD, Avansino JR, Dennis TR, Spallone P, Stock AD, and Levin ML
    Proximal 5p Trisomy Resulting from a Marker Chromosome Implicates Band 5p13 in 5p Trisomy Syndrome
    Am J Med Genet. , 1999 Nov. : 87(1): 6-11
  • Thapa M, Avansino JR
    Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis
    Located at:
  • Avansino JR
    General Surgery Ambulatory Surgery Pain Management
    Guidelines of Care
  • Avansino JR
    General Surgery NICU Comfort Protocol, Seattle Childrens Hospital
    Guidelines of Care
  • Avansino JR
    General Surgery Pyloric Stenosis Pre-operative orderset, Seattle Childrens Hospital
    Guidelines of Care
  • Avansino JR
    General Surgery Pyloric Stenosis Post-operative orderset, Seattle Childrens Hospital
    Guidelines of Care
  • Avansino JR
    General Surgery Pyloric Stenosis Guideline of Care and orderset (version 2)
    Guidelines of Care
  • Avansino JR
    General Surgery Appendectomy, Complicated orderset Seattle Childrens Hospital
    Guidelines of Care
  • Avansino JR
    General Surgery Appendectomy, Uncomplicated orderset Seattle Childrens Hospital
    Guidelines of Care
  • Avansino JR
    General Surgery Intussusception Non-operative orderset, Seattle Childrens Hospital
    Guidelines of Care
  • Avansino JR
    General Surgery Gastroschisis, Guideline of Care, Seattle Childrens Hospital
    Guidelines of Care


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Served as panelist for Management of newborn with ARM, ARM Radiology, ARM Problematic Cases and Reoperation, Hirschprung Disease Diagnosis, Medical and Surgical Treatment, and Pediatric Surgery Hands On Lab Pediatric Colorectal, Motility and Pelvic Reconstruction Conference (Invited Faculty) Columbus, Ohio Nov. 12, 2014 - Nov. 14, 2014
Optimizing Value Using Toyota Kata Methodology in a Multidisciplinary Clinic American Academy of Pediatrics San Diego, CA Oct. 13, 2014
Pediatric Colorectal Learning Network (Invited Pediatric Colorectal Course Capetown, South Africa Sept. 10, 2014
Starting a Bowel Program: Keys to Success and Pitfalls to Avoid (Invited) Pediatric Colorectal Course Capetown, South Africa Sept. 10, 2014
Bowel Management for Constipation Pull-Thru Network National Conference Phoenix, Arizona July 26, 2014
Ask the Doctor, Boys ages 13-15 Pull-Thru Network National Conference Phoenix, Arizona July 25, 2014
Management of the Newborn with ARM (Invited) Colorectal Course Guangzhou, China Nov. 16, 2013
Starting a Bowel Program: Keys to Success and Pitfalls to Avoid (Invited) Colorectal Course Guangzhou, China Nov. 16, 2013
Bowel Management Web Symposium (Panelist) Program through Cincinnati and Akron Childrens Hospitals-International audience May 8, 2013
Starting a Bowel Program: Keys to Success and Pitfalls to Avoid (Invited) American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association Marco Island, Fl May 2, 2013
"Two Case Presentations" International Colorectal Webinar Conference (Invited) Internet presentation to pediatric colorectal surgeons from around the world Sept. 21, 2012
Physician Engagement: The Surgeons Perspective Lean for OR Course University of Tennessee (Invited) May 18, 2012
Standardization of Operative Equipment Reduces Cost Pacific Coast Surgical Association Napa Valley, CA Feb. 20, 2012
Creating New Models of Care to Improve Efficiencies and Effectiveness- Seattle Children's (co-presented with Howard Jeffries and Russell Migita) National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) - 2011 NACHRI Annual Leadership Conference Bellevue, WA Oct. 11, 2011
Creating New Models of Care to Improve Efficiencies and Effectiveness-Seattle Childrens National Association of Childrens Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI)- 2011 NACHRI Annual Leadership Conference Oct. 11, 2011
Hardwiring Clinical Standardization Across the Continuum of Care Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit Seattle, WA June 8, 2011 - June 9, 2011
Continuous Performance Improvement and Changing the Culture of Pain Management in Two Pediatric Hospitals American Pain Society Austin, TX May 21, 2011
A Lean Journey: Transforming Clinical Quality Utilizing Continuous Performance Improvement Med Assets Healthcare Business Summit Las Vegas, NV April 27, 2011
Quality Care for Gastroschisis Pediatric Grand Rounds, Seattle Children's Hospital Seattle, WA March 31, 2011
Quality Care of Gastroschisis Grand Rounds, University of Washington, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Seattle, WA March 9, 2011
Ad-Hoc vs. Systematically Developed Order Sets: A Randomized Crossover Study of Patient Safety, Usability and Performance Academic Surgical Congress Huntington Beach, CA Feb. 2011
Implementation of a Standardized Procedural Checklist in a Children's Hospital North Pacific Surgical Association Tacoma, WA Nov. 2010
Enhanced Engraftment of Intestinal Stem Cells into Murine Jejunum Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons Sydney, Australia 2003
Engraftment of Mucosal Stem Cells into Murine Jejunum is Dependent on Optimal Dose of Cells Tissue Engineering Hilton Head, SC 2003
Engraftment of Mucosal Stem Cells into Murine Jejunum is Dependent on Optimal Dose of Cells Resident Research Symposium Seattle, WA 2003
Intestinal Stem Cell Transplantation into Murine Jejunum Seattle Surgical Society Seattle, WA 2003
Intestinal Transplantation Grand Rounds, University of Washington Department of Gastroenterology Seattle, Washington 2002
Characterization and Management of Children with Paraesophageal Hernias after Antireflux Surgery Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons Bejing, China 1999

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Pediatric Colorectal Learning Network Seattle Childrens Hospital $100,000 2014 - 2016
Effect of an evidence-based guideline of care for appendicitis on ED throughput and quality Academic Enrichment Fund $50,000 (2 years) 2010 - 2013
National Research Service Award National Institutes of Health $104,000 (2 year period) 2003 - 2004