Patrick J. Healey, MD

Patrick J. Healey, MD

Oncology, General Surgery, Transplantation

On staff since December 1995

Children's Title: Division Chief, Transplantation

Academic Title: Associate Professor of Surgery

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"The most rewarding part of my job is to see extremely ill children with end organ failure returned to good health after a successful transplant."

Patrick Healey, MD, is chief of transplantation in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Division at Seattle Children's Hospital. Healey received his MD from the Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Healey is one of the few surgeons in the nation doubly trained in both pediatric surgery and transplantation. Because of this, Dr. Healey has unique expertise in the surgery of the liver and biliary tract in children. He leads one of the most successful pediatric transplant programs in the nation with outstanding results in liver, kidney and small bowel transplantation. Transplantation services are part of a multidisciplinary group including hepatologists, nephrologists and gastroenterologists.

He completed his general surgery residency at the Hartford Hospital and completed fellowship training in abdominal transplantation at the University of Washington and in pediatric surgery at Seattle Children's. Healey has expertise and training in pediatric transplantation, specifically liver, kidney and intestine. He is a member of the UNOS Organ Availability Committee (2007-2008) and the UNOS Pediatric Committee (2005-2007). His clinical and research interests include transplantation in infants and small children, neonatal surgery, congenital anomalies and pediatric tumors.


  • Antonette Tacoma, Washington 08.03.12

    My family and I met Dr. Healey March of 2000. I had a conditon call Autoimmune hepatitis, which caused my liver to faily and become cirosis. So I was in need of a liver transplant. Dr. Healey is so compassionate that he talked us through on what was going to happen and he made himself very available to us. My transplant was 5/15/2000 and the surgery went perfect. My family and such strong faith that Dr. Healey and his team will take care of me. Dr. Healey was pleased on how well my body was functioning after the liver was put in. My family and I are so greatful that he was my physican and I will recommend anyone to him and his team of Drs. They will treat your children as if their were theres. 12 years and doing awesome.

  • Donna Moxee, WA 05.28.12

    On January 13, 2012, our son, Quentin, had to have emergency surgery for a perforated colon. He has Crohn's. He had the surgery in Yakima, but was medivacked to Seattle Children's Hospital that night. We almost lost him on the way, but when Quentin got there, there was Dr. Healey waiting for him. Dr. Healey and his staff stayed by Quentin's side throughout his stay. He was in the ICU for 6 weeks and Dr. Healey saved his life 2 more times. We spent a total of 3 months and 2 days at SCH and Dr. Healey was looking over him the whole time. We called him our Dr. God, because he had healing hands. There is no way we can ever thank him for what he did for our son and he will always be in our prayers for those healing hands to take care of other children. Quentin still has a long way to go, but we know that Dr. Healey will be there for us when decisions need to be made. We love you, Dr. Healey and your staff and SCH.

  • Brandon Pasco, WA 02.02.12

    On Sep 19t 2007 my wife gave Birth to a set of Twins, Khalil and Kellen. Khalil was born with a TEF, (Basically his esophagous was connected to his trachea instead of his throat) The second day of his life, Dr. Healey performed a corrective surgery that saved his life and his enabled him to live a completely healthy and normal life. God Bless this man for what he did for my family and many others! Brandon King RN

  • Melissa Ferndale 10.06.11

    Dr.Healey and Dr.Ledbetter performed a Whipple procedure on my 14 month old son and helped to save his life along with many other professionals at Children's Hospital. It is hard to believe what these doctors are capable of. We can't thank them enough! We will continue to pray for the miracles these amazing doctors accomplish :)

  • Bill Missoula, MT 05.11.11

    Dr Healy saved my Grandson's life with a multiple organ transplant. Our family owes so much to him and his Transplant Team - Thank You Dr H!!

  • jon Everett, WA 04.19.11

    Dr Healey saved my daughter life! He was directly involved with all of my girl"s surgery's, and he performed miracles daily. If your at Children's right know I'm sorry, but it gets better. Believe in Dr Healey ( He's amazing!)


Board Certification(s)

Surgery - General
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

Boston University School of Medicine, Boston


Surgery - General, Hartford Hospital, Hartford


Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
Surgery - Transplant, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Pediatric Surgery, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Pediatric transplantation, Liver and kidney transplantation, Congenital anomalies, Pediatric tumors

Research Focus Area

Translational Research

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine 2012


  • Bezerra JA, Spino C, Magee JC, Shneider BL, Rosenthal P, Wang KS, Erlichman J, Haber B, Hertel PM, Karpen SJ, Kerkar N, Loomes KM, Molleston JP, Murray KF, Romero R, Schwarz KB, Shepherd R, Suchy FJ, Turmelle YP, Whitington PF, Moore J, Sherker AH, Robuck PR, Sokol RJ, Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network (ChiLDREN)
    Use of corticosteroids after hepatoportoenterostomy for bile drainage in infants with biliary atresia: the START randomized clinical trial.
    JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association , 2014 May 7 : 311(17)1750-9
  • McAteer JP, Goldin AB, Healey PJ, Gow KW
    Hepatocellular carcinoma in children: Epidemiology and the impact of regional lymphadenectomy on surgical outcomes.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2013 Nov. : 48(11)2194-201
  • Sundaram SS, Alonso EM, Haber B, Magee JC, Fredericks E, Kamath B, Kerkar N, Rosenthal P, Shepherd R, Limbers C, Varni JW, Robuck P, Sokol RJ, Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network (ChiLDREN)
    Health related quality of life in patients with biliary atresia surviving with their native liver.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2013 Oct. : 163(4)1052-7.e2
  • Dick AA, Mercer LD, Smith JM, McDonald RA, Young B, Healey PJ
    Donor and recipient size mismatch in adolescents undergoing living-donor renal transplantation affect long-term graft survival.
    Transplantation , 2013 Sept. : 96(6)555-9
  • Sanchez SE, Javid PJ, Healey PJ, Reyes J, Horslen SP
    Ultrashort bowel syndrome in children.
    Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition , 2013 Jan. : 56(1)36-9
  • Squires RH, Duggan C, Teitelbaum DH, Wales PW, Balint J, Venick R, Rhee S, Sudan D, Mercer D, Martinez JA, Carter BA, Soden J, Horslen S, Rudolph JA, Kocoshis S, Superina R, Lawlor S, Haller T, Kurs-Lasky M, Belle SH, Pediatric Intestinal Failure Consortium
    Natural history of pediatric intestinal failure: initial report from the Pediatric Intestinal Failure Consortium.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2012 Oct. : 161(4)723-8.e2
  • Sanchez SE, Javid PJ, Lao OB, Dick AA, Perkins JD, Reyes JD, Horslen SP, Healey PJ, Sawin R
    Hepatic artery thrombosis and liver malignancy in pediatric liver transplantation.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2012 June : 47(6)1255-60
  • Vo NJ, Shivariam G, Andrews RT, Vaidya S, Healey PJ, Horslen SP
    Midterm Follow-up of Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts Using Polytetrafluoroethylene Endografts in Children.
    Journal of vascular and interventional radiology : JVIR , 2012 May 18
  • Superina R, Magee JC, Brandt ML, Healey PJ, Tiao G, Ryckman F, Karrer FM, Iyer K, Fecteau A, West K, Burns RC, Flake A, Lee H, Lowell JA, Dillon P, Colombani P, Ricketts R, Li Y, Moore J, Wang KS, Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network
    The anatomic pattern of biliary atresia identified at time of Kasai hepatoportoenterostomy and early postoperative clearance of jaundice are significant predictors of transplant-free survival.
    Annals of surgery , 2011 Oct. : 254(4)577-85
  • Patrick J. Healey, MD
    Liver Transplantation in Children
    Rudolphs Pediatrics, 22nd Ed , 2011 Mar. : Section 10, Transplantation
  • Patrick J. Healey, MD
    Pediatric Transplantation
    Rudolphs Pediatrics, 22nd Ed , 2011 Mar. : Section 10, Transplantation
  • Lao OB, Dick AA, Healey PJ, Perkins JD, Reyes JD
    Identifying the futile pediatric liver re-transplant in the PELD era.
    Pediatric transplantation , 2010 Dec. : 14(8)1019-29
  • Dick AA, Perkins JD, Spitzer AL, Lao OB, Healey PJ, Reyes JD
    Impact of obesity on children undergoing liver transplantation.
    Liver transplantation : official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society , 2010 Nov. : 16(11)1296-302
  • Smith JM, Corey L, Bittner R, Finn LS, Healey PJ, Davis CL, McDonald RA
    Subclinical viremia increases risk for chronic allograft injury in pediatric renal transplantation.
    Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN , 2010 Sept. : 1579-86
  • Javid PJ, Malone FR, Reyes J, Healey PJ, Horslen SP
    The experience of a regional pediatric intestinal failure program: Successful outcomes from intestinal rehabilitation.
    American journal of surgery , 2010 May : 199(5)676-9
  • Lao OB, Larison C, Garrison M, Healey PJ, Goldin AB
    Steroid use after the Kasai procedure for biliary atresia.
    American journal of surgery , 2010 May : 680-4
  • Patrick J. Healey, MD
    Simple Hepatic Cysts/Choledochal Cysts
    Clinical Gastroenterology: Fibrocystic Diseases of the Liver , 2010 Apr, : Chapter 15
  • Lao OB, Healey PJ, Perkins JD, Horslen S, Reyes JD, Goldin AB
    Outcomes in children after intestinal transplant.
    Pediatrics , 2010 Mar. : 125(3)e550-8
  • Lao OB, Healey PJ, Perkins JD, Horslen S, Reyes JD, Goldin AB
    Outcomes in children after intestinal transplant.
    Pediatrics , 2010 Mar. : e550-8
  • Lao OB, Healey PJ, Perkins JD, Reyes JD, Goldin AB
    Outcomes in children with intestinal failure following listing for intestinal transplant.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2010 Jan. : 100-7; discussion 107
  • Justiss MD, Boustani M, Fox C, Katona C, Perkins AJ, Healey PJ, Sachs G, Hui S, Callahan CM, Hendrie HC, Scott E
    Patients' attitudes of dementia screening across the Atlantic.
    International journal of geriatric psychiatry , 2009 June : 632-7
  • Gow KW, Lee L, Pruthi S, Patterson K, Healey PJ
    Mesenchymal hamartoma of the liver.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2009 Feb. : 468-70
  • Smith JM, Corey L, Healey PJ, Davis CL, McDonald RA
    Adolescents are more likely to develop posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder after primary Epstein-Barr virus infection than younger renal transplant recipients.
    Transplantation , 2007 June 15 : 1423-8
  • Lee SL, Beyer TD, Kim SS, Waldhausen JH, Healey PJ, Sawin RS, Ledbetter DJ
    Initial nonoperative management and delayed closure for treatment of giant omphaloceles.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2006 Nov. : 1846-9
  • Limaye AP, Bakthavatsalam R, Kim HW, Randolph SE, Halldorson JB, Healey PJ, Kuhr CS, Levy AE, Perkins JD, Reyes JD, Boeckh M
    Impact of cytomegalovirus in organ transplant recipients in the era of antiviral prophylaxis.
    Transplantation , 2006 June 27 : 1645-52
  • Kim SS, Lau ST, Lee SL, Schaller R Jr, Healey PJ, Ledbetter DJ, Sawin RS, Waldhausen JH
    Pyloromyotomy: a comparison of laparoscopic, circumumbilical, and right upper quadrant operative techniques.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons , 2005 July : 66-70
  • Lau ST, Kim SS, Ledbetter DJ, Healey PJ
    Fraternal twins with Morgagni hernias.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2005 Apr, : 725-7
  • Smith JM, McDonald RA, Finn LS, Healey PJ, Davis CL, Limaye AP
    Polyomavirus nephropathy in pediatric kidney transplant recipients.
    American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons , 2004 Dec. : 2109-17
  • Limaye AP, Bakthavatsalam R, Kim HW, Kuhr CS, Halldorson JB, Healey PJ, Boeckh M
    Late-onset cytomegalovirus disease in liver transplant recipients despite antiviral prophylaxis.
    Transplantation , 2004 Nov. 15 : 1390-6
  • Mirza D, Hastings M, Reyes J, Green M, Healey PJ, Stock P
    Organ donation from children with meningitis.
    The Pediatric infectious disease journal , 2003 May : 475


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Compelling Liver Transplantation: An Ethics Discussion United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Transplant Management Forum Baltimore, MD April 28, 2014 - April 30, 2014
Ileocolic Intussuception of Terminal Ileal Remnant Following Ileal Exclusion for Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis Seattle Surgical Society Annual Meeting: Resident/Fellow Case Presentation Session Seattle WA Jan. 10, 2014 - Jan. 10, 2014
Thymoglobulin induction immunosuppression in Pediatric Liver Transplantation, Poster Presentation. 7th Congress on Pediatric Transplantation 7th Congress on Pediatric Transplantation (IPTA) Warsaw, Poland July 13, 2013 - July 16, 2013
ABO Incompatible Pediatric Liver Transplantation: A 15 year center review and assessment of the impact on desensitization strategies 7th Congress on Pediatric Transplantation (IPTA) Warsaw, Poland July 13, 2013 - July 16, 2013
Rates and Outcomes of Renal Transplantation in Children with Intellectual Disability American Transplant Congress Seattle, WA May 18, 2013 - May 22, 2013
'Donor and recipient size mismatch in pediatric living donor renal transplantation affects long-term graft survival' 24th International Congress of The Transplant Society Berlin, Germany July 15, 2012 - July 19, 2012
Living Donor Kidney Transplantation in Adolescents: Does Size Matter? ASTS 12th Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium Miami Beach, Florida Jan. 12, 2012 - Jan. 15, 2012
A Single Institute's Six Year Experience with Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) in the Pediatric Patient Population NASGPGHAN (North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) Orlando, Florida Oct. 22, 2011
Hepatic artery thrombosis and liver malignancy in pediatric liver transplantation America Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, Scientific Session Boston, MA Oct. 2011
The Experience of a Regional Pediatric Intestinal Failure Program: Successful Outcomes from Intestinal Rehabilitation North Pacific Surgical Association Annual Meeting Portland, OR Nov. 1, 2009
Steroid Use After the Kasai Procedure for Biliary Atresia North Pacific Surgical Association Annual Meeting Portland, OR Nov. 1, 2009