Message from the Chair, Leslie R. Walker-Harding, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics

Leslie Walker-Harding, MD

Dear Colleagues:

My official start date as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Chief Academic Officer and Pediatrician-in-Chief was February 15. I am honored to return to Seattle and have the opportunity to work with our exceptional faculty, staff, trainees, students, and leadership.

During my first few months, I plan to spend time re-acquainting myself with the University of Washington and Seattle Children's. In order to do this, I plan to travel throughout Seattle and the WWAMI region to meet with our Pediatric teams inclusive of faculty, trainees, students, and staff.

My vision for our Department in partnership Seattle Children's and our other stakeholders is to lead the future of Academic Pediatric medicine and find solutions to our most difficult pediatric health-related challenges. To accomplish this, we will need a shared vision that includes:

  • equity and collaboration across our many geographic settings,
  • strong support for our MD and PhD faculty as well as our trainees inclusive of research post-doctoral scholars,
  • attention to workplace satisfaction, and
  • support for our clinical and educational programs.

To ensure that our shared vision is inclusive we will need people who offer diverse perspectives and come from various backgrounds/cultures to assure we are accessing the most talented minds in order to create innovative solutions to the challenges that strain our current health system.

I look forward to our collaboration across the Department of Pediatrics, UW, Seattle Children's, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and other partners.


Leslie Walker-Harding, MD

Leslie R. Walker-Harding, MD, FAAP, FSAHM
Chair Department of Pediatrics/Associate Dean
University of Washington
Chief Academic Officer/Senior Vice President
Seattle Children's Hospital


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