Message from the Chair, F. Bruder Stapleton, MD

Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics

F. Bruder Stapleton, MD

The Department of Pediatrics continues to be nationally recognized for its innovation, clinical care, education, and research. Our pediatric divisions that are ranked by the US News and World Report are ranked among the top 25 in the country. Our Pediatric Nephrology division was ranked 2nd, and both Hematology/Oncology and Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine were ranked among the top ten US programs.

Our research programs continue to grow and attract top scientists and fellows. New outstanding research recruits in the past year include William Dobyns, MD and Kathleen Millen, PhD in Genetics, Colin Studholme, PhD in Neonatology, and Michael Jensen, MD in Hematology/Oncology. Each of these investigators brings a well-funded and innovative research program. When our Department’s NIH funding is combined with the funding credited to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, we now are ranked 7th nationally.

Our Global Health initiatives continue to expand. Dr. Tom Hansen and Skip Smith, PhD received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a low cost ventilator for neonates. Our Kenya pediatric global health resident pathway continues to be a wonderful partnership with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nairobi that is spawning additional educational, research, and clinical relationships with the Nairobi medical community.

Our education programs attracted a record number of applicants last year, and the match brought us 34 outstanding interns from 28 institutions. We initiated an integrated resident research pathway in 2011, which is coordinated by Soheil Meshinchi, MD, PhD from our Division of Hematology/Oncology. In 2012, we will recruit our first class of interns for our Alaska primary care pathway. This pathway is a partnership with the medical community in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Bethel, Alaska. We will add four residents each year for a total of 12 in this exciting new experience.

We continue to expand our clinical services throughout the region and have developed two new focused programs in our Department in collaboration with Seattle Children’s: Craniofacial Medicine, and Pediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology. Both programs are growing in their national prominence. Karen Murray, MD has been named the Division Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, and she and former Chief, Dennis Christie, MD have added an additional hepatologist this year, as well as a new Director of Gastroenterology Motility, Amy Tsai, MD to begin a new motility program in 2011-12.

F. Bruder Stapleton, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Ford/Morgan Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
Associate Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine
Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President
Seattle Children's Hospital

Department of Pediatrics, T-0211
Seattle Children's Hospital
P.O. Box 5371
Seattle, WA 98105