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Department of Pediatrics

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

Leslie R. Walker-Harding, MD, FAAP, FSAHMWelcome to the Department of Pediatrics

Dear Colleagues:


This is an exciting time to be in a career dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and adolescents! The world is changing rapidly, use of technology has enabled and will continue to enable greater inclusion and collaboration in child health, and foster many different partnerships and diverse voices. This innovation is moving us toward a world where health care, prevention, and new cures for childhood diseases will transform the lives of families around the globe.

The University of Washington Department of Pediatrics is a national leader and has a global presence in advancing the science of childhood health, and disease prevention and cures. We are also redefining how health care can be delivered effectively to diverse communities. We have 600 faculty and we train over 250 Pediatric residents and fellows a year. We have every medical specialty represented within 21 Divisions and Sections and we have just elevated the section of Hospital Medicine to a Division with a new fellowship training program. We serve the Northwest region of the United States with clinical and training programs that span Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and internationally in Kenya. We welcome and value our partnerships with Seattle Children's Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and many other individuals and organizations who share our vision of serving our local and global communities to improve child health. Our research includes innovative work in Immunotherapy, Genetics, Oncology, Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, and Behavioral Health. Building on our outstanding research, we are committed to an integrated clinical and research environment where we strive to quickly bring discoveries to the bedside of the children who need them.

As a Department, we have been on a deliberate journey to identify and eliminate all barriers to children achieving optimal health and opportunities; including health inequities, bias, and racism. We invite our partners and communities to share in this work. As we step further into the new millennium, our outstanding residency and fellowship training programs have pathways in Global Health, research, advocacy, and our newest, health equity. We are committed to training our pediatric leaders for a successful future in a new health care landscape.

On behalf of all programs: education, training, research programs, and clinical care, I invite and welcome you to join us in our mission, and together we will create a new expectation of healthy lives for all children and adolescents.


Leslie R. Walker-Harding, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

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