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F. Bruder Stapleton, MD
Chair, Child Health Advisory Council, Professor of Pediatrics and Chair Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine

Dr. Stapleton is a pediatric nephrologist, Professor of Pediatrics and Chair Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine, as well as the Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. He served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics from 1996-2018, as well as Chief Academic Officer and Associate Dean from 2005-2018. Dr. Stapleton has served as President of the American Pediatric Society and President of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs. He also has served as Secretary-Treasurer and President of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology; Assistant Secretary-General and Treasurer of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association; and Chairman of the Sub-Board of Pediatric Nephrology of the American Board of Pediatrics. In 2019, he received the Joseph St. Geme Jr. Award for outstanding leadership in academic pediatrics from the Federation of Pediatric Organizations and previously he received the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology Founder’s Award and the Ira Greifer, M.D. award for lifetime contributions to the International Pediatric Nephrology Association.

Dr. Stapleton received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Kansas. Following service in the US Navy, in 1979 he joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee where he became Chief of Pediatric Nephrology, as well as President of the Medical Staff, Director of Research and pediatric residency director at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. From 1989-1995, Dr. Stapleton served as the A. Conger Goodyear Chair of the Department of Pediatrics as well as the Pediatrician-in-Chief and Medical Director for the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He has over 280 scientific publications.

As a leader, Dr. Stapleton champions a philosophy of teamwork and accountability accompanied with humanistic values. Dr. Stapleton believes that pediatric leaders face many challenges as generational values evolve, resources in the health industry for academic and education missions become limited and disparities challenge trust and collaborations. Many, if not all, of these challenges will be amplified following COVID-19. Successful leaders must find strategic and creative solutions in partnership with their academic and clinical partners.




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