Martin K. Childers D.O., Ph.D.

 Martin  K. Childers D.O., Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Muscle Physiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Stem Cell Biology


Rehabilitation Medicine




Primary Location

Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 8th Floor SS 812
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4295|Map It 


I am passionate about finding answers for patients with devastating muscle diseases, particularly those with congenital myopathies and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As a rehabilitation clinical specialist and basic scientist who investigates rare diseases, it is a privilege to help patients and families struggling with extraordinary burdens. Although we do not have many answers yet, efforts are now yielding new hope for our patients. This is an exciting time of discovery in muscle disease research.

Patient Care Philosophy

The time spent in face-face interaction with a patient and their family is an extraordinary privilege never to be taken for granted.

Personal Interests

Music, hiking, biking, running and BBQ

Clinical Interests

Dr. Childers' clinical interests include neuromuscular medicine, physical medicine, botox injections for spasticity and cervical dystonia.

Teaching Interests

Muscle physiology, stem cell biology

Research Interests

The Childers' lab is currently pursuing two areas of investigation. In a series of preclinical studies, we address the hurdles required for systemic gene replacement delivery for patients with X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy (XLMTM). In another study, we use a "disease in a dish" approach using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technology to study heart disease in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).


University of IowaTeaching Appointment2012
Univ. of Missouri Hospital and ClinicsTeaching Appointment2006
Univ. of Missouri - ColumbiaPh.D2002
Univ. of Missouri-ColumbiaResidencyPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation1994
Sun Coast HospitalInternshipPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation1991
Western University Of Health ScienceMedical education1990


Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation1995
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