Rebecca Stark, MD, FACS, is a board-certified pediatric surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH), an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UW, Director of the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Program and Surgical Co-director of the ECMO Program at SCH.
Dr. Stark specializes in the care of babies and children with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias (CDH). She started the CDH program at SCH, which brings together experts from many disciplines to care for the complex set of health issues associated with this congenital defect. This team ensures quality care across all stages (prenatal, inpatient/hospitalization, and long term follow up care). Dr. Stark strongly believes that CDH patients and their families receive the highest quality care when they are treated by a team with expertise, and she is proud to be part of this team. For her, the most rewarding part about her job is getting to follow her patients' long term and see them thrive as toddlers, kids, and young adults.
Dr. Stark also specializes in pediatric surgical oncology and is part of the complex tumor team at SCH. She participates in national cancer committees such as COG and PSORC which aim to improve care for these patients.
Dr. Stark is the site PI for the CDH Study Group which is an international, multi-institutional consortium of children’s hospitals that collaborate to improve care for these patients through shared research. Her current research focuses on novel therapies and improving outcomes for patients with CDH.
Dr. Stark enjoys spending time hiking, camping, and traveling with her family. She especially enjoys playing, reading, and observing the natural world with her son, who has developed a recent interest in dinosaurs and Ronald Dahl.
Education and Training
St. George's University School of Medicine
Medical Education, 2007
UCLA School of Medicine
Residency, General Surgery
UW - Pediatric Surgery Program
Fellowship, Pediatric General Surgery
Pediatric Surgery, 2016, American Board of Surgery