Seattle Children's Hospital - Dr. Jeff Sperring

Dr. Jeff Sperring joined Seattle Children’s as chief executive officer in May, 2015. He is a passionate advocate for providing the best care and groundbreaking cures for children worldwide, and integrating research into clinical advancements. Dr. Sperring has always believed that being a doctor was as much a matter of the heart as it was the mind. He’s been applying this vision and energy in executing a strategic plan that focuses on Seattle Children’s ultimate goal: bringing more hope to kids and families by connecting the heart of high quality, compassionate care with the innovative science that can lead to more cures for kids everywhere.

Prior to 2015, Dr. Sperring served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, one of the highest acuity children’s hospitals in the country. He earned a Bachelor of Science, Biology degree from Emory University and received his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. His honors include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals for meritorious service.

“I wrote in my medical school application that being a doctor was as much a matter of the heart as it was the mind. During my third year of medical school, it became really clear that pediatrics was what I wanted to do. In working with kids and their families, I found the connection of care and science. Part of it is the challenge of taking care of kids who are sick, but more importantly the hope that you could make a difference that would be lifelong: 50, 60 or 70 years of impact. I am fortunate to be in the Pacific Northwest with an amazing team at Seattle Children's that‘s bringing more hope to kids and families every day by connecting the heart of care and the science of cure. Hope. Care. Cures. It's what we do best.” -- Jeff Sperring, MD