Kathleen Sie, M.D.
Kathleen Sie, a pediatric otolaryngologist, focuses on treating children with communication challenges such as speech delays and hearing loss. She started several programs at Seattle Children's Hospital including the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic, the Microtia Program and the Cochlear Implant Program. In 1999 when the hospital administration was planning for the new millennium, she proposed starting the Childhood Communication Center to consolidate the efforts to help children communicate effectively.
The mission of the Childhood Communication Center is to (1) advance family-centered state-of-the-art care, (2) provide advanced training to professionals in the Pacific Northwest, (3) advocate for the needs of children with communication challenges, and (4) perform clinical research to help improve the outlook for children with communication challenges. With the full support of Seattle Children's Hospital, the Childhood Communication Center was established in 2001. The center has been instrumental in supporting Early Hearing Loss Detection Diagnosis and Intervention (EHDDI) in Washington state, providing family-centered care to children who are deaf and hard of hearing or have complex speech delays.
With the support of the community, she has developed clinical programs such as the loaner hearing aid and FM system bank, Family Information Sessions, and Sign Language Tuition Assistance. These programs make precious resources available to all families, regardless of their ability to pay. She has worked with members of the center to perform clinical research to develop metrics to understand the quality of life of children with velopharyngeal insufficiency and youth and adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing. Through research, the Childhood Communication Center will actively advance the care of children.
Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan, 1981
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, 1984
Internship: University of Washington General Surgery, 1984-1986
Residency: University of Washington Otolaryngology-HNS, 1986-1990
Fellowship: Harvard University Pediatric Otolaryngology, 1991-1992
Other Training: Post graduate research fellowship, 1990-1991
Board Certification: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1991
Memberships: Fellow American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Awards and honors
2018: UW Otolaryngology-HNS Trachy Award for Resident Research Mentorship
2014: Top Docs, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine cover story
2014: University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Resident Teaching Award
2012: Charles Ferguson Award for Clinical Research, Second Prize. Validation of a VPI- specific Quality of Life Instrument, Skirko J, Weaver E, Kinter S, Perkins J, Sie K. American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
2012: Charles Ferguson Award for Clinical Research, Third Prize. Concensus in developing a VPI Video Instruction Tool. Tieu D, Gerber M, Parikh S, Yoon P, Perkins J, Sie K. American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
2011: "Top Doctors", Hall of Fame, Seattle, Wash.
2010: Charles Ferguson Award for Clinical Research, Role of CMV in Childhood Hearing Loss, Misono S, Sie, KCY, Boeckh M, Norton S, Yueh B. American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.
2007: Family Choice Award, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center
2005: Ron Trachy Award for Resident Research Teaching, Dept. of Otolaryngology-HNS, University of Washington
2005: Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology HNS
2005 - present: "Best Doctors in America", Best Doctors, Inc., Boston, Mass.
2003: Charles Ferguson Award for Clinical Research, Speech Outcomes after Sphincter Pharyngoplasty, B Cilento, J Perkins, L Eblen, J Gruss and K Sie American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
2001: Driftwood Award for Resident Teaching, Dept. of Otolaryngology-HNS, University of Washington
2000 - 2003: Medical Staff Caring for Children Award, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center
2000: "Special" specialist, VCFS/DiGeorge Family Support Network of Washington
1996 - present: "Top Doctors", Seattle, Wash.
1995: Ron Trachy Award for Resident Research Teaching, Dept. of Otolaryngology-HNS, University of Washington
Dr. Sie's clinical interests are focused on communication issues in children, specifically hearing loss and velopharyngeal dysfunction. She is also interested in reconstruction of congenital ear malformations.
Dr. Sie performs clinical research in childhood hearing loss and management of childhood speech disorders. She has developed validated measures to descirbe quality of life in youth and adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing and who have velopharyngeal dysfunction.
Collett BR, Wallace ER, Kapp-Simon KA, Johns AL, Drake AF, Heike CL, Kinter S, Luquetti DV, Magee L, Norton S, Sie K, Speltz ML. Cognitive, Motor, and Language Development of Preschool Children With Craniofacial Microsomia., Cleft Palate Craniofac J 2020 Dec1055665620980223
Lam AS, Kirkham EM, Dahl JP, Kinter SL, Perkins JA, Sie KCY. Speech Outcomes After Sphincter Pharyngoplasty for Velopharyngeal Insufficiency., Laryngoscope 2021 Jun; 131(6):E2046-E2052
Benedek P, Balakrishnan K, Cunningham MJ, Friedman NR, Goudy SL, Ishman SL, Katona G, Kirkham EM, Lam DJ, Leboulanger N, Lee GS, Le Treut C, Mitchell RB, Muntz HR, Musso MF, Parikh SR, Rahbar R, Roy S, Russell J, Sidell DR, Sie KCY, Smith RJ, Soma MA, Wyatt ME, Zalzal G, Zur KB, Boudewyns A. International Pediatric Otolaryngology group (IPOG) consensus on the diagnosis and management of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)., Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2020 Nov; 138110276
de Blacam C, Baylis AL, Kirschner RE, Smith SM, Sell D, Sie KCY, Harris HE, Orr DJA. Protocol for the development of a core outcome set for reporting outcomes of management of velopharyngeal dysfunction., BMJ Open 2020 08; 10(8):e036824