Wendy Sue Swanson


Wendy Sue Swanson

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Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician living in Seattle, WA, with her husband and 2 young boys. Partnering with her patients and their parents fuels her passion to improve health care. As executive director for the Center for Digital Health at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and in her blog Seattle Mama Doc (www.seattlemamadoc.com),she works to revolutionize health care delivery using social media and digital tools to bridge the gap between parents and doctors. Dr Swanson is an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media. She is on the Board of Advisors for Parents magazine and the Advisory Board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.


Social Media 

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Seattle Mamma Doc in the News
Ask Dr. Swanson: Keeping kids save in the heat
Pediatrician on the truth about vaccines and measels​
Ask Dr. Swanson: How to teach kids to swallow pills


The Good and the Bad: The ​Whooping Cough Vaccine


Awards (Mama Doc Medicine)

2015 AAP Publication Bronze Winner in the "Health" Category" for Foreword Reviews
Gold award in the Parenting category of the Mom’s Choice Awards 
2014 Bronze Award in the Family/Parenting category for the Living Now Books Awards



Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance 

“Parents want to do what is right,” explains Mama Doc blogger and pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP. Yet because many parents find that defining what’s right can sometimes be elusive, Dr Swanson has created this innovative guide to help.

A compilation of some of her most popular blog posts, Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance is a timely collection of more than 100 entries grouped under the following headings:

Part 1: Prevention 
Part 2: Social-Emotional Support  
Part 3: Immunizations 
Part 4: Work-Life Balance/Mothering

Based on Dr Swanson’s experience as a mother and physician, this book provides simple answers to the “how,” “what,” “why,” and “who” questions of parenting.

Mama Doc Medicine helps decipher some of today’s conflicting medical opinions, offers helpful online resources, and shares what Dr Swanson has learned over many years from her patients, friends, and family—those in and out of the field of medicine. It’s packed with simple suggestions, solutions, and answers every parent can use.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58110-837-8
  • Product Code: CB0075
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2014
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 389
  • Trim Size: 9 inches x 6 inches x 0.9 inches
  • Illustrations: 20 black & white illustrations and infographics
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
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