Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP is a board certified pediatrician, speaker, writer, TV contributor, and mother to two. Swanson was born and raised in Minnesota, graduating from public high school. She graduated with Honors in Psychology from Kenyon College and then spent 2 years teaching middle school, bilingual, science & math in Oakland, California through Teach For America.
After completing her MD and MBE (Master’s in Bioethics) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she finished pediatric residency at Seattle Children’s (University of Washington). Swanson then practiced community pediatrics exclusively for 3 years.
In 2009 Swanson more formally began to fuse her passion for the media and improving health communication, with her skills as a pediatrician. Dr Swanson now splits her time between her pediatric practice, writing Seattle Mama Doc blog for Seattle Children’s Hospital, reporting on KING5 news, balancing a family, and speaking/writing about doctors’ use of social media. She sits on the board of advisors for both Parents Magazine and The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. She is quoted widely in national newspapers, parenting magazines, television and online publications about pediatric health.
Wendy Sue Swanson feels that practicing physicians have an ethical duty to move science forward by telling their stories. Swanson works hard to offer a candid, sincere voice when writing about her experiences. She is compelled to deconstruct the divide between doctor and patient. Swanson believes many can harness the power of story to improve the health & lives of our children. Through her blog, social and traditional media channels, freelance writing & speaking, she illustrates how a growing community of health care providers & patients can bring evidence to the forefront to empower consumers of health care.
Dr Swanson is learning how to prevent illness and injury using social media. She is sharing her story and expertise.
Specialties:pediatrics, health care social media, television, blogging, HIT, health innovation, preventative health, speaking, social media, television