Biography & Education

Kid friendly approach to medical care. Areas of interest: Acne, Adolescent Medicine, Asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder, Constipation, Ear Infections, Encopresis, Gay and Lesbian Medicine, Gay and Lesbian teens, General Practice, Newborn Care, Otitis Media, Pediatric Care, Pediatric Development, Pediatric Exams, Pediatric Mental Health, Urinary Tract Infections, Well Child Care.
  • Pediatrics
Education Background
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Residency: Tulane University and Hospital
Finalist Golden Teddy Award - Best Pediatrician
  • English
Professional Associations
American Academy of Pediatrics
Personal Interests
Writing, Tennis, Skiing, Traveling

Care Locations

2211 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Fax 206-861-8501
Accepting Children
Accepting Medicare



Spiders and Bees and Bugs, Oh My! Treating insect bites and stings

April 18, 2014
Another beautiful Seattle summer is just around the corner.  As we stare out windows and wait for our long days of sunshine to begin, know this – the bugs are doing the same thing!  Any day now all our biting, stinging, and pinching friends will begin to appear.  Make sure you prevent bites with insect repellants.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using repellants containing 30% or less of DEET for all children older than 2 months of age.  But if a bite happens, arm yourself (and your medicine cabinet) with a treatment plan to get your kids back outside ASAP.   Treatment for ...

Croup: coughs that go bark in the night

April 10, 2013
Croup is a common childhood illness that can be very frightening to a parent or child. It often starts with the symptoms of a mild cold, such as a runny nose, or sore throat. The child goes to bed as usual and then wakes suddenly in the middle of the night with a barking cough. Often they gasp in between the coughs and make a high-pitched noise called stridor when they breathe in. Thankfully, croup is rarely dangerous. Most children can be treated at home. But it can be a scary illness for both the parent and the child. It is important to know how to treat croup at home and when to seek help from your doctor or the emergency room....


Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
Services Provided
Clinical Interests
  • Acne
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Constipation
  • Ear Infections
  • Encopresis
  • Gay and Lesbian Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Newborn Care
  • Otitis Media
  • Pediatric Care
  • Pediatric Development
  • Pediatric Exams
  • Pediatric Mental Health
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Well Child Care


Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (94 Ratings, 17 Comments)


We love Dr. Starnes he is the absolute BEST!
Swedish Patient

Baby vitamin D mentioned/recommended in visit summary, but not discussed in appt - otherwise all was great.
Swedish Patient

We love Dr Starnes. He is knowledgable, kind, caring, and patient.
Swedish Patient

We LOVE Dr Starnes!
Swedish Patient

Dr. Starnes is far and away the best pediatrician we have found in Seattle. He is friendly with the children, honest with parents, and not too quick to jump to prescription drugs. He has a bit of southern charm that allows families to trust in his skill and concern.
Swedish Patient

Starnes and staff are awesome!
Swedish Patient

My daughters comment after he left the room was "he acts like he doesn't want to be here".
Swedish Patient

Dr. Starnes is an excellent doctor and we feel so fortunate to have him as our girls' pediatrician.
Swedish Patient

I like Dr.Starnes, he always is very friendly and seems like a good physician.
Swedish Patient

We adore Dr. Starnes! He is very easy to talk to, explains everything in laymen's terms, and gives very practical advice.
Swedish Patient

Provider lacks eye contact during visit.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Starnes is such a nice laid back doctor. He is always cheerful and seems to truly enjoy his patients. We are very lucky we found him even though we don't live in the Queen Anne neighborhood.
Swedish Patient

Spends very little time in room but very efficient. Gets done with what he needs to and leaves.
Swedish Patient

We adore Dr Starnes!
Swedish Patient

just didn't try to get to know us personally despite 2 visits. [...]
Swedish Patient

We did vaccinations at this last appointment. Dr Starnes talked us through each one in advance, which I greatly appreciated.
Swedish Patient

The only comment I have is that I don't think he understands how difficult breast feeding is, and even if I try to BF exclusively, I just don't have enough milk. It's not something that can be just fixed by a lactation consultant. That made me feel bad. That is the only thing I would say, otherwise he's great.
Swedish Patient