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Benjamin M. Starnes, MD, FAAP

Languages: English
Professional Statement
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.
Mercer University School of Medicine
Medical School
Tulane University and Hospital
Professional Associations
American Academy of Pediatrics
Personal Interests
Writing, Tennis, Skiing, Traveling
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics
Clinical Interests
  • acne
  • adolescent medicine
  • asthma
  • attention deficit disorder
  • constipation
  • encopresis
  • lgbt health
  • newborn care
  • otitis
  • urinary tract infection
  • well child exam
Benjamin M Starnes
Benjamin Starnes, M.D.
Blog Posts
By: Benjamin M Starnes, MD, FAAP
Monday, January 23, 2017

As a self-proclaimed worry wart, I have a special place in my heart for the anxious child. These days the world can be scary and difficult to explain – i.e. lots to worry about! How can we help the child who seems to worry about anything and everything?

By: Benjamin M Starnes, MD, FAAP
Friday, 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.
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By: Benjamin M Starnes, MD, FAAP
Wednesday, 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....


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4.7 out of 5 (119 Ratings, 17 Comments)


Dr starnes is a real gift to the medicalworld! We feel so blessed that he can help my son with all of his medical concerns!

We love Dr. Starnes! We always refer him. Great listening, diagnosing, caring; knowledgeable & friendly. Thanks Dr. Starnes!

This appointment was very quick because we did not have questions. I think we were one of the last patients for Dr. Starnes and his day had been long.

Love Dr. Starnes. He's a very good balance of professional and personal. I have trust and confidence in him and his care, and feel comfortable and at ease in his presence. My child, sometimes nervous, always perks up to his warm and simple greeting, "Hello, my friend." --patient's mom

Seen Dr. Starnes for 15 months now for our baby. He has never tried to know us personally or tried to gauge our knowledge/educational level. I am a physician myself with internal medicine/family practice background and could relate and communicate better with him if he established a better relationship with us. Also, although he comes across as friendly and is not rude, i am not sure if he believes in using simple good communication gestures like shaking hands during greeting, etc. He is a fine clinician in my perspective but could use better communication and relationship building skills with his patients to get better recognition.

we love the entire team at Queen Anne. they got us in for a timely appointment about a time sensitive issue. easy peasy!

He's a fantastic Dr. We live about an hour away but like him so much we don't mind the commute.

Dr. Starnes is awesome!

Ben is an amazing/caring doctor for my daughter [...]

we love DR STARNES he is simply the best

Dr. Starnes is just a really easy person to be around and talk to which made it easy for my son to talk to him about really uncomfortable and scary subject matter.

We love Dr. Starnes he is the absolute BEST!

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

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

We LOVE Dr Starnes!

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.

Starnes and staff are awesome!
Swedish Queen Anne Primary Care
2211 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Affiliated Facilities
Swedish Cherry Hill
Swedish First Hill