Benjamin M. Starnes, MD FAAP is the Executive Medical Director of Pediatrics for Swedish Health Services. Dr. Starnes has been with Swedish for over fourteen years during which time he built a thriving practice at Swedish Queen Anne Primary Care. He is originally from Georgia, attended Mercer University School of Medicine and completed his Pediatric residency at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Starnes is passionate about creating a seamless experience for parents and children as they navigate the complexities of healthcare. As the Executive Medical Director, he enjoys working with pediatric providers, specialists, and hospitalists to maintain the highest quality care while providing exceptional and personable pediatric care from birth through adolescence. While in the clinic, Dr. Starnes takes a ‘kid friendly’ approach to medical care. Some areas of interest include 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, and Well Child Care. Outside of work, Dr. Starnes enjoys hiking, playing tennis, woodworking, and spending quality time with friends and family on Whidbey Island.