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Here’s one for the irony files: Dr. Linda J. Quan, one of the industry’s leading drowning prevention advocates and researchers for the past 30 years, was raised by nonswimming parents who were afraid to go in water above their knees.

“I first became interested after I treated a 3-year-old patient who suffered a near-drowning in an apartment swimming pool, which led to a cardiac arrest. This patient managed to survive through resuscitation,” says Quan, a Seattle pediatrician also board-certified in emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.

Since joining the staff of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center more than 30 years ago, Quan has become a leading researcher on urvivors of drowning incidents and effective methods of prevention.

She has received grants from the CDC, Emergency Medical Services for Children and private foundations. Her work has been published in respected journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association; Pediatrics; Injury Prevention Journal; and Annals of Emergency Medicine.

“Our research team has focused on open water drowning and drowning prevention, and one of my goals is to help fill in the missing evidence that proves what education and protocols work to help prevent drowning,” Quan says.

She and her own children swim, and she continues to devote significant time and energy to research that is helping to advance aquatics safety.

“My hope is that eventually we can develop a set of national standard water safety guidelines for families that address costal waters, lakes and rivers,” Quan says.