Seattle Children's Provider News

Common Urology Questions: A Q&A With Dr. Nicolas Fernandez

Nicolas Fernandez

Dr. Nicolas Fernandez is a pediatric urologist. He joined Seattle Children’s in 2020. An artist also, he illustrated the images for this article.

Q: When does buried penis in an obese child require surgery?

Dr. Fernandez: This is a very interesting topic. Genital, and more specifically penile, appearance is very subjective and varies from culture to culture. There are three different types of buried penis, also known as hidden penis.

  1. Secondary to obesity
  2. Secondary to poor penile pubic and penoscrotal fixation of the skin
  3. Secondary to prior penile surgery that creates a trapped penis

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COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Update as of Feb. 3

Seattle Children’s is currently in Phase 1-A of vaccine distribution, priority group 2. This means Seattle Children’s active community medical staff are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Seattle Children’s. We will let you when the vaccine is available to a wider group of community providers. Please note that community providers who are part of another health system should expect to get their vaccine with their home system rather than Seattle Children’s. Read full post »

Returning to Two Caregivers Allowed in Inpatient Settings

To improve support for our patients and their families/caregivers, while ensuring the highest level of safety for everyone, starting Thursday, Jan. 28, Seattle Children’s began allowing up to two caregivers in inpatient settings. Previously the limit was one caregiver. In our outpatient settings, the caregiver limit remains one.

Please note:

  • Patients in single rooms can have up to two caregivers in their room around the clock.
  • Patients in double rooms can have up to two caregivers in their room during visiting hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and one caregiver overnight.
  • Patients in ambulatory, urgent care and surgical settings may have one caregiver with them.
  • Patients in the Emergency Department may have up to two caregivers with them.

New Division Chief Evelyn Hsu, MD, Brings Big Changes to Gastroenterology/Hepatology

Evelyn Hsu

Seattle Children’s is pleased to announce that Dr. Evelyn Hsu accepted the position of division chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, following a year as acting division chief and a very competitive national search. She also has served as program director of the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship and medical director for Liver Transplantation.

“I’m excited to join this group in an official capacity. My priority is to expand our staff and open up our services to care for more children in our region, while implementing a service model that allows us to scale up in size while continuing to provide excellent care.,” says Hsu. Read full post »

Anti-Racism Organizational Change and Accelerated Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan

To realize our vision of becoming an anti-racist and equitable health organization, Seattle Children’s has developed the Anti-Racism Organizational Change (AROC) and Accelerated Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Plan. This plan was designed with guidance and support from our workforce, patients and families, community, and trusted and expert leaders on anti-racism work, equity, inclusion and diversity. Read full post »

Adolescent Vaccinations Plummeted In 2020: How You Can Help Improve Rates in 2021

Washington state’s vaccination rates in 2020 fell an alarming 37% for 11- and 12-year-olds and 35% for 13- to 17-year-olds. It is more important than ever to ensure youth are receiving the preventive care they need.

Clinics in King County are invited to boost their vaccination rates by participating in the WA-CHIP learning collaborative. Over a nine-month period, starting in March 2021, clinics will identify opportunities to increase adolescent vaccinations, implement improvements, receive regular data and coaching and participate in a community of clinics working toward the same goals. Read full post »

ER. vs. Urgent Care

Seattle Children’s has posted information on our website and created handouts in English, Spanish and Arabic to help families and their providers know when Urgent Care or the Emergency Department is the best choice for a child in need of medical attention. Please help us share this information so children receive they care they need when they need it. Read full post »

CMEs and Conferences: February 2021

Practical Pediatrics: Improving Pediatric Practice (Category 1)

Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (virtual)

Register now.

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Grand Rounds: February 2021

Provider Grand Rounds

View full schedule and Webex/dial-in information. Topics and speakers may change. Call 206-987-5379 for updates or check our calendar online.

Feb. 4: SCD/Arginine Story. Klavano Holistic Care Lecture. Claudia R. Morris, MD, FAAP,
Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine; The Wilbur Fisk Glenn Jr. Distinguished Faculty Chair for Clinical and Translational Research; Research Director, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Emory University School of Medicine. Read full post »

New Medical Staff: February 2021

Medical Providers

  • Brian Ahuja, MD, Real Time Neuromonitoring Associates, Neurology
  • Sarah Atkinson, MD, VA Puget Sound Medical Center, Neurology
  • Lyubomyr Bohuta, MD, PhD, Seattle Children’s, Cardiac Surgery
  • Jonathan Chen, MD, Real Time Neuromonitoring Associates, Neurology
  • Vivian Hoang, MD, Seattle Children’s, Neurology
  • Valerie Olson, MD, PhD, VA Puget Sound Medical Center, Neurology
  • Daniel Vitantonio, MD, Seattle Children’s, Neurology

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