Seattle Children's Provider News

New Medical Staff – June 2018

Medical Providers

  • Amy Grimm, MD, Allegro Pediatrics – Pine Lake, Pediatrics
  • Nathan Millard, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hematology-Oncology
  • Robert Miller, DO, Seattle Children’s, Developmental Medicine

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How to Talk About Firearm Safety

A Q&A With Drs. Mark Del Beccaro and Fred Rivara

A child or teen is killed by a firearm every nine days in Washington, and firearms are the third leading cause of injury-related death in our state behind poisoning and falls – and ahead of motor vehicle crashes. In 2016, 3,155 children and teens in the United States died of firearm-related causes.

Most of these shootings occur in or around the home. One out of every three homes with children in the United States has a firearm. Many of these firearms are kept unlocked or loaded.

Children and teens are at the greatest risk of unintentional death, injury and suicide by firearm. Young children are naturally curious. They explore in drawers, cabinets and closets. Some older children and teens view firearms as signs of power. Others struggle with depression and thoughts of self-harm and live in households where firearms may be accessible.

Physicians may not always feel comfortable screening for the presence of firearms in the homes of caregivers or places where the child visits due to lack of training and perceived parent discomfort when discussing the subject.

A 2016 study found that fewer than 15% of physicians regularly ask caregivers screening questions about firearm safety. Yet, with national attention on recent school shootings, ongoing political dialogue and the opportunity to protect families with safe storage, pediatrician interest in discuss the subject with families may be changing. Read full post »

Congratulations to Seattle Magazine’s 2018 Top Doctors!

The following Seattle Children’s medical staff were recognized in Seattle Magazine’s Top Doctors list for 2018.

  • Cora Breuner, MD, MPH
  • Ann Giesel, MD
  • Margaret Adam, MD
  • Heather Brandling-Bennett, MD
  • Robert Sidbury, MD, MPH
  • Daniel Doherty, MD
  • William Walker Jr, MD
  • Samuel Zinner, MD
  • Dennis Shaw, MD
  • Catherine Pihoker, MD
  • Craig Taplin, MD
  • Russell Geyer, MD
  • Douglas Hawkins, MD
  • Dana Matthews, MD
  • Julie Park, MD
  • Karen Murray, MD
  • David Suskind, MD
  • Ghassan Wahbeh, MD
  • Yuk Ming Law, MD
  • Mark Lewin, MD
  • Jack Salerno, MD
  • Douglas Hanel, MD
  • Sherilyn Smith, MD
  • Danielle Zerr, MD, MPH
  • Joseph Flynn, MD, MS
  • Jodi Smith, MD, MPH
  • Richard Ellenbogen, MD
  • Jeffrey Ojemann, MD
  • Catherine Amlie-Lefond, MD
  • Edward Novotny, MD
  • Russell Saneto, DO, PhD
  • Avery Weiss, MD
  • Sanjay Parikh, MD
  • Kathleen Sie, MD
  • Raj Kapur, MD
  • Benjamin Danielson, MD
  • Susan Apkon, MD
  • Teresa Massagli, MD
  • Richard Hopper, MD
  • Ray Hsiao, MD
  • Hower Kwon, MD
  • Carol Rockhill, MD, PhD
  • Ronald Gibson, MD, PhD
  • Gregory Redding, MD
  • Amanda Striegl, MD
  • Anne Stevens, MD, PhD
  • Jorge Reyes, MD
  • Jeffrey Avansino, MD, MBA
  • Patrick Javid, MD
  • Robert Sawin, MD
  • John Waldhausen, MD
  • Thomas Lendvay, MD
  • Paul Merguerian, MD, MS

 

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Seattle Children’s Creates New Bladder Exstrophy Pathway

A new Bladder Exstrophy pathway has been created to optimize prenatal and neonatal care, standardize surgical approach, streamline inpatient stays, improve coordination between specialties and offer increased support and education to families. The pathway went live May 22.

Pathway Highlights:

  • Updated patient education documents explaining this rare condition and the Seattle Children’s Hospital pathway for management
  • Recommendations for prenatal counseling and postnatal care including resources for outside providers to access immediately after birth and diagnosis
  • Standardization of timeline and goals for neonatal, pre-operative and post-operative care at Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Targeted antibiotic approach before, during and after surgical repair
  • Optimization of surgical repair including age for surgery, surgical approach, fluid management, transfusion guideline and pain control options

For more information, reference the Bladder Exstrophy pathway page. For questions or concerns, contact the pathway team: BladderExstrophy@seattlechildrens.org. Read full post »

CME Events – June 2018

The following CME Events are being held this month:

On June 6, Dr. Gary Stobbe and James Mancini will be presenting on “Patients with Autism Spectrum” in the Tri-Cities. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Kenton McAllister at Kenton.McAllister@seattlechildrens.org.

On June 13, Dr. David Inwards-Breland and Julia Crouch will be presenting on “Caring for Transgender Youth” in Everett. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Jen Mueller at Jen.Mueller@seattlechildrens.org.

Caring for Patients and Families During Ramadan

Ramadan is right around the corner and Seattle Children’s would like to share some considerations to keep in mind for your Muslim patients and families.

Ramadan this year will begin on Tuesday, May 15, and will last for 30 days. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a time of fasting, special prayer, worship and contemplation. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and a major part of Ramadan. Muslims abstain from food, fluids and smoking from sunrise to sundown during this holy month.

There are physiological changes that occur during Ramadan due to fasting and it is important to keep this in mind while caring for Muslim patients and families. If you are a provider, please consider discussing medication and meal management with your patients who plan to fast. A plan to manage dehydration and headaches is beneficial. It is widely believed within the Islamic faith that fasting should only be attempted by those who are mentally and physically able to do so.

Exemptions are made for pregnant women, nursing mothers, those traveling long distances and any individuals whose mental or physical condition could be adversely affected due to dehydration or lack of medication.

When it comes to scheduling, please keep in mind that there may be some parents fasting who will need to break the fast at sunset.

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Talking to Teens About Intimacy

Seattle Children’s adolescent medicine specialist Dr. Yolanda Evans writes about important conversations parents should have with their teens about intimacy:

Parents often ask me for advice regarding sex and reproductive health. Many times this involves speaking with me separately from their teen and informing me they found a condom in a pocket or their teen has been in a long term relationship and they think they may be sexually active. Most parents are worried about pregnancy, some are concerned about sexually transmitted infections. For all, I also bring up some topics that aren’t always as obvious, but are just as important. In this post, we’ll discuss important conversations to have with teens about sex and relationships in addition preventing pregnancy and STD’s.

With the #metoo movement that is sweeping social media and the convictions of sexual assault by prominent men in Hollywood, the medical community, and other areas, people who have experienced sexual harassment and assault are beginning to have a voice. Unwanted sexual contact by anyone (regardless of gender) is criminal. Unfortunately, our culture is full of examples where (mainly) female bodies are objectified as sexual objects in movies, commercials, music lyrics, and music videos. The message this sends to youth (and adults) is that the body of whomever we’re attracted to is there for our pleasure. It also sends a message that those who experience harassment and/or assault are at fault or should keep quiet. This needs to change!

Read more on Seattle Children’s blog Teenology 101. Read full post »

Bike Safety Tips From Seattle Children’s

Dr. Cora Breuner, a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at Seattle Children’s, separates facts from fiction when it comes to bike safety, and shares tips from the dynamic perspective of a provider, educator and parent.

Read more on Seattle Children’s blog On the Pulse.

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Online Scheduling Available for Seattle Children’s Urgent Care

Seattle Children’s is now offering same-day appointment scheduling online and by phone (206-987-2211) for our urgent care locations in Bellevue, Federal Way, Mill Creek and Seattle.

Limited walk-in appointments are also available. If families do not schedule in advance, and we do not have appointments when they arrive, we will do our best to provide them with information about other locations that can care for their child.

Families should arrive 15 minutes before their appointment time to check in. If families are more than 15 minutes late for their appointment, we may need to reschedule.

Additionally, Children’s Urgent Care clinics no longer offer unique holiday hours. Our Urgent Care locations are open seven days a week, including holidays. Our regular hours, including holidays, are:

  • Weekdays: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Weekends: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Mental Wellness Fair Coming May 3

Seattle Children’s and Chad’s Legacy Project invite you to our annual Mental Wellness Fair to tackle the stigma of mental health and learn about the importance of mental wellness. Join us for live music, art, free resources, light refreshments and activities for all ages.

Meet experts and get information on a variety of topics from organizations including the Center for Children with Special Needs, Community for Youth, Core Power Yoga, Guided Pathways, Head Start, Youthcare and more!

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Ocean Cafeteria (Level 7), WA, 98115
Contact: For more information, contact Anna Voelpel at anna.voelpel@seattlechildrens.org or view the flyer.

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