Seattle Children's Provider News

Advice on Diagnosing Plagiocephaly

A Q&A With Dr. Michael Cunningham

Positional plagiocephaly, also known as deformational plagiocephaly or nonsynostotic plagiocephaly, is a condition in which an infant develops a flat spot on the back or side of their head.

While this condition is common and arguably harmless, it can be challenging to differentiate it from the more detrimental condition craniosynostosis.

Additionally, recent research has led to some misunderstanding regarding the correlation between plagiocephaly and developmental issues.

Provider News spoke with Dr. Michael Cunningham, medical director of Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center to gather information for providers diagnosing plagiocephaly and counseling families on this condition.  Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Announces New Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic to Better Serve the Needs of the Community

Seattle Children’s will be opening a new Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) adjacent to the Othello Link light rail station in the Rainier Valley. OBCC is a community clinic that provides medical, dental, mental health and nutrition services to all families, regardless of their ability to pay. OBCC has been committed to delivering equitable health and wellness care to lower-income and ethnically diverse children for nearly half a century. The clinic will be approximately 35,000 square feet to meet the wellness needs of the growing pediatric population in south Seattle and south King County.

With surging rents and rising housing prices leading to gentrification around Seattle’s urban core, the second location will be closer to the 75 percent of OBCC patient families who have moved from the Central District to south Seattle and south King County for more affordable housing.

The original OBCC, located in the Central District, will be renovated to upgrade its clinical facilities and maintain its cultural heritage in the community. The clinic will continue to serve families in the Central District and adjacent neighborhoods, as well as communities to the north and west. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s North Clinic Opens August 15 in Everett

Located on the Providence Everett Colby campus, our new North Clinic will offer more than 18 pediatric specialties, including many that are new to the area. The clinic will also provide lab services, urgent care and radiology.

North Clinic features all the leading technology you expect from Seattle Children’s. We’re dedicated to partnering with you and
providing expert pediatric specialty care to families in north King, Snohomish, Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

Seattle Children’s North replaces our Mill Creek and Everett clinics, which will close as of Aug. 10.

Services We Will Offer:

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Audiology
  • Cardiology (including fetal and pediatric echo)
  • Child Wellness Clinic
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology/Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Genetics
  • Lab
  • Nephrology
  • Neurodevelopmental
  • Neurology (including EEG)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pulmonology and Sleep
  • Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Telemedicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Urology

Join Us at Seattle Children’s North Clinic Open House

Come visit Seattle Children’s new North Clinic in Everett during our Community Provider Open House Aug. 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Meet Children’s leaders and the providers who will be offering care in your neighborhood.

Tour the facility and learn more about our expanded pediatric services.

Heavy appetizers and drinks will be served.

RSVP by July 30 to Physician Relations at (206) 987-5765 or

Seattle Children’s North Clinic is located at 1815 13th St. in Everett, WA.

Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center Lab Blood Draw Hours to Change

Starting August 15, Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center Lab will have new hours for blood draws:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and holidays

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New Medical Staff – August 2018

Medical Providers

  • Shirali Agarwal, MB BS, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Hematology-Oncology
  • Claudia Berrondo, MD, Seattle Children’s, Urology
  • Katie Carlberg, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hematology-Oncology
  • Daniel Carr, DO, Harborview Medical Center, Neurosurgery
  • Kelly Dundon, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hospital Medicine
  • Meenakshi Dutta, MD, University of Washington, Neonatology
  • Rana Farhadi, MD, University of Washington, Plastic Surgery
  • Matthew Graves, MD, Seattle Children’s, Emergency
  • Whitney Harrington, MD, PhD, Seattle Children’s, Infectious Disease
  • Raquel Hernandez, DO, Seattle Children’s, General Anesthesia
  • Melissa Hewson, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hospital Medicine
  • Allison Kaeding, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hematology-Oncology
  • Ashley Keilman, MD, Seattle Children’s, Emergency
  • Todd Koffler, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hospital Medicine
  • Michael Kwon, MD, Seattle Children’s, Cardiac Surgery
  • Michael Moore, MD, MS, Harborview Medical Center, Neurosurgery
  • Peter Morgenstern, MD, Seattle Children’s, Neurosurgery
  • Chikara Ogimi, MD, Seattle Children’s, Infectious Disease
  • Vera Paulson, MD, PhD, Seattle Children’s, Pathology
  • Weston Powell, MD, PhD, Seattle Children’s, Hospital Medicine
  • Chad Purnell, MD, Seattle Children’s, Plastic Surgery
  • Ravi Ramasamy, MD, Seattle Children’s, Psychiatry
  • Kimberly Sawyer, MD, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Bioethics
  • Megan Struthers, MD, University Place Pediatrics, Pediatrics
  • Ariel Tyring, MD, University of Washington, Ophthalmology
  • Tiana Won, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hospital Medicine

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Register for Upcoming Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Courses

To see all course information and upcoming dates visit:

Providers seeking the full course training may appreciate the one day PALS Provider Course for Physicians and Advanced Practitioners offered September 8, 2018. Providers seeking flexible time may choose HeartCode PALS On-Line Part 1 and In-class Part 2, offered September 6 or 8, 2018.

The official American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) curriculum includes:

  • Video and PALS Instructor-led science, resuscitation skills and case scenario simulation
  • Skills test with team approach in cardiac, respiratory and shock case scenarios
  • Written exam in class for Provider and Renewal Courses. On-line for HeartCode PALS Part 1
  • HeartCode PALS, Part 1 online learning and Part 2 in-class skills test, for either initial PALS certification or renewal
  • PALS Provider certification eCard issued upon successful completion of objectives

At completion of the PALS Provider, HeartCode and Renewal Courses, the participants will:

  • Evaluate, identify and intervene for respiratory failure, cardiac dysrhythmia, and shock states in infants and children
  • Demonstrate effective communication in resuscitation team approach as team leader and team member
  • Perform correct techniques in basic life support, airway maintenance, vascular access, and cardiac electric and pharmacologic therapy

New Medical Staff – July 2018

Medical Providers

  • Michelle Ost, MD, University Place Pediatrics, Pediatrics
  • Belinda Rone, MD, University Place Pediatrics, Pediatrics
  • Namita Singh, MD, Seattle Children’s, Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Maria Teresa de la Morena, MD, Seattle Children’s, Immunology
  • Bruce Davies, MD, University Place Pediatrics, Pediatrics
  • John Dahl, MD, PhD, MBA, Seattle Children’s, Otolaryngology
  • Jessica Peterson, PhD, Seattle Children’s, Psychology

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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 »