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Advances in Treating Pediatric High-Risk Leukemia: A Q&A With Dr. Todd Cooper

 

Todd Michael Cooper, DO

Todd Michael Cooper, DO

Dr. Todd Cooper is Section Chief of Oncology, Director of the Pediatric Leukemia/Lymphoma Program and Co-Director of the High-Risk Leukemia Program at Seattle Children’s. The High-Risk Leukemia Program at Seattle Children’s started in 2018 under the leadership of Dr. Cooper and Dr. Marie Bleakley, Director of Cellular Therapy and Transplantation for Pediatric Leukemia at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

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Spotting Neonatal Cholestasis Early: A Q&A With Dr. Pamela Valentino

Dr. Pamela Valentino

Dr. Pamela Valentino

Dr. Valentino is Medical Director of the Liver Transplantation Program, and Liver & Intestinal Failure Clinical Center Director. She joined Seattle Children’s in March 2022.

Q: What is neonatal cholestasis and why is early detection important? 

Neonatal cholestasis is a condition that occurs in babies within the first few weeks of life where bile flow from the liver is disrupted. While neonatal jaundice is common, conjugated hyperbilirubinemia is infrequent but can indicate a severe underlying problem such as biliary atresia. A timely diagnosis helps us provide the surgical management that can prevent the need for liver transplantation. Unfortunately, we estimate that half or more of all babies in the PNW with cholestasis aren’t diagnosed in a timely manner. 

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Meet Dr. Andre Dick, Surgeon-in-Chief and Kidney Surgical Director

 

Dr. André Dick

Dr. André Dick is Seattle Children’s senior vice president and surgeon-in-chief and serves as surgical director of the pediatric kidney transplant program. Dr. Dick became Seattle Children’s interim senior vice president and surgeon-in-chief in May 2021, then assumed the role permanently in March 2022. He’s a transplant surgeon but also a natural leader with big goals to address social determinants of health and provide equitable access for all our patients. He strives to be a beacon for those who are underrepresented in surgical and leadership roles.

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Managing Epilepsy Through Diet: A Q&A With Dr. Jason Lockrow

Dr. Lockrow is a neurologist at Seattle Children’s and will be a presenter at the Epilepsy Symposium at Seattle Children’s on September 17, 2022.

Q: What is dietary therapy for epilepsy?

Epilepsy diets are medical treatment used to control seizures. Epilepsy diets are high in fat, adequate in protein and low in carbohydrates. There are many versions of epilepsy diets, though nearly all involve shifting the main source of energy for the brain away from carbohydrates and towards ketones mimicking the fasting metabolic response.

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Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH): Q&A With Dr. Patricia Y. Fechner

June Is Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) Month

Dr. Fechner is the medical director of the Seattle Children’s CAH Center of Excellence, a Level 1 Comprehensive Care Center for CAH designated by the CARES Foundation. She is also the Washington State Department of Health Newborn Screening Program pediatric endocrinology consultant.

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When and Why to Request an E-Consult With the Gender Clinic: A Q&A With Dr. Gina Sequeira

Gina Marie Sequeira, MD, MSSeattle Children’s Gender Clinic now offers an e-consult service that allows providers to submit nonurgent patient-specific questions via Epic and receive a response from a Gender Clinic provider within three days. There is no charge. Dr. Gina Sequeira answers questions about what kinds of questions PCPs are asking and how to use the service.

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Treatment for Eating Disorders: A Q&A and Case Study by Robyn Evans, ARNP

Robyn Evans, ARNP, is the lead nurse practitioner for Seattle Children’s Eating Disorders Clinic. She attended Yale University School of Nursing and has been at Seattle Children’s since 2013.

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A Hopeful Time for Kids With Sickle Cell Disease: A Q&A With Dr. M.A. Bender and Alix Dassler, ARNP

Dr. M.A. Bender, MD-PhD (goes by Bender) is director of the Sickle Cell Program at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC). Alix Dassler, ARNP, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with Seattle Children’s Sickle Cell Program and Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

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When to Be Concerned About Short Stature in Children: A Q&A With Dr. Lina Merjaneh

Dr. Merjaneh is a pediatric endocrinologist at Seattle Children’s and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington.

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A Conversation With Dr. Josiah Peñalver and Dr. Matthew Studer About Pediatric Chest Pain and COVID-19

We have been seeing an uptick in the number of youth coming to the Heart Center for chest pain over the last several months and more questions than usual about chest pain from PCPs. We asked Dr. Josiah Peñalver and Dr. Matthew Studer, pediatric cardiologists with the Seattle Children’s Heart Center, why more kids are experiencing chest pain lately and what information could be helpful for community providers who are seeing these patients in primary care. Here’s what they had to say:

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