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Gender Clinic: When to Refer Your Patient

Please refer your patient to the Gender Clinic only if they are interested in gender-affirming medical care (puberty blockers, testosterone or estradiol). We see patients ages 9 through 16. The wait time for new patients is currently about six months.

  • If your patient is not interested in medical care or is outside these ages, please direct them instead to the community resources on our website. If they still have questions, they are welcome to contact our care navigators at 206-987-5768.
  • For patients who are interested in gender-affirming surgery only, please refer them directly to the Surgical Gender Affirmation Program for a consultation.
  • For patients with Kaiser insurance, we encourage them to seek care through Kaiser’s Transgender Service Program which offers services similar to ours.

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Mental Health: Class About Where to Find Mental Health for Parents and Caregivers

Next offered Oct. 19:

  • Seattle Children’s class, “Finding Mental Health Care in Washington State: A Class on Where to Start,” will be offered again on Oct. 19, 2022 (English only in October; classes in Spanish are being added).
  • No referral is needed. Parents and caregivers can register on the class website.
  • The class is free.
  • It will be offered virtually on Zoom and includes a question-and-answer session.
  • Families who cannot attend the live class have the option of watching a recording, found on the class website.


For More Information: Please direct interested families to the class website in English or the class website in Spanish.

CMEs, Events and Grand Rounds


  • Integrated Behavioral Health and Brief “FAST” Interventions in Pediatric Care (for Anxiety, Behavior, Depression, Parenting Teens, Safety and Trauma). November 3, 2022, 6 to 7:15 p.m. via Webex. Category 2 CME. Speakers: Nat Jungbluth, PhD, co-director of FAST Programs, PAL; Sophie King, Program Manager, SCH Clinically Integrated Network. Learn more. RSVP to physician.relations@seattlechildrens.org. Learn more

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Special Update: ED Overcrowding and Inpatient Census – Unprecedented Levels

From: Dr. Elaine Albert, Medical Director of Inpatient Access and Andrew Mullenix, Director of Patient Flow and Inpatient Access

  • Seattle Children’s Emergency Department (ED) has had a sustained census above 250% for multiple evenings this week.
  • Inpatient acute care census has been greater than 100% for several days.
  • Air quality is currently unhealthy for susceptible groups; we are seeing a significant increase in patients with respiratory distress.
  • We continue to run under a disaster incident command structure and contingency status for staffing and space.
  • It is imperative that providers manage patients in primary care whenever possible and appropriate. If sending patients to the ED, please always call our Communications Center first (206-987-8899).
  • Please advise families to expect longer than typical wait times at our ED and that we are triaging patients to see the sickest patients first.

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New Seattle Children’s Program Invests in Training and Mentoring Future Scientists to Expedite New Therapeutics for Pediatric Diseases

Seattle Children’s Research Institute is investing $45 million in the new Invent at Seattle Children’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program that will prepare scholars for careers in biotech or academia. The program will provide mentorship, education and financial support for 10 postdoctoral scholars per year to help them create new “discovered here” cellular, gene or protein therapeutics that ultimately advance to clinical trials for children. Seattle Children’s Foundation has pledged to raise an additional $10 million for the program.

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Special Update: Seattle Children’s Will Offer COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters to Children Ages 5 to 11 Beginning Monday, May 23, 2022

Effective Monday, May 23, 2022, Seattle Children’s will offer booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 mRNA vaccine under an Emergency Use Authorization to children ages 5 to 11 years. The booster dose can be received 5 months after the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

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Equity in Primary Care: A Q&A With Dr. Tumaini Coker, New Division Chief of General Pediatrics

Tumaini Coker, MD, MBA, took on a new role as Seattle Children’s division chief of general pediatrics in January 2021.

A lot of people don’t know exactly what Seattle Children’s General Pediatrics division is. Can you tell us about its purpose and makeup?

Dr. Tumaini Coker

Dr. Coker: We are a group of nearly 60 faculty in academic general pediatrics. We are clinicians, educators, researchers and advocates. Our faculty members practice primary care pediatrics and teach students and residents across multiple clinical sites, such as Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Harborview Pediatric Clinics and UW Neighborhood clinics, to name a few. Faculty investigators conduct research across a wide range of topics that impact child and family health and wellness, from autism, to concussion in young athletes, to environmental health. In addition to our clinical and research programs, we have multiple fellowship training programs, including our newest fellowship in Child Health Equity Research, and fellowships in pediatric injury research, health services and quality of care research, child abuse medicine and sports medicine. Read full post »

Find Clinical Trials at Seattle Children’s

Dozens of clinical trials are underway at Seattle Children’s at any given time. Find a list of trials and further details on our website. Research topics include ADHD, asthma, cancer, diabetes, migraines, early-onset scoliosis, weight management and many more. Read full post »

Connect With Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s welcomes your feedback, comments and questions. Please email us at DocFeedback@seattlechildrens.org to communicate directly with Children’s leadership.

Visit Seattle Children’s Resources for Healthcare Professionals.

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Your Physician Relations Team

Laurel Hopkins

Phone: 206-987-5031


Jen Mueller, PhD

Phone: 908-304-5748


Patti Kilburn

Phone: 206-987-6455


Kenton McAllister

Phone: 206-987-5221


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