Seattle Children's Provider News

Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s Contributes to FDA Approval of CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy for Adults

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Bristol Myers Squibb’s Breyanzi, a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy used to treat adults with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma who have not responded to or who have relapsed after standard treatments.

The approval was supported by research at Seattle Children’s, including the CAR T-cell product, patient product manufacturing for Juno Therapeutics’ TRANSCEND trial and data from the Pediatric Leukemia Adoptive Therapy (PLAT-02) clinical trial.

Read more: “Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s Contributes to FDA Approval of CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Treatment for Adults with Relapsed or Refractory Large B-Cell Lymphoma,” in On the Pulse, Feb. 8, 2021.

Grand Rounds: March 2021

Provider Grand Roundsfull schedule and Webex/dial-in information

March 4: Pets as Pests. Margaret Fisher, MD, Medical Director, Unterberg Children’s Hospital Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Monmouth Medical Center.

March 11: Not Your Routine Vaccines, Not Your Routine Circumstances: Promoting COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in These Extraordinary Times. Shaquita Bell, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics, UW; Medical Director, Center for Diversity and Health Equity, Seattle Children’s. Douglas Opel, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics; Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington School of Medicine, Director of Clinical Ethics; Vice-Chair, Ethics Committee, Seattle Children’s. Read full post »

New Medical Staff: March 2021

Medical Providers

  • Chuong Le, MD, Seattle Children’s, Neurology
  • Michele Lee, MD, Seattle Children’s, Ophthalmology
  • Timothy Lord, MD, Seattle Children’s, General Anesthesia
  • Michelle Mora, DO, Seattle Children’s, Neurology
  • John Parker, MD, Seattle Children’s, Neurology
  • Michael Pickens, DO, Seattle Children’s, Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Douglas Porter, MD, Seattle Children’s, Neurology
  • Greg Schaublin, MD, Seattle Children’s, Neurology
  • Romina Shirka, DO, Seattle Children’s, Neurology

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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 »