Seattle Children's Provider News

New Medical Staff – December 2018

Medical Providers

  • Sara Beste, MD, MPH, Seattle Children’s, Emergency
  • Ara Greer, DDS, PhD, Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Dentistry
  • James Hulse, MD, Seattle Children’s Tri-Cities Clinic, Cardiology
  • Valori Neiger, MS, BCBA, Seattle Children’s, Psychology
  • Rebecca Stark, MD, Seattle Children’s, Surgery
  • Monica Thakar, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Hematology-Oncology
  • Ajla Wasti, MB BS, Seattle Children’s, Hematology-Oncology

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Identifying Fatty Liver Disease

A Q&A With Dr. Niviann Blondet

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) – the accumulation of fat in the liver – is the most common liver disorder in the United States, affecting approximately 10% of children. Although incidence is increasing, this condition is uniquely difficult to diagnose.

To address this issue, Seattle Children’s has opened a new Fatty Liver Clinic to treat patients with a multidisciplinary approach.

“We estimate about 10 million children have fatty liver disease, but there’s a large population that goes undiagnosed,” said Dr. Niviann Blondet, a gastroenterologist at Children’s. “It’s not until they develop cirrhosis that they seek medical attention.”

Dr. Blondet offers the following information to providers in hopes that patients might be diagnosed sooner and treated more effectively.

What are the risk factors of NAFLD?

Obesity is the most significant risk factor. There is a direct correlation between NAFLD and body mass index (BMI). However, the disease can occur in children within a normal weight range.

The prevalence of NAFLD increases throughout childhood, possibly because BMI increases with age in children.

Studies have also shown an association with insulin resistance. NAFLD increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and may worsen glycemic control in children with diabetes and contribute to the development and progression of chronic diabetic complications.

Gender can also be a contributing factor. NAFLD is approximately 40% more common in boys than girls. Read full post »

Upcoming CME Events in Tri-Cities, Everett

On December 7, 2017 Dr. Kathleen Kieran will be presenting on “Top 5 Questions I Get From PCP’s” in the Tri-Cities. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison, Kenton McAllister at

On December 12, 2017 Dr. Niviann Blondet will be presenting on “Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease” in Everett. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison, Jen Mueller at


New Medical Staff

Medical Providers

  • Alali Abdulaziz, MB BS, PhD, Harborview Medical Center, Neurosurgery
  • Dupuis Daniel, DDS, MSD, Northwest Pediatric Dentistry, Dentistry
  • McCabe Liana, MD, Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center, Pediatrics

Allied Health Professionals

  • Carl Anderson, ARNP, DNP, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department
  • Susanna Fenstermacher, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department
  • Tera Johnson, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department
  • Michelle Murphy, ARNP, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
  • Misty Smith, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Neonatology
  • Candy Yu, ARNP, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

New Medical Staff

Medical Providers

  • Martin Bomalaski, MD, University of Washington, Rehabilitation
  • Andrea Burke, DMD, MD, Harborview Medical Center, Oral Surgery
  • Jesse Costales, MD, Seattle Children’s, Psychiatry
  • Polina Frolova Gregory, DO, MS, Seattle Children’s, Hematology-Oncology
  • Sriharsha Grevich, MD, MAS, Seattle Children’s, Rheumatology
  • Ezekiel Maloney, MD, Seattle Children’s, Radiology
  • Vishal Nigam, MD, Seattle Children’s, Cardiology
  • Javid Osafi, DMD, Kid’s Choice Dental, Dentistry
  • Alissa Roberts, MD, Seattle Children’s, Endocrinology
  • Nefthi Sandeep, MD, Northwest Congenital Heart Care, Cardiology
  • Tyler Sasser, PhD, Seattle Children’s, Psychology
  • Nora Silverman, MD, PhD, Harborview Medical Center, Ophthalmology

Allied Health Professionals

  • Melissa Lo, ARNP, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Hematology-Oncology
  • Hannah Smith, ARNP, DNP, Seattle Children’s, Infectious Disease
  • Sara Twardowski, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Psychiatry

Seattle Children’s Provides Influenza Vaccinations to Patients

Seattle Children’s is providing influenza vaccinations to inpatients and outpatients. Patients will be screened for eligibility. Seattle Children’s will also offer the vaccination to Emergency Department (ED) and Urgent Care patients. All vaccinations given to children are documented in the Child Profile Immunization Registry.

Seattle Children’s efforts to vaccinate patients are in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase access to the vaccine in healthcare settings.

For questions about flu vaccinations at Children’s, email Dr. Matthew Kronman, infectious diseases specialist. Read full post »

Attend Gottman Marriage Workshop for CME Credit

A marriage workshop by John Gottman is being offered exclusively to physicians and their partners/spouses. WSMA has awarded up to 12.75 hours CME.

What: The Art and Science of Love; a workshop for couples. Communication skills will be taught to physicians.

When: November 3-4, 2017

Where: Talaris Conference Center, Seattle Children’s

For more information please visit  Read full post »

Vote in 2017 AAP Election

The Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (WCAAP) is encouraging providers to vote in the 2017 national AAP election for president-elect. Voting will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 15. WCAAP has published the following:

The AAP president helps focus the academy on critical issues including, most recently, combating childhood poverty, ensuring children access to health care and coverage, and protecting the rights and health of immigrant children.

Please help choose the next president-elect who will serve as the 2019 AAP president: Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP or Michael A. Weiss, DO, FAAP. We are excited that both candidates hail from the West Coast, and Dr. Yasuda is from our own Washington State. Read full post »

New Medical Staff

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Medical Providers

  • Diane Bartels, MD, Harbor Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • Jennifer Bauer, MD, MS, Seattle Children’s, Orthopedics
  • Todd Blumberg, MD, Seattle Children’s, Orthopedics
  • Timothy Cheng, MD, Seattle Children’s, Anesthesiology
  • Pattaraporn Chun, MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Neonatology
  • David de Give, MD, Richmond Pediatric Clinic, General Pediatrics
  • Amber Franz, MD, Seattle Children’s, Anesthesiology
  • Gillian Grijalva, MD, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department
  • Genesis Han, MD, Allegro Pediatrics – Bellevue, General Pediatrics
  • Elizabeth Hansen, MD, PhD, Seattle Children’s, Anesthesiology
  • Jason Hauptman, MD, PhD, Seattle Children’s, Neurosurgery
  • Thomas Herron, MD, Harbor Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • Andrea Hoopes, MD, MPH, Kaiser Permanente – Tacoma South, Adolescent Medicine
  • Lacy Irwin, MD, Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital, Hospitalist Service
  • Jennifer Lee, DO, Harbor Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • Denise Michaelsen, MD, Harbor Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • Sabareesh Natarajan, MD, Seattle Children’s, Neurosurgery
  • Emily Read, MD, MSc, Allegro Pediatrics – Bellevue, General Pediatrics
  • Eric Seymour, MD, MPH, University of Washington, Neonatology
  • Caitlin Smith, MD, Seattle Children’s, Surgery
  • Zachary Steinberg, MD, University of Washington, Heart Center
  • Hiromi Yoshida, MD, MBA, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department
  • Daniel Yu, MD, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department

Allied Health Professionals

  • Lisa Biltz, CRNA, Seattle Children’s, Anesthesiology
  • Vanessa Martin, ARNP, Harbor Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • Katherine Schwartz, ARNP, Harbor Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • Dayna Seguin, CRNA, Seattle Children’s, Anesthesiology
  • Emily Watson, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Neonatology

New Psychosocial Risk Section added to Seattle Children’s Discharge Summary

Community providers have asked that psychosocial risk factors in Seattle Children’s Hospital patients be better identified in patient records.

In response, and in the spirit of continuous process improvement, Seattle Children’s Hospital has added a new ‘psychosocial risk’ section to the standard inpatient discharge summary.

Here is an example to demonstrate what the new Psychosocial Risk section will look like: