Seattle Children's Provider News

How to Best Care for Transgender Youth

A Q&A with Dr. David Inwards-Breland

Transgender youth have unique medical needs. Finding appropriate care for these patients, and their families, can be challenging.

Seattle Children’s offers the only multidisciplinary clinic in our region for youth who are transgender or gender-nonconforming. Because demand for these services is high, patients are not always able to get scheduled at the Gender Clinic as quickly as they might like.

Dr. David Inwards-Breland, medical director of the Gender Clinic, offers the following advice to providers caring for transgender or gender-nonconforming patients who may be waiting to see a specialist at Children’s. Read full post »

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 www.instituteforphysicianwellness.com.  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

Supporting Children With Autism Who Will Not Eat

A Q&A With Dr. Danielle Dolezal

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Danielle Dolezal

There are few challenges that generate as much concern and frustration for parents as feeding issues. Unfortunately, for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), these problems are quite common. Clinical research suggests 46% to 89% of all children with ASD struggle with feeding problems.

While patients may benefit from a referral to the Pediatric Feeding Program at Seattle Children’s Autism Center, qualified specialists are not always immediately available. In the meantime, Dr. Danielle Dolezal, clinical supervisor of the Pediatric Feeding Program, offers the following advice to primary care providers who want to help waiting families. Read full post »

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:

New Medical Staff

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New Medical Providers

  • Saif Aljabab, MB BS, University of Washington, Blood Disorders
  • Mildred Bay, MD, Ballard Pediatric Clinic, Inc, PS, General Pediatrics
  • Robyn Brand, MD, Harbor Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • Chelsea Davis, MD, Seattle Children’s, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
  • Elizabeth Flanigan, MD, MPH, University of Washington, Neonatology
  • Richard Gurich, MD, University of Washington, Orthopedics
  • Jennifer Hartz, MD, Harbor Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • Adam Lamble, MD, Seattle Children’s, Blood Disorders
  • Melanie Lang, MD, DDS, Harborview Medical Center, Dentistry
  • Krysten North, MD, MPH, University of Washington, Neonatology
  • Gabriel Pavey, MD, University of Washington, Orthopedics
  • Fateema Rose, MD, MS, Seattle Children’s, Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Jolene Rudell, MD, PhD, Harborview Medical Center, Ophthalmology
  • Dennis Ruggerie, DO, Great Falls Clinic – Main Facility, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
  • Kathryn Shaw, MD, University of Washington, Transplant Center
  • Louay Toni, MD, Seattle Children’s Tri-Cities Clinic, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

Allied Health Professionals

  • Kathleen Hennings, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department
  • Melinda Kratzig, ARNP, DNP, Seattle Children’s, Surgery
  • Allison Comick, ARNP, MPH, Seattle Children’s, Surgery
  • Kendra Lindeman, DNP, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Emergency Department
  • Kaitlin Hoban, DNP, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Surgery
  • Jane Slater, DNP, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Neonatology
  • Adrienne Ortman, PA-C, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Blood Disorders
  • Kari Robertson, PA-C, Seattle Children’s, Orthopedics
  • Alphonzo Flying Cloud, PA-C, Seattle Children’s, Orthopedics

Tips for Treating Constipation and Incontinence

A Q&A With Dr. Lusine Ambartsumyan

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Lusine Ambartsumyan

Constipation is a common condition among children and adolescents that can often be easily resolved. But when it goes untreated, constipation can lead to much more serious issues such as fecal incontinence.

Dr. Lusine Ambartsumyan is just one of Seattle Children’s gastroenterology specialists partnering with primary care physicians to offer patients the best treatment available. She has offered the following advice to providers treating constipation and incontinence in children and adolescents. Read full post »