Seattle Children's Provider News

Ongoing Research: Examining the Link Between a Baby’s Microbiome and Developing Immune System

Scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are looking for new clues in an important indicator of overall infant health — a baby’s developing immune system and microbiome.

Ongoing research not only examines how an infant’s microbiome can evolve to help protect against HIV infection but also what factors, such as diet, alter an infant’s susceptibility when exposed to HIV through their mother’s breast milk. Read more about the research being conducted by Dr. Heather Jaspan of Seattle Children’s Center for Global Infectious Disease Research.

PAL Expands Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare to Alaska

Seattle Children’s Partnership Access Line (PAL) program has expanded to serve Alaska.

The new service, PAL-Pediatric Alaska (PAL-PAK), offers immediate support to pediatric care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) throughout Alaska who have questions about child and adolescent mental healthcare, such as diagnostic clarification, medication adjustment or treatment planning.

Consultations can be patient specific or can be general questions related to child psychiatry. The phone consultation is covered by HIPAA, section 45 CFR 164.506; no additional release of patient information is required to consult by phone.

There is no charge to primary care providers for calling the consultation line; the consultation service is state and federal HRSA* grant funded. Providers may call for assistance with any patient, regardless of the patient’s insurance type.

Please call 855-599-7257 (toll free), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alaska Time, to be directly connected to a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

*HRSA disclaimer: This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,215,029 with 20% financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. government. For more information, please visit

New Referral Information for Autism Center

In response to growing demand for services, our Autism Center has created a new page to help providers understand and use the Autism Center’s referral process. The webpage contains the forms and fax numbers needed to make a referral and helps providers understand what their patients can expect once their referral is submitted. It also links to helpful resources families can access while they wait for their first appointment.

Families who are referred to the Autism Center receive a call when an appointment becomes available. Families are also welcome to ask to be placed on our cancelation list to help them get in sooner. We recently created this 2-minute, “What to Expect” video for the Autism Center that providers are welcome to view and share with their patients.

If you have questions, call the Autism Center. Or you are always welcome to call the hospital’s provider-to-provider line at 206-987-7777 or 877-985-4637 (toll free) for any reason or for a consultation.

Register Today for 15th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference

The Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics will host the 15th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference July 19 to 20, at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. This year’s theme is “Defining Moments in Pediatric Bioethics: Future Insights From Past Controversies.” Join a distinguished group of bioethicists for challenging and illuminating presentations and discussions exploring the complex questions this topic raises. Abstracts must be submitted by May 10 and early registration pricing ends June 14. To learn more and to register, visit the Pediatric Bioethics Conference website.

Grand Rounds April 2019

Seattle Children’s holds Grand Rounds every Thursday in the hospital’s Wright Auditorium from 8 to 9 a.m. Area providers are welcome to attend.

The month ahead:

  • April 4, 2019: The Impact of Childhood Chronic Diseases on Skeletal Development: A Life Course Perspective (Resident/Fellow Research Day)

Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE – Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Professor of Medicine (Nephrology); Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology); Chair of Pediatrics, Stanford

  • April 11, 2019: High Maintenance?! Nephrological Thoughts About the Tonicity of Intravenous Fluids

Jens Goebel, MD – Professor, Pediatrics-Nephrology, University of Colorado

  • April 18, 2019: Is My Daughter a Virgin? An Ethical Analysis of a Loaded Question (Sconyers/Godfrey Ethics Lecture)

Dena Davis, JD, PhD – Professor, Bioethics; Presidential Endowed Chair in Health, Lehigh University. Case Presentation: Doug Diekema, MD, MPH; Professor, Bioethics; Professor, Emergency Medicine, Seattle Children’s. Moderator: Doug Opel, MD, MPH; Associate Professor, Division of Bioethics Department of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Read full post »

Video Education

Seattle Children’s videos are produced for informational, educational and knowledge-sharing purposes. Some of our recently produced videos that you may find of interest include:

We Want to Hear From You

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

CME Events

The following CME Events are being held this month:

On April 25, Dr. John Dahl will be presenting on “Updates in Oto” in Everett. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Jen Mueller at

On April 26-27, the Autism Center will be having a workshop and Seminar that will allow for Center of Excellence (COE) certification in Vancouver, WA. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Patti Kilburn at

CME Events

The following CME Events are being held this month:

On March 21, Julia Crouch and Dr. An Pham will be presenting on “Caring for Transgender Patients” in the Tri-Cities. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Kenton McAllister at

On April 6, Pediatric Nutrition Symposium – Join us for a one-day program for healthcare providers with the most current evidence surrounding nutritional therapies for children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, focusing on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Both the science behind dietary management and practical steps needed to make dietary management of IBD successful will be highlighted. Registration and program information:

On April 26-27, the Autism Center will be having a Workshop and Seminar that will allow for Center of Excellence (COE) certification in Vancouver, WA. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Patti Kilburn at

New Medical Staff: March 2019

Medical Providers

  • Harry Conley, MD, Radia Inc PS, Radiology
  • Reza Sadeghian, MD, MBA, MSc, Allegro Pediatrics – Bellevue, Pediatrics
  • Alysha Thompson, PhD, Seattle Children’s, Psychology
  • Leslie Walker-Harding, MD, Seattle Children’s, Adolescent Medicine


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