Seattle Children's Provider News

An Update on COVID-19 and Our Hospital Capacity

March 2, 2022: We are continuing to see declines in COVID-19 cases in the community.  The number of patients admitted to Seattle Children’s for COVID-19 has fallen to below 10 for the first time since December 2021.  The overall inpatient census fell over mid-winter break but is expected to rise to high levels again.  We continue to see very high numbers of patients needing mental and behavioral health care.  The numbers of patients with RSV continues to be low.  We have not seen any significant influenza activity.

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The Brain-Gut Connection: Helping Children with Chronic Gastrointestinal Issues

Seattle Children’s is excited to welcome Dr. Hannibal Person to the Gastroenterology and Hepatology team. With expertise in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and pediatric gastroenterology, his focus is on building an interdisciplinary program at Seattle Children’s to help children suffering from chronic gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and pain.

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Delivering Mental Health Services in Primary Care: FAST Programs Make It Easier

Offering mental health services in places that are already familiar to and visited by youth – including their primary care doctor’s office – is a pediatric health priority. To support this important work, the Partnership Access Line (PAL) has created a one-stop-shop for therapy training and materials, packaged by diagnosis (i.e. depression, anxiety, etc.).

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Introducing the Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program

Seattle Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Department is pleased to announce the Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program. This new program offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary care from birth to young adulthood with a focus not only on addressing kids’ existing hip problems but also on preventing hip problems from occurring during childhood.

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Spanish Language Services Are Growing

Seattle Children’s is increasingly offering more services in Spanish with the goal of improving access to care for Spanish-speaking families in the regions we serve.

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CMEs, Conferences and Education Events

  • Urgent Pediatric Problems: Bridging Office and Emergency Care. March 5, 2022, all day. Category 1 CME via Zoom. Register now. Learn more.

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Grand Rounds – March 2022

Provider Grand Rounds

Year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn more.

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New Medical Staff

Medical Providers

  • Eric Easton Burlingame, MD, Pediatrics
  • Alberto Samuel Carranza, MD, Emergency-Urgent Care
  • Ariel Elizabeth Garcia, MD, Community Pediatrics

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Case Study: 14-Year-Old Nonbinary Person Desiring Menstrual Suppression

Authors: Juanita Hodax, MD, Gina Sequeira, MD, MS and Catherine Sumerwell, ARNP, DNP

Summary: 14-year-old nonbinary person desiring menstrual suppression.

Patient History

J is a 14-year, 6-month-old child assigned female at birth who identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. They have been exploring their gender for one year, initially talking with friends about gender and more recently coming out to parents and family as nonbinary about six months ago. Since then, they have been using they/them pronouns and a new chosen name and have changed their hairstyle and clothing to a more androgynous style. This has helped them feel more comfortable and confident. Parents initially struggled with using they/them pronouns, but they have been trying more and have been supportive of J.

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When to Be Concerned About Short Stature in Children: A Q&A With Dr. Lina Merjaneh

Dr. Merjaneh is a pediatric endocrinologist at Seattle Children’s and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington.

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