Seattle Children's Provider News

Grand Rounds

Provider Grand Rounds

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

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New Medical Staff

Medical Providers

  • Swati Agarwal-Sinha, MD, Ophthalmology
  • Melody Bronold, MD, Community Pediatrics
  • Linda Marie Gasser, ARNP, Neonatology

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Special Update: Changes to Dermatology Referrals and Other News


Seattle Children’s Dermatology will continue to accept new referrals. However, due to the high demand for appointments and long wait times in excess of 6 months, we are making several changes to our Dermatology referral policies to ensure we are able to see patients in a timely manner.

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Special Update: Palivizumab (Synagis) Administration Ends Friday, March 4, 2022

From: Vidya Chande, MD and Esther Park, PharmD, Chairs of Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee, Seattle Children’s

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A Hopeful Time for Kids With Sickle Cell Disease: A Q&A With Dr. M.A. Bender and Alix Dassler, ARNP

Dr. M.A. Bender, MD-PhD (goes by Bender) is director of the Sickle Cell Program at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC). Alix Dassler, ARNP, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with Seattle Children’s Sickle Cell Program and Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

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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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