Pediatric Care

Your family. Our team. Together, we’ll work to keep your child on the road to a happy, healthy life.

From infancy to adolescence, children require well-coordinated treatment from physicians who understand their unique needs. The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group’s award-winning pediatricians are committed to keeping your child’s health and development on track.  We provide routine care, proactive outreach to ensure your child’s vaccines are up to date, and seamless coordination to address specific health needs with a wide array of Permanente pediatric specialists, including pediatric cardiologists, dermatologists, gastroenterologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists, to name just a few. Connected by your child’s medical record, they can track vaccines that are needed, review test results, medication, and communicate seamlessly with one another to provide both the routine and targeted specialty care your child requires.

Coordinated Care for Your Child’s Health

Making sure that your child gets coordinated care is essential for his or her health. At Kaiser Permanente, our integrated care system and electronic medical records enable our pediatricians and pediatric specialists to work together as a team, collaboratively diagnosing and treating children when issues arise.

We help to keep children’s development on track with regular checkups and immunizations to protect them from serious illness and to provide proactive care. We also help to make it easy for you to manage your child’s health with reminders and alerts about upcoming appointments, prescription refills, and any follow-up care.

24/7 access to Advanced Urgent Care

If your child has an urgent issue, we offer a variety of ways to get the best care where and when you need it. For example, if your child has an earache, stomach pain, or trouble breathing, you can avoid a long wait in the ER:

  • Make an appointment online for an Urgent Care video visit.
  • Call our medical advice line 24/7 at 800-777-7904 (TTY 711).
  • Walk into any of our 14 Urgent Care locations (check hours and locations).
  • Walk into one of our 24/7 Advanced Urgent Care centers.

Staffed by emergency room physicians, 24/7 Advanced Urgent Care centers are located conveniently throughout our service area where your child can be monitored for up to 24 hours. Each offers an onsite pharmacy, lab, and imaging services.

And as part of the Kaiser Permanente network, Advanced Urgent Care doctors will have immediate access to your child’s full medical history to coordinate any follow-up care with his or her pediatrician as well as other Permanente specialists to determine a plan of care.

Specialized behavioral health care

Your child’s physical health is often closely tied to his or her mental health. Our expert pediatric psychiatrists and psychologists are trained to diagnose and treat behavioral health issues, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, or mood disorders. Our pediatric developmental physicians can assess and treat children who have developmental delays and disorders, including autism.

As a parent, you’ll always be a vital part of your child’s care team. So our specialists provide resources, guidance, and support—while working to give your child the best possible treatment.

Dr. Shana Gage-Wright

Meet Shana Gage-Wright, MD, a psychiatrist, and hear about her passion to help children lead healthy and happy lives.

Easy Access

You deserve full, convenient access to physicians and specialists—and to be well informed about your treatment options and follow-up care. With Kaiser Permanente, you can connect with your Permanente pediatrician face to face and by phone, email, or video. Once you register for kp.org, you can check your provider’s availability and schedule an appointment online. You can also see notes from past visits, check most lab and imaging results, or order a prescription.  You can securely message any of your child’s doctors with a question via kp.org and receive a response within 48 hours.

From routine appointments to specialty care to urgent care visits, our pediatricians and pediatric specialists have your family covered.

What makes the way we deliver care superb?

Better prevention

Regular checkups and recommended immunizations can protect children from serious illness and start them on the path to a happy and healthy life. We have had proven success in giving our young patients the care they need, when they need it.

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Better detection

Rapid access to specialists and testing can be key to diagnosing and treating conditions that may impact your child’s health. Our pediatric specialists partner with pediatricians to diagnose and treat complex conditions. If your child needs to undergo testing, we will use state-of-the-art equipment and child-friendly techniques to make the process as stress-free as possible.

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Better treatment

Through an exclusive partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente offers 88 pediatricians working in tandem with our pediatric specialists to give your family immediate access to a wide range of specialists and cutting-edge care.

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Better outcomes

Helping families stay healthy and happy is one of the greatest outcomes we can achieve. Every day we work toward that outcome through the compassionate care provided by our physicians, the cutting-edge treatment available to our members, and the state-of-the-art communication methods we designed to keep you in touch and informed.

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88
Pediatricians

61
Family practitioners who provide pediatric care 2

668
Specialists who can provide pediatric care (including 13 child psychiatrists) 3

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Providers to support you through your care journey. Learn more

Rated #1 in the region for 14 clinical quality measures, including colorectal screening, breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, childhood immunizations combo 9, and timeliness of prenatal and postpartum care for women 4

“My wife and I are new parents, and Dr. Tami Collins has put our mind at ease on issues that have arisen in our daughter’s first seven months of life. With the help of the Kaiser Permanente App, we have saved a few trips to the office by sending a message to Dr. Collins.” – TP

Better prevention

Regular checkups and recommended immunizations can protect children from serious illness and start them on the path to a healthy and happy life. We have had proven success in giving our young patients the care they need, when they need it.

  • HEDIS 2017: Adolescent immunizations status – Rating 5 out of 5 5
  • HEDIS 2017: Annual well-child visits, ages 3 to 6 – Rating 5 out of 5 6
  • HEDIS 2017: Appropriate testing and care, children with sore throat – Rating 5 out of 5 7
  • HEDIS 2017: Appropriate antibiotic use, children with colds – Rating 5 out of 5 8

HEDIS, or the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service.

Screening Tests

Essential screening tests help detect medical issues, but they can also help prevent potential problems, so we want your children to receive the screening tests they need. For children with sickle cell disease, for instance, we use a type of ultrasound called transcranial dopplers to check blood vessels in the brain for abnormal narrowing that could increase their chances of having a stroke as they age. Since almost one-fourth of patients with sickle cell disease have a stroke by age 45,9 patients with sickle cell disease receive this test to help physicians determine what, if any, additional testing or treatment may help reduce this risk.

Better detection

Rapid access to specialists and testing can be key to diagnosing and treating conditions that may impact your child’s health. Our pediatric specialists partner with pediatricians to diagnose and treat complex conditions. If your child needs to undergo testing, we will use state-of-the-art equipment and child-friendly techniques to help to make the process as stress-free as possible.

Access to Specialists

Our internal chart review and telemedicine processes give our patients access to specialists while sometimes allowing them to avoid the inconvenience of making multiple appointments.

Chart Reviews

When a pediatrician or family practice doctor needs guidance from a pediatric specialist, the physician can send a message requesting that the specialist access the patient’s electronic medical record and test results. The specialist then reviews the records and gets back to the requesting physician the same day with treatment guidance.

Telemedicine

If your child has a skin issue, for example, a pediatrician has the ability to send a photograph of the child’s skin to a pediatric dermatologist, who will provide guidance to the pediatrician or ask for a follow-up appointment with the child.

Specialized Equipment

Where possible, we use specialized equipment that can help children access medical services with the greatest ease and least amount of anxiety. When children need MRIs, which require patients to stay still, we have video goggles that allow them to watch a movie or television show during the test. By using video goggles, we increase our likelihood of getting quality diagnostic images while reducing the need for anesthesia, which can otherwise be required for children to stay still.

Shashi Ranganath, MD

Meet Shashi Ranganath, MD, a radiologist, and discover the new imaging technology Kaiser Permanente is using to treat its youngest patients.

Dr. Asha Patton-Smith is everything you want in a provider. She is warm, knowledgeable, personable, and leaves my son feeling better about himself. She genuinely wants to understand who my son is and converses with him about his likes as well as his troubles. He feels comfortable talking with her because he feels like she cares.” – HR

Better treatments

Through an exclusive partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente offers 88 pediatricians working in tandem with our pediatric specialists to give your family immediate access to a wide range of specialists and cutting-edge care.

Urgent care

When your child needs care in a hurry, you’ll find one of our Advanced Urgent Care centers nearby. These 24/7 centers provide far more services than you’ll find in a typical urgent care center, including:

  • Advanced imaging (CT scanning, MRI, and ultrasound)
  • Laboratory tests
  • Treatment for deep cuts, fractures, and other conditions that may require sedation

We also provide a new way to help children who are in pain, by administering medications nasally. These medications work in minutes and don’t require an IV, so treatment can start quickly.

Our integrated care also enables Advanced Urgent Care physicians to quickly contact pediatric specialists if necessary. And the team will work closely with your child’s regular pediatrician to arrange follow-up care if needed.

Dr. Dawn Johnson

Meet Dawn Johnson, MD, an emergency medicine physician with more than 30 years experience.

Pediatric specialists

Kaiser Permanente members have access to award-winning10 Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group pediatric specialists from 13 specialties who can address a broad range of medical problems and conditions that may affect a child. Because these specialists regularly review patient charts and consult on specific cases at the request of pediatricians, many of our pediatric patients are evaluated by a pediatric specialist and receive care without ever having to make an extra appointment to see one.

Dr. Asha Willis

Meet Asha Willis, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist, who specializes in issues of the stomach, intestines and liver, and hear her explain why Kaiser Permanente’s network of physicians mean you and your family get the care you need.

Dr. Dakara Wright

Meet Dakara Wright, MD, a pediatric dermatologist, and hear her describe why access to a network of doctors working hand-in-hand can ensure that every condition is addressed by the right experts.

Pediatric specialties at Kaiser Permanente

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric cardiologists provide care for congenital and acquired heart disease and for common to complex heart conditions in children.

Pediatric Dermatology

Pediatric dermatologists treat both common and complex disorders of children’s hair, skin, or nails.

Pediatric Development

Specialists evaluate children at risk for or exhibiting developmental delays or differences, and assess conditions ranging from birth-related complications to motor or language delays and behavioral problems or differences.

Pediatric Endocrinology

Pediatric endocrinologists diagnose and treat issues such as adrenal and hormone disorders and diseases; diabetes mellitus, type 1 and type 2; delayed puberty; and thyroid disorders.

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric gastroenterologists treat children with digestive disorders such as celiac disease and feeding problems that include poor appetite, poor weight gain, or selective eating.

Pediatric Genetics

Geneticists counsel and support children with genetic disorders and inherited metabolic disorders, such as Down syndrome and familial hypercholesterolemia.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Pediatric hematologists and oncologists treat children with blood disorders and diagnose and treat childhood cancer.

Pediatric Neurology

Pediatric neurologists treat children with disorders of the nervous system.

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Pediatric ophthalmologists treat complex eye problems, congenital disorders, and rare eye conditions such as strabismus, childhood cataracts, and glaucoma.

Pediatric Radiology

Pediatric radiologists use state-of-the-art technology—ultrasound, X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs—to visualize the inside of the body and diagnose and treat disease in children.

Pediatric Urology

Pediatric urologists treat children with illnesses of the genitourinary tract.

Pediatric Psychotherapy

Pediatric psychologists understand the behavioral health needs of children and treat conditions such as ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and schizophrenia.

Pediatric Psychiatry

Pediatric psychiatrists provide assessments, diagnoses, and care for children with behavioral, emotional, and developmental disorders, including ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, and eating, learning, and panic disorders.

Dr. Carla Hanash has such an amazing bedside manner, and we are so thankful to have her as our son’s pediatric cardiologist! She makes our son feel at ease and has a wonderful communication style. As parents, we feel confident that we understand our son’s condition, prognosis, and treatment. We are so comfortable with Dr. Hanash that we feel open to asking questions about our son’s cardiology care and his overall health. Dr. Hanash treats our son and us with respect and provides top-notch care!” – SF

Cancer care

The best cancer care relies on the teamwork of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other professionals working closely with patients and their families. Kaiser Permanente’s integrated system makes us uniquely qualified to care for these patients over the long term.

Even our youngest patients can benefit from participating in clinical trials for new drugs, procedures, and treatments. Our pediatric oncologists participate as clinical investigators in the main national cooperative clinical trials program, the Children’s Oncology Group. Through our collaboration with Children’s National Health Systems, we also access other clinical trials, as well as pediatric stem cell protocols, for our pediatric cancer patients.

The pediatric hematology/oncology department at our Capitol Hill Medical Center has an infusion clinic exclusively for children to get IV chemotherapy, biotherapy, and immune therapy infusions and transfusions. We have created a child-friendly atmosphere in the infusion center and in the pediatric hematology/oncology clinic, where our staff members are focused on the comfort and well-being of our youngest patients. A social worker is on-site, along with a child life specialist (who helps children face their procedures with little pain and with age-appropriate distractions) and a phlebotomist. Our goal is for our patients and their families to feel calm and well cared for by the expertise and warmth of our staff.

Moving from childhood to adult care

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that older teenagers/young adults with certain ongoing health conditions participate in a program to transition from pediatric to adult care providers. With our integrated system and electronic medical record, Kaiser Permanente is uniquely equipped to provide this type of transition. For example, we created multidisciplinary transition programs for teenagers who are long-term cancer survivors or have sickle cell disease. Beginning when patients are 15 to 16 years old, their physicians discuss with them the need to eventually transition to an adult physician. The patients receive annual questionnaires about their conditions, and the health care team educates them if they have any gaps in their knowledge. If they feel ready when they are 17 to 19 years old, the physicians and patients meet jointly with a multidisciplinary team (e.g., social worker, pharmacist, nurses educated in sickle cell disease, or an adult hematologist) to discuss whether they are ready to transition smoothly to adult care. The team then works with them to help make that transition while meeting their health care goals.

Better outcomes

Helping families stay healthy and happy is one of the greatest outcomes we can achieve. Every day we work toward that outcome through the compassionate care provided by our award-winning10 physicians, the cutting-edge treatment available to our members, and the state-of-the-art communication methods we designed to keep you in touch and informed. We are proud that, as a result, our members have high satisfaction with our pediatricians’ medical expertise and communication skills.

“My 13-year-old daughter felt extremely comfortable and confident with Dr. Christina Brown. She asked Dr. Brown questions that can be uncomfortable for a teen girl to ask and feels like she trusts Dr. Brown. As a parent, I was extremely impressed with Dr. Brown’s ability to connect to my daughter immediately, the care she took to listen to my daughter and I, and her knowledge and recommendations after the visit.”

KL

“I absolutely love Dr. Wiata Weeks! She shows a genuine interest in my child’s total well-being, not only physical condition. She is thorough and is sure to answer any of our questions. I feel comfortable talking to her about anything, and she responds to emails promptly. She even called at the beginning of the school year to check on my son’s progress in school and to make sure there were no concerns. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Weeks.”

NK

“Dr. Ruby Dey is absolutely amazing! She has been my children’s doctor for the last 10 years, and it has been a terrific experience. She is so bubbly, upbeat, and excited to see the kids. It’s apparent that she truly loves her job and her patients. She treats the children with respect and always explains to them what she is doing during the exam while empowering the children to be in control of their own bodies. I trust in her to provide the best health care for my children. We are so thankful to have Dr. Dey!”

KF

“Dr. Panayiota Koroulakis has always been a pleasure to be with. When I first became pregnant, I already knew who I wanted my daughter’s pediatrician to be, as she was also my pediatrician. She is attentive, calm, trustworthy, easy to communicate with, and genuinely cares for the well-being of my daughter.”

NT

“Dr. Christopher Pretorius has been an excellent pediatrician for our daughter! For two new parents to a baby who had trouble gaining weight at first, he was very calming and reassuring. He has been very pro-breastfeeding (again, helpful as a first-time mom), and I specifically remember him asking about my well-being during the initial visits with our infant daughter. We absolutely love Dr. Pretorius.”

JC

“Dr. Joseph Vander Walde: I love the fact that Dr. Vander Walde always follows up with me when the kids are sick, and he explains stuff completely. Any time I email Dr. Vander Walde, he always responds within 24 hours. All of my kids and grandkids are patients of Dr. Vander Walde. Thanks, Dr. Vander Walde.”

DM
  1. Video visits are available to Kaiser Permanente members who have a camera-equipped computer or mobile device and are registered at kp.org. You must be present in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, for visits with your primary care physician or behavioral health provider. For urgent video visits with an emergency doctor, you may also be present in West Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, or Pennsylvania. Video visits are for certain medical or mental health conditions. For video visits with a behavioral health provider, appointments can be scheduled for follow-up care.
  2. All of these family practitioners see patients of all ages, including children
  3. Many of these specialists see patients of all ages, including children
  4. The source for data contained in this publication is Quality Compass® 2019 and is used with the permission of NCQA. Quality Compass 2019 includes certain CAHPS® data. Any data display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion. Quality Compass® and HEDIS® are registered trademarks of NCQA. CAHPS is a registered trademark of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  5. https://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/new-ratings-kaiser-permanente-mid-atlantic-states-best-nation-15-quality-measures/
  6. http://healthinsuranceratings.ncqa.org/2017/HprPlandetails.aspx?id=36
  7. http://healthinsuranceratings.ncqa.org/2017/HprPlandetails.aspx?id=36
  8. http://healthinsuranceratings.ncqa.org/2017/HprPlandetails.aspx?id=36
  9. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/acute-stroke-in-sickle-cell-disease
  10. The physicians who practice at Kaiser Permanente are recognized as Top Doctors in Washingtonian magazine (2019), Northern Virginia Magazine (2020), Baltimore magazine (2019), and Washington Consumers’ CHECKBOOK magazine (2018).