Pediatric Care

From infancy to adulthood, trust your children’s care to the team with the dedication and specialized knowledge to put them on the path to a happy, healthy life.

As your children embark on the journey of life, the medical team at Kaiser Permanente is equipped to keep their health and development on track. Children’s bodies are unique and require well-coordinated treatments developed specifically for them. The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group’s award-winning pediatricians and pediatric specialists—including pediatric cardiologists, dermatologists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, and many other specialists—can provide routine and specialized care for children, with seamless coordination that is vital but not common in health care.

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.

Access to Urgent Care

We understand that urgent issues may arise, which is why we are available around the clock to help.  For example, if your child has an earache, stomach pain, or breathing trouble, you can avoid long wait times in the emergency room by reaching out to an advice nurse by phone, scheduling a video visit, or walking into one of our 24/7 Clinical Decision Units (CDUs). Located throughout our service area, CDUs are staffed by emergency room physicians who can monitor your child for up to 24 hours in observation units. They have access to pharmacy, lab, and imaging services on-site to help diagnose and treat your child. The care teams at our Urgent Care and CDU locations have immediate access to your child’s full medical history and can coordinate follow-up care with your child’s pediatrician.

Specialized Care

For children who require specialized care, such as mental health services, we provide timely appointments with expert pediatric psychiatrists and psychologists. These specialists are trained to care for children with behavioral health issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, or mood disorders. Pediatric developmental physicians are also available and experienced in assessing and treating children with developmental delays and disorders including autism. Our specialists provide resources, guidance, and support to you, while also helping to ensure that  your child is receiving the best treatment and access to services relating to his or her diagnosis.

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

Every family should have full, convenient access to physicians and specialists and be well-informed about treatment options and follow-up care. We want to help make it easy for you to manage your family’s health. With Kaiser Permanente, not only can you meet with your child’s physician face-to-face, but you can also connect with your Permanente physicians by phone, email, or video. Once you register for kp.org, you can check your provider’s availability and schedule an appointment, see past visit notes, check most lab results, or order a prescription.

No matter the situation—from routine appointments to specialty care to urgent care visits—our general pediatricians and pediatric specialists have you and your children 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 80 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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Pediatricians

61
Family practitioners who provide pediatric care 1

668
specialists who can provide pediatric care (including 13 child psychiatrists) 2

41,336
Pediatric visits to our 24/7 CDUs in 2017

30,830
Pediatric Urgent Care visits in 2017

1500+
providers to support you through your care journey. Learn more

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Years that Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States has been rated one of the top health plans in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2017-2018.3

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Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States has been rated the best in the nation for more measures than any other health plan in the country. No. 1 ratings include adolescent immunizations and counseling children and adolescents for nutrition and physical activity.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
  • Nationwide, only 43% of teens are up to date on all the recommended doses of the HPV vaccine that helps prevent cancer later in life.9  But 56% of the teens in our care are up to date on their HPV vaccines.10

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 45,11 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 80 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

Throughout our service area, we have 24/7 CDUs that provide services far exceeding those available in typical urgent care centers. These services consist of advanced imaging (CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds), laboratory tests, and medical procedures, including laceration repair, fracture management, and those requiring sedation. For young children arriving at the CDU with broken bones and other painful conditions, we can administer medicines through the nose, which is a new way for doctors to deliver medicine for pain and anxiety. These medications are painless, do not require an IV, and work within minutes, so children can be treated quickly. Our integrated care delivery system enables physicians in the CDU to leverage the advice and service of our many pediatric subspecialists to get expert care quickly and conveniently. Physicians in the CDU also work closely with the patients’ primary care doctors to help to ensure continuity of care and prompt follow-up as 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-winning Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group pediatric specialists from 12 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 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 (COG). 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-winning 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.

  • 90% of patients rated their pediatrician’s skills and ability as very good or excellent.
  • 90% of patients were confident that their pediatrician provided very good or excellent care.
  • 90% of patients felt their pediatrician was very good or excellent at listening and explaining what was being done and why. 12

"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. All of these family practitioners see patients of all ages, including children
  2. Many of these specialists see patients of all ages, including children
  3. https://kpproud-midatlantic.kaiserpermanente.org/ncqa-rates-kpmas-top-private-commercial-medicare-health-plan-va-md-dc/
  4. https://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/new-ratings-kaiser-permanente-mid-atlantic-states-best-nation-15-quality-measures/
  5. http://healthinsuranceratings.ncqa.org/2017/HprPlandetails.aspx?id=36
  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.cdc.gov/hpv/hcp/vacc-coverage.html
  10. Male and female adolescents with at least two HPV vaccines, with different dates of services that are at least 146 days apart on or between the member’s 9th and 13th birthday OR at least three HPV vaccines with different dates of service on or between the member’s 9th and 13th birthdays.
  11. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/acute-stroke-in-sickle-cell-disease
  12. Per Kaiser Permanente’s Member Patient Satisfaction (MPS) 2017 survey results.

 

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