Who treats this at Children's?
Who treats this at Children’s?
Like you, the hematology team at Children's wants the very best care for your child or teen diagnosed with a bleeding disorder. Families using Children's bleeding disorders services benefit from a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals to meet their individual needs. This includes board-certified pediatric hematologists who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Pediatric hematologists/oncologists are physicians with special focus on pediatric blood disorders. At the Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders, our hematologists tailor a treatment plan that is unique for each one of our patients.
- Margaret Heisel Kurth, MD
- Susan Kearney, MD
- Stephen Nelson, MD
- Clark Smith II, MD
- Michael R. Sprehe, MD, MPH
Pediatric gynecologist is a physician who works to evaluate, diagnose and treat children and adolescents with complex gynecological disorders.
Physician assistant (PA) is a healthcare professional trained and licensed to practice medicine with limited supervision of a physician.
Certified nurse practitioners are nurses who have completed a master's program and specialty training in caring for children and young adults with cancer and blood disorders.
- Jocelyn Gorlin, RN, CNP – Pediatrics
- Jane Hennessy, RN, CNP – Pediatrics, MPH
- Kimberly Jacobson, RN, CNP – Pediatrics
- Kristin Moquist, RN, CNP - Pediatrics
Depending on your child's needs and the staff at your hospital and clinic, any of the following people may be on your health care team:
Case managers are registered nurses who are trained to provide and coordinate the nursing care and teaching to children and their families in the hospital or clinic.
Chaplains are trained to offer spiritual care, support and prayer according to each family's individual needs.
Child Life Specialists have special training in child development and how children react to illness and being in the hospital. A Child Life Specialist helps children to cope with cancer and its treatment.
Genetic counselors are trained to provide information and support to families who may be at risk for a variety of genetic disorders or inherited conditions
Nutritionists are trained to evaluate your child's nutritional needs and weight. The nutritionist also helps to provide teaching and support about eating and drinking when your child goes home.
Pediatric hematology/oncology nurses are trained to provide daily nursing care and teaching to children and their families in the hospital or clinic.
Pharmacists are trained to prepare the medicines and nutritional support that your child will need.
Physical Therapists are trained to work with your child to maintain or restore a level of fitness through strength and endurance exercises.
Psychiatrist or Psychologists are health professionals available to help you and your child cope with feelings of anger, fear, depression, and hope that you or your child may experience. This person may also perform testing.
Rehabilitation therapists are health professionals who help your child maintain and improve muscle strength and flexibility.
Social workers are trained to help you and your child cope with illness and hospitalization through counseling, support groups, financial assistance, and resource referral.
Volunteers are trained as an unpaid helper with non-medical activities for your child.
This team approach gives families and referring physicians access to a wealth of expertise.
Types of Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
Some of the more common blood disorders treated include:
- Women and bleeding disorders
- Blood Clots, all types, including those associated with the use of central venous catheters
- Factor V Leiden (a hereditary blood clotting disorder)
- Hemophilia carrier
- Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
- Platelet disorders
- Prothrombin gene mutations
- Von Willebrand disease