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Sharing Knowledge with Nursing Colleagues in China

May 18, 2015
As the Swedish Cancer Institute’s (SCI) Director of Quality and Clinical Practice, I  recently went to China to advocate for the nurses role in cancer supportive care and patient education.  Sponsored by Merck Oncology, I spoke at the Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV) Summit in Beijing to 200 providers from across China.

Prosser Kid Refuses to Let Multiple Sclerosis Steal his Childhood

May 15, 2015
12 year old Luke Merritt deals with MS everyday but refuses to let the disease steal his childhood.

New Release of Glioblastoma Atlas Sheds Light on Deadly Disease

May 14, 2015
Robust new data added to the Ivy Glioblastoma Atlas Project (Ivy GAP) changes the scope and impact of this publicly available resource for researchers and clinicians searching for treatments for this most deadly and aggressive of brain cancers, glioblastoma multiforme.

Dealing with Vaginal Prolapse

May 13, 2015
Women's bodies change with time, and as I advise my patients, it takes conscientious effort to counteract gravity, aging, and time's effects on our bodies. One of our most vulnerable places for feeling the pull of gravity over time, is our vaginal support. When the vaginal supports fail, this is called vaginal prolapse, or pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Office Location Changing June 8, 2015 from First Hill to Madison Valley

May 12, 2015

As of June 8, 2015, Sandra C. Walker will be relocating her practice to Seattle's Madison Valley.  

Swedish's Gossman Center Earns Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation

May 12, 2015
Swedish announced today that the Gossman Center for Advanced Healthcare Simulation has been granted accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in the area of Teaching/Education, making it one of two accredited programs in Washington state. SSH is a leading inter-professional society that seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. Since accrediting its first healthcare simulation program in 2010, SSH has recognized more than 50 programs in six countries.

Outstanding Pediatric Neurology Care at Swedish

May 11, 2015
On Jackson Sullivan’s third day of life, his parents learned that their tiny son had suffered a stroke.  Dr. Ednea Simon, a pediatric neurologist, took charge of the struggling newborn’s care during his month-long stay at Swedish. Dr. Simon closely monitored Jackson’s progress and became more optimistic as each day passed.

Medical Mission in Ethiopia Month 8 Part 2

May 11, 2015
It has been an emotional week.  Quite likely the most difficult emotional week since our arrival.  On Thursday we received an email from my Dad.  The email heading was, “Kulshan 1999-2015.”  My heart became a ball of aluminum foil.  Oh no.  Our beloved family golden retriever dog of 15 1/2 years.  The kids were in their room, playing, laughing, giggling.  Mark was on a Skype call with the U.S., I was catching up on emails.  I saw the headline and said, “Oh no….  Josh.  Sonja.  Please come.”  I did not say another word.  Together we read Dad’s artful recount of Kulshan’s last few days.  And the tears started to flow.

Patient Story: Anti-Reflux Surgery Cures 30 Years of GERD Symptoms

May 11, 2015

"I began experiencing heartburn symptoms in my mid-thirties and was in my forties when I first had GERD issues.  My symptoms were aggravated greatly with menopause and grew progressively worse as the years went along.  By the time I was 55 my reflux was something I dealt with when eating and drinking late at night.  If I went to a party and ate rich foods in the evening, I often woke up a few hours after falling asleep with acid shooting up from my stomach and getting trapped in my throat..."

Walk MS 2015 a Success for the Swedish MS Walk Team

May 11, 2015
Thank you to all who walked in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk MS event to raise awareness about MS and help fund a cure. With over 170 team members, and over $15,000 raised, the Swedish MS Center, Neuro-ophthalmic Consultants of NW, and Seattle Radiologists team well exceeded the fundraising goal of $10,000. To kick off the event, the “Swedish Smyelin Babes” running team lead by Neurologist, Lily Jung Henson, ran the inaugural 5K race at 8 a.m. Around 10 a.m., the Swedish MS Walk Team along with nearly 5,000 individuals walked along the Burke Gilman Trail in support of MS, family members, friends and colleagues.