Author: Walter Palmer

I grew up in Massachusetts and lived there through medical school. My favorite hobbies are pretty classic New England: traveling, skiing, taking summer trips to the beach, and watching the Patriots win Super Bowls. After med school I moved to Chicago for pediatrics residency and received my master's in public policy. I loved my time there but I'm excited to be back on the East Coast as a fellow here at Children's National! Professionally, I am interested in how public policy influences accidental injuries and toxic exposures in children and the development of clinical guidelines. Outside of work, you can find me buzzing around on an electric scooter exploring DC's monuments, parks, and restaurants.

Hot Seat #183: 10 Year Old Girl with Fever

By Aditi Ghatak-Roy, INOVA Children’s 10-year-old female with no medical history presents to the ER with 6 days of daily fevers. Highest temperature of 104 orally and controlled with Tylenol and Motrin. Family also mentions right leg pain. Family noticed she was limping about 1 week ago and seemed to favor the right leg. It […]

Hot Seat #180: A 13 yo with Leg Pain

By Chris Kovaleski, Inova LJ Murphy Children’s Hospital A 13-year-old boy with history of mild Factor IX deficiency presents to your ER with leg pain following a bicycle accident approximately 20 minutes prior to arrival. He states that he was riding his bicycle, un-helmeted and fell after hitting a bump in the road. He is […]

Hot Seat #179: Denouement

This week’s Hot Seat case focused on an infant with an episode of unresponsiveness at home. And while infants presenting to the emergency department following BRUE-like events are common, the recurrent nature of this patient’s symptoms and association with vomiting warranted further workup. With such a broad differential diagnosis in this case, polling showed a […]

Hot Seat #179: An Unresponsive 7-month-old

Walter Palmer, MD HPI: A 7-month-old ex-36 wk girl presents following an episode of altered mental status.  Patient presents with her mother, who reports that she was in her usual state of health in the morning.  While the mother was holding the patient, she became progressively more tired, and eventually became limp and unresponsive.  She denies abnormal movements […]

Hot Seat #177: Denouement

The Cases: A baby with apnea and for a toddler with a complex febrile seizure. Here’s how you answered: This week we discuss two kids with the same dilemma: Do they need an emergent lumbar puncture? In the first case, we have a baby presenting with concern for an apnea episode at home. Initially, both […]