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Dr. Marcus Degraw

Pediatrics
Detroit, MI
23 years experience male

Locations

Office

Detroit, MI

Address

St. John Hospital and Medical Center, 22201 Moross Road Suite 270 PBII, Detroit, MI
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

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Health Alliance Plan of Michigan

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Wichita, OH

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Macomb, MI

Office

Detroit, MI

About

Bio

Dr. Marcus DeGraw has devoted his medical career to the care of children since earning his M.D. in 1999. He completed his pediatric residency at the Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, Michigan, and participated in the emergency medicine and child abuse fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 2002 through 2003. Currently, Dr. Marcus DeGraw serves on the staff of the Department of Pediatrics at St. John Providence Health System, Detroit, Michigan. He fills the position of Staff Physician, Medical Director of the Child Protection Team, and Medical Director of Ambulatory Pediatric Services. Dr. Marcus DeGraw also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics at the School of Medicine at Wayne State University. As a specialist in child abuse and pediatrics, Dr. Marcus DeGraw functions as an expert witness for both the defense and the prosecution in the state courts of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. Dr. Marcus DeGraw has also given expert testimony in civil cases as well as family, and juvenile court in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. Dr. DeGraw has also testified frequently in federal court. Dr. Marcus DeGraw is a member of The Ray Helfer Society, an organization of physicians dedicated to preventing, identifying, and treating child abuse. Dr. Marcus holds board certifications in child abuse pediatrics and pediatrics. He is licensed to practice in Michigan. He has held memberships in the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

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Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: Michigan

Doctor Q&A

528 Answers
127 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A female asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Night : Night terrors are a very common problem for young children. They seem to peak for kids between 2 years old and 5 years old. They are simply a 'wakin... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: No, there is no medicine to help this. It is natural and normal and will self correct over time. It can take a couple of years to fully correct and ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Yes, that is a normal local reaction to any immunization. It is not a big deal and should not cause troubles. This local reaction should disappear wit... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Can be: This should be checked out by your doctor. Wintertime air is cold and dry and dries the skin inside the nose making it easier to crack and bleed. Mo... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Ask: Ask your doctor if you need baseline labs before dieting and if they should be repeated later.
A female asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Warm compresses: A sty, is a sealed off secretion gland of the eye. Warm compresses are usually all that is needed to get the sty to pop and drain and thus go away. U... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Good to go: Ibuprofen is the analgesic, or pain medication, of choice while breastfeeding. It has a very low excretion level into breastmilk, a very short half l... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
See your doctor: Schedule an appointment asap and have en exam and a thorough history. Pooping once a month is horrifically abnormal and needs to be addressed asap. ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Myth:: Myth: people with diabetes can feel whether their blood sugar levels are high or low.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Children: Children should consume 5 servings of veggies and fruits every day - fruits should be whole.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Not necessary: Viral induced leukopenia and thrombocytopenia is common and not generally dangerous. It happens during and shortly after many common viral illnesses ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Aspirin: Aspirin should never be used to treat fever in children.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Yes, to a couple. Both hepatitis b and human papilloma virus have very effective vaccines to prevent infection. Both actually also prevent cancer ca... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Well no, but: The gardisil vaccine contains types 16 and 18 which cause 2/3rds of all cervical cancer and another half of vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers. It also... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Yes, far less likely than without, but yes. Condoms are not 100% effective and there still is a small risk you could be infected even with condom use... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Depends: Depends on what tests were done and where they were sent to be interpreted. Most tests, however, will be back for sure within a couple of days. Some... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Of COURSE!: Its still sexual contact isnt it? All you need to spread STDs is skin-to-skin contact for some and contact with infected secretions for others. Gono... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
NO: No, no one has the authority to force someone into testing unless a crime has possibly been committed and even then only legal authorities can take co... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
VAERS: The federal govenment has a program called the vaccine adverse event reporting system. You can report yourself, or your doctor can help you as well.... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
A couple: Primarily gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomonas. Those are the few that can be detected on urine screening.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes!: Yes, hpv directly causes at least 50% of all vaginal and vulvar cancers, as well as all cerivical cancers, much of anal cancers, 70% of head-and-neck ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: Not unless you count the 'dont have sex position'. Sexually positions have no bearing on risk of acquiring an std. You are equally at risk no matter... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: If you have sexual contact with someone of any type, you may spread infection. Stds need only skin-to-skin contact or infected secretions-to-skin con... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Exceedingly rare: Extraordinarily rare. In fact, almost unheard of in the literature, vaers reporting system or medical studies involving vaccinations.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: No, there are no vaccines publicly available at this time.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Obviously, obtaining an std infection means one is engaging in risky sexual behavior with other at risk individuals. Therefore, there is a risk of ac... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
YES: Any one who has had sexual contact, can be infected with an std. That includes babies and children who are sexually abused. Up to 2-3 percent of sex... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Sure: You literally can be allergic to anything, including any vaccine. A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Yes, rabies vaccine, when administered after exposure on an appropriate schedule, is nearly 100% effective. Remember that you should also wash the wou... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Yes, you can spread infected secretions from one person to the next with a body part and/or a condom. Also, sex with multiple partners increases you ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Adult dosing: Once children reach above a certain weight, the regular adult z-peak or tri- pak for three days is fine for zithromax.
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Because its a baby..: Babies all have gas issues. Some more than others, but gassy in general. Think of it this way. Babies can't walk or talk right away and we dont exp... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No restrictions: There are no, and should be no, restrictions for breastfeeding or pumping. Feel free to feed and pump away (with as much modesty as you can manage), ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Yes, baby can transmit the yeast from its mouth to your breast tissue. In addition, the act of breastfeeding predisposes to yeast infections as tissu... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Clean good equipment: Wash hands and use solid, clean containers. Add labels with info about date and time stored and expressed. Milk at room temp is safe 6-8 hrs. In fridg... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Sure: If you have the time and ability, sign language can be rewarding for you and baby and there is no doubt that studies will show learningnbasic sign lan... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Tummy time and chang: The head 'molds' or changes shape due to pressure from layind down and the head flattening on tje surface. Tummy time relieves that pressure. Also fr... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Bad sign: Call your doctor asap or go to the er if this happens. It can be a sign of intestinal blockage causing green bile to back up into the stomach and out.... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Many things: Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). The infection can be viral, bacterial or even fungal.
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Yes - babies are built to need very little to drink for the first few days. If your baby is feeding well with good latch, peeing a decent amount and ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Yes, no problem. That is totally fine and safe for baby.
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: This can actually be a warning sign for very young infants. Babies should feed roughly every 2-3 hours and for the first few weeks not feed fewer tha... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
A skin infection: Impetigo essentially means a common skin infection. It usually sets in from a common break in the skin, such as a scratch or an insect bite. Then th... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: A person with measles is contagious from 1 to 2 days before symptoms start until about 4 days after the rash appears.
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
12-15 hours per day: On average, an infant will sleep roughly 12-15 hours per day. For most babies, that will be a combination of 10-12 hours at night and 2-4 hours of na... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: But this depends heavily on what medication you are taking. Post more info on the specifics and we can be more help if possible.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
It differs....: Every baby is different. Some will be born with a full head of hair and keep it, some will lose it and regrow it early and some wont grow significant... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
2-4 months: By two months, most babies can hold their head pretty steady. By four months, they should have complete head control and good solid strength.
A member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Antibiotics: The treatment is good skin hygeine with good skin cleansing. In addition, treament with either topical or oral antibiocs is often applied based on ho... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Red, blotchy rash: First off babies only get yeast on the outside, not inside like women do. Yeast, in babies, causes a beefy red blotchy rash in the diaper area. It's u... Read More

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Nov 7, 2014
He is an expert who is knowledgeable on Painful urination, Meningococcal vaccine, Vaccinations, Shaken baby syndrome, Sexually Transmitted Diseases. He is an asset on the health tap community
Dr. Jennifer Canter
Dec 2, 2012
Dr. DeGraw is an outstanding Child Abuse Pediatrician with an evidence-based, sound, practical and thorough approach. He has a fabulous background and is a pleasure to work with.
Sep 22, 2013
Dr. Degraw provides thoughtful, helpful, and insightful answers that help all users of this site!
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Thanks! She has an allergist appt on thurs. We suspected at least cats and the gluten makes alot of sense. She had had alot of bad reactions as a baby to antibiotics and formula and has had digestive ...Read More
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thank you i give her plenty to drink and offer lots of fibrous foods she has greent leafy veg and an apple a day am prob struggling to get the 15g tho-any advice of anything concentrated can pour on ...Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

Albion College
Graduated 1995MD

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

William Beaumont Hospital

Residency

WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL
Completed 2002

Awards

2010 Top Docs, Hour Detroit Magazine
2009 Top Docs - Top Child Abuse Pediatricians, Hour Detroit Magazine
Telly Award, The Telly Awards

Affiliations

Ray Helfer Society
American Medical Association
American Academy of Pediatrics

Publications

Incidence of Fractures in Burned Children with Concern for Abuse.
Utility of Hepatic Transaminases to Recognize Abuse in Children
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