Dr. Marcus Degraw

Pediatrics
Detroit, MI
24 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

Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Wichita, OH

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Macomb, MI

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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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Oral Polio vaccine: The oral version of the polio vaccine. This is no longer used and hasnt been in many, many years.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
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Pediatrics 24 years experience
No: Depends on the age but no... Remember that learning to walk also means learning to fall. There is a reason the one of the most common areas to bruis... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Highly unlikely: There are precious few scenarios in which that would happen and all of them are exceedingly rare. It's likely you have a combination of a boy, who is ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: Yes, this is normal and common and not a bad thing at all.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Pediatrics 24 years experience
Separation Anxiety: Kids will often have normal separation anxiety as they start school, especially for the first time. Most kids will quickly adapt but will need teache... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Depends: That totally depends on puberty status and height as well as height potential and activity level. Every girl is completely different and there really... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Are you sure?: First question is - why do you think they are constipated? If its only because they strain a lot, but the poop is soft, then it likely is completely n... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Maybe: Hpv causes most cervical cancers, at least half of all vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers and is now shown to cause over 75% of all head and neck cancer... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
GI consult: First and foremost, this could signal a bigger problem such as hirschsprungs disease or something else and those need to be explored. Gi consult and l... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: There is truly a lot of variables in this question - i.e. How much does the child use a pacy of suck their thumb per day, but for the most part these ... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
No: No, not at all. This is not all that uncommon with parents after birth of a child. However, this may represent anything from mild, normal anxiety an... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Other contact or lie: Well, some people say they are abstinent and arent. I have teens who are pregnany ever month who swear they are having sex. Ooops! also, some peopl... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Not really: No - c. Diff is a bacteria, that everyone has in their gut all the time. Normally, it staysin balance with other bacteria and doesnt cause problems. ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Sure: Yes, not all people will get the std that their partner had, but very risky and not to be counted upon. Protect yourself always and if concerned abou... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Early and Often: You should get tested (and your partner) before having sex with any new partner. Its also a good idea to get testing every 6-12 months with a doctors... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
No: No, an IUD is implanted to help try to prevent pregnancy. It has nothing to do with trying to prevent std infections. It has absolutely no effect on... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: Yes, in most circumstances you can and should continue to breastfeed even when you are ill.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
OFTEN...: After all, most mom's have baby showers. And most mom's buy or get gifts of burp cloths and bibs. There is a big reason to have stocks of these for a... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
No: As with many medications today, there is virtually no data on the safety of this medication and breastfeeding. There is nothing really available to s... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: Yes, impetigo is contagious and spreads by direct contact. The bacteria that is causing the infection may spread to others by direct skin to skin spr... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
No: No, there is no need to drink whole milk during breastfeeding. The only difference is a higher fat content and that is unnecessary for the infant or ... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: Yes, most of the common heartburn meds are safe with breastfeeding. Use the lowest dose possible, of course, but really pepcid, zantac, (ranitidine) ... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: Of course! there is no argument that it is nothing but bad for you, so why would it be any different for your baby? Kick it, and for good... For th... Read More
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Pediatrics 24 years experience
Maybe, maybe not: Depends on the severity of the toungue tie. Many babies feed just fine, but one criteria of fixing the toungue tie is troubles feeding. Babies with ... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
All newborns do: All newborn babies lose weight right after birth. They are meant to and its normal. Their body is comprised of more water than older kids and this i... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
0 months: Its safe to let baby sleep in their own room from birth on, but you dont have to move baby out until you are comfortable. In general babies are ready... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Testing: You can't tell, for rsure, without an exam and testing. Call your doc and set up an appointment asap.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
NO: No, this is not a problem. Stds are not shown to spread off of fomites (or inanimate objects like a toilet seat).
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Prevents HPV: Hpv, the human papilloma virus, causes genital warts, all cervical cancer and much of vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, head-and-neck and non-melanoma sk... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Variable: I dont have a set goal in mind for the specific fluid needs for a child. I think there is a bit too much emphasis sometimes on fluid goals. Think mo... Read More
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: Yes. It is less common at this age due to less exposure, but still possible of course. This is especially true if the child has increased exposure, ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
No set amount: The idea is calorie balance. Weight is a simple equation. Always has been and always will be. You can't cheat the equation with tricks or diet plans... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Not mandatory: I am not a fan of making this shot a mandatory vaccine, and favor keeping it as a strongly recommended vaccine for all children. This is mainly becau... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Your Food: Assuming no food allergies in the family, children two years old and older can eat and should eat whatever their parents are eating. Of course, that f... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Big time: Excessive alcohol intake can harm the body's immune system in two ways. First, it causes nutritional deficiency, decreasing intake of immune- boostin... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Water heater temp: Set your water heater at 120degrees maximum and then check the water temp with your own skin each time you bath your child.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
10-12 hours total: Two and three year olds should sleep all night roughly 10 hour stretch. They should be able to slepp all night without waking. They most likely will s... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Cyst: Essentiaaly a cyst that has formed by a secretion gland sealing itself off and forming a semi-firm ball. Usually these will need to be removed by an ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Calm and assertive: Get down on his level and let him know what you need and expect out of him BEFORE you enter the store. Then if behavior isn't as expected follow thru ... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Is she growing?: Most people way overestimate how much volume is in a spit up. If it covers a whole piece of paper(unlikely), then it's only an ounce. A standard baby... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Maybe nothing...: Did you have a baby shower? Did people buy you burp cloths and bibs? Why? Answer... Because babies spit up. All babies spit up. If i handed u my baby ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
GOOD!!!!: That is a good thing! that means the shot is working! in fact, many shots have something called an adjuvant in them. An adjuvants job is only to dram ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: Yes, stuttering at this age is common and a normal part of speech development and not usually a sign of significant troubles. For many kids, it is no... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Maybe, maybe not: A common misconception about mmr, or measles/mumps/rubella vaccine, is that the second dose is a booster. I reality, that dose is not a booster. But ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Depends on puberty: That really depends on a lot of factors and when/if she has completed puberty. Most girls have completed puberty and linear growth by 16.5 years. Aver... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
YES: Kawasaki disease is predominantly a disease of childhood, but can occur is adults, though rare. There are some reports of HIV as a risk for adult kaw... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
YES: Yes, part of a good vaccination schedule is intended not just to protect those who get the vaccines, but also all those around the person getting the ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
The Basics: Basic medical supplies will suffice, including supplies to clean and dress minor wounds or deal with minor issues like small slivers. Basic meds like... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Table foods at 1 yo: Table foods start at one, but jarred baby foods start at 4-6 months. Brown cereals first, like brown rice, then babies foods after. Each new food shou... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: Yes, the average child should speak with a few hundred words and speak in sentences at this point. While some newer studies suggest that many kids wit... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dr. Martin Fried
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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