Dr. Elizabeth Wallen

Pediatrics
Columbus, OH
37 years experience female

Locations

Office

Columbus, OH

Address

Not applicable, Columbus, OH
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About

Bio

I have had a long and varied medical career that has provided me an opportunity to take care of many patients in many different settings. I graduated medical school and completed a pediatric residency at Columbus Children's Hospital in 1989. Following that I trained in pediatric critical care medicine. I have worked in emergency rooms, intensive care units, neonatal nurseries and private office practice. In the late 90's I switched gears and trained in anesthesia at the Ohio State University. I have been practicing general anesthesia along with pediatrics since. I'm now winding down my career. I continue to work occasionally in the operating room, as well as volunteer at a free clinic. My interests are in child wellness and safety, as well as pediatric anesthesia.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

Anesthesiology

Licenses

United States: New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

996 Answers
540 Agrees
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Nope: There is not 100 percent agreement about anything in medicine. There is a small group of physicians/scientists that do not. Their numbers are small.... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Toxicologists: Physicians with specialty training in dealing with poisonings are toxicologists. However many physicians, internists, ER docs, pediatricians, family ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Pulling out: Is no kind of birth control. It requires perfect timing and great self control. Most practitioners have neither. Planned parenthood reports that if ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
?: In regards to what? Not enough information to have an opinion. Sometimes, mother knows best.... And sometimes, she does not.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Take a test: Get a home pregnancy test. It's fast, easy and accurate if done properly.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Too soon!!!!!: Your baby still needs the nutritional punch that formula or breast milk provides. Your baby also does not have the hand and mouth coordination requir... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: The physics of gas flow are that doubling the tubing length halves the gas flow. However, respiratory equipment is engineered to accommodate for diff... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: The rotavirus enters the body through the mouth and then infects the lining of the intestines. Rotavirus is very contagious, spreading easily from chi... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Hepatitis A comes from contaminated food. Hepatits B is sexually transmitted, comes from contaminated blood, shared needles, etc.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: Yes it can. The blisters and ulcers can literally be anywhere.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Food sources: Sardines, Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, turnip and collard greens, fortified cereals, fortified orange juice, soybeans, fortified so... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Prevention: With good hand washing , avoiding raw foods, undercooked meat, and eating from street vendors. After that bismuth subsalicylate ( 2 tablets 4 times a... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Unlikely: While it seems to have some antioxidant properties, there is virtually no research on its effects in the human body.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes!: You have to do some homework about your destination, be sure they have accommodations for you but it can be done. Contact disabled travelers.com. It... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Sounds like you are: On the right track. Good grades are important, especially in the sciences. It's also important to get some experience in the health field, volunteer ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Sometimes nothing...: sometimes a headache, which can be treated. Dural punctures are performed all the time on purpose for diagnostic purposes, so an accidental one is no... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
It's a guideline: Walking 10,000 steps a day is not an "official" recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency recommends adults engag... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Varies: General anesthesia and laughing gas are two different things. General anesthesia, patients typically remember absolutely nothing because they are com... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Usually...: It depends on where you practice. CRNAs are usually required to practice under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. They can also practice under ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Also called : Fifth disease. It's a viral illness common in young children. It's called slap cheek because of the bright pink color of the rash that develops on t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: You will still have your symptoms treated. Hospice is about maximizing the quality of your life and keeping you comfortable. You will still have acc... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Never: No reputable doctor is ever going to tell you when you can smoke.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Please, Don't: There is nothing in herbal tea that your baby needs. Absolutely nothing. Your baby needs nothing but breast milk or formula for the first 6 months. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: Yes it can. At my institution, it is the preferred method because it minimizes the exposure of the fetus to drugs circulating in the mother's blood s... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No. : The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using walkers because they can discourage your child from learning to walk on his own, but also... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No.: Only if you already act weird. :)
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A female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
I agree...: I would insist on a general. A traditional open myomectomy (meaning abdominal incision) can be done under regional. Myomectomy performed laparoscopi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
A four month old: Should be exclusively fed breast milk or infant formula. Too soon for anything else especially if there has poor growth or poor weight gain.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Not allergic: If you are eating peanut butter, then you aren't allergic to peanuts.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Garlic has no effect on your hair or it's consistency and strength.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Pretty much: It's a common antacid and they can be used long term with minimal side effects but you should consult a physician if your use is escalating, you are e... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Not at all. If you are talking about petechiae? Tiny little red dots? They can occur from trauma, you can get them after vomiting, forceful coughin... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Premature infants: Routinely get cranial ultrasounds in the nursery after they are born. Before delivery, neurologic (brain) abnormalities can be identified on your rout... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: They are safe.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Not really. I'd be more concerned with exposure to excessive x rays. It also matters what kind of anesthesia you had. Remember, women have been get... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Basically: It's severe morning sickness. There are a small percentage of women who have severe prolonged vomiting during pregnancy. They sometime require hospi... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
It's normal : To be sore after that process. Take some acetaminophen, put some ice on it. Bruising is normal. It will be good as new in a few days.
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A female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Overstimulation: Going to sleep is a process. It isn't a switch you flick and say, I'm going to bed and going to sleep. You need to wind down and prepare for sleep. ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
The towel?: Or the drying rack? Neither. Just clean them. A bleach solution or Oxiclean is fine for the towel. The drying rack,you might need to get a little mo... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Unlikely: You've had at least one period since your unprotected sex. Period = not pregnant. It's also been 18 weeks. I would have expected you to have some o... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
You will be ok: This is a hefty dose but not significantly toxic at this cumulative dose. Feel better and be more careful! ( I did something like that once myself wi... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Herpes: You get herpes by having skin to skin contact with someone else who has herpes.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: WPW is a specific type of tachycardia. There are lots of causes of tachycardia. Have you been seen by a doctor to have your tachycardia evaluated?
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Can't say: It would be helpful to have more of a description. Where is it? Is it a sharp pain, burning pain, aching pain, throbbing pain. Is it continuous? Aft... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
None: There is no thimerosal in any childhood vaccines in the US. It is occasionally in the annual flu vaccine. And whether it is or not, children should ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
You don't have to..: But if you are getting your colonoscopy for diagnostic purposes and not just screening, your Dr. knowing your HIV status can help provide clues as to... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No need to fret: The cuff should be wide enough to cover 2/3rds of upper arm. It should be long enough to wrap completely around arm with about 2 inches of overlap.I... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Unrelated: You can take them both.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: If she was treated, and has been tested since to ensure eradication of infection, then you are at no risk. If she did not complete treatment, if she ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
6 months is ok: But you should limit it. It isn't really all that nutritious compared to the formula and other solid food. There is a lot of natural sugar in fruit ... Read More
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Jul 20, 2014
Dr Wallen is a powerhouse of medical information. She is very knowledgeable about pediatrics and medicine in general. She is providing a valuable service to the public via Healthtap. I endorse Dr. Wal...Read More
Aug 15, 2014
Dr. Wallen is knowledgable, compassionate, and answers questions with kindness and courtesy . She is the kind of doctor I would take my kids to if I lived in the Columbus area.
Feb 6, 2015
Dr. Wallen is a kind and caring physician. She gives excellent advice to our HealthTap patients. She is a great asset to our community.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I may have a asked a similar question but I wanted to add more of my symptoms to see if I was missing anything. I am starting therapy tomorrow. Thanks
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This was very helpful. Thanks! The doc assumes my son had rickets when a newborn, though he took Vit.D and its level in blood was normal, but he has a little belly, because of ribs
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I know it's the Anesth's job, I want to ask an educated question. I've read studies but wanted more practice-based insight - thnx for the reply!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, OH
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

Columbus Children's Hospital

Residency

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS

Awards

Ohio State University Outstanding Senior Resident
Ohio State University Resident Teaching Award
Top Doctor, First Place, Columbus Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Society of Anesthesiology
American Society of Bariatic Physicians
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