UP Health System - Specialty Clinics 

What Parents Need to Know

The Specialty Clinics provides services to infants, children, adolescents and some adults with medically complex conditions. Our mission is to provide the highest quality service to patients and families with special needs and to be a local resource for health care providers throughout the region. We accomplish this goal by utilizing the expertise of local providers as well as bringing subspecialty experts from other institutions to UP Health System to provide outstanding services close to home.

The specialty clinics are designed for subspecialty physicians and local team members to provide multidisciplinary assessments. We encourage patients and their families to participate in the treatment planning by allowing opportunities to ask questions and discuss concerns with each team member. 

UP Health System is an approved Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) facility for both inpatient and outpatient pediatric services.

Types of Specialty Clinics: 
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- Cardiology Clinic
- Developmental Assessment Clinic
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic
- Genetics Clinic
- Hemophilia Clinic
- Perinatology Clinic
- Pediatric Endocrinology/Pediatric Diabetes Clinic
- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic
- Pediatric Multi-Handicap/Chronic Disease Clinic
- Pediatric Neurology Clinic
- Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorder Clinic

Phone: 906.449.4880 or 
1.800.562.9753 ext. 4777

What Health Care Providers Need to Know 

A referral to the Specialty Clinics at UP Health System - Marquette can be made by calling the clinic at 1.800.562.9753 ext. 4880 or 906.449.4880, Fax: 906.449.1815, or by completing the Specialty Clinic Referral Form. The form is designed to identify the pertinent information needed to process the referral efficiently and to be sure that your patient is evaluated by the clinic that best meets your needs. Please call the Specialty Clinic office to obtain a copy of the form.

Fax Referral
Fax a copy of your records with the patient's demographic information, diagnosis if available, and a brief letter or office note describing the reason for the referral. Our staff will contact the family to schedule the appointment.
The clinic fax number is 906.449.1815.
Mail Referral
Mail the above-mentioned referral information to UP Health System - Marquette Specialty Clinic, 850 West Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855. We will contact the family to schedule the appointment. If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Taylor, RN, clinic manager. We appreciate your referrals and will assist you in any way we can.

Information About Your Appointment

The Specialty Clinics are designed to provide a multidisciplinary assessment specific to the child's health condition. The child will be assessed on the day of the clinic by several health care professionals who will lend their expertise in developing a plan of care. After assessing the child, these professionals will talk with each other about developing goals related to the child's health care problems. Recommendations will be made for services to help meet those goals.
A clinic appointment can take between 1½ to 3 hours to complete, depending on how many clinic team members the child has been scheduled to see. It is recommended that parents plan to arrange childcare for other children in the family so that they will be able to focus on and assist with their child's assessment. Recommendations will be made on the day of the clinic. If follow-up appointments are recommended, parents will receive a letter about one month before the appointment is due, asking them to call and schedule an appointment time.

Because our physicians are here on a limited basis, it is important for you to keep your scheduled appointment. Please contact us in advance if you are not able to keep your appointment so that someone on a waiting list can be seen in your slot. We will make every attempt to reschedule you in a timely manner, however, you may not be able to get another appointment for 2-6 months, depending on the specialty. 

Consent to Treat Minor Without Parent/Guardian Present Form
For appointments or information, call 906.449.4880 or 1.800.562.9753 ext. 4880.

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Cardiology Clinic:

This clinic is staffed by a group of physicians from the University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Center and provides consultation and follow up to both children and adults with congenital heart defects and other cardiac problems such as murmurs, arrhythmias, syncope, cardiomyopathy, and other heart problems. An EKG and/or Echocardiogram may be performed during the evaluation. Dr. James Reinhart is full-time at UPHS - Marquette.

This is a State of Michigan sponsored Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) clinic. CSHCS is a supplemental insurance program for children with long-term health care needs.

University of Michigan C.S. Motts Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Center
Dr. Thor Thorsson
Dr. Catherine Webb
Dr. Timothy Cotts
Dr. David Bradley
Dr. James Reinhart

Developmental Clinic

The goal of the Developmental Assessment Clinic is to help children and youth challenged by problems of development, learning, and behavior who would benefit from a multidisciplinary evaluation.  This often includes children and youth felt to be on the autism spectrum. Evaluations are performed by a team of providers including pediatrics, occupational and/or physical therapy, speech and language pathologist, and psychologist if indicated. An evaluation at the Developmental Clinic will lead to a better understanding of your child’s problems and help identify their strengths.

  • We are a Blue Cross Blue Shield Approved Autism Evaluation Center (AAEC)
  • We also have Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Developmental Assessment Clinic that provides ongoing developmental  evaluation for NICU graduates that are at a higher risk for developmental problems

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the term used to describe a condition with a variety of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can be characterized by various combinations of growth deficiency, specific types of physical findings, and behavioral and learning problems with possible lifelong implications. By identifying specific strengths and problem areas, a FASD evaluation can lead to better understanding so that effective educational, behavioral, and medical strategies can be developed.

FASD New Patient Information Form
Release of Information Forms: 
FASD Doctor's Office
FASD School/Early On
FASD Psychological 
FASD Birth Hospital 

Genetics Clinic

The University of Michigan Division of Pediatric Genetics, Metabolism and Genomic Medicine provides evaluation for children with suspected genetic disorders.  During the clinic visit a detailed family health history is obtained and an examination is performed by a physician who specializes in genetic disorders (medical geneticist) who will determine if any lab tests or other studies  are needed to help find a diagnosis.  You will also meet with a genetics counsellor.  On-going consultation is provided when needed.

University of Michigan Division of Pediatric Genetics, Metabolism and Genomic Medicine
Dr. Jeffrey Innis
Dr. Ayesha Ahmad
Dr. Donna Martin
Dr. Catherine Keegan
Dr. Shane Quinonez
Dr. Mark Hannibal

Hemophilia Clinic

Children and adults attend Hemophilia Clinic for comprehensive evaluation and management of hemophilia disorders.  The clinic is staffed by a team from Michigan State University and local providers.  Patients and their families will have the opportunity to meet with a nurse educational coordinator (MSU), physician, social worker, dietitian, dental hygienist, psychologist, physical therapist, and nurse (local) during the visit.  Lab work is ordered and reviewed as necessary.

Michigan State University Center of Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
Dr. Diane MacDonald

Perinatology Clinic

This clinic specializes in providing consultations for certain high risk pregnancies that would benefit from evaluation by a physician that specializes in this area (perinatologist).  Our Perinatology Clinic provides a limited or full obstetrical ultrasound during the visit as well as genetic counseling as needed.  Genetic testing and amniocentesis can be done on the same day if deemed necessary.  Recommendations for pregnancy care and delivery are provided to you and your physician.

Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic

This clinic provides consultation and evaluation of problems such as thyroid disorders, suspected growth hormone deficiency, adrenal insufficiency, and other problems related to the hormone producing glands. The clinic is staffed by physicians from University of Michigan Mott children’s Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology  department.  Patients with diabetes are seen in a separate clinic. 

Endocrine History Form

Pediatric Diabetes Clinic

Children and youth with Type I (juvenile) and Type II Diabetes are managed in the Diabetes Clinic.  This multidisciplinary clinic is staffed by physicians from University of Michigan Motts Children’s Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology department, a diabetes educator, dietician, and social worker.  Hemoglobin A1C testing is available on site at the clinic.

University of Michigan Pediatric Endocrinology
Dr. Ram Menon
Dr. Michael Wood
Dr. Delia Vazquez
Dr. Daniel Shumer
Dr. Ming Chen

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic

Physicians specialists in pediatric hematology and oncology from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine provide consultation and on-going care for disorders involving the blood system such as anemias, congenital and acquired hematological disorders such as bleeding and clotting problems (known hemophilia patients are managed in a separate special clinic), as well as post-treatment monitoring for childhood malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma, and solid tumors.

Michigan State University Center of Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
Dr. Roshni Kulkarni
Dr. Renuka Gera
Dr. Aiovi Scott-Emuakpor
Dr. Hanmod Santosh
Dr. Aghiad Chamdin

Pediatric Multi-Handicap/Chronic Disease Clinic

The Multi-handicap Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic for children, youth, and young adults up to age 21 years with chronic health problems (e.g. cerebral palsy)  that would benefit from being able to have an evaluation from a number of providers in one setting so that a comprehensive management plan can be developed. A comprehensive visit involves meeting with the pediatrician, physiatrist (a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine), nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist, social worker and dietician. Management visits with a smaller number of providers also can occur for established patients as indicated. The appointment may take up to three hours to complete. Any additional tests such as lab work, x-ray and other imagining studies or referrals will be ordered as needed. After the visit, the providers meet for a “staffing” to develop recommendations which are shared with the family and the patient’s personal physician.

UPHS Pediatrician
Dr. G Michael Nidiffer

UP Rehab Medicine Associates
Dr. Carl Eiben

Pediatric Neurology Clinic

This clinic is staffed by a pediatric neurologist from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids who provides consultation for a variety of neurologic problems especially disorders of nerve and/or muscle (e.g. neuropathies, muscular dystrophies) and movement disorders (e.g. tics and tremors).
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DeVos Department of Pediatric Neurology
Dr. Steven DeRoos

Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic 

This is a multidisciplinary subspecialty consultation clinic for patients that have problems requiring subspecialty medical and surgical consultations that cannot be provided by other clinics and meets twice a year. The clinic is staffed by physicians from the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital (pediatric neurosurgeon, pediatric orthopedic surgeon, pediatric urologist and pediatric physical medicine and rehab physician), and a nurse, physical therapist, dietitian, social worker, and respiratory therapist (when needed) from Up Health System – Marquette.

University of Michigan
Dr. Virginia Nelson, Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Michele Caird, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Cormac Maher, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Dr. John Park, Pediatric Urology
Bela Selzer, NP, Dept. of Neurosurgery

To make an appointment or to learn more, call 906.449.4880