Career & Background

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Healthcare quality and patient safety have been a focus of my career as an Emergency Physician at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington. In 2010 I was elected to the Governing Board of the Evergreen and appointed Chair of the newly formed Board Quality and Safety Committee. As a result of my interest in patient safety, I have served as an Expert Witness for both defense and plaintiff attorneys since 1985.

During my career as an Emergency Physician, I was heavily involved in Peer Review and Quality Assurance  within our EM Department, especially during the 25 years from 1977-2003 when I served as Medical Director and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. I also served as Medical Director of Evergreen Medic I from 1979-1994, and was commended as EMS Medical Advisor of the Year Award for the State of Washington in 1994. I also co-founded and was the first Medical Director of our Hospitalist Program, 1999-2001.

I have also served in several roles in our hospital and  Medical Staff, including Executive Committee (1980-2003; Chief of Medical Staff, 1981), Credentials Committee (1977-1984; Chair, 1982), and various Quality Committees (1980-1981, 2010-2014). I also served on the King County EMS/Trauma Committee from 1992-2002.

In 2010 I relinquished my partnership in the EM group due to a conflict of interest between that role and my service on the hospital’s Board. However, I remained a part-time hourly employee until 2014, working occasionally in our Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic. I continue to have active staff privileges in EM at Evergreen and remain certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine until 2022.

Some additional background:

After attending high school in Juneau, Alaska, I graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Mathematics. I then received my M.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1969 and completed a rotating internship at San Bernardino County Hospital in California the following year. I returned to the Puget Sound area from 1970-1972 as a Clinical Officer in the US Navy at Whidbey Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor.

During that time I moonlighted in nearby Emergency Departments, anticipating that EM would be my eventual career. However before doing so, I spent 16 months in Green Bay, Wisconsin, practicing Family Medicine (Board Certified 1978-2013) about 2/3 time, commuting between Green Bay and Canterbury, England, where my wife was studying at the University of Kent. I began my career as full-time Emergency Physician at Evergreen in 1973.

With 2 other EM partners, we opened an Urgent Care center in 1985, eventually selling it to the hospital in 1996. I have also worked part-time as a Ship’s Physician in Occupational Medicine for Holland America Line from 1988-2004 and served as a short-term Medical Missionary from 1984-2009, primarily in Kenya and Honduras. I have maintained membership in ACEP (Board of Directors 1998-2003), WSMA (Committee on Trauma 1991 & 1998) and the AMA and served on the King County Medical Society Board of Trustees and Grievance Committee early in my career.

 

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