It wasn’t long ago that a person’s personal health record was a box kept at home, overflowing with immunization records, lab results and past prescriptions, and there was a similar file at all of the various doctors and clinics that person visited. Nowadays, many of those records—along with doctors’ notes—are being offered online, with hospitals and companies making an effort to increase patient access to health information.
Among the most critical agents of change spawned by the Affordable Care Act are the millions of newly insured people catapulted into the system, creating new demands and pressures for already jam-packed emergency rooms and medical practices. In Washington state, since October 2013, more than 164,000 residents have signed up for private health insurance through the state’s health care exchange, with the bulk of people enrolling in the final three months leading up to the March deadline, state officials announced in April. Hundreds of thousands more signed up for Medicaid.
Thomas Biehl, M.D., pancreatic surgery, liver surgery, laparoscopic surgery; Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6638; Virginia Mason; University of California, San Diego, 1987
David Byrd, M.D., surgical oncology, gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancer; UW Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4477; UWMC, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Eastside Specialty Center; Tulane University, 1982
This spring, a 45-year-old poet living in Madrona experienced what she described as a fluttering heart. During a checkup, her general practitioner prescribed a 48-hour EKG device. She dutifully wore the portable monitor, and a week later, learned that her heart was perfectly healthy. That was good news—until the bills came, four of them adding up to $39,000, of which only $6,000 was covered by insurance.
Rosemary Agostini, M.D., primary care sports medicine, sports concussion, exercise as medicine; Group Health Bellevue Medical Center, 11511 NE 10th St., Bellevue, 425.502.3600; Group Health Cooperative; New York Medical College, 1981
David J. Belfie, M.D., orthopedic surgery, arthroscopic surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery; Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center, Lindeman Pavilion, 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6487; Virginia Mason; University of Washington, 1993
David C. Chang, M.D., obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia; The Polyclinic Sleep Medicine Center, 1001 Broadway, Suite 215, Seattle, 206.860.4545; Swedish Medical Center; Indiana University, 1995
Morris Chang, M.D., obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, parasomnias; Highline Sleep Center, 16233 Sylvester Road SW, Burien, 206.988.5779; Highline Medical Center; University of Kansas, 1992
Treatment of arthritis, rheumatism and other disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments
Julie L. Carkin*, M.D., osteoporosis prevention and treatment, bone health; The Seattle Arthritis Clinic, 10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 250, Seattle, 206.368.6123; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Boston University, 1987
Jeffrey S. Carlin, M.D., inflammatory arthritis, lupus, scleroderma and vasculitis; Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6824; Virginia Mason; New York University, 1975
The use of radioactive equipment, including X-ray machines, to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries.
Maria Chong, M.D., Radia, 12040 NE 128th St., Kirkland, 425.899.1828; EvergreenHealth Medical Center; University of Washington, 1992
Sam Chun, M.D., musculoskeletal imaging, spinal injections for pain management, MRI; UW Medicine Valley Medical Center, 400 S 43rd St., Renton, 425.251.5183; Valley Medical Center; University of British Columbia, 1999
A sub-specialty of radiology that utilizes minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in most organ systems
Mehran Fotoohi, M.D., interventional oncology, pancreatic and biliary interventions, endovascular interventional procedures; Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.583.6591; Virginia Mason; The Chicago Medical School, 1995
Also known as cardiovascular surgery, cardiac surgery includes aortic and valve surgery, artificial hearts and implantable devices, atrial fibrillation and bypass surgery, valve surgery and more.
Mark E. Hill, M.D., adult cardiac surgery, adult thoracic surgery; Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6198; Virginia Mason; University of Utah, 1989
Surgeons, gastroenterologists, nutritionists and psychiatrists work in weight-loss medicine, which includes supervised diet and nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes, medications and surgery to help patients achieve a healthy weight.
Jeffrey A. Hunter, M.D., laparoscopic, general surgery, colon and hiatal hernia surgery, surgery for obesity; Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center, 33501 First Way S, Federal Way, 253.874.1604; Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Cincinnati, 1983
Charles A. Cowan**, M.D., Asperger’s syndrome; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2204; Seattle Children’s; Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 1968
Gary Stobbe, M.D., autism spectrum disorders, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury; UW Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific S., Seattle, 206.598.6950; UWMC, Seattle Children’s Hospital; Albany Medical College, New York, 1989