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
Hugh Allen**, M.D., spinal pain, cancer pain, regional anesthesia; Group Health, Capitol Hill campus, 201 16th Ave. E, Seattle, 206.326.3000; Group Health Cooperative, Group Health Bellevue Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Southern California, 1988
David Y. Kim, M.D., outpatient surgery; EvergreenHealth Medical Center, 12040 NE 128th St., Kirkland, 425.899.3455; EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Evergreen Surgical Center, Evergreen Orthopedic Surgery Center; University of California, Irvine, 1993
Pediatricians focusing on the medical, psychological and social challenges during the transition from childhood to adulthood
Cora Collette Breuner, M.D., MPH, eating disorders, headaches, sports medicine; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2028; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center; Thomas Jefferson Medical College, 1982
Andrew Ayars, M.D., drug allergy, mast cell–mediated disease, primary immunodeficiency; UW Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4615, UW Eastside Specialty Center, 3100 Northup Way, Bellevue, 877.520.5000; UWMC, Seattle Children’s Hospital; Saint Louis University, 2006
William K. Butler, M.D., asthma, allergic rhinitis, immunodeficiency; Group Health Allergy Clinic, 125 16th Ave. E, Seattle, 206.326.2391; Group Health Cooperative, Virginia Mason Medical Center; Ohio State University, 1973