What is your elevator pitch for what a naturopath does?A naturopathic doctor is a primary care provider, just like a medical doctor. We assess patients through history taking, physical exam and diagnostic tests. The biggest difference, though, is in the treatment. Naturopathic doctors focus on a more natural approach to treatment, using vitamins, herbs, physical medicine, lifestyle counseling, and will only recommend prescription medicine when absolutely necessary. What is the most common misconception about naturopathy?
Why did you specialize in breast cancer?People in medicine often develop a passion to tackle what they fear or have strong feelings about. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was a first-year medical student. I went with her to all her appointments and read everything I could about the disease. I then had three cousins diagnosed before 50, and one died in her 40s. I really tried to choose a more balanced career path, but I kept coming back to oncology as something I felt I had to pursue.
These specialists focus on comprehensive care for critically ill newborn and premature infants
Barry Lawson, M.D., intensive-care nursery; Pediatrix Medical Group, 12040 NE 128th St., fourth floor, Kirkland, 425.899.6601; EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center; St. George’s University, 1981
Ryan M. McAdams, M.D., Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2000; UW Medical Center; Medical College of Wisconsin, 1998
In March, the United Network for Organ Sharing authorized the UW Medical Center to be one of 20 centers nationwide for performing face, hand, arm and abdominal wall transplants. Dr. Peter Neligan, who will be part of the team on these surgeries, spearheaded the effort to establish the University of Washington as a center for these rare and complex surgeries, known as vascularized composite allograft, or VCA, transplants. The first surgeries could begin by next spring. Can you explain how VCA transplants are different from traditional single-organ transplants?
These obstetricians and gynecologists focus on the management of care during pregnancy and childbirth
Edith Y. Cheng,* M.D., prenatal genetics, maternal genetic conditions, critical care; Maternal and Infant Care Clinic at UWMC, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4070; Seattle Children’s Prenatal Diagnosis Clinic at Springbrook, 4540 Sand Point Way NE, Building 1, Seattle, 206.984.2000; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital; University of Washington, 1987
Infectious diseases grabbed headlines last winter, from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to the spike in measles in the United States. What do you think was the biggest story during the past year? Both diseases also show global problems we have with infrastructure, access to fresh and clean water, limited resources in terms of antimicrobial agents and the complacency/resistance towards vaccine-preventable diseases.Why did you decide to specialize in infectious disease?
Internists focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases, usually long-term, comprehensive care
Edward S. Dy, M.D., diabetes; UW Neighborhood Factoria Clinic, 13231 SE 36th St., Bellevue, 425.957.9000; UW Medical Center (University of Washington clinical assistant professor of internal medicine); University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, 1991
These practitioners integrate alternative practices, such as acupuncture and naturopathy, with traditional medicine
Mi-Jung Lee, N.D., LAc, hormone balance, natural antiaging, functional medicine; Tahoma Clinic, 15446 Bel-Red Road, B10, Redmond, 425.497.9558; 6839 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila, 206.812.9988; Bastyr University, 2004
What is your favorite part of your workday?At the start of every team meeting, we talk about patients whom we’ve cared for who died in the previous week. We reserve this time to talk about that person as a whole person, not just as a patient. And this is the time that I hear stories not just about the patients who we care for, but also about the incredible members of the team who care for them. I never cease to be amazed by the skill, compassion, inventiveness and abiding good humor of my teammates who work in hospice and palliative medicine.
In all the years Seattle magazine has been asking local doctors to nominate health care practitioners for our Top Doctors list, only one doctor has received top votes in his specialty every single year. It’s probably no surprise to his colleagues and patients that this man is Joseph Gruss, M.D., chief of Craniofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Peter Hashisaki, M.D., Overlake Hospital Medical Center, 1035 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, 425.455.8248; Overlake; University of Washington, 1975
Jason Kettler, M.D., HIV care; Group Health, Bellevue Medical Center, 11511 NE 10th St., 206.326.3055; Group Health Cooperative, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center; West Virginia University, 1998
Hospitalists are concerned with the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patientsBonnie V. Baker, M.D., perioperative medicine; Group Health Bellevue Medical Center, 11511 NE 10th St., 425.502.3280; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; University of Rochester, 2009James Boswell,* M.D., internal medicine; Overlake Hospitalist Practice, 1035 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, 425.688.5072; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; Albany Medical School, 2002
Greg Grabowski, DPM, foot and ankle reconstruction; Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Bellevue, 11711 NE 12th St., No. 1B, 425.450.0029; Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians; California College of Podiatric Medicine, Oakland, 2001
Joshua Buckler, M.D., valvular heart disease (aortic stenosis/regurgitation, mitral stenosis/regurgitation), coronary artery disease, cholesterol/lipid disorders; Pacific Medical Centers, First Hill, 1101 Madison St., Suite 301, Seattle, 206.505.1300; PacMed, Swedish Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Washington, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2001