February 2016

Top Doctors

Find a physician you'll love!

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While it’s only been open for three short years, Seattle’s Great Wheel has become an iconic part of the city’s skyline—as have the 175-foot-tall attraction’s light displays, designed by Gerry Hall. “It was a void in the job that needed to be done, so I volunteered,” says the wheel’s general manager.

With Super Six, Marination co-owner Kamala Saxton has fulfilled her dream of opening a brick-and-mortar place in Columbia City, her home since moving from Hawaii to Seattle nearly 20 years ago.

I was born in Taipei, but I grew up in small-town Missouri, where my name and culture triggered many conversations among my classmates. That experience may, in part, be at the root of my pathological instinct to help non-Asians who look lost or overwhelmed while shopping at an Asian grocery—especially around Chinese New Year.

Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 play Miss Julie, a dialogue between a young countess and her father’s valet, set in the kitchen of her family’s estate, remains a potent and complex drama in which the powerful relationships of class difference, sexual desire and gender roles are negotiated, with tragic results.

At a fraction of the cost of fresh, foraged truffles (which can run up to hundreds of dollars per ounce), white truffle oil quickly became the wonder ingredient of the ’90s. Chefs drizzled it over hamburgers and into sauces, and tossed it with popcorn for an affordable cheat to gourmet snacking.

Major Declared Brenna Lyden started her fashion blog, Chic Street Style (, as a college freshman snapping selfies in her dorm room.

Winter is woven into the fabric of our beings as Seattleites. The ceaseless drizzle. The cloud layer a mere 14 feet off the ground. The onset of twilight in early afternoon. Some of us gripe about winter while nurturing a secret fondness. Some openly embrace it, while the rest move to some other, certainly sunnier, likely duller, clime.

In this coffee mecca, where you can’t throw a bag of Pike Place Roast without hitting a Starbucks, we’ve moved well beyond the third wave. The growing trend among Seattle’s coffee cognoscenti is roasting in small batches. What does that mean for your morning cup?

It’s time to celebrate another new year, in lunar style. The Chinese New Year begins in February, and it is the Year of the Fire Monkey—a zodiac sign that only occurs once every 60 years.

We value few things in life more than our health. We remind ourselves of this every time we offer a celebratory toast, every time we greet a friend with a simple “How are you?” and most of all, each time we fall ill—and need someone whom we can trust to help us heal.  

Wine blogger Madeline Puckette is a visual learner. A sommelier and graphic designer by training, Puckette, an Oregon native, first taught herself about wine—specifically, how to identify its flavors and aromas—by doodling on note cards. Champagne may have inspired a sketch of butter and a knobby truffle; Pinot Noir, a stem of chocolate-dipped cherries.

The Cocktail: The Red October 

A classically trained pianist, Christopher O’Riley takes the stage at Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus and begins playing some elegant Shostakovich. The young audience listens quietly. Then, O’Riley hammers out a tune by famed alternative-rock band Radiohead—and the crowd roars in approval. Just as suddenly, O’Riley returns to the graceful classical music canon.

When surgeons are dealing with clogged or narrowed aortic valves, they often perform a procedure that involves opening the chest in order to replace the blocked valve with an artificial one.

Radiation oncologists specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy.

K. Ray Badiozamani, M.D., testicular cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6801; Virginia Mason; University of Washington, 1995

Vascular surgeons treat diseases of the arteries and veins (excluding the heart) through medical therapy, minimally invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction.

These radiologists use minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in most organ systems.

Thoracic and cardiac surgery includes operations performed on any organ in the chest, including the lungs, esophagus, heart and others. Thoracic surgeons treat patients with lung cancer, coronary disease, aneurysms and heart diseases.

Urologists are surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of the urinary tract, such as urinary tract infections and incontinence. They also treat cancer of the bladder, kidneys, prostate and testes.

Thomas R. Biehl, M.D., laparoscopic surgery, hernia, thyroid & parathyroid surgery; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Surgery, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6638; Virginia Mason; University of California, San Diego, 1987

David J. Belfie, M.D., arthroscopic surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Sports Medicine, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6487; Virginia Mason; University of Washington, 1993

Rheumatologists treat arthritis and other disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments.

Julie L. Carkin, M.D., osteoporosis, rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis; The Seattle Arthritis Clinic, 10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 250, Seattle, 206.368.6123; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Boston University, 1987

Practicing a surgical subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive endocrinologists address hormonal functioning as it pertains to reproduction and infertility.

Pulmonologists treat diseases of the respiratory system, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, cancer and other disorders.

Ray C. Hsiao, M.D., substance abuse, depression; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2164; Seattle Children’s; Northwestern University, 2000

Jesse R. Fann, M.D., psychiatry in physical illness/cancer, neuro-psychiatry, depression; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.1024; UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center; Northwestern University, 1989

Kevin M. Beshlian, M.D., breast reconstruction, skin cancer, facial trauma; Polyclinic, Plastic Surgery, 1229 Madison St., Suite 1600, Seattle, 206.860.5582; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; University of Virginia, 1982

Susan D. Apkon, M.D., cerebral palsy, brain injury rehabilitation, pediatric neuromuscular disorders; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2114; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center; University of Vermont, 1994

Matthew Allen, M.D., neonatal care, adolescent medicine, ADD/ADHD; Ballard Pediatric Clinic, 7554 15th Ave. NW, Seattle, 206.783.9300; Seattle Children’s Hospital; University of Washington, 1998

You’re a Seattle native. What motivated you to return to the area after medical school on the East Coast?

You list preventive cardiology as an area of expertise. What does this mean?
Preventive cardiology is simply decreasing a person’s likelihood of having an adverse cardiac event such as a heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest. However, like many things having to do with people and human biology, this is more complicated than it seems.

What do you like most about the field of urology?

Why did you decide to go into the women’s health care field?

Do you pop an aspirin for a headache or run straight to the emergency room? Where do you go when you have a cold? According to the Washington Health Alliance, headaches are the number-one reason Puget Sound-area residents visit the ER.

And a 2015 study by the alliance reports that there are more visits to the ER for colds than for broken legs.

Seattle magazine’s Top Doctors 2016 list was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a health care research and information company founded in 1992 by a former medical college board chair and president to help guide consumers to America’s top doctors and top hospitals.

How well do you know your doctor? With today’s primary care physicians juggling thousands of patients—the national average is 2,300—you’re lucky to get 15 minutes of face time at your annual checkup. That is, unless you pay a fee to a concierge medicine service for round-the-clock, personalized primary care.

These surgical and medical specialists focus on the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.

Bruce D. Cameron, M.D., glaucoma, cataract surgery, refractive surgery; Northwest Eye Surgeons, 10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 370, Seattle, 206.528.6000; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Baylor College, 1991

Susan S. Block, M.D., comprehensive gynecology, menopause problems, laparoscopic gynecologic surgery; Minor & James Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1229 Madison St., Suite 1500, Seattle, 206.292.2200; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, 1981

These practitioners deal with the use of radioactive substances in research, diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and gastrointestinal and neurological disorders.

These radiologists use imagining procedures relating to the head, neck and spinal cord.

Jeffrey G. Jarvik,** M.D., spinal imaging, brain imaging; UW Medicine, Radiology, 325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.744.3561; Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center; University of California, San Diego, 1987

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Neurologists focus on disorders of the nervous system.

Kyra J. Becker, M.D., stroke, neuro-immunology, stroke in young adults; UW Comprehensive Stroke Center, 325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.744.9340; Harborview Medical Center; Duke University, 1989

These surgeons specialize in diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system.

Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D., Chiari’s deformity, brain tumors, minimally invasive surgery; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2544; Seattle Children’s, Harborview Medical Center; Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School, 1983

Nephrologists treat kidney disorders, diabetes, renal failure and other illnesses.

Andrew Brockenbrough, M.D., kidney transplant medicine, hypertension; Valley Nephrology, 24920 104th Ave. SE, Kent, 425.227.0231; Valley Medical Center, Auburn Regional Medical Center; Vanderbilt University, 1998

These specialists focus on comprehensive care for critically ill newborn and premature infants.

Richard Badura, M.D., prematurity/low-birth-weight infants, breathing disorders; Pediatrix Medical Group, 10700 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 503, Seattle, 206.526.2600; EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; University of Nebraska, 1979

These obstetricians and gynecologists are high-risk pregnancy experts who focus on the management of care during pregnancy and childbirth.

Internists focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases, usually long-term, comprehensive care. Internal medicine specialists and family medicine specialists serve as primary care physicians.

These physicians are experts in diagnosing and treating infections.

 William F. Ehni, M.D., AIDS/HIV, hepatitis, fevers of unknown origin; Northwest Hospital & Medicine Center, Infectious Disease, 1550 N 115th St., Suite D-101, Seattle, 206.368.1630; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; University of Washington, 1982

These specialists provide medical care for people with serious illnesses, focusing on relief from related symptoms and stress.

Sarah D. Beshlian, M.D., arthritis, arthroscopic surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome; UW Medicine Hand, Elbow & Shoulder Center at Northwest Hospital, 10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 270, Seattle, 206.368.6360; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Northwestern University, 1986

Mark B. Snowden, M.D., depression, cognitive loss in aging, mood disorders; Harborview Mental Health Services, 401 Broadway, Seattle, 206.744.9600; Harborview Medical Center; University of Washington, 1990

These cardiologists use nonsurgical interventional procedures, such as catheters, for procedures that once required open-heart surgery.

Peter A. Baciewicz, M.D., preventive cardiology, nuclear cardiology, angioplasty; Polyclinic, Cardiology, 11011 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 200, Seattle, 206.860.2302; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; New York University, 1983

Medical oncologists specialize in treating cancer with chemotherapy or other medications.

David M. Aboulafia, M.D., AIDS-related cancers, leukemia and lymphoma, myeloproliferative disorders; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Hematology/Oncology, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6193; Virginia Mason; University of Michigan, 1983

Charles W. Drescher, M.D., gynecologic cancers, robotic surgery, ovarian cancer; Pacific Gynecology Specialists, 1101 Madison St., Suite 1500, Seattle, 206.965.1700; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; University of Michigan, 1984

Hematologists treat blood diseases such as cancer, lymphoma, anemia and sickle cell disease. Oncologists and other internal medicine practitioners work in this specialty.

Why are we hearing about so many kids these days with nut allergies? It’s unclear why peanut and tree nut allergy (and, in fact, food allergy in general) has been increasing over the last 15–20 years but recent studies suggest that 3 to 6 percent of children have a food allergy.
These specialists diagnose and treat conditions that occur in older adults, typically ages 65 and older.

These doctors diagnose and treat disorders of the stomach, intestines, bowels and other organs, such as the liver, gallbladder and pancreas, as well as the esophagus.

Family practice physicians care for the whole family, including children and the elderly.

Kirsten M. Andrews, M.D., psychosomatic disorders, addiction medicine, nutrition and disease prevention/control; Polyclinic, Family Medicine, 904 Seventh Ave., Seattle, 206.860.4424; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; Brown University, 2004

These specialists are concerned with the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands, among others, as well as nutritional disorders, sexual disorders and problems such as diabetes and hypertension. Endocrinologists are also internal medicine specialists.

These radiologists use imaging procedures to diagnose and treat disease.

How do your two specialties—neurology and clinical genetics—complement each other? The role of genetics in neurological diseases is key; more than half of our genes are expressed exclusively in the brain.

These pediatricians focus on the treatment of development disabilities such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, visual and hearing impairments, autism spectrum disorders, attention and behavioral disorders, learning and habit disorders and more.

Dermatologists treat conditions affecting the skin. Many dermatologists also perform cosmetic dermatology procedures.

These physicians provide intensive care to critically ill patients in emergency and special-care units. All types of doctors and surgeons can work in this specialty depending on the critical condition.

These physicians treat diseases of the intestinal tract, colon and rectum.

Clinical geneticists focus their attention on genetically linked diseases.

Marc Charles Chamberlain, M.D., brain tumors, neuro-oncology, clinical trials; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Neurology, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.7222; UW Medical Center; Columbia University, 1977

Ray C. Hsiao, M.D., substance abuse, depression; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2164; Seattle Children’s; Northwestern University, 2000

These cardiologists treat disorders of the heart, lungs and blood vessels.

These cardiologists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders.
Surgical oncologists specialize in the removal of tumors and cancerous tissue, and perform biopsies.
These practitioners focus on disorders involving the immune system.
This subspecialty within psychiatry focuses on diagnosing and treating substance abuse and addiction.Steven M.

Mental health issues such as depression are closely tied to physical health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, say behavioral health specialists, yet patients are far more likely to treat physical woes separately from mental ones.

One of the most talked-about developments in our community over the past year has been the influx of Chinese residents—and investors—into the city. It’s a topic we explored last January, in a story about how purchases of both commercial and residential real estate are changing Seattle’s and the Eastside’s landscape and neighborhoods.

If you like fried pork rinds, you have to try the tapioca puff chips ($6) at Brimmer & Heeltap, the Ballard bistro known for its inventive, Korean-inspired fare.

As Seattleites breathe a collective groan over Bertha’s continually delayed drilling beneath the city, Westlake-based Pavia Systems ( broke new ground in urban planning with the launch of HeadLight last year.

What defines a romantic restaurant? Candlelight and tablecloths? Cheesy. Soft music? Yawn. Nowadays, it’s more about telling a story; using intimate spaces, thought-provoking art and, of course, delicious, memorable food to create a meaningful mood.

A woman’s fertility begins to decrease at age 30, according to Pacific NW Fertility. By age 40, the chance of spontaneous pregnancy is less than half of what it was at age 30. That’s why increasing numbers of women are opting to keep their childbearing options open by preserving their eggs. 

n his “The Myth of Sisyphus” essay, French philosopher 

Mark W. Burns, M.D., hypospadias, undescended testes, hernia; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2509; Seattle Children’s; University of Washington, 1979

Stephanie Acierno, M.D., pediatric surgery; Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center, Pediatric Surgery, 311 S L St., Tacoma, 253.403.4613; Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital; University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1999

Anne M. Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., lupus/SLE, autoimmune disease, scleroderma; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2057; Seattle Children’s; Baylor College of Medicine, 1995

Preetam Bandla, M.D., sleep disorders/apnea; Pediatric Sleep Medicine at Swedish, 550 17th Ave., Suite A-20, Seattle, 206.386.4744; Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill; JJM Medical College, India, 1999

Andrew F. Inglis, M.D., airway disorders, voice disorders, laryngeal stenosis; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2105; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center; Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1981

Joseph T. Flynn Jr., M.D., M.S., hypertension, dialysis care, chronic kidney disease; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2524; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center; State University of New York, Upstate, 1987

Jane Burns, M.D., cystic fibrosis infection, antibiotic resistance; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2073; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center; University of Washington, 1978

K. Scott Baker, M.D., hematopoietic cell transplantation; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2106; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; University of Nebraska, 1988

Simon Horslen, MBChB, liver transplant medicine, intestine transplant medicine, liver disease; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2521; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center; University of Bristol, U.K., 1984

Martin A. Goldsmith, M.D., diabetes, growth disorders; Pediatrics Northwest, 34503 Ninth Ave. S, Suite 220, Federal Way, 253.927.3243; Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital; Albany Medical College, 1975

Harris P. Baden, M.D., pediatric cardiac critical care; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2170; Seattle Children’s; University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 1989

Peter S. Hesslein, M.D., cardiac electrophysiology, congenital heart disease, pacemakers; Northwest Congenital Heart Care, Jackson Hall Medical Center, 314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, 253.396.4868; Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital; Baylor College of Medicine, 1976

William K. Butler, M.D., Group Health, Allergy & Immunology, 125 16th Ave. E, Seattle, 206.326.3000; Virginia Mason Medical Center; Ohio State University, 1973

A pathologist examines body tissues to diagnose diseases and to determine the cause of various conditions.

Rochelle L. Garcia, M.D., gynecologic and breast pathology, international pathology and general pathology; Pathology at UWMC, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.6400; UW Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; University of Washington, 1989

Anesthesiologists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and some psychiatrists practice pain medicine.

Otolaryngologists diagnose and treat disorders from the shoulders up (ears, nose and throat) with the exception of the eyes and brain; among those disorders are hearing loss, tonsillitis and nasal obstructions.

I made this for an everyday family dinner tonight. But I also make this for Chinese New Year. At New Year's the giant meatballs are symbolic of the family reunion. The big feast on New Year's Eve is actually called the reunion dinner.

We’re a progressive city with one of the most progressive mayors in America—Ed Murray—but we’re also one of the whitest. And we’re struggling with that.

Donald Byrd is a singular figure in Seattle’s art world.
Seattle has the second-highest number of “cat ladies” in the country, according to recent 
market data, which found that nearly one in 10 single women 

Sometimes it takes more than a cup of joe to kick-start the day. For those seeking extra inspiration, CreativeMornings could be just the ticket. Taking place at 8:30 a.m.

Carlo Bellabarba, M.D., spinal surgery, scoliosis, spondyloarthropathies; UW Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, 325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.744.9340; Harborview Medical Center; McGill University, 1992

Neighborhood Snapshot
Population: 5,341
Median Household Income: $50,278
Median Home Value: $400,633—9.2 percent less than the Seattle average and 46.8 percent greater than the Washington average.
Median Rent Prices: $1,188

As Seattleites breathe a collective groan over Bertha’s continually delayed drilling beneath the city, Westlake-based Pavia Systems ( broke new ground in urban planning with the launch of HeadLight last year.

Where: Charleston, Oregon, a quaint fishing town nestled beside the mouth of Coos Bay.