July 2015

Top Doctors 2015: Palliative Care

These specialists provide medical care for people with serious illnesses, focusing on relief from related symptoms and stress Kerry Eby,* M.D., internal medicine; Overlake Hospitalist Practice, 1035 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, 425.688.5072; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; University of Washington, 2001 Caroline J. Hurd,* M.D., primary palliative and supportive care clinic, inpatient palliative care consultation service;…

Seattle Mag

How We Conducted our 2015 Top Doctors Survey

Our 15th annual Top Doctors list is the result of more than nearly 15,000 nominations gathered through our comprehensive, controlled, peer-to-peer survey process. Data collection and evaluation was managed by Bellevue-based GMA Research, working in partnership with Seattle-based CHCS Internet Development and Seattle magazine. With more than 30 years of experience, GMA (gmaresearch.com) uses a…

Seattle magazine staff

Happy Birthday, Fred Hutch

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center turns 40

If any organization captures the pioneering and enduring spirit of Seattle’s vibrant biomedical research scene, it has to be hometown giant Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Known simply as Fred Hutch, the center was opened in 1975 by Dr. Bill Hutchinson, who named it in honor of his brother, a Major League Baseball player who…

Seattle Mag

Evaluating Wounds via a Smartphone App

First-ever wound evaluator aims to reduce dangerous postoperative infection

The images may not be be Pinterest-worthy, but to surgeon Heather Evans, they’re priceless. The associate professor of surgery at the University of Washington is leading the development of a smartphone application that will allow patients to send photos of their incisions to their care team—hopefully, before the wounds advance to the point of infection….

Sheila Cain

The 100K Wellness Project Has Been Collecting Data About Human Bodies since 2014

Using the strength in numbers to improve wellness

When it comes to health research, the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), cofounded by pioneering biologist Leroy Hood, M.D., thinks big—really big. One of the institute’s pioneering studies, the 100K Wellness Project, has been collecting data about human bodies from brains to genes, since March 2014. Participants get their genomes sequenced upon entry, their sleep…

Niki Stojnic

Research Spotlight on Cardiac Health

Stem cell innovations could help the heart to heal itself

Heart disease is the number-one cause of death worldwide. Despite its strength, the heart is one of the least regenerative organs in the body, and heart attacks irreparably damage crucial muscle cells. The scar tissue left behind can cause chronic heart failure. University of Washington researchers Chuck Murry, M.D., Ph.D., and Michael Laflamme, M.D., Ph.D.,…

Amelia Apfel