Top Doctors 2018: Neurology

Part of our annual list of the region's best physicians

By Edited by Virginia Smyth March 1, 2018

Shot of an unrecognisable nurse standing in a hospital

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the April 2018 issue, as part of the Top Doctors cover story. Click here to subscribe.

Neurologists focus on disorders of the nervous system including the brain and spinal cord.

James Duane Bowen, M.D.,** multiple sclerosis; Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center, 1600 E Jefferson St., Level A, Seattle, 206.320.2200; Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1982 

Michael R. Chun, M.D., sleep disorders; The Everett Clinic, 3901 Hoyt Ave., Everett, 425.339.5408; Providence Regional Medical Center Everett; University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 1989 

William Longstreth Jr., M.D., cerebrovascular disease, stroke; Neurology Clinic at Harborview, 410 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.744.3992; Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, 1975 

Braden Nago, M.D., headache, neurophysiology; The Polyclinic, Neurology, 904 Seventh Ave., Seattle, 206.860.2310; Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill, Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; John A. Burns School of Medicine, 2000 

Ali Samii, M.D., movement disorders, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, tremor and dystonia; Neurology Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.7688; University of Washington Medical Center; McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Canada, 1989 

Timothy Scearce, M.D., multiple sclerosis, stroke, migraine; Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 125 16th Ave. E, Seattle, 206.326.3000; Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill; Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1988 

David W. Schmidt, M.D., stroke, epilepsy/seizure disorders, Alzheimer’s disease; Kaiser Permanente Tacoma Medical Center, 209 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, 253.596.3300; University of South Florida College of Medicine, 1990 

11 Years Lynne P. Taylor, M.D., neurology, neuro-oncology, palliative care; Alvord Brain Tumor Center at University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.2282; University of Washington Medical Center; Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis, 1982 

Jaymes Venema, M.D., movement disorders, dementia; Pacific Medical Centers, Canyon Park, 1909 214th St. SE, Suite 300, Bothell, 425.412.7200; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill; Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann School of Medicine, 2001 

Michael Weiss, M.D., neuromuscular disorders, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Guillain-Barre syndrome, myasthenia gravis; Neurology Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.7688; University of Washington Medical Center; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1991 


Join The Must List

Seattle's best events delivered to your inbox

Follow Us

Top Doctors 2022

Top Doctors 2022

Seattle magazine’s 22nd annual list of the best physicians in the Puget Sound region

Many people have no idea how to find a doctor. They often rely on recommendations from friends or colleagues, or whomever their health system suggests. Personal referrals matter, but, in partnership with Castle Connolly, we’ve created a comprehensive guide of notable doctors throughout the Puget Sound area. For more than two decades, Seattle magazine has…

Top Doctors 2021: A Human Touch

Top Doctors 2021: A Human Touch

Dr. Eric Chen realized he enjoyed working with patients after an initial interest in research

Name: Eric Chen, M.D., PhD. Practice and Hospital Affiliation: Hematology and medical oncology, Kaiser Permanente Bellevue Medical Center and Overlake Hospital Why did you pick your specialty? Research is what initially drew me into the field. Although I enjoyed research in the laboratory, had wonderful research mentors and considered it as a career, working directly with…

Top Doctors 2021: A Life-Changing Experience

Top Doctors 2021: A Life-Changing Experience

Her father’s heart attack persuaded Dr. Sara Weiss to become a cardiologist

Name: Sara Weiss, M.D.  Practice and Hospital Affiliation: Cardiology, Virginia Mason Medical Center Why did you pick your specialty? When I was in college, my father had a heart attack but didn’t recognize the symptoms. He did not seek medical attention until a significant amount of heart damage had occurred. Thankfully, with the help of…

Top Doctors 2021: A Reassuring Voice

Top Doctors 2021: A Reassuring Voice

Colon and rectal surgery is ‘interesting and rewarding’

Name: Ulrik Wallin, M.D., Ph.D. Practice and Hospital Affiliation: Colon and rectal surgery, The Polyclinic Colon & Rectal Surgery (located at The Polyclinic Broadway), affiliated with Swedish First Hill. Why did you pick your specialty? I feel fortunate to be a colorectal surgeon because of the variety of ways I can help people. Many patients who see…