Ramasamy Bakthavatsalam, M.D., kidney care, liver transplantation, urology; Kidney Care and Transplantation Services at UW Medical Center, 1959 Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.0667; UW Medical Center (University of Washington associate professor of surgery and urology), Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Madras Medical College, India, 1984
Christian Kuhr, M.D., kidney and pancreas transplantation, urologic surgery; Virginia Mason Medical Center, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.624.1144; Virginia Mason; University of Washington, 1988
Focusing on the chest cavity and rib cage, including the heart, lungs and esophagus, thoracic surgeons treat patients with lung cancer, coronary diseases, aneurysms and heart diseases
Alex Farivar, M.D., lung cancer, esophageal disease, robotic surgery; Swedish Thoracic Surgery, 1101 Madison St., Suite 900, Seattle, 206.215.6800; Swedish Medical Center; Boston University, 1999
Thomas R. Biehl, M.D., hepato-biliary and pancreatic surgery, hernia, adrenal surgery; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Buck Pavilion, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6638; Virginia Mason; University of California, San Diego, 1987
Mark T. Brakstad, M.D., breast surgery, laparoscopic surgery; Northwest Surgical Specialists, Medical Office Building, 1560 N 115th St., Suite 102, Seattle, 206.363.2882; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; University of Washington, 1983
Rosemary Agostini, M.D., chief of Activity, Sports and Exercise Medicine; prevention, evaluation and management of sports-related concussions; Group Health Bellevue Medical Center, 11511 NE 10th St., 855.442.7778; Group Health Cooperative; New York Medical College, 1981
David C. Chang, M.D., sleep apnea, insomnia, snoring; The Polyclinic Sleep Medicine Center, 1001 Broadway, Suite 215, Seattle, 206.860.4545; The Polyclinic Northgate, 11011 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 200, Seattle, 206.329.1760; Swedish Medical Center; Indiana University, 1995
Morris Chang, M.D., obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, movement disorders in sleep; Highline Sleep Center, Highline Medical Pavilion, 16233 Sylvester Road SW, Suite G-70, Burien, 206.988.5779; Highline Medical Center; University of Kansas, 1992
Rheumatologists treat arthritis and other disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments
Julie L. Carkin,** M.D., osteoporosis prevention and treatment, rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitis; The Seattle Arthritis Clinic, UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital Outpatient Medical Center, 10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 250, Seattle, 206.368.6123; UW Medicine, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Boston University, 1987
These doctors use radioactive equipment, including X-ray machines, to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries
Radiology, diagnosticMaria Chong, M.D., diagnostic imaging, body imaging; Radia, 12040 NE 128th St., Kirkland, 425.899.1828; EvergreenHealth Medical Center; University of Washington, 1992
Sam Y. Chun,‡ M.D., musculoskeletal imaging; Vantage Radiology and Diagnostic Services, 4174 Lind Ave. SW, Renton, 253.661.1700; Valley Medical Center, MultiCare Auburn Medical Center; University of British Columbia, 1999
Pulmonologists treat diseases of the respiratory system, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, cancer and other disorders
Joshua Benditt, M.D., pulmonary medicine, noninvasive ventilation, neuromuscular respiratory disease; UW Medical Center, Medical Specialties Clinic, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.3300; UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center; University of Washington, 1982
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
Up house update: The late Edith Macefield's famous little Ballard dwelling that inspired the 2009 Disney movie Up was purchased at auction this past spring, but it looks like the buyers have backed out of the deal.
Consider the connective tissue holding a long-term marriage together: a web of understanding based on personal history—years of discussion, arguments, realizations, inside jokes, terms of endearment, intimate gestures, memories of private moments. Then think about a spouse suddenly losing all that backstory, and in the process, losing the personality that made you fall in love with him or her in the first place. Now you’re married to the same physical person, but the persona has been wiped clean, like a hard drive. Who is this new spouse in your bed? Are you still in love?
In our bi-monthly Seattlemag.com column, Knute Berger--who writes regularly for Seattle Magazine and Crosscut.com and is a frequent pundit on KUOW--takes an in-depth look at some of the highly topical and sometimes polarizing issues in our city. Wandering around the new Third city council district, which includes Capitol Hill, the Central District, parts of Beacon Hill and Mt. Baker, affluent areas like Madison Park and Montlake—from hipsters to aging millionaires—I've tried to interpret what the signs say.
Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage
In a landmark 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court just legalized gay marriage across all 50 states, NPR reports. It was previously only legal in 35, and given this decision, 14 states will be forced to remove their bans. Here's some of the reactions from a few of Seattle's leaders: