Anne-Marie Amies Oelschlager, M.D., uterine and vaginal anomalies, menstrual management, long-acting reversible contraception for adolescents with complex medical conditions; Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4540 Sand Point Way NE, Suite 200, Seattle, 206.987.2028; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center; Vanderbilt University, 1997
Wayne McCormick, M.D., MPH, dementia, HIV and aging, palliative care; Harborview Medical Center, Senior Care Clinic, 325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.744.4191; Harborview, UW Medical Center; Washington University, St. Louis, 1983
May Reed, M.D., geriatric medicine, internal medicine; Harborview Medical Center, Senior Care Clinic, 325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.520.5000; Harborview; Harvard Medical School, 1986
This January, we asked doctors participating in our Top Doctors online survey to help us single out for praise health care practitioners who are expanding health care access and improving outcomes for underserved and disenfranchised communities close to home. From these nominations and in consultation with our Top Doctors Advisory Board, the editors selected nine Community Service Award winners. Like all the physicians in our Top Doctors list, they are helping to make our entire region healthier and happier. THE COACH
Specialty: Nurse practitioner, family medicineHospital affiliation: Edmonds Family MedicineWhy did you choose to become a nurse practitioner?I entered the field of nursing in an effort to serve others and affect change in a meaningful way. I wanted to learn how to care for the whole person and to provide patients with education and tools that are empowering and healing. How has your role changed over the years?
It wasn’t long ago that a person’s personal health record was a box kept at home, overflowing with immunization records, lab results and past prescriptions, and there was a similar file at all of the various doctors and clinics that person visited. Nowadays, many of those records—along with doctors’ notes—are being offered online, with hospitals and companies making an effort to increase patient access to health information.
Among the most critical agents of change spawned by the Affordable Care Act are the millions of newly insured people catapulted into the system, creating new demands and pressures for already jam-packed emergency rooms and medical practices. In Washington state, since October 2013, more than 164,000 residents have signed up for private health insurance through the state’s health care exchange, with the bulk of people enrolling in the final three months leading up to the March deadline, state officials announced in April. Hundreds of thousands more signed up for Medicaid.
Thomas Biehl, M.D., pancreatic surgery, liver surgery, laparoscopic surgery; Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6638; Virginia Mason; University of California, San Diego, 1987
David Byrd, M.D., surgical oncology, gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancer; UW Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4477; UWMC, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Eastside Specialty Center; Tulane University, 1982
This spring, a 45-year-old poet living in Madrona experienced what she described as a fluttering heart. During a checkup, her general practitioner prescribed a 48-hour EKG device. She dutifully wore the portable monitor, and a week later, learned that her heart was perfectly healthy. That was good news—until the bills came, four of them adding up to $39,000, of which only $6,000 was covered by insurance.
Rosemary Agostini, M.D., primary care sports medicine, sports concussion, exercise as medicine; Group Health Bellevue Medical Center, 11511 NE 10th St., Bellevue, 425.502.3600; Group Health Cooperative; New York Medical College, 1981
David J. Belfie, M.D., orthopedic surgery, arthroscopic surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery; Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center, Lindeman Pavilion, 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6487; Virginia Mason; University of Washington, 1993
David C. Chang, M.D., obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia; The Polyclinic Sleep Medicine Center, 1001 Broadway, Suite 215, Seattle, 206.860.4545; Swedish Medical Center; Indiana University, 1995
Morris Chang, M.D., obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, parasomnias; Highline Sleep Center, 16233 Sylvester Road SW, Burien, 206.988.5779; Highline Medical Center; University of Kansas, 1992
Treatment of arthritis, rheumatism and other disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments
Julie L. Carkin*, M.D., osteoporosis prevention and treatment, bone health; The Seattle Arthritis Clinic, 10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 250, Seattle, 206.368.6123; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Boston University, 1987
Jeffrey S. Carlin, M.D., inflammatory arthritis, lupus, scleroderma and vasculitis; Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6824; Virginia Mason; New York University, 1975
The use of radioactive equipment, including X-ray machines, to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries.
Maria Chong, M.D., Radia, 12040 NE 128th St., Kirkland, 425.899.1828; EvergreenHealth Medical Center; University of Washington, 1992
Sam Chun, M.D., musculoskeletal imaging, spinal injections for pain management, MRI; UW Medicine Valley Medical Center, 400 S 43rd St., Renton, 425.251.5183; Valley Medical Center; University of British Columbia, 1999