Farrokh Farrokhi, M.D., skull base tumors, movement disorders, minimally invasive and complex spine; Virginia Mason Medical Center, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.7525; Virginia Mason; Baylor College, 1998
Jean-Christophe (J.C.) Leveque, M.D., complex and minimally invasive spine, peripheral nerve, endoscopic pituitary surgery; Group Health, 201 16th Ave. E, Seattle, 206.326.3081; Group Health Cooperative, Virginia Mason Medical Center; Duke University, 2001
Michael Elliott, M.D., neuromuscular medicine, ALS; Virginia Mason Medical Center, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.341.0420; Virginia Mason, EvergreenHealth Medical Center; George Washington University, 1990
Daniel Fosmire, M.D., migraine headaches, evaluation of radiculopathies, neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome; Overlake Medical Clinics Neurology, 1135 116th Ave. NE, Suite 200, Bellevue, 425.709.7055; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; Chicago Medical School, 1987
Nephrologists treat kidney disorders, diabetes, renal failure and other illnesses
Cyrus Cryst, M.D., chronic kidney disease, dialysis, kidney transplantation; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Buck Pavilion, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6673; Virginia Mason, Port Angeles Kidney Center; University of Chicago, 1984
Frank P.S. Fung, M.D., Nephrology Clinic, Kent Clinic, 24920 104th Ave. SE, Kent, 253.395.1944; Valley Medical Center, MultiCare Auburn Medical Center; Case Western Reserve University, 1995
Richard Sprague keeps samples of his own feces, in the family freezer, so he can send them to a Stanford University laboratory. Some days he tries to improve his sleep by swallowing potato starch to feed a certain population of microbes in his gut. Lately, he’s been studying his brain acuity every morning to see if changes in his diet can influence it.A 52-year-old father of three and an ex-Microsoft manager who lives on Mercer Island, Sprague is a volunteer, among thousands of others, in a movement called “citizen science.”
What is your elevator pitch for what a naturopath does?A naturopathic doctor is a primary care provider, just like a medical doctor. We assess patients through history taking, physical exam and diagnostic tests. The biggest difference, though, is in the treatment. Naturopathic doctors focus on a more natural approach to treatment, using vitamins, herbs, physical medicine, lifestyle counseling, and will only recommend prescription medicine when absolutely necessary. What is the most common misconception about naturopathy?
Why did you specialize in breast cancer?People in medicine often develop a passion to tackle what they fear or have strong feelings about. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was a first-year medical student. I went with her to all her appointments and read everything I could about the disease. I then had three cousins diagnosed before 50, and one died in her 40s. I really tried to choose a more balanced career path, but I kept coming back to oncology as something I felt I had to pursue.
These specialists focus on comprehensive care for critically ill newborn and premature infants
Barry Lawson, M.D., intensive-care nursery; Pediatrix Medical Group, 12040 NE 128th St., fourth floor, Kirkland, 425.899.6601; EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center; St. George’s University, 1981
Ryan M. McAdams, M.D., Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2000; UW Medical Center; Medical College of Wisconsin, 1998
In March, the United Network for Organ Sharing authorized the UW Medical Center to be one of 20 centers nationwide for performing face, hand, arm and abdominal wall transplants. Dr. Peter Neligan, who will be part of the team on these surgeries, spearheaded the effort to establish the University of Washington as a center for these rare and complex surgeries, known as vascularized composite allograft, or VCA, transplants. The first surgeries could begin by next spring. Can you explain how VCA transplants are different from traditional single-organ transplants?
These obstetricians and gynecologists focus on the management of care during pregnancy and childbirth
Edith Y. Cheng,* M.D., prenatal genetics, maternal genetic conditions, critical care; Maternal and Infant Care Clinic at UWMC, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4070; Seattle Children’s Prenatal Diagnosis Clinic at Springbrook, 4540 Sand Point Way NE, Building 1, Seattle, 206.984.2000; Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital; University of Washington, 1987
Infectious diseases grabbed headlines last winter, from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to the spike in measles in the United States. What do you think was the biggest story during the past year? Both diseases also show global problems we have with infrastructure, access to fresh and clean water, limited resources in terms of antimicrobial agents and the complacency/resistance towards vaccine-preventable diseases.Why did you decide to specialize in infectious disease?
Internists focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases, usually long-term, comprehensive care
Edward S. Dy, M.D., diabetes; UW Neighborhood Factoria Clinic, 13231 SE 36th St., Bellevue, 425.957.9000; UW Medical Center (University of Washington clinical assistant professor of internal medicine); University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, 1991
These practitioners integrate alternative practices, such as acupuncture and naturopathy, with traditional medicine
Mi-Jung Lee, N.D., LAc, hormone balance, natural antiaging, functional medicine; Tahoma Clinic, 15446 Bel-Red Road, B10, Redmond, 425.497.9558; 6839 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila, 206.812.9988; Bastyr University, 2004
What is your favorite part of your workday?At the start of every team meeting, we talk about patients whom we’ve cared for who died in the previous week. We reserve this time to talk about that person as a whole person, not just as a patient. And this is the time that I hear stories not just about the patients who we care for, but also about the incredible members of the team who care for them. I never cease to be amazed by the skill, compassion, inventiveness and abiding good humor of my teammates who work in hospice and palliative medicine.
In all the years Seattle magazine has been asking local doctors to nominate health care practitioners for our Top Doctors list, only one doctor has received top votes in his specialty every single year. It’s probably no surprise to his colleagues and patients that this man is Joseph Gruss, M.D., chief of Craniofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.