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October 14, 2019

Tacoma Gastroenterologist Named President of State Medical Association

Seattle, Wash. - Tacoma gastroenterologist William "Bill" Hirota, MD, was named president of the Washington State Medical Association at the association's annual meeting in SeaTac on Sunday, Oct. 13. The WSMA represents physicians, physician assistants, resident physicians and medical students throughout Washington state.

Dr. Hirota practices at Franciscan Digestive Care Associates in Tacoma and sees patients at Tacoma-area hospitals St. Clare, St. Joseph and Multicare. He is primarily affiliated with CHI Franciscan health care system

Dr. Hirota received his medical doctorate degree in 1990 from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C., supporting his education by joining the U.S. Army to be part of the Health Professionals Scholarship Program. Dr. Hirota followed his primary medical education with an internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, also in D.C.

By 2000, he’d completed his Army obligations at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Ft. Lewis and started in private practice in Tacoma. Dr. Hirota served in various leadership roles while in the Army, including chief of special care and chief of internal medicine service. After moving to Tacoma, he served as the president of the Pierce County Medical Society and chair of Franciscan’s medical executive committee. He joined WSMA’s executive committee in 2014 after serving several years on the association’s board of trustees.

The following physicians were also elected as officers at the meeting: Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, Tacoma emergency physician, president-elect; Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD, Seattle surgeon, 1st vice president; Katina Rue, DO, Yakima osteopathic physician, 2nd vice president; Nariman Heshmati, MD, Mukilteo OB/GYN, secretary-treasurer; John Bramhall, MD, Seattle anesthesiologist, assistant secretary-treasurer. The seventh officer of WSMA’s executive committee is past-president Tom Schaaf, MD, MHA, Spokane geriatrician, who will serve as committee chair.

Download a photo of Dr. Hirota.

For more information, contact:

Graham Short
WSMA Associate Director of Communications

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