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October 3, 2022

Yakima Osteopathic Family Physician Named President of Washington State Medical Association

SEATTLE (Oct. 3, 2022) -Yakima osteopathic family physician, Katina Rue, DO, was named president of the Washington State Medical Association at its annual House of Delegates meeting on Sunday, Oct. 2. The WSMA represents more than 12,000 physicians, physician assistants, resident physicians, and medical students throughout Washington state.

Dr. Rue is the program director of the Trios Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Kennewick. She is the first Latina and the first osteopathic physician to hold the top office at the WSMA. Like physicians with a doctor of medicine (MD) degree, physicians with a doctor of osteopathy (DO) degree are qualified to perform medical examinations and procedures and are required to undergo similar amounts of education and training. Osteopathic medicine differs from traditional (allopathic) medicine by its integration of some musculoskeletal therapies to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Their holistic approach to medical care also involves integration of the mind, body, and spirit.

Dr. Rue received her undergraduate degree in 1999 at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, followed by a doctor of osteopathy in 2004 from University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, now called Kansas City University, in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed an osteopathic family medicine residency in 2007 at the Medical Center of Independence, which was affiliated with Kansas City University, in Independence, Missouri.

Dr. Rue returned to her home state of Washington after residency, serving the Yakima and Central Valley communities as a practicing family physician for nearly a decade and pursing executive and clinical leadership roles in academia and residency training programs. Academic appointments include clinical instructor positions with the Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd School of Medicine, amongst others. Dr. Rue served as faculty and associate program director at the Central Washington Family Medicine Residency in Yakima prior to her role as program director at Trios Health.

Dr. Rue's involvement in organized medicine is extensive, including membership in the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, Washington Osteopathic Medical Association, Yakima County Medical Society, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and American Academy of Family Physicians. In addition to her leadership service at the WSMA, which includes six years on the executive committee and service on various other association committees, Dr. Rue served as the president of the Yakima County Medical Society from 2014-2016 and 2020-2022, serves on several Washington Osteopathic Medical Association committees, serves on the nominating and bylaws committees of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians and is an alternate delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is past-president of the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation, among other roles.

The following physicians were also elected as officers at the meeting: Nariman Heshmati, MD, Mukilteo OB-GYN, president-elect; John Bramhall, MD, PhD, Seattle anesthesiologist, vice president; and Bridget Bush, MD, Anacortes anesthesiologist, secretary-treasurer. The fifth officer of WSMA's executive committee is Past-President Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD, Hoodsport surgeon, who will serve as committee chair.

WSMA members newly elected to the association's board of trustees include Naomi Busch, MD, Seattle family physician; Ingrid Gerbino, MD, Lynnwood internal medicine physician; Bindu Nayak, MD, Wenatchee endocrinologist; Christine Pizzute, MD, Bellevue gastroenterologist; Camille Puronen, MD, Seattle oncologist; and Yasmin Shayesteh, MD, Everett ophthalmologist. WSMA member Rachel Clement, MD, Wenatchee anesthesiologist, was elected to serve on the board as an AMA alternate delegate. Teresa Girolami, MD, Redmond internal medicine physician, who had been serving on the board as a trustee, was newly elected as an AMA alternate delegate. Visit the WSMA website for a full roster of WSMA board of trustees members.

Download a high-resolution portrait of WSMA President Katina Rue, DO.

For more information, contact:

Graham Short
WSMA Director of Communications
206.329.6851 (cell/text)

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