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DEI Committee
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Incorporating a diversity, inclusion, and equity lens to everything we do.

DEI Committee

The WSMA is committed to building health equity and eliminating disparities to improve health care in Washington. As part of that commitment, and recognizing that we are responsible for ensuring that all member voices are heard, the WSMA is incorporating a diversity, inclusion, and equity lens to everything we do. To help guide this work, 2021-22 WSMA President Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD, implemented a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee charged with informing WSMA policy development as well as the association’s demographics to ensure that we are a truly representative organization.

WSMA DEI Workgroup recommended scope

  • Providing reports to the membership regarding demographics of members, governance committees, and leadership.
  • Providing information to the WSMA board of trustees for proposed resolutions to the House of Delegates.
  • Offering insights to all resolutions submitted to the WSMA, specifically commenting on the potential effect a resolution might have on diversity, equity, or inclusion.
  • Serving as a resource for the membership and WSMA board of trustees to help inform and interrogate policy.
  • Other duties as assigned in writing by the WSMA president with approval of the board of trustees.

The DEI Committee will provide quarterly reports on its actions to the WSMA board of trustees and will report annually to the WSMA House of Delegates.

Committee Members

The DEI Committee consists of no more than 15 members appointed by the WSMA president with the approval of the board of trustees. Each member shall be appointed to a two-year term.

Katina Rue MD

Katina Rue, DO 
Co-chair


John H. Vassall, MD

John H. Vassall, MD
Co-chair
John H. Vassall, MD is an internal medicine physician in Seattle. He serves as clinical associate professor and associate dean of clinical education for the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine - Everett campus. Throughout his career, Dr. Vassall has been active in local, regional, and national professional and community organizations. He was medical staff president of Providence Seattle Medical Center and served as chief of staff and later chief medical officer of Swedish Health Services, the largest health system in Washington state. He served as CEO of the Foundation for Health Care Quality and served 15 years as vice speaker and speaker of the WSMA House of Delegates and as a WSMA trustee for 30 years, among many other leadership roles in organized medicine. In 2006, Dr. Vassall was voted "Washington State Internist of the Year" by the Washington chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Olabode (Bode) Akinsanya, MD

Olabode (Bode) Akinsanya, MD
Family medicine
Overlake Medical Clinics, Issaquah
Dr. Akinsanya is a board-certified family medicine physician who treats patients of all ages. He takes a patient-centered approach to delivering cost-effective, compassionate health care with an emphasis on preventive health care and a passion for treating the whole person. He believes the best care stems from a strong relationship between a patient and their doctor, with both working toward the patient's specific health goals and overall well-being.

Nwando Anyaoku, MD

Alex Chen, MD

Janelle Clauser, MD

Kristin Conn, MD, FAAFP

Kristin Conn, MD, FAAFP
Family medicine
Senior Associate Medical Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, Washington Permanente Medical Group
Kristin Conn, MD, is a family medicine physician and the medical director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity for the Washington Permanente Medical Group. Building on Kaiser Permanente’s 75-year legacy of diversity and inclusion, Dr. Conn partners with leaders and clinicians throughout the organization to integrate equity into all aspects of operations: patient care and access, clinician recruiting, community engagement, innovations in telehealth, and more. Dr. Conn also works closely with an advisory board of clinicians to address the numerous impacts of systemic oppression, bias, and stigma on the health and well-being of patients and employees. In the community, Dr. Conn currently serves as the primary care physician representative on King County’s Accountable Community of Health (HealthierHere) governing board and is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.


Carrie Horwitch, MD

Carrie Horwitch, MD


Bindu Nayak, MD

Bindu Nayak, MD
Endocrinology
Confluence Health, Wenatchee
Dr. Bindu Nayak is an endocrinologist at Confluence Health in Wenatchee. She did her residency in internal medicine followed by an endocrinology fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She has been a clinical endocrinologist in Wenatchee since 2009. She co-founded and has co-chaired the Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council at Confluence Health since 2017.

Okechukwu "OK" Ojogho, MD, MMM, FACS

Okechukwu "OK" Ojogho, MD, MMM, FACS
Transplant surgeon
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital, Spokane



Jose Carlos Flores Rodarte

Jose Carlos Flores Rodarte, MD
Family medicine
University of Washington, Seattle
Dr. Flores-Rodarte was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and grew up in the Central Coast of California. He studied Philosophy & Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine before earning his M.D. and M.P.H with a focus in Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He is currently Chief Resident at the University of Washington’s Family Medicine Residency and has interests in serving Spanish-speaking underserved populations, as well as health policy and healthcare administration.


Mika Sinanan, MD

Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD


Alan Urbina, MD

Alan Urbina, MD


Estell Williams, MD

Estell Williams, MD

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