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Young Physician Section

The WSMA Young Physician Section introduces physicians early in practice to the WSMA and helps provide resources and guidance that will assist physicians in their transition from medical training programs to full-time practice.

Section membership is composed of physician members of the WSMA who are either under 40 years of age or within the first 10 years of professional practice after residency and fellowship training.

YPS Governing Council

Meet the dedicated physician members of the Young Physician Section Governing Council.

2017-18 Young Physician Section Governing Council

Alex Hamling, MD, Chair
Pediatrics, Pacific Medical Center Canyon Park, Bothell
Dr. Hamling is a board-certified pediatrician working at Pacific Medical Centers at their Bothell campus. He obtained his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and his MBA in Healthcare Management from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. He completed his general pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medicine Center. Dr. Hamling serves as PacMed’s Culture of Disclosure Physician Champion for process resolution for unexpected medical outcomes during care. He is also active in quality improvement projects focused on pediatric care, including vaccination safety and screening for pediatric obesity and its related diseases. He served two years as the vice chair of the WSMA Young Physicians Section Governing Council, prior to being elected chair in 2017. He also serves on the WSMA CME Program Committee and Bylaws Committee. During his off time, he enjoys geocaching, gardening, walking with his daughter to local coffee shops and dancing (salsa, swing, tango, etc.)

Tsering Lhewa, MD, Vice Chair
Pediatrics, The Child and Adolescent Clinic, Longview
Dr. Lhewa is a board-certified pediatrician with Child & Adolescent Clinic, where he enjoys working with a team dedicated to providing quality care for children and families in Southwest Washington. He also serves as the medical director at Innovative Services Northwest, Neurodevelopmental Center for Clark County and as the Physician Champion for Southwest Washington region of the Pediatric Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). He moved to Southwest Washington during childhood and has since called the Evergreen State home. He did his undergraduate studies at Whitman College, medical school at University of Washington and pediatric residency at Oregon Health & Science University. He has enjoyed traveling and learning from global health work in Tibetan communities, and different parts of India and Australia. He also completed National Institutes of Health Academy fellowship program in Bethesda, Maryland and conducted biomedical research while learning more about our nation’s health disparities from leading clinicians and researchers in our country. His special interests are focused on improving access and quality of care for all children and improving communication between healthcare providers and other advocates for children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, drawing and listening to public radio.

Julia Daher, MD, Delegate
Physiatrist, St. Luke's Rehab Institute, Spokane
Dr. Daher followed her interest in motion and the movement and function of the human body into the medical field. She was drawn to physical medicine and rehabilitation because of its holistic approach to patient care. Her focus is on enhancing and restoring functional ability and quality of life within the context of an injury or illness. Dr. Daher completed a residency at the University of Washington. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, she was a clinical research assistant at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Illinois. She completed her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Oberlin College and obtained her medical degree from Rush Medical College. She was also awarded the Anthony Schmidt Prize in Anatomical Sciences. As a part of the St. Luke’s Physiatry team, Dr. Daher provides consistent inpatient and outpatient care for those suffering from neurologic injury and disease. She prioritizes relationships with patients and focuses on understanding and addressing each individual’s goals to incorporate them into treatment plans. When not in the office, Dr. Daher enjoys spending time with her family, knitting, cooking and being outdoors.

Daniel Stein, MD, Alternate Delegate
Family medicine, West Olympia Family Medicine, Olympia
Dr. Stein is a board certified family medicine physician. Born and raised in Minnesota, he remained in state to attend medical school at the University of Minnesota. During this time, he founded the medical school’s Public Health Interest Group and served as student senate chair of the Academic Health Center. After graduating, Dr. Stein moved to Olympia, Washington for residency at St. Peter Family Medicine where he developed a focus on community health and preventative medicine. After completing his residency, he remained in Southwest Washington, establishing a primary care practice and building a multidisciplinary team in the medical home model. Dr. Stein has been serving on the Thurston Mason County Medical Society board for the past four years and has been active in the Washington State Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians. Aside from medicine, Dr. Stein enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, painting, hiking, baking and gardening. 

Olabode (Bode) Akinsanya, MD, At-large
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.

Carolyn Kay, MD, At-large
Locum tenens OB-GYN, Seattle
Dr. Kay is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Edmonds, Washington. She completed her residency at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York. Dr. Kay is committed to advancing women’s health and agency in the United States and around the world. Her clinical interests lie in reproductive health, minimally invasive surgery and medical education. In her spare time, she enjoys salsa dancing and making Korean food.

Catherine Yee, MD, At-large
Interventional pain physiatrist, Western WA Medical Group Orthopedics Sports, Spine & Hand, Everett
Dr. Yee is a physician who is double-board certified in physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R) and in pain medicine. Her residency training started in internal medicine in Rochester, NY, advanced training in physical medicine & rehabilitation in Chicago, and subspecialty fellowship training in pain medicine in Iowa City, IA. Her primary training and clinical focus is in managing chronic pain is with minimally invasive procedures. She approaches managing chronic pain through physical therapy, pain psychology, lifestyle changes, multimodal analgesic therapy and interventional procedures. She is a strong advocate for opioid minimization in chronic pain management by helping patients with alternative pain management methods that are safer, healthier and more evidence-based. She also encourages people to take charge of their health care through improved health literacy as a Medical Advisor to WXXI's "Second Opinion" television program.

Matthew Grierson, MD, Liaison from the WSMA AMA Delegation
Physical medicine & rehabilitation, Seattle Spine & Sports Medicine, Seattle
Dr. Grierson is a board-certified physiatrist with subspecialty board certification in sports medicine. Dr. Grierson earned his medical degree from Boston University and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Washington, where he also served as chief resident. Having experienced his fair share of dance-related injuries, Dr. Grierson appreciates the importance of finding a physician who understands the functional impact of an injury. He is medical director of the Clinic for Performing Artists (CoPA) at Seattle Spine and Sports Medicine and is committed to helping all patients across the spectrum of age, ability, and function. Outside of work, Dr. Grierson assists in shaping healthcare policy through his work with the WSMA and the American Medical Association. He co-founded a local non-profit (SeaPAM) that provides treatment to local performing artists who otherwise would not have access to care. When he has time, he loves spending time hiking or skiing in the mountains or baking decadent desserts in the kitchen.

Nariman Heshmati, MD, Liaison from the WSMA AMA Delegation
Obstetrics/gynecology, The Everett Clinic, Everett
Dr. Heshmati is a board-certified OB-GYN in Everett. He completed his residency at Vanderbilt University and now practices at The Everett Clinic, where he has served on numerous committees and retains one of the highest-volume clinical practices with a focus on high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgery. He also serves as the medical director for Providence Regional Medical Center's obstetrics unit, which manages 5,000 deliveries per year. He strongly believes that physicians must stay active in advocacy and serves on WSMA's board and as chair of the Washington Medical Political Action Committee. In addition, he serves as vice chair of the Washington Section of the American College of OB-GYNs (ACOG) and is a graduate of ACOG's Cefalo Leadership Institute at UNC. Through these positions he advocates for many pieces of health care legislation.

Viral Shah, MD, Liaison from the WSMA Board of Trustees
Internal medicine/hospitalist, MultiCare Inpatient Services, Federal Way
Dr. Shah is an internal medicine/hospitalist in Tacoma. He is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care. Dr. Shah has been part of the YPS since its inception in 2011. He was involved in the efforts to start the Young Physician Section at the WSMA. He wrote a young physicians' corner column in WSMA Reports, which discussed a variety of topics of interest to young physicians. Dr. Shah has advocated for medicine through WAMPAC. Outside of medicine, he is a certified financial planner and an enrolled agent.

Tony Quang, MD, JD, Liaison from the WSMA Board of Trustees
Radiology/oncology, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle 
Dr. Quang is a board-certified radiation oncologist who has been practicing medicine for 15 years. He treats cancer patients, teaches medical students and residents, conducts research, and reviews clinical protocols as chairman of the VA IRB. He takes care of patients at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. He provides consulting services for risk management, medical malpractice, hospital quality improvement/peer review, entrepreneurial IT, and biotechnology start-ups working with clients to address regulatory issues in the health care community to position companies in compliance with national standards and emerging trends. As an attorney, his areas of interest include medical malpractice, contracts, clinical trials protocols, FDA regulation, and intellectual property law.

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