Joint Opioid Safe Practices Task Force

The WSMA has convened and is leading a task force to address prescription drug opioid abuse, addiction and overdose in Washington state. Joined by our partners at the Washington State Hospital Association, the task force will begin working on solutions to reverse a crisis facing our state and nation, with an eye toward ways physicians and hospitals can play a more active role in tackling this issue (read the press release, issued July 6).

Task force members


  • Ray Hsiao, MD, past president, child psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Tom Schaaf, MD, 1st vice president, family physician and hospitalist at Providence Medical Group in Spokane
  • Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, secretary treasurer, emergency physician at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma

WSMA staff

  • Kathryn Kolan, director of legislative and regulatory affairs
  • Jeb Shepard, associate director of legislative and regulatory affairs


  • Scott Kennedy, MD, chief medical officer at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles
  • Sean Dobbin, pharmacy director at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane
  • Tom Staiger, MD, chief medical officer at UW Medical Center in Seattle

WSHA staff

  • Ian Corbridge, policy director, clinical issues