Young Physician Section

The WSMA’s Young Physician Section 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. The purpose of the Young Physician Section is to introduce physicians early in practice to the programs, benefits, services and policy-making structure of the WSMA and to help provide programs and services that will assist physicians in their transition from training programs to full-time practice.

Governing council

2016-2017 Young Physician Section Governing Council

Tony Quang, MD, JD, Chair
Associate professor in radiology/oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle
Alex Hamling, MD, Vice-Chair
Pediatrics, Pacific Medical Center Canyon Park, Bothell
Daniel Stein, MD, Delegate
Family medicine, West Olympia Family Medicine, Olympia
Avanti Bergquist, MD, Alternate Delegate
Psychiatry, Eating Recovery Center Residential Treatment Facility, Bellevue
Conor Kleweno, MD, At-Large
Assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
Tsering Lhewa, MD, At-Large
Pediatrics, The Child and Adolescent Clinic, Longview
Melissa Freeman, MD, At-Large
Neurology, The Vancouver Clinic, Vancouver

Nariman Heshmati, MD, Liaison from the WSMA Board of Trustees
Obstetrics/gynecology, The Everett Clinic, Everett
Nathan Schlicher, MD, Liaison from the WSMA Executive Committee
Emergency medicine, St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma
Ray Hsiao, MD, Liaison from the WSMA Executive Committee
Psychiatry, co-director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, Seattle Children's Hospital

WSMA staff

Milana McLead, Senior Director of Strategic Communications & Growth
Alison Ippolito, Associate Director of Membership
Lynda Sue Welch, Executive Assistant/Leadership Course Coordinator


Early Career Forum
WSMA offers a private, online discussion forum for our early career members. The forum is for WSMA members only (you will be prompted for your password to enter). Discussions are organized by topic. To help you follow a discussion, you can subscribe to a topic and receive email alerts when others post replies. The WSMA encourages lively debate, but please behave courteously and responsibly. Comments that include profanity, personal attacks (including language that could potentially identify an individual), or inappropriate, offensive or illegal material will be removed.