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

2017-2018 Young Physician Section Governing Council

Alex Hamling, MD, Chair
Pediatrics, Pacific Medical Center Canyon Park, Bothell
Tsering Lhewa, MD, Vice Chair
Pediatrics, The Child and Adolescent Clinic, Longview
Julia Daher, MD, Delegate
Physiatrist, St. Luke's Rehab Institute, Spokane
Daniel Stein, MD, Alternate Delegate
Family medicine, West Olympia Family Medicine, Olympia
Olabode (Bode) Akinsanya, MD, At-large
Family medicine, Overlake Medical Clinics, Issaquah
Carolyn Kay, MD, At-large
Locum tenens OB-GYN, Seattle
Catherine Yee, MD, At-large
Interventional pain physiatrist, Western WA Medical Group Orthopedics Sports, Spine & Hand, Everett

Matthew Grierson, MD, Liaison from the WSMA AMA Delegation
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Seattle Spine & Sports Medicine, Seattle
Nariman Heshmati, MD, Liaison from the WSMA AMA Delegation
Obstetrics/gynecology, The Everett Clinic, Everett
Viral Shah, MD, Liaison from the WSMA Board of Trustees
MultiCare Inpatient Services, Federal Way
Tony Quang, MD, JD, Liaison from the WSMA Board of Trustees
Radiology/oncology, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle 

WSMA staff

Milana McLead, Senior Director of Strategic Communications & Growth
Alison Ippolito, Associate Director of Membership


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.