The Organization

Our vision

The vision of the Washington State Medical Association is to make Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care.

Our mission

Provide strong physician leadership and advocacy to shape the future of medicine and advance quality care in Washington state. 

The WSMA value proposition for its members

Advocacy: Advancing key issues that impact physicians and patients in Washington state. 
Leadership: Delivering practical training and leadership development opportunities.
Collaboration: Creating opportunities for statewide peer-to-peer networking and sharing of best practices. 


The WSMA is governed by four policy documents: WSMA Principles of Medical Ethics, our bylaws, WSMA Judicial Council opinions and our policy compendium. If you have questions about WSMA's policy on a particular issue, please contact Jennifer Hanscom, WSMA's Executive Director/CEO.

WSMA Principles of Medical Ethics

WSMA Principles of Medical Ethics, as adopted by the 1984 WSMA House of Delegates from the 1980 AMA Principles of Medical Ethics.

WSMA Bylaws

Download the WSMA Bylaws, revised October 2016.

Opinion & Reports of the Judicial Council

Opinions of the WSMA Judicial Council reflect the association's position on a variety of medical ethical issues. Visit the Judicial Council Opinions page for more information.

WSMA Policy Compendium

Download the WSMA Policy Compendium, updated October 2016.

Strategic plan

In 2014, the leadership of the WSMA reviewed the current health care economic and medical practice environment, and the programs and priorities of the association. Out of this review, recommended organizational priorities for the coming three-year period were drafted. A strategic plan, based on these identified priorities, was approved by the Board of Trustees at its November 2014 meeting.

Review the WSMA's three-year strategic plan.

House of delegates

The WSMA House of Delegates meets once a year, typically in September or October. The Speaker of the House is Dr. Richard “Dick” Whitten, internist, Sammamish. The Vice Speaker of the House is Dr. Deborah Harper, pediatrician, Spokane. Find out more about the Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates on our WSMA Annual Meeting page, where you'll also find the annual report on the official actions of the House of Delegates.