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Early Career Sections

The voices of physicians new to practice and physicians-in-training are vitally important to the future of health care in our state—and to the strategic direction of your state medical association. Learn more about WSMA's early career sections on this page.

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.

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2022-23 Young Physicians Section Governing Council

Amish J. Dave, MD

Amish J. Dave, MD
Rheumatologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle
Chair
Dr. Dave completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Russian and Eastern European history, biological sciences, and neuroscience. He completed his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and his internal medicine residency training at Stanford. Dr. Dave did his rheumatology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston and completed his master's in public health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Dave is a rheumatologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center practicing in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island. He is a board member of the King County Medical Society Board of Trustees focused on preventing childhood lead exposure and gun violence in Washington state. He is a 2006 Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, a 2007 Sue Mercy Fellow, a member of the Senior Fellows Leadership Council, and a board member of the Humanity in Action Foundation. Dr. Dave is on a member of the Washington Rheumatology Alliance, the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians, and the Washington State Medical Association.

Kenneth M Foerster, MD MBA

Kenneth M. Foerster, MD MBA
Urgent Care, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, Tacoma
Vice-Chair
Dr. Foerster is a board-certified family medicine physician focusing in urgent care. He earned a BS in biomedical engineering before going on to complete medical school, both at University of Washington. He completed a University of Washington affiliated family medicine residency program where he was chief resident. In practice he has worked in clinical and leadership roles focusing in urgent care for two of the largest not-for-profit medical groups in the state. He earned his MBA from Oregon Health and Sciences University and is currently the senior medical director overseeing urgent care, prompt care, and occupational medicine clinics for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health throughout the Puget sound region. Dr. Foerster is passionate about physician leadership, equity, access, and quality in healthcare. He enjoys kayaking in the sound, hiking in the cascades, playing board games with friends, and spending time with his family.

Olabode (Bode) Akinsanya, MD

Olabode (Bode) Akinsanya, MD
Family medicine, Overlake Medical Clinics, Issaquah
Delegate
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.

Peter Barkett, MD

Peter Barkett, MD
Internal Medicine, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Barkett earned a combined BS/MS in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics from Yale University. Afterwards he returned to his home state of Michigan to attend medical school at the University of Michigan. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine with the Henry Ford Health System and began work as a hospitalist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a tertiary care center. He relocated to Washington state with his wife and family to enjoy its natural beauty. After moving, he transitioned to clinic-based medicine with Kaiser Permanente where he sees patients and participates in leadership. Areas of focus include patient safety, quality improvement, medical policy, pharmacy and therapeutics. He currently serves as chief of outpatient Internal Medicine and strives to build effective teams and systems of care. He lives in Bremerton, WA where he raises awareness of health topics with a column in the local pater. When not working he enjoys rowing on the Puget Sound, hiking in Washington’s mountains, biking through our forests and spending time with family.

Bridget Bush, MD

Bridget Bush, MD
Anesthesiologist, Island Hospital, Anacortes
Dr. Bush is a board-certified anesthesiologist. She was born and raised in Reno, NV, completing her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Nevada Reno. She worked for the government through the Department of Energy with the Yucca Mountain Project during college and in their High-Level Nuclear Waste Engineering at the Savannah River Site, SC before entering medical school at Tulane School of Medicine, New Orleans. She graduated in 2006 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and started her Internship with the US Navy at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. After internship, she attended Flight School with the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Fla. She then worked as a Flight Surgeon with the Electronic Attack squadrons VAQ-138/133/132 out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., where she completed deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Upon resigning her active duty commission, she finally got to find a home in the Evergreen State, completing her anesthesiology residency at the Virginia Mason Medical Center. She is passionate about patient safety and appropriate reporting of unusual occurrences. When not working she enjoys reading, playing the piano, pole dancing, skiing and hiking with her husband and Greater Swiss Mountain dogs.

Kristopher M. Day, MD

Kristopher M. Day, MD
Plastic Surgery, Athenix Body Sculpting Institute, Bellevue
From his small-town roots to Ivy League surgical training, specialization in plastic and facial surgery, and academic practice, Dr. Day’s professional journey has brought him to Athenix Body Sculpting Institute to provide exceptional care to patients in and around the Bellevue/Seattle region. He has held leadership positions within multiple professional organizations and surgical journals, has produced dozens of research conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications, and has participated in multiple service, leadership, and teaching endeavors. He looks forward to drawing on this wealth of knowledge to deliver each patient’s best outcome through a thoughtful and evidence-based approach designed to give each patient a safe and effective result. Focusing on aesthetic surgery of the body, breasts, and face, Dr. Day is dedicated to delivering the highest quality surgical care for all patients. Dr. Day loves the opportunity to address each patient’s unique concerns with a creative and personalized approach that delivers their best outcome and life enhancement. He feels there is no greater fulfillment than a happy patient feeling they’ve reached their specific goals. Dr. Day recognizing that each individual patient requires a customized plan to be their best with long-lasting natural results, and this is what he works accomplish for every patient.

Colin Fields, MD, AAHIVS

Colin Fields, MD
Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Fields grew up in Whitefish, MT and then completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho getting a B.A. in American Studies and Spanish. After undergraduate, Dr. Fields attended Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Medical School for International Health in Be’er Sheva, Israel and his family medicine residency training at Group Health Family Medicine Residency in Seattle. Dr. Fields has focused his training on primary care for people living with HIV, gender health care for people of all ages, and the special needs of LGBT people. He is a specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine seeing patients in Seattle, Burien, Olympia, and Silverdale. Dr. Fields is the medical director of government relations & public policy and the service line director of the HIV/PrEP program at Kaiser Permanente Washington. Dr. Fields enjoys being active in this beautiful state and cooking delicious food when he can. He lives in Seattle with his family.

Jennifer Maxwell MD, MPH, FAAP

Jennifer Maxwell MD, MPH, FAAP
Family Medicine, Yakima Valley Farmworker’s Clinic
Jennifer Maxwell MD, MPH, FAAP, is a family physician, national health service corps scholar and mother of three. She completed her MD/MPH at the University of Toledo. She then attended residency at the University of Washington where she also completed a fellowship through the Teaching Scholars program in medical education. She currently works at the Yakima Valley Farmworker’s clinic in Yakima where she serves as the clinical medical director and teaches in the Sollus Northwest Nurse Practioner Residency program. She is passionate about health equity and providing healthcare to those most in need. She is excited to be able to support new physicians entering into practice. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games, hiking, and inventing new games with her kids.

Jose Carlos Flores Rodarte

Jose Carlos Flores Rodarte, MD
Family medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
At-Large
Dr. Flores-Rodarte was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and grew up in the Central Coast of California. He studied Philosophy & Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine before earning his M.D. and M.P.H with a focus in Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He is currently Chief Resident at the University of Washington’s Family Medicine Residency and has interests in serving Spanish-speaking underserved populations, as well as health policy and healthcare administration.


Anu Shukla, MD

Anu Shukla, MD
Dr. Shukla is passionate about incorporating mindfulness in clinical medicine. She believes that learning from human interactions is the core art of practicing the evidence-based medicine. She is a strong advocate for her patients and their safety. Her academic interests include healthcare improvement, reducing medical errors, patient safety, and improving clinical decision-making. Her clinical interests have no limits, she particularly focuses on continually educating herself on management of substance use disorders, and well-being of sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Shukla is board-certified in Internal Medicine. She received her medical education at Bassett Medical Center/Columbia University in Cooperstown, New York with residency in Internal Medicine. She holds Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery MBBS degree from Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, India. She has published clinical research articles in multiple medical journals. She currently works as a primary care physician at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Her office is located in Federal Way, WA. She enjoys hiking, dancing, and practicing yoga.


Catherine Yee, MD

Catherine Yee, MD
Interventional pain physiatrist, Western WA Medical Group Orthopedics Sports, Spine & Hand, Everett
Alternate Delegate
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.

Tsering Lhewa, MD

Tsering Lhewa, MD
Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Clinic, Vancouver
At-Large
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.

Lola Oluyitan-Okeze, MD, MHMS

Lola Oluyitan-Okeze, MD, MHMS
Family Medicine, 6M Geriatrics & Hospital Medicine, Seattle
At-Large
Dr. Oluyitan-Okeze, MD, loves family medicine and the opportunity it provides to be an integral part of patient care. Establishing strong, life-long relationships with patients is the reason she chose family medicine. Her patient philosophy focuses on getting to know people, not patients. She has a passion for public and global health. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, eating at new restaurants, reading/listening to audiobook autobiographies, and snorkeling.

Elizabeth (Libby) Parker, MD

Elizabeth (Libby) Parker, MD
Anatomic/Clinical Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle
AMA Alternate Delegate
Dr. Parker is from Alaska, studied biology at Dartmouth College, graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and is currently an Acting Assistant Professor with UW Medicine Laboratory Medicine & Pathology.

Ex-Officio Liaisons

Matthew Grierson, MD

Matthew Grierson, MD
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Seattle Spine & Sports Medicine, Seattle
WSMA Speaker of the House and AMA Delegate
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 health care 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.

Alex Hamling, MD

Alex Hamling, MD
Pediatrics, Pacific Medical Center Canyon Park, Bothell
Liaison from WSMA Board of Trustees
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.)

Nariman Heshmati, MD

Nariman Heshmati, MD
Obstetrics/gynecology, The Everett Clinic, Everett
Liaison from WSMA Executive Committee and AMA Alternate Delegate
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.

Tony Quang, MD, JD

Tony Quang, MD, JD
Radiology/oncology, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle
Liaison from WSMA Board of Trustees
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.

WSMA staff

Milana McLead, senior director of strategic communications and growth, milana@wsma.org

Aaron Waldkoetter, membership marketing manager, aaron@wsma.org

Resident & Fellow Section

The WSMA Resident & Fellow Section introduces these physicians-in-training to the WSMA and offers resources and guidance to help them navigate their careers and the changing landscape of health care.

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2022-23 Resident & Fellow Section Governing Council

Kelsie Marie Smith, DO

Kelsie Smith, MD
Family medicine resident, Spokane Teaching Health Clinic, Spokane
Alternate Delegate

Michael Brigoli, MD

Michael Brigoli, MD
Dr. Brigoli is originally from Hawaii. An Army veteran who had a 13-year career as a Fire Fighter Paramedic prior to starting a nontraditional pathway to medicine. He has a baccalaureate degree in Public Administration prior to medical school at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. As an indigenous physician, former homeless child, foster child, veteran and first responder he has a strong interest in health and public policy, along with justice, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Aubree Fairfull

Aubree Fairfull, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident, University of Washington
Dr Fairfull grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her medical degree at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. She is interested in health education and helping patients obtain the highest level of health and function through comprehensive and multidisciplinary rehabilitation. In her free time, Dr Fairfull enjoys playing volleyball.

Jacob Leary, MD

Jacob Leary, MD
Dr. Leary is a native of Greencastle, Pennsylvania. He studied Psychology and Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by an Intramural Research Training Award fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He then completed his post-baccalaureate studies at Bryn Mawr College, and earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, CO. As a current Internal Medicine resident at the University of Washington, his academic interests include drug development and clinical trials in oncology as well as gun violence prevention. Outside of medicine, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, skiing, and finding any excuse to travel to a new country.

Ricardo Pulido, MD

Ricardo Pulido, MD
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery resident, University of Washington
I was born in Neptune, New Jersey and I am the first member of my immediate family to go to college. I went to Rutgers University - New Brunswick where I majored in biological sciences. I then went to New York University School of Medicine for medical school where I earned my M.D. I am currently an Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery resident at the University of Washington where I am currently devoting 1 year research time in machine learning in sinus and skull base surgery. I enjoy playing soccer and traveling in my free time. I plan on pursuing an academic career and promoting the underserved community.

Ex-Officio Liaison

Matthew Grierson, MD

Matthew Grierson, MD
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Seattle Spine & Sports Medicine, Seattle
Liaison from WSMA AMA Delegation
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 health care 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.

Rasheed Durowoju, MD

Rasheed Durowoju, MD
Internal medicine resident, University of Washington, Seattle
Vice-Chair
Liaison from WSMA Board of Trustees
Dr. Durowoju grew up in Toronto, Canada. He earned his medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, prior to joining the internal medicine residency program at University of Washington. Before medical school, he obtained a master’s in global medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. He has strong interests in global health, health policy, and ensuring appropriate baseline healthcare needs of communities are met by the systems that serve them. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

WSMA staff

Milana McLead, senior director of strategic communications and growth, milana@wsma.org

Aaron Waldkoetter, membership marketing manager, aaron@wsma.org

Medical Student Section

The WSMA Medical Student Section introduces our future physicians to the WSMA and helps provide resources and guidance that will assist students as they prepare for a career in medicine.

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2022-23 Medical Student Section Governing Council

Victoria Panwala

Victoria Panwala
Chair
WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Spokane
Victoria grew up in Portland, Oregon, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. After college, she worked as a research assistant at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, where she developed a passion for advocacy to improve care and reduce stigma for people who use drugs. She is now a second-year medical student at Washington State University, and is looking forward to participating in the WSMA’s Medical Student Council to learn how to improve healthcare delivery at a policy level.

Astrid Strasik

Astrid Strasik
University Of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Delegate
Astrid Strasik is originally from the state of Arizona and moved to the great Pacific Northwest in 2016 shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. She is now a third-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle with an anticipated graduation date of June 2023. Her career interests include preventative medicine, serving underrepresented and underserved populations, as well as community health advocacy.

Adam Knott
WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Spokane

Erin K. Johnson

Reilly Bealer
WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Spokane

My name is Reilly Bealer and I am a third-year medical student at Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. I grew up in Spokane, Washington and completed and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Sociology from Gonzaga University.

As a teenager experiencing chronic health issues and housing insecurity, I developed a passion for ensuring that disadvantaged and underserved communities have access to comprehensive health care and public health services. Over this past year, I had the opportunity to participate in a health policy and government relations fellowship with the AMA where I was able to work directly with Congress, the most recent two Presidential administrations, and our federal agencies to improve access, affordability, and equity within healthcare for physicians and our patients. I hope to continue this work of policy reform and advocacy on a local, state, and national level.

Reilly has been recently elected to serve as the AMA Medical Student Section Chair-Elect, and will be serving on our WSMA Board of Trustees as the student member.

Brian Carlson

Brian Carlson
WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Spokane
Brian grew up in the Yakima Valley before attending Washington State University for his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. In Pullman, he was a student Strength & Conditioning Coach for three years and trained college athletes in a number of different sports. After graduating he attended San Diego State University where he obtained two master's degrees the first in exercise physiology and the second in nutritional science. He is currently one of the co-leads for the Orthopedic Special Interest Group, lead for the Anatomy Teaching Assistant Program, and one of two College of Medicine Senators for the Associated Students of Washington State University Health Sciences. He currently volunteers his time as a mentor to first year medical students, WSU Honors College undergraduate students, and gives mock interviews for prospective medical students applying to WSU. He also spend time volunteering around Spokane with elementary and middle school students interested in STEM and a career in medicine. As a member of the Medical Student Section, he is excited to collaborate with fellow medical students across the state and better learn how to be an advocate for fellow medical students and their future patients.

Douglas Nanu

Douglas Nanu
My name is Douglas Nanu and I am currently a second-year medical student at Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. I was born in Brazil and lived there for most of my childhood until I immigrated to the United States at nine years old. I then lived in Lacey, Washington until attending and completing my Bachelor of Science Degree in Cell Biology and Genetics from Washington State University in Pullman. I am currently the president of the otolaryngology interest group, mentor for the stevens county eighth-grade program, and an interviewer for admissions at my medical school. During my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing the violin, and cooking. I am excited and honored to have this opportunity to work alongside other medical students, physicians, and staff in learning about healthcare policy and in learning how to advocate for patients and physicians in the State of Washington and beyond.

Tianfu Andy Shang

Tianfu "Andy" Shang
Andy’s journey to medicine started as a child watching his grandparents care for their community in China. After relocating and graduating from high school in medically underserved Idaho, he spent a year in Germany as a junior ambassador which sparked his interest in political advocacy. After graduating from the University of Washington, he took a career detour at Amazon before being pulled back to medicine through Search and Rescue. Before matriculating to medical school, Andy worked in the emergency department at Swedish Ballard and saw first-hand the necessity to have community-based healthcare and the challenges faced by those from socially disadvantaged and minority backgrounds. He currently serves as Executive President of Student Government Association, mentors and tutored first year students, and coaches for Special Olympics in his free time. He is dedicated to advocating for the needs of medical students and pre-medical students at the local, state, and national level.

Emily Simmons

Emily Simmons
Emily grew up in rural Nebraska and attended college at the Universities of Wyoming, Alabama, and Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish with minors in Economics and Psychology. Leading up to medical school, she worked as the lead anesthesia technician at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Omaha, as a volunteer Spanish medical interpreter at Healing Gift Free Clinic, and as a critical care patient care technician at Nebraska Medicine. Through these roles, she gained an appreciation for interprofessional collaboration, clinical education and mentorship, and the unique challenges present when caring for underserved communities. Her past volunteer roles include serving as an ESL citizenship course tutor, in-patient children’s rehab aide, elementary student mentor, therapeutic riding aide, and adapted athlete CrossFit coach. As a physician, she hopes to make a positive and meaningful impact in the lives of others. She is passionate about physical rehabilitation, language access, preventive care, patient education, and mentorship. As a first-year medical student at Pacific Northwest University, she is excited to advocate for fellow medical students across Washington and learn more about healthcare policy through her role with the WSMA’s Medical Student Council. Prior to medical school, she enjoyed working at a winery and as an interior design assistant. Now living in Yakima, WA, and in the midst of medical school, she enjoys biking, hiking, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

Robin Von Davies

Robin Von Davies
Robin is a first year medical student at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of medicine. She is from Shoreline, Washington, and prior to medical school earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Administrative Management from Central Washington University, a Master’s degree in Medical Science from Heritage University, and a Master’s degree in Reproductive Clinical Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has a strong interest in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. When she is not busy studying she enjoys spending time with her grade school aged daughters. Robin believes in a more equitable medical system that better serves the people of Washington State. She believes that it is our duty and responsibility to advocate for the medically underserved and those that are most in need of care. As a member of the Governing Council on the Medical Student Section of WSMA she hopes to aid in mobilizing medical students to advocate for policy that they are passionate about.

Ex-Officio Liaison

Matthew Grierson, MD

Matthew Grierson, MD
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Seattle Spine & Sports Medicine, Seattle
Liaison from WSMA AMA Delegation
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 health care 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.

Hart Edmonson

Hart Edmonson
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Hart Edmonson is a third year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. Prior to medical school, Hart worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as Chief of Staff to Congressman Denny Heck (WA10) for five years, and for Congressman Norm Dicks (WA6). After leaving Capitol Hill in 2016, Hart served as the founding Administrative Director for the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine at the University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences.

Hart attended the University of Puget Sound, majoring in Politics and Government, and minoring in Chemistry. He received his Masters of Science in Education from the Johns Hopkins University.

In his free time, Hart enjoys playing classical piano and reading fiction. He is an avid hiker and skier in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

WSMA staff

Milana McLead, senior director of strategic communications and growth, milana@wsma.org

Aaron Waldkoetter, membership marketing manager, aaron@wsma.org

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