Medical Officer Collaborative
The WSMA Medical Officer Collaborative is a forum for medical leadership
from across the state to collaborate on important topics of leadership
development, health equity, and physician wellness.
It takes strong leadership to create meaningful change in practice. This
learning collaborative provides a safe place to openly discuss the
challenges physicians face and outline effective solutions to those
challenges. Physician leaders’ insight, judgment, and credibility shape
our health care delivery systems for the betterment of all patients.
Together, we are committed to collaborating to enhance health care quality
and safety for our communities.
If you are a new senior physician leader (i.e. CMO, executive medical
Director, or VPMA) at a hospital, health system or medical group in
Washington state, you can
request to join the group.
Call to Action
The medical officers of Washington state collaborate on agreed-upon call
to action initiatives, which are health care quality and safety
initiatives that improve patient lives and health care delivery. The
medical officers participate in work groups comprising several
organizations and associations, developing statewide strategies and
Call to action initiatives:
Leadership Development: Train physicians to be exceptional leaders who balance what the
organization needs and what the individual patient needs.
Health Equity: Reduce disparity in health outcomes and promote diversity, inclusion,
and equity in the workforce to improve health equity.
Healthy Doctors, Healthier Patients: Reduce administrative burden and promote evidence-based interventions
to address the drivers of burnout.
Save the date for the second safe table on Oct. 2, 2023, which will be
held in person only at the SeaTac Conference Center. This event will be a
leadership retreat facilitated by Ed Walker, MD, MHA. To register, please
email Monica Salgaonkar at
Oct 2, 2023, session (full-day in person only, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. with two
breaks and lunch):
The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide
continuing medical education for physicians.
The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the
credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the
Scott Kennedy, MD
Chair, Medical Officer Collaborative
Chief Medical Officer, Olympic Medical Center
Rachel Thompson, MD
Chair-Elect, Medical Officer Collaborative
Chief Medical Officer, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital
CMO Advisory Group
The CMO Advisory Group oversees the WSMA Medical Officer Collaborative.
The group meets regularly to establish and monitor the collaborative’s
calls to action, set the agenda for upcoming safe table sessions, and vote
on leadership. Members include:
- Alka Atal-Barrio, MD – Optum Washington
- Daniel Getz, DO – Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
- Richard Goss, MD – UW Medicine
- Kent Hu, MD – Optum
- Sudhakar Karlapudi, MD – PeaceHealth
- Scott Kennedy, MD – Olympic Medical Center
- Tom Miller, MD – Overlake Medical Center
- Kim Moore, MD – Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
- Ettore Palazzo, MD – EvergreenHealth
- Kevin Pieper, MD – Providence
- Donna Smith, MD – Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
- Rachel Thompson, MD – Snoqualmie Valley Hospital
- Anne Marie Wong, MD – Harbor Regional Health