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Medical Officer Collaborative

Medical Officer Collaborative

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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.

The Collaborative meets throughout the year and communicates between meetings via an email listserv. To receive event invitations and be added to the listserv, please send your full contact information to

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 healthcare delivery. The medical officers participate in work groups comprised of several organizations and associations, developing statewide strategies and implementation plans.

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.

Upcoming Events

Medical Officer Collaborative Safe Table events are by invitation only for CMOs, VPMAs, and Chiefs of Staff. The 2023 dates will be announced soon.


Scott Kennedy, MD

Chair, Medical Officer Collaborative
Chief Medical Officer, Olympic Medical Center

CMO Advisory Group

The CMO Advisory Group oversees the WSMA Medical Officer Collaborative. They meet 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
  • Jason Lake, MD – Confluence Health
  • 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
  • Tom Staiger, MD – UW Medicine
  • Rachel Thompson, MD – Snoqualmie Valley Hospital
  • Anne Marie Wong, MD – Harbor Regional Health

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