Residency Faculty

Paul James Christopher Behrens Ian Bennett Jeanne Cawse-Lucas
Freddy Chen Kimberly Collins David Siebert Jonathan Drezner
David Evans Emily Godfrey Morhaf Al Achkar Lynn Oliver
Judith Pauwels Misbah Keen Amanda Kost Jackie Raetz
Valerie Ross Pamela Pentin Ashwin Rao Christina Tanner
Diane Timberlake Chris Sanford Grace Shih Megan Wilson
Ying Zhang

 

Paul James, MD

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Chris Behrens, MD

Dr. Behrens is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine with joint appointments in the Departments of Global Health and Medicine/Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington. He has been providing HIV- and TB-focused technical assistance to multiple countries in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, South America and the Caribbean region.
Dr. Behrens obtained a BA in Political Science at Stanford University and his medical degree from the University of California – San Francisco. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

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Ian Bennett, MD, PhD

Ian Bennett MD PhD, a physician scientist, is a professor in the departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington. He is a family physician providing full spectrum primary care including obstetric, pediatric and general adult health care. He also conducts health services research focusing on the implementation of evidence based care models for perinatal depression. He is the primary investigator or co-investigator of multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as foundations to investigate perinatal depression care in low income and race/ethnic minority populations in diverse geographic settings. He has particular expertise in the delivery of health services within Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and is the PI of a national cluster randomized trial of implementation strategies for team based care for perinatal depression in FQHCs. He completed a fellowship in the Implementation Research Institute funded by the NIMH at Washington University. He has also been funded by the AHRQ and Grand Challenges Canada to study mHealth strategies to extend the reach of services for women from vulnerable populations with depression in pregnancy both in the US and Peru.

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Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, MD

Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, MD, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and trained at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine residency. She enjoys women’s health, integrative medicine, preventive medicine, and practice management and has been active in the state and local branches of the Academy of Family Physicians. Jeanne likes to cook (and eat!), cross-country ski, run, travel, and read good books.

 

 

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Freddy Chen, MD, MPH

Frederick Chen, MD, MPH is the Chief of Family Medicine at Harborview Medical Center, Director of the WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, where he teaches health policy, conducts research, and sees patients. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and received his Master’s of Public Health in epidemiology from UC Berkeley. After completing his residency in family medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Chen was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, where he developed his research interest in health policy and medical education. He then moved to Washington, DC, as the Kerr White Scholar at the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. At UW, he has been the lead faculty for the WWAMI Underserved Pathway, medical director for the WA state Patient-Centered Medical Home Collaborative, and a researcher in the Rural Health Research Center. He recently served as senior advisor to HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions for the Teaching Health Center program.

Interests: Medical Education, Quality of Care, Rural Health Workforce, Bioterrorism Preparedness, Health Policy, Genomics and Primary Care, Underserved Care Training and Rural Family Medicine.

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Kimberly Collins, MD

Kimberly Collins is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. She cares for patients at the UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic and on the Family Medicine inpatient service at the University of Washington Medical Center. She is involved in teaching family medicine residents in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Her interests include pediatric care, women’s health, prenatal care and obstetrics, and care of the underserved.

Dr. Collins completed medical school at Harvard and family medicine residency at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington, she practiced full spectrum family medicine at Community Health Center of Snohomish County. She joined the faculty in 2015.

She enjoys living in Seattle where she has the opportunity to hike, explore local parks, and travel internationally with her husband and children.

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Jonathan Drezner, MD

Dr. Drezner is a Professor and faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and the Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is responsible for the orthopedic and sports medicine curriculum within the Family Medicine Residency at the University of Washington. His primary research interests include the use of automated external defibrillators to prevent sudden cardiac death in the athletic setting, as well as the investigation of acute running and hamstring muscle injuries. Outside of work Dr. Drezner enjoys basketball, soccer, hiking, and spending time with his daughters Sophia and Jessica, and wife, Dr. Heidi Gray, who is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Interests: Prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes; emergency planning for sudden cardiac arrest and use of AEDs in athletic medicine; pre-participation cardiovascular screening in athletes; ECG screening in athletes; musculoskeletal ultrasound; sports medicine.

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David Evans, MD (Program Director)

Dr. Evans joined the department in April 2012. Prior to coming to Seattle he spent 15 years practicing in central Oregon where, in addition to providing clinical care, he was active in his local community and with organized medicine. Viewing the marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry as a negative force on patient care, he guided his clinic through a process to become pharm-free. Recently he completed a term as the President of the National Physicians Alliance. Dr. Evans is the recipient of several community service and teaching awards and enjoys the big city with his wife and two children.

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Emily Godfrey, MD

Emily Godfrey MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Family Planning. Dr. Godfrey was selected to be the first Family Planning Epidemiology and Public Health Fellow at the CDC in Atlanta where she worked on the new US-based Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. Dr. Godfrey is a graduate of the University of Rochester Fellowship in Family Planning. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her family medicine residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois. Other interests include yoga, traveling, bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and drinking fine wine with friends.

Interests: Family planning, sexual and reproductive health care, women’s health care, dissemination and implementation of clinical guidelines, mentoring.

 

 

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Morhaf Al Achkar, MD, PhD, MSCR, FAAFP

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Morhaf Al Achkar, MD, PhD, MSCR, FAAFP, is an assistant professor in the departments of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. He completed his medical degree at Aleppo University in Syria in 2006. He finished his residency training at Florida Hospital in Orlando in 2012. Before joining the UW, he was a residency faculty at the Indiana University for almost five years. He has a master science in clinical research. He is a family physician providing full spectrum outpatient primary care. He is also a researcher conducting qualitative research studies on the experiences of patients with lung cancer and patients with chronic pain. In 2018, he completed his PhD in Education and his new focus is brining critical dialogues and reflections to the learning space and to patient care in order to better understand the lived experience of illness. Outside work, he enjoys reading philosophy, writing, volunteering, and spending time with family.

Interest: Critical social theory, doctor-patient dialogues and reflections, evidence-based medicine, theories of research, education theories, qualitative research methodology, and using video-recording in medical education.

 

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Misbah Keen, MD

Misbah Keen, MD, graduated from Government Medical College in Srinagar, India and subsequently completed a family medicine residency at Mercy Health Partners in Toledo, OH. He is currently pursuing masters degrees in Bio-Medical Informatics through Oregon Health and Sciences University and Public Health through Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, he has been practicing full spectrum of family medicine at Columbia Basin Health Association in Othello, Wash. He has interests in teaching and mentoring, patient safety & medical errors, and medical informatics. All this combined with his interest in exploring why golfers make better physicians leaves him with no free time…

Interests: Evidence based medicine. Medical Student Teaching. EMR Data acquisition and interpretation. Laboratory Medicine. Public Health.

 

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Amanda Kost, MD

Dr. Kost attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo and completed my family medicine residency at the University of Washington in the Harborview track. She practiced at a community health center in Seattle for 2 years prior to returning to UW as faculty in the Medical Student Education section in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Kost serves as core faculty in the Underserved Pathway, is the adviser for the Family Medicine Interest Group, directs the preclinical family medicine preceptorship, and provides general advising for students interested in family medicine. She continues to see patients at Harborview and practice full spectrum family medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Kost enjoys gardening and hiking with her family.

Interests: health literacy and encouraging more students to pursue primary care careers.

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Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, MD

Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, MD, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and trained at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine residency. She enjoys women’s health, integrative medicine, preventive medicine, and practice management and has been active in the state and local branches of the Academy of Family Physicians. Jeanne likes to cook (and eat!), cross-country ski, run, travel, and read good books.

 

 

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Lynn Oliver, MD, DTM&H

Lynn Oliver is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and did her Family Medicine residency there as well. She initially worked in a private practice in suburban Seattle, but subsequently joined the faculty of the medical school in 1989. She enjoys her work in teaching and mentoring medical students and residents. An active clinician, she especially values the decades long realtionships she has had with many of her patients. Her philosophy is that physicians and patients are partners in health care and that the relationship between them is two way. Among her professional interests are the areas of women’s health care, global health/travel medicine, and improving health by improving lifestyles.

Outside of work she travels, reads, and spends time with her family. She is the mother two, and mostly commutes to work by bicycle in an effort to stay young and decrease her carbon footprint. She considers herself to be the luckiest person in the world.

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Judith Pauwels, MD

Dr. Pauwels is Associate Professor in the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, where she provides patient care at the UW Northgate Neighborhood Clinic and teaches residents and students at the UW program. She works as a consultant throughout the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region, coaching communities in developing new family medicine residency training programs, and providing assistance to existing programs for accreditation and faculty development needs. Other roles have been national consulting with other programs throughout the country; advisory roles with the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions and with organizations evaluating the financing of residency training programs; and faculty development in learner-centered teaching methods.
Personal interests include a passion for the environment and the outdoors, an abiding fascination with international travel, and connection with my wonderful husband, family and friends.

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Pamela L. Pentin, JD, MD, FAAFP

A New Englander by birth, Dr. Pam Pentin was an English major at the University of Pennsylvania, then earned a law degree and practiced as a corporate trial attorney before attending Jefferson Medical College on a U.S. Navy scholarship. After completing her Family Medicine residency at the University of Vermont she served on active duty as a Navy medical officer for 7 years before transferring to the Reserves where she still proudly serves and sometimes still travels the world. The Navy brought her to the Pacific Northwest and to the University of Washington.
Dr. Pentin is an Assistant Professor in the Residency Section and Site Coordinator for the 3rd year Medical Student Clerkship at UW Medicine at Northgate. She enjoys practicing and teaching the full spectrum of Family Medicine. In her time off Pam loves to spend time with her family, travel, cook, hunt for antiques and walk and swim at the beach.

Interests: chronic pain management, treatment of addiction, the interface between Corporate America and the medical profession.

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Jackie Raetz, MD (Associate Program Director)

Dr. Raetz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. She provides full-spectrum family medicine including inpatient and outpatient care, obstetrics, nursing home care and palliative care. She holds a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics and palliative care. She attended medical school at Duke University, residency at the University of Washington and completed at geriatrics fellowship at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She is a member of University of Washington Family Medicine Residency faculty and also holds clinical appointments in Long Term Care and Palliative Care.

 

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Ashwin Rao, MD

Ashwin Rao is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College and his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Rao completed his residency training in family medicine and his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Washington. In 2008, he assumed the role of clinical assistant professor in UW’s department of family medicine and the Hall Health Sports Medicine Clinic. Currently, Dr. Rao serves as a team physician for University of Washington Husky Athletics and the Seattle Seahawks. He works in both primary care and sports medicine settings. He is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He serves as the chair of the University of Washington ’s sports academic conference curriculum. He also serves on the Research Committee of AMSSM. Dr. Rao’s special interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound guided procedures, including tenotomy with platelet rich plasma and autologous blood injection, medical student and resident education, patient-centered care, injury care and prevention, and emergency preparedness.

 

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Valerie Ross, MS

Valerie Ross M.S., trained at Group Health Cooperative and UW Family Medicine, both sites specializing in collaboration between mental health practitioners and primary care physicians. Her professional interests include mind-body medicine, relationship-centered care, and health behavior change. Clinically she is experienced in treating anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions common in primary care. She is an active cellist and performs regularly in a semi-professional orchestra. She also enjoys yoga, tai chi, chi gong, hiking and kayaking.

Interests: Doctor-patient communication, relationship centered care, mindfulness in medicine, mind-body medicine, humanities and medicine, and genetics and primary care.

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Chris Sanford, MD

Dr. Christopher Sanford is a family medicine physician who has practiced at the University of Washington since 2000; he joined UW’s Family Medicine Residency in 2009. In addition to being the Director of the Global Health Fellowship, he is Director of the Travel Clinic at the UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic, which offers a full spectrum of pre- and post-travel services. He serves as Coordinator of the seven travel clinics within the University of Washington.
Together with two other UW physicians, Drs. David Roesel and Paul Pottinger, Dr. Sanford was awarded a three-year grant from UW’s Dept. of Global Health to establish a tropical medicine training program for physicians in East Africa. Now hosted by a consortium of five institutions (UW, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Makerere University [Uganda], and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center [Tanzania]), this three-month course is held annually, and enrolls 60 African and Global North physicians.
He is Chair of a biennial CME course, Update, Travel Medicine & Global Health. During this two-and-a-half day conference, experts speak on a variety of topics within travel and tropical medicine, and global health, including public health in low-resource settings.
His overseas work has included work at clinics and hospitals in the Peruvian Amazon and Ethiopia. His research interests include threats to health in cities in the Global South, disaster medicine, public health, and medical education in low-resource settings.
He is Acting Deputy Director on his US federal disaster response team, IMSuRT-West. His deployments with that team have included deployments to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Port-au-Prince following the 2010 earthquake, and the wildfires in San Diego, California, in 2007. He is on the University of Washington’s Faculty Senate (2012-2014) and Information Technology Advisory Committee.
He serves on the Examinations Committee for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
He published two books in 2008: The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, 4th Edition, Elsevier, which he edited with Dr. Elaine Jong, and The Adventurous Traveler’s Guide to Health, University of Washington Press. He has also published over a dozen chapters for texts and several papers on topics within tropical medicine, infectious disease, disaster medicine, and travel medicine.

Interests: Travel Medicine

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David Siebert, MD

 

Grace Shih, MD MAS

Grace Shih MD, MAS is Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Shih completed her medical degree at University of Florida and her family medicine residency at Brown University. She spent a year working in clinics in Ecuador and Mexico and speaks Spanish fluently. After residency, she completed her Family Planning Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. Her research interests include integration of family planning services into primary care, contraceptive disparities, and male involvement in family planning. She directs the RHEDI grant for UW and provides clinical care at UW’s Northgate clinic. She enjoys taking hikes with her dog, playing guitar, and cooking.

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Christina Tanner, MD

Christina Tanner, MD earned her medical degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She also has two law degrees and speaks French and Lithuanian. Away from work, Dr. Tanner enjoys traveling, skiing, reading and spending time with her family.

Interests: Medical student teaching. Clinical Ethics. Medico-legal issues. Doctor-patient communication.

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Diane Timberlake, MD

Diane Timberlake is a graduate of Gonzaga University and the University of Washington School of Medicine. She did her residency training in Family Medicine at Providence Medical Center in Seattle and later completed a Masters Degree in Bioethics at the University of Washington. After leaving her north end practice, Dr Timberlake joined the Harborview faculty in 2000. Her professional interests include teaching medical students, providing care for underserved populations, and ethics and professionalism in medicine. Outside work she enjoys time spent with her husband and 4 children.

Interests: Clinical ethics.

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Megan Wilson, MD (Associate Program Director)

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Megan Wilson, MD is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. She provides full spectrum care and sees patients at the UW Northgate Clinic and at the UW Medical Center on the Family Medicine inpatient service. She completed medical school at the University of Virginia and family medicine residency at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 2017, she practiced full spectrum family medicine at the Neighborcare 45th Street community health center in Seattle. Her interests include women’s health, caring for patients with developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment, and resident education. In her free time, Megan volunteers at a horse rescue and enjoys horseback riding, cooking, gardening, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

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Ying Zhang, MD, MPH (Harborview Family Medicine Clinic Medical Director)

Ying Zhang, MD, MPH is a residency faculty member with her primary clinical practice at Harborview Family Medicine Clinic. She completed her undergraduate degree at Davidson College and medical school at East Carolina University in North Carolina. After her family medicine residency at the University of Washington (Harborview site), she completed a 2 year National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship (a primary care research fellowship) at the University of Washington. Ying’s research and clinical interests include reproductive health and family planning in immigrant and refugee communities. She is fluent in Mandarin. In her free time, Ying enjoys exploring the outdoors, running, and trying new foods and restaurants.

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Alexa Lindley, MD

Alexa Lindley is an Acting Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program. She provides primary care at the Family Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center and UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic. Dr. Lindley received her medical degree at the University of Michigan and completed residency and chief residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a graduate of the HEAL Initiative, a global health equity fellowship through UC San Francisco. During her fellowship received an MPH from UC Berkeley. She has interests in women’s health, family planning, medical education and the provision of comprehensive primary care in underserved communities locally and globally. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, surfing, running and spending time with her wonderful family.

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