Empowering Physicians
Empowering Physicians

Best Method to Spread Awareness About Methods of Firearm Injury Prevention?

Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center has created an interactive toolkit that details three interventions to protect yourself and your loved ones from firearm injury or suicide.
We want to share this information with medical professionals to help inform their patients about these specific safety strategies.


In your opinion, what is the best way to share this information with physicians and their staff?


Firearm Injury Prevention Survey
An opinion piece shared with KCMS by the WPSR Economic Inequity Task Force.

The WPSR Economic Inequity Task Force is sharing these comments and extending a collective advocacy invitation to all KCMS members.

1. We wanted to be clear about the Washington Cares Fund: We want you to NOT opt-out. We would like you to promote it to help the most vulnerable people in our communities. The Washington Cares Fund is a fantastic state law that is not perfect but will be improved in the upcoming legislative session. It directly addresses and improves equity. Period. It provides primary long-term care ($36K) to all Washington citizens when needed. It is funded by a flat tax of 0.58% on our income. Marginalized and BIPOC people will benefit greatly and live a less stressful and healthier life. When we opt out, it harms the long-term stability of this important state program. Like all of us, low-income people deserve resources to care for themselves and their loved ones as they age. This program helps all boats rise! 

2. We are thrilled to invite you to our January 25 meeting from 5:30-7:00 pm. The focus will strengthen our health advocacy voice to end homelessness and promote progressive taxation. We want to fundamentally address the root causes of injustice and improve the health of the communities that we serve. 

Agenda: Representative Frank Chopp and Noel Frame will discuss their bills and strategies for this session. We will then have break out rooms to coordinate the work needed to move this important legislation forward during this 2022 session and beyond 

We hope you can join us!!

In partnership, 

Tesia Wood, WPSR Co-Chair of the Economic Inequity Task Force
Charles Mayer, WPSR Co-Chair of the Economic Inequity Task Force  

Addressing Social Needs to Build Competent Health Care Systems

Join the Bree Collaborative and the Washington Health Alliance for a zoom webinar to continue the conversation on the intersection between value-based care and social determinants of health. Learn how providers, purchasers, and health plans can work together to address patient social needs and improve health outcomes!


Shurlon was born in Baltimore Maryland and moved to Shoreline at the age of 5. During his time growing up, he discovered his passion for helping others and working towards limiting health disparities.
This passion carried over into his studies at the University of Washington where he recently graduated with his degree in Public Health/Global Health. In his free time, he enjoys playing football, basketball and spending him with friends and family. He is greatly looking forward to working at KCMS and learning as much as he can. Welcome, Shurlon!

Members on the Move


Anisha Gill, MD

Anisha Gill, M.D. is a family medicine physician who prides herself on taking a team-based approach when it comes to caring for her patients. Dr. Gill is a family medicine doctor in Shoreline, Washington. She received her medical degree from Aureus University of School Medicine and has been in practice for less than 3 years.

Jocelyn Gonzales

Jocelyn Ramos Gonzales (she/her) is a first-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. A scholar of UWSOM's Underserved and LGBTQ Health Pathways, she believes in equitable, compassionate healthcare for all. Originally from Steilacoom, WA, she now lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with her partner, Alec. She is excited to be a part of the KCMS to learn from its prestigious membership and make a difference in the field of medicine.

Raman Palabindala, MD

Venkataraman Palabindala, MD is a physician educator and physician leader who is passionate about transforming the Health Information Technology (IT) industry. He is a board-certified Internist, Hospitalist and received an MBA and Certificate of Health Sector Management (CHSM) from the prestigious Duke's Fuqua School of Business. He is an executive council member, chapter leader, and mentor in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM).

Recognizing his leadership activities and contribution to Hospital medicine, the American College of Physicians (ACP) listed him in US Top 10 Hospitalists in 2016. His expertise is in Health IT, Medical Education, and Utilization Management. He is a national speaker and actively writes on topics related to Utilization Management, Electronic Health Records, Medical education, hospital medicine, and issues related to technology in healthcare. I have been vocal about the slow progress and adoption of technology in healthcare and want to promote global healthcare redesign using technology. I invested in over 25 startups as an angel investor and through online platforms.

As a co-founder of Mission Growth Investments, a physician group investing in healthcare startups, he collaborated with several founders to navigate complex and highly regulated healthcare systems. I held multiple leadership positions, including medical director of Utilization Management, lead physician advisor and Chief Hospitalist role, and other leadership roles in academic medical centers

Prakash Gatta, MD

Prakash Gatta MD FACS is a Board Certified & Fellowship trained Esophageal Surgeon. He created and helmed amongst the largest Upper GI surgery programs in the PNW at MultiCare Health System and has now moved his practice to Overlake Medical Center. Dr. Gatta's clinical practice focuses on complex foregut procedures (oncology of the Stomach & Esophagus, reoperative surgery, surgeries of diaphragm) as well as the delivery of newer surgical techniques for reflux such as Transoral fundoplication (TIF) & Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation (LINX). He has been the only center that has offered all available surgical options in this part of the US.
He has also pioneered Robotic Surgery with the completion of nearly 1400 cases. His center at MultiCare was designated the first National Mentor Site for Foregut Surgery by Intuitive Surgical (makers of the robot). He is very active in national societies with leadership positions at SAGES and the American Foregut Society. His research interest encompasses developing new surgical instrumentation, creation of new IP in this space, and particularly (more recently) in the field of Artificial Intelligence with Robotic/Digital Surgery platforms. Specific areas of interest include predictive analytics, machine learning, and surgical automation. He is a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) with several industry partners (including Intuitive Surgical, Verb Surgical, BD, CSATS, Ethicon, and J&J).

Dr. Gatta was raised in Kuwait and graduated from Medical School with Honors at Seth G.S. Medical College (University of Bombay) that has an excellent academic pedigree with a right history of success and is amongst the top 3 schools in India consistently.

He has proudly been able to overcome the challenges of being a former refugee, an immigrant, going through medical school, and the challenges of entry into and the completion of Surgical Residency and Fellowship training in the US and has been featured in national media lately.

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