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Efforts to Address the Critical Shortage of Forensic Pathologists Stall
KNKX Public Radio | By Kari Plog
Read the article about KCMS's efforts to address the shortage of Forensic Pathologists in WA state.  
James Paribello, KCMS lobbyist, is helping KCMS lobby for a uniform, statewide death investigation system. Senate Bill 5776 would require a study on the shortage of forensic pathologists — conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy — to provide recommendations by the end of this year to begin fixing the problem.
“We’re at a point where autopsies may not be occurring in a timely fashion or performed locally, all because of a shortage,” Paribello said in an email to KNKX. “Hopefully that study will provide the documented evidence, as well as the potential solutions, needed for our Legislature to seriously address this crisis. Doing nothing means that we as a state will have to accept that death investigations may be inadequate, or not performed at all, which would imperil our criminal justice system, impede racial equity efforts, and potentially harm public health.” 
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North Sound Regional Race and Health Equity Conference

Northwest Washington Medical Society presents the 2nd annual North Sound Regional Race and Health Equity Conference. Health care professionals from around the region have united to advance health justice and eliminate racial health inequities. Join us to learn more about regional health inequity and how we can take action to better serve the needs of all patients.
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2022

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
For more information click here
To Register click here.

People Are Hiding That Their Unvaccinated Loved Ones Died of COVID

With the arrival of vaccines, compassion for COVID deaths began to dry up, sometimes replaced by scorn. 
Full Atlantic Article
If you or a loved one needed care, whom would you recommend?
Seattle Met magazine and Professional Research Services (PRS) are conducting Seattle Met's 17th annual peer-review survey to determine the 2022 Top Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians Assistants.

For the survey, you are asked to nominate up to five physicians, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants that you deem the best in their field of practice within the Seattle area. Practitioners may not vote for themselves.

Please cast your votes before February 26th, 2022 (at midnight).

The results of this survey will be published in the Fall 2022 issue of Seattle Met.

Thank you in advance for your participation!
Questions? Please reach out to Ana Potter, PRS at apotter@prscom.com.
Secure Survey Link


to three amazing KCMS members!

Recipients of Distinguished Alumni Awards from the UW School of Medicine.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Peter J. Kudenchuk, MD ’79, Res. ’82, Fel. ‘83
Alumni Humanitarian Award
Blair B. Washington, MD ’02, MHA
Alumni Service Award
Thomas J. Benedetti, MD ’73

Members on the Move


Neeta Jain, MD

Dr. Jain’s approach is to treat each patient as her own child and wants to make a difference in Snoqualmie Valley as the area’s pediatrician. She first practiced in the rural midwest and later moved on to working in the urban areas such as Chicago and Seattle. 
Dr. Jain attended Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College in Meerut, India, and finished her residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Brendan Levy, MD

Brendan Levy, M.D., Executive Medical Director at GoodRx, helps advance the mission of providing accessible and affordable healthcare as the clinical leader of the GoodRx Care telehealth platform.

GoodRx gives all Americans — regardless of income or insurance status — the knowledge, choice, and care they need to stay healthy through its prescription savings, online doctor visits, GoodRx Gold, and other services. GoodRx helps 20 million people a month learn about and save on their healthcare and has saved them $30 billion to date.

Dr. Levy is a family medicine doctor and prior to his role at GoodRx, Dr. Levy was the founder and CEO of HeyDoctor which was acquired by GoodRx in 2018. He graduated from the University of Washington in neurobiology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and completed a residency at Georgetown University.

Kristopher Day, MD

From his small-town roots to Ivy League surgical training, specialization in plastic and facial surgery, and academic practice, Dr. Kristopher Day brings a wealth of knowledge with him to his plastic surgery practice. 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. 
Dr. Day 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. 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 recognizes that each individual patient requires a customized plan to be their best with long-lasting natural results, and this is what he works to accomplish for every patient.

Stephanie Rothenberg, MD

Dr. Rothenberg grew up in Eastern Washington, attending high school in Richland, WA, and graduated from the University of Idaho. After attending medical school at the University of Washington, she completed both her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Magee-Women's Hospital.
As the co-founder of the Center for LGBTQ+ Fertility at Pacific Northwest Fertility, Dr. Rothenberg is passionate about fertility preservation, as well as providing compassionate and comprehensive LGBTQIA+ fertility care. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, travel, cooking, floral arrangement, and photography.

Daniel Kodner, MD

Dr. Daniel Kodner is a board-certified psychiatrist.  He has practiced general adult psychiatry for more than 20 years.  His experience includes serving as a teaching faculty member at the University of Washington, working in community mental health in Olympia, and performing independent medical examinations.  
Dr. Kodner received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison and then completed residency training in adult psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  He has called Seattle home since 1998.  

Outside of work, Dr. Kodner enjoys spending time with his husband and dogs, traveling, cooking, genealogy, trivia, TV, and learning languages.
Dr. Kodner is opening a solo telepsychiatry practice and will soon be accepting referrals.

Lucy Doyle, MD

Dr. Lucy Doyle is an adult internal medicine hospitalist at Evergreen Health Medical Center. In addition to hospital medicine, she has an interest in global health and point of care ultrasound.
Dr. Doyle earned her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University and attended Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Following medical school, she completed her residency in internal medicine at New York University. 

Dr. Doyle has worked with Doctors Without Borders and is co-founder of WA-Kongo 1st Mile Health, a nonprofit organization providing community-based public health and medical services in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sarah B Hufbauer, MD

Dr. Sarah B. Hufbauer is a family medicine doctor. She received her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. She is interested in collaborative care that joins her knowledge and skills with the client's own expertise about their life situation and challenges.

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