Nancy L. Belcher, PhD
CEO/King County Medical Society

From the CEO: KCMS makes big strides in Olympia

While we are still evaluating how legislative decisions will impact health care both locally and nationally, I am excited to share that the session had successful outcomes and enlightening moments for the King County Medical Society. For the first time in many years, the Society has reestablished its presence in Olympia. 

From the President:

Rediscovering the joy of medicine through entrepreneurship
One of my goals as president of the King County Medical Society – along with giving physicians a much greater influence in shaping health care – is to create more opportunities for our members to stretch and grow, to find ways to practice their craft to its fullest.  That’s why I am thrilled to be working with our staff to partner with a number of innovation centers to help open new doors for our members to learn, explore, and ultimately launch their own entrepreneurial endeavors if they are so inclined.

Read more from KCMS President Teresa Girolami, MD here

BoxBar Vascular leads new

KCMS Platinum Partnerships

Unique program provides new funding for scholarships and other Society initiatives
We are proud to welcome and acknowledge KCMS board member and delegate Ellen Derrick, MD as our inaugural Platinum Partner.

Dr. Derrick is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general and vascular surgery.  Prior to founding BoxBar, she practiced at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett where she also served as Medical Director of Safety.

We strongly encourage you to meet Dr. Derrick, learn more about her practice and refer your patients to her.  The financial support of BoxBar Vascular as a Platinum Partner helps fund medical scholarships and the other vital services.
You can learn more about her practice and diverse experiences in everything from her pioneering work in establishing the nation's first Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program database to her leadership role with the American College of Surgeons at her website.
Who are you? New census offers in-depth look at Washington's physicians
Who are Washington's docs?  A new census by the Washington Medical Commission offers some interesting - and at times troubling - insights about just who's practicing medicine across the state.

Most notably, the survey underscores the continued decline of independent practitioners, with just 8% of physicians reporting they remain solo practitioners. 45% of active physicians are employed by a hospital, a clinic or the state or federal government. 26% practice in single specialty groups and 23% practice in multi-specialty groups. 


Our House is On Fire: Jeff Duchin, MD

From our colleague and member Jeff Duchin, MD, Health Officer at Public Health Seattle & King County comes this dire warning:
"The World Health Organization (WHO) identified climate change and air pollution at the top of its list of global health threats in’s a good time to recognize in no uncertain terms that climate change is the greatest public health threat of the 21stCentury . We agree with the American College of Physicians: Climate change is happening now. A sense of urgency is warranted if we are to avoid the most catastrophic effects of continued global warming. 

As public health professionals, we should follow the lead of the American Public Health Association, the American College of Physicians and other public health and medical professional organizations and prioritize action to help our communities adapt to and prepare for the impacts of climate change. This includes taking the critical and essential steps necessary to keep global warming from reaching levels that could have catastrophic effects on physical and mental health worldwide, along with massive economic losses, large-scale population displacement, global food insecurity, and resulting political instability."

Speaker Series:

Staying Healthy Abroad

A Global Traveler's Guide - Christopher Sanford, MD

Join UW Medicine physician and KCMS member Christopher Sanford, MD for a lively and informative discussion on travel medicine and his new book "Staying Healthy Abroad - A Global Traveler's Guide" at the monthly Speaker Series luncheon next Tuesday May 14, 2019 at noon.
Staying Healthy Abroad gives straightforward and easy-to-follow recommendations for those traveling for pleasure, study, business, or volunteer work; for short- or long-term stays; and to destinations ranging from rural areas to large cities, in both developing and industrialized nations.
CHRISTOPHER SANFORD, MD, MPH is associate professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Global Health at the University of Washington, and a family medicine physician who specializes in tropical medicine and travelers' health. His research interests include medical education in low-resource settings and health risks of urban centers in low-income nations.
200 Broadway, Seattle
Please park in gravel lot north of building or in lot behind building
Complimentary lunch provided (donations for KCMS Foundation and scholarships accepted)
All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please RSVP to Josh Kerns - 

Exclusive Member Benefit:

Key Bank offers King County Medical Society members and staff exclusive concierge mortgage loan service, discount home loans


Seattle launches "Health One" pilot to ease 911 medical crunch

Seattle's mayor and fire chief on Tuesday announced the creation of the City’s new pilot program “Health One,” a team of specially trained Seattle Fire Department (SFD) firefighters and civilian specialists that will help people downtown with non-emergency 911 requests for issues like substance abuse, non-emergency medical issues, and a need to access services. 
The team will provide alternatives to transport to emergency departments and allow fire department units to focus on emergencies like structure fires and vehicle accidents, the city said in a news release.
The Seattle Times has an extensive analysis here

Serving our Retired Physicians

As many of you know we are trying to provide more opportunities for our ever-increasing retired physicians.

We recently sent out a retired member survey and got a good response. We were delighted to hear that communications via the newsletter, event invitations, emails, and surveys are quite popular. However, the blog, podcasts, and social media aren’t being used as much. Please let us know how we can make these more accessible and appealing to you.

We are grateful for your Speaker Series guest ideas and will be inviting the people suggested. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Communications, Josh Kerns, with other suggestions (

Identifying volunteer opportunities for our retired medical members continues to be of great interest. While you are retired, you have so much to offer. Please notify our Membership Project Manager, Reed Belcher (, with any suggestions about how you have been volunteering or would like to engage.  We will be promoting some new partnerships and opportunities soon.

Docs Talk:

Cardiac screenings saving lives of high school athletes
In the latest edition of Docs Talk - the official podcast of the King County Medical Society, Josh Kerns with visits with the amazing moms, physicians and volunteers of the Nick of Time Foundation.  Formed in the aftermath of devastating tragedy, hear the inspiration stories of how two women have helped pioneer cardiac screenings for high school athletes nationwide, and how their efforts have potentially saved countless lives.

In Memoriam

Alexander Raymond Stevens, MD

November 4, 1922 - April 25, 2019

Alec Stevens was born in New York City to Alexander and Mary Lane, who met over the operating table in France during WWI. He was an only child.

Alec graduated from Yale (1943) and Cornell University Medical College (1946), both condensed because of the war. In New York he met Jane Hartwell, who was in nursing school. They married in Portland, OR on New Year’s Eve in 1947. They had 3 daughters, Mary Lane (Tom Hard), Victoria (Alan Drengson), and Eugenia (Nat Wheelwright). Later came 5 grandchildren and now 2.5 great-grandchildren.

Alec served in the Army in Heidelberg post-WWII and loved his time there. He returned to Seattle where he practiced internal medicine and was a clinical professor at the University of Washington. After retirement he and Jane went to León, Nicaragua where Alec helped teach hematology in 1988. This intensified his fascination with Latin America where he visited often as an election observer.

Alec had a passion for classical music, which he transmitted to his 3 daughters. Other things he loved: chocolate ice cream, Joyce Carol Oates, Mozart, Manhattans, tiefe Schnee, family solidarity, Alstead Center, golf, Fezziwig, adventures with Jane.

Alec was saddened by the thought of anyone going hungry, so memorial gifts may be made to a local food bank or his beloved Seattle Opera. A memorial gathering will be held at Horizon House, 900 University St, on June 29th at 3pm.

Julian S. Ansell, MD

JUNE 30, 1922 – APRIL 2, 2019

Dr. Julian Samuel Ansell, born in Portland Maine on June 30, 1922, passed away at age 96 on April 2, 2019.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eva R. Ansell, their five children: Steven Ansell (Mary), Jody Ansell (Matthew McKinnon), Carol Grant (Robert), Ellen Ansell (Rick Rogow) and Peter Ansell, eight grandchildren and his sister, Shirley Brown.

Julian led a life of service, the needs of his patients surpassed only by those of his family.
Julian enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and served in communications until the end of WWII. Via the Corps, he received his Baccalaureate from Bowdoin College in 1946.

Julian and Eva (nee Ballin) met in 1949 when they were both working at a summer resort in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. They married in 1951. It was a big year for Julian who also received his Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University in 1951. The couple moved to Minneapolis, MN, where Julian completed his internship in surgery and residency in urology, and received his PhD in 1959, all at the University of Minnesota. Their first three children were born in Minneapolis in 1954, 1955 and 1957.

In 1959, the family moved to Seattle where Julian had been appointed head of the Division of Urology at the University of Washington, and the last two of five children were born in 1960 and 1964. In 1965 Julian became the first chair of the Department of Urology. He continued service as chair until 1987. He practiced and taught at the University until 1992, when he became professor emeritus. Additionally, he provided medical care at Harbor View and Children’s hospitals, and to patients at Ft. Lewis.

Julian did seminal work in closure of neonatal extrophy of the bladder. His research included renal sparing surgery; smoking and bladder cancer; wound healing in infected and irradiated tissues; reflux and renal failure as well as other areas of interest.

He served as President of the Society of University Urologists in 1979. He was a member of the Medical Quality Assurance Commission of Washington State and served as its chair in 2001.

Along with his professional and athletic accomplishments, Julian will be remembered by his family and friends for his wit and sense of humor, his love of puns and crossword puzzles, his skill as a raconteur and his loyalty to family.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in the name of Julian Ansell to The Mountaineers at or 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle 98115

If you would like to memorialize the passing of a loved one, friend or colleague, please email jkerns@kcmsociety. org

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