Physicians united to improve healthcare
Physicians united to improve healthcare
King County Medical Society is hosting the Excellence in Medicine Awards Ceremony to recognize the outstanding contributions of physicians, administrators, staff, and legislators. This event will be held in the Fall of 2022, assuming Covid restrictions allow.
The Award Selection Committee will review all submitted nominations. Please, click below to submit your nominations for any and all categories! The survey will take ~5 minutes.
I. Lifetime Achievement Award
Purpose: The award honors outstanding individuals who have demonstrated career-long service to patients and have promoted the highest ideals and standards of medical practice.
II. Leadership Award
Purpose: Honors physicians who serve as clinical role models, teachers, highly accomplished professional leaders, and sources of inspiration for physicians who work with and for them.
III. Legislative Advocacy Award
Purpose: Award recognizes legislators who consistently advocate for the improvement of the medical profession, promote the service of physicians and advocate for the highest ideals and standards of medical care.
IV. Reducing Health Disparities Award
Purpose: The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to reducing health disparities due to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, education, disability, geographic location, sexual orientation, and other determinants.
V. Teaching/Mentor Award
Purpose: Recognize physicians who have taken steps to mentor and teach medical students, early-career physicians, and other individuals in the medical field.
VI. Covid-19 Leadership Award
Purpose: Recognize a physician who has worked tirelessly to exemplify leadership, promote health equity, and serve and protect their communities during the uncertainty of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
KCMS Excellence in Medicine Awards Nomination Form
Join the KCMS Delegate Council to focus on KMCS's Legislative priorities for 2023
Retired doctors, please join us.
KCMS pursues its legislative efforts with the help of its lobbyist, James Paribello. 
The 2022 Virtual Delegate Council Meetings (you do not have to attend all):
  • Wed, May 25th, 6 - 8 p.m. (virtual)
  • Wed, June 22nd, 6 - 8 p.m. (virtual)
  • Wed, Aug 31st, 6 - 8 p.m. (in person)
  • WSMA 2022 Annual Meeting, October 1st & 2nd, 2022
Contact: Shurlon Brathwaite w/questions or to indicate interest.

Welcome to our Newest Members!

Kerrie Spoonemore, MD, PharmD

Dr. Spoonemore is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and is a clinical instructor at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine. 

Dr. Spoonemore completed a doctorate in pharmacology and then attended medical school at the UW and her residency at the University of Oklahoma. Her medical interests include skin cancer, psoriasis, and disorders of pigmentation. 

Dr. Spoonemore understands how intimately skin is tied to self-image and enjoys helping patients optimize skin health via disease treatment and prevention. Dr. Spoonemore is also regularly named a “Top Doctor” by her peers in Seattle Met Magazine and is a diehard WSU Cougar since her days as an undergraduate and runs marathons to keep up with her active young son and rescue mutt.

Peter Schoonmaker, MD

Dr. Peter Schoonmaker is a resident physician at the Adult Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center.
Dr. Schoonmaker earned his medical degree at the University of Washington, enjoys working with patients to provide support, promote informed understanding and help improve overall health.
Dr. Schoonmaker likes hiking, reading a good book, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Emily Larmore Cooper, MD

Dr. Cooper is a board-certified internal medicine physician who has practiced in Seattle since 2004. Dr. Cooper is passionate about developing lifelong relationships with her patients and opened her medical practice to give patients the care they deserve in a calm, unhurried environment.

Dr. Emily Cooper grew up near Omaha, Nebraska, and attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL earning her BA in Psychology. She attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, earned her Medical Degree, and completed her residency training at Virginia Mason Medical Center. 
Dr. Cooper lives in Northeast Seattle with her husband, two sons, and an energetic dog named Scout.  When she is away from the clinic, Dr. Cooper is passionate about fitness, hiking, downhill skiing, sailing, reading, and baking.
Fernando Vega, MD
Dr. Vega was born and grew up in Seattle but spent some early years in the Philippines. For the first ten years of his medical career, he practiced Emergency Medicine in ERs throughout Pennsylvania and Washington. In 1981 Dr. Vega opened a private practice in Family Medicine.
Dr. Vega found practitioners of other disciplines to join him (acupuncturists, physical therapists, naturopaths, midwives, and physicians in other specialties), and the collective Seattle Healing Arts Center was born.
During more than 40 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Vega feels privileged to hear many stories and witness a wide range of clinical situations and outcomes. Each patient has brought a new perspective and unique solutions to a myriad of health issues.  Dr. Vega approaches new patients by learning some of their life stories. From a foundation of understanding, he effectively addresses health issues.

Are you a physician on the move?

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Paul Ramsey, MD, is set to retire this summer as CEO of Seattle-based UW Medicine. Dr. Ramsey joined the faculty in the UW School of Medicine in 1981 as an internist and has served as CEO of UW Medicine since 1997.
Dr. Ramsey will step down from his administrative position as CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the UW School of Medicine, effective June 30, and retire from the UW effective July 31.  UW Medicine Chief Medical Officer Tim Dellit, MD, will serve as interim CEO for two years. Welcome, Dr. Dellit. 

Dr. Ramsey stated, "Why have I decided to retire this summer? The short answer is that the time is right. I have always hoped that my retirement would coincide with UW Medicine being in a strong position to lead changes in medicine: today it is."

The King County Medical Society sincerely thanks you, Dr. Paul Ramsey, for your dedication to UW Medicine and for improving healthcare for all.

The Pandemic Was Not the Culprit in
Dr. Lorna Breen's Suicide
Published in MedPage Today 

by Arthur Lazarus, MD, MBA
March 18, 2022, was memorable for the approximately 1 million physicians licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. It was the day President Biden signed into law the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, legislation designed to promote the mental health of medical professionals. Yet, the day went by with hardly a whimper. Let's revisit the significance and challenges of the legislation.
Lorna Breen, MD, was an emergency physician working at a frenetic pace at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City in 2020. She contracted COVID-19, returned to work early out of a sense of duty, and after struggling with psychiatric challenges took her life a few weeks later. She had no previous psychiatric history before this. Her only known risk factor for suicide was being a physician.
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2022 Northwest Rheumatism Society Meeting   May 5-7, 2022
The NWRS Annual Meeting is an opportunity to bring together clinical experts and dedicated researchers. At this year’s annual meeting we expect to hear from experts all over the county including from Oregon Health & Science University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. These experts are expected to address unmet medical needs in the field of rheumatology such as:
• Advances in vasculitis treatments
• Health inequalities in rheumatology care
• New disease-modifying medication for SLE
• Clinical use of myositis antibodies
• Updates on psoriatic arthritis, gout, and antiphospholipid syndrome
• Update on covid-19 management in rheumatic disease patients
Full Details & Registration
Pierce County Medical Society Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting + Silent Auction (make-up date from 2021), benefitting the PCMS Foundation. Installation of officers, community service award winner, good grub, and cocktails. Register today for this signature event and a chance to connect with your peers!
Wednesday, May 11, 2022.  Registration opens at 5:30 pm
More information and Registration
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