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A very busy fall for KCMS


KCMS Delegate Council

Below are the results for the resolutions written by the KCMS Delegate Council and presented to the WSMA House of Delegates on October 1 & 2 in Spokane.
A HUGE thank you to those who trekked to Spokane for the WSMA HOD meeting and to the resolution authors and contributors. The resolution writing process was initiated in May, so it is nice to have them completed, reviewed, and feedback provided.
Whether the resolutions were 'adopted' or 'referred,' KCMS continues its work. The KCMS lobbyist will help us push this work toward real action. Find our final resolutions with amendments below.
I am incredibly proud of our Delegates, who were thoughtful, concise, and professional in their presentations and debates. After all, reasonable people can reasonably disagree on policy.
I'd like to share the many faces of our Delegates to emphasize that KCMS isn't about one person - KCMS is about its members.
Congratulations to Dr. Teresa Girolami, Dr. Amish Dave, and Dr. Tony Quang for their newly elected positions.
Nancy L. Belcher, Ph.D., MPA 
CEO, King County Medical Society & KCMS Community Foundation
Full List of KCMS Resolution with Amendments
KCMS looks forward to recognizing the outstanding contributions of physicians, community leaders, and legislators to the field of medicine. 

We will provide a gourmet dinner, an exceptional program, and a raise the paddle opportunity. We hope you will join us for this extraordinary event. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets TODAY - they are going FAST!

2022 Symposium:

Mitigation of Pandemic Impacts on Children

Speakers will examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's education, physical health, and mental health and focus on emerging strategies for mitigating these impacts in this and future crises. The WSAS Symposium convenes scientific and technical experts to discuss and move towards solutions on issues that affect Washington State.
This virtual event will take place on October 26th, 2022, from 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Please click the link below for more information and to register. Prescription Delivery Services for Seniors

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 89% of adults 65 and older take prescription medicine. Using a prescription delivery service is one solution for seniors who have mobility issues or cannot leave their homes to go to the pharmacy. has a new resource that provides seniors and their caregivers with the top prescription delivery services, information on financial assistance options, and guidance on choosing the best service for their specific needs. For more information, click the link below.


In case you missed it, here is an announcement from the Interim CEO of UW School of Medicine.
The UW School of Medicine announces that Dr. Michelle Terry, Clinical Professor in the Dept of Pediatrics, will be its first Assistant Dean for URMS Career Development. Dr. Terry will join the Office of Faculty Affairs and partner with the Office of Healthcare Equity.

Welcome Dr. Terry to the leadership team in the School of Medicine.



Nancy Connolly, MD

Dr. Connolly is fellowship trained in Infectious Disease and Integrative Medicine and board certified in Addiction and Internal Medicine. Dr. Connolly is an Internal Medicine primary care doctor with over 20 years of experience treating patients in the outpatient setting. Throughout her career, she has worked with patients across the socioeconomic spectrum, beginning in a dedicated HIV clinic in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment, and spending 10 years at Virginia Mason, where she served as the Medical Director of the Lynnwood Regional Medical Center for 5 years. She is currently working for the University of Washington, outreaching to people suffering from homelessness.   

Dr. Connolly has been committed to building community and public service throughout her career. Before medical school, she served two years in the US Peace Corps, working with UNICEF on a Guinea Worm eradication project. Dr. Connolly served on the board of Northeast Seattle Together, a virtual village in her community with the vision of building and sustaining a community where neighbors engage with and support one another. She is currently a board member of the Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness. 

Dr. Connolly’s clinical interests include treating chronic pain, addiction, and homelessness to help all her patients have the potential to live their best lives.  
Dr.Connolly, with her husband Andy, raised 2 boys (almost launched), and she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and sailing in her spare time.

John Dockins, MD

Dr. Dockins is fellowship trained and board-certified in obesity medicine and general surgery and has clinical experience with morbid obesity, obesity-related diseases, minimally invasive bariatric surgery, and esophagogastroduodenoscopy procedures. 
Dr. Dockins states that his role is to fully commit to his patients throughout their weight loss journey. He believes that a skilled bariatric surgeon must be fully invested in all aspects of weight loss and the wellness journey. Dr. Dockins wants to help his patients lose weight to improve their overall health and enjoy a more fulfilling lifestyle.
Dockins lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two sons. He enjoys playing basketball at local parks and boating on Lake Washington in his free time. 

Niran Al-Agba, MD

Niran Al-Agba is a Board Certified Pediatrician who was born and raised in Bremerton, WA. She is the mother of four amazing children.
Dr. Al-Agba is Board Certified in Pediatrics with 20 years of experience seeing primary care patients on the Olympic Peninsula (a medically underserved area) in Washington State. She has received multiple awards for her clinical care.

Dr. Al-Agba is an opinion columnist for the Kitsap Sun Newspaper, an affiliate of USA Today. She has been published on MedPage Today, Fortune Magazine, and the Seattle Times. She has also published a book, "Patients At Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare," on non-physicians working independently in the healthcare system.

As a physician expert witness, she has a particular interest, and growing experience in the forensic medical analysis of child abuse cases is an independent contractor for the Washington State Office of Public Defense and consults in medical malpractice cases involving non-physician practitioners.

Dr. Al-Agba precepts medical students from medical schools across the nation. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she has served on the Admissions Committee for two decades. She serves as adjunct faculty at the Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program in Bremerton, WA, which is affiliated with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Systems. She mentors and educates family medicine interns and residents who rotate through her clinic regularly. She is a member of the Training Center Faculty at Seattle Children’s Hospital for Pediatric Advanced Life Support training.

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