Suicide Awareness Month

"Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way...acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation." (reference)

Members on the Move

  • Group of Physicians Moving their Practices
    Dr. D. Chris Belcher
    Dr. Sara Benveniste
    Dr. Shannon Shamseldin

    Are moving from Greenlake Swedish Medical to Polyclinic Northgate effective October 2020.

    They can be reached at 206.525.5777 or
  • Dr. Charles H Chesnut III  retired February 28, 2020, after nearly 50 years at the UW Medical Center. We wish you the very best in your retirement.
  • Are you a physician on the move? Let us know where you are headed!

Telemedicine Payment Parity Extended Through October 1st

In response to the increased use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington State legislators approved extending telemedicine payment parity through October 1, 2020. The proclamation has been extended several times and was implemented by SB 5385 in advance of its January 1, 2021, effective date. 
KCMS will continue to advocate for telehealth parity extensions.
2020 Virtual Health Policy Conference

20% off registration for KCMS Members

The 8th annual Inland NW State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference will foster a dialog about the unique opportunities and challenges facing health care on the east side of Washington. 
KCMS members use promo code "KCMS" at checkout for a 20% DISCOUNT.

State of Reform brings together practitioners, thought leaders, and policymakers from across the state into a single place. During these unprecedented times, they will hold these important conversations through the power of virtual tools.

Join the discussion on September 23rd & 24th, 2020.
Register Here for the State of Reform

Join the WSPHA Board of Directors

Would you like to join become a member of the Board of Directors for the WSPHA? The Board of Directors is looking to recruit dynamic, experienced, emerging leaders in public health and health care broadly to join the team.  Recruitment is open until September 18th.
Recruitment Form



Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 | 8 a.m.–1:35 p.m. PDT

  Now offered virtually, the Seattle ACI program will allow you to interact and network with local experts in the field from the comfort and safety of your own home.


Shailender Bhatia, MD – University of Washington

Petros Grivas, MD, Ph.D. – University of Washington

Andrea Perdue, PA – Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

  For full program agenda, accreditation information and to register, please visit:

  SPECIAL OFFER!  As a registered ACI attendee, get a head start on SITC's new Certificate in Cancer Immunotherapy by using the coupon code "ACI20WA2" to complete the first module of the certification at no cost. This module also serves as a recommended pre-course for all ACI attendees. If you have any questions, please contact the SITC office at or 414-271-2456. 

KCMS Summer Interns

We are delighted to share the bios of our summer interns. Each intern was assigned to a research topic or office responsibility. Thank you to this amazing group for their hard work and dedication to KCMS and helping us to fulfill our mandate to improve healthcare for all.

Bailey Harmon

Bailey is from Seattle and attended Lakeside School where she volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club and the Alzheimer’s Association. A sophomore at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, Bailey is studying biology with an emphasis on biochemistry and neuroscience. Bailey plays on the Knights’ varsity women’s basketball team, volunteers with Special Olympics, and plays club lacrosse.

For her KCMS internship, Bailey worked on reviewing the medical examiner system in Washington state and compared it to other states that have comprehensive, statewide death investigation systems. Bailey's thorough research enabled KCMS' Delegate Council to draft a resolution for how to improve the WA State system and save money at the same time.

Connor Hinton

Connor is a Bellevue native and has continually found inspiration in bettering the local community through both advocacy and policy. His education and past professional work have inspired his desire to put this vision to work in the sector of healthcare.
A junior at Gonzaga University, Connor is pursuing a degree in Political Science and sees the major as an opportunity to find his voice in the field of policy development. Connor volunteers at the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer, assisting in fundraising activities and helping with background work to ensure grants are provided to researchers in search of a cure.

As a King County Medical Society intern, Connor is exploring how medical systems and healthcare access is changing/adapting to the growing incidence of hospital mergers.

Rae Lakshman

Rae grew up in the Seattle area and has been a mutual aid organizer in King County. She is an honors student at Northeastern University, Boston, and earning a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience and Philosophy, and a minor in Political Science.
Rae has volunteered with homelessness alleviation and racial inequity in King County for the last three years. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Rae has had first-hand experience with local health care issues through her mutual aid work. During the Black Lives Matter protests, Rae was part of a team of street medics and conflict de-escalators that provided for the protestors and the houseless. All of these experiences have contributed to her passion to strengthen access to healthcare for all.

During her KCMS internship, Rae is researching inequity in healthcare by researching how the house of medicine tends to promulgate racial inequity. Rae is excited about the opportunity to help KCMS have a voice in policy development and changes within the practice of medicine.

Sarah Barbee

Sarah is a junior at the University of Portland (UP) and pursuing a degree in Biology and Spanish-Language. After graduation, Sarah would like to attend Physician Assistant school.
Sarah’s interest in science and healthcare grew during college when she had the opportunity to learn about racism in science as well as healthcare inequities amongst POC. Also, through her engagement in UP's Spanish-Culture club, Mesa Redonda, and semester abroad in Spain, Sarah has had opportunities to engage in diverse dialogues. These conversations launched her passion to improve the public healthcare system as a future healthcare provider.

Sarah recognizes the power of grassroots communities to enact change, and she is extremely passionate about the type of intersectionality between social and health justice advocacy KCMS supports in the community. Sarah believes there is an urgent need for new legislature and anti-racism training in order to reform the public healthcare system in the United States and she is working with KCMS to achieve health justice for POC.

Rohan Raman

Rohan is a high school senior at University Prep. He first got involved as a volunteer at KCMS’s public health events, which sparked an interest in creating positive change in King County healthcare.

Rohan's work as a volunteer for North Helpline Food Bank, a soup kitchen cook, and a tutor for Students Helping Students has exposed him to the various communities and people in the Seattle area. Rohan participates in his school community as a Middle School debate coach and student ambassador.
Rohan is excited to contribute to KCMS in a multitude of ways and provide valuable assistance to the KCMS team. You will find Rohan's latest historical research article in our next newsletter!

Dori Buttleman

Dori is a senior at Ballard High School and a lifelong Seattleite. She has developed an interest in healthcare, medicine, and advocacy through her community volunteer service. Dori is making a difference in her community by interning with KCMS by helping with research on the issue of homelessness in King County. She hopes to attend a small college after graduating and intends to major in pre-med. 

Sally Dorer

Sally is a sophomore at Mercer Island High School. She is interested in emergency medicine as well as clinical research and enjoys supporting her community through volunteer work. Currently, Sally plans on attending a larger college when she graduates, where she hopes to major in either biology or as a pre-med. Sally provides help to KCMS through research and data entry work.

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