Coalition, awards and social events
Coalition, awards and social events

Your September 2019 NEWSLETTER  

Coalition of Healthcare Professionals to Prevent Firearm Injury and Death

Nancy L. Belcher, Ph.D.   

CEO, King County Medical Society

I am excited to announce that King County Medical Society, through the KCMS Community Foundation, is the now the program manager of the "Coalition of Healthcare Professionals to Prevent Firearm Injury and Death".
For many of us this work is deeply personal. After losing my father to suicide when I was 16, I am keenly aware that suicide remains the leading cause of fatal firearm injury. Coalition members recognize firearm-related injury and death as a public health epidemic that may be preventable through a comprehensive public health approach that keeps families and communities safe.
While KCMS is a member organization, it also oversees the  KCMS Community Foundation (a 501 (c) 3 ). Part of the Foundation's mandate is to help unify organizations to improve the health of people in King County and beyond. The Foundation's work as program manager of the Coalition aligns well with that mandate. 
The coalition is co-led by Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and the WA State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County. (More details in update.) 
The Foundation provides the coalition with program management services, supplies, and space for meetings and education events. It is a hardworking, busy coalition and resources are needed to pay for this work.  The Foundation depends on donations to fund its work. We are hopeful that our members,  their friends, families, and colleagues, will help us by donating today.
Please consider donating whatever you can to support this incredible coalition of healthcare professionals. Your donation is tax-deductible. 

Thank you so much for your consideration.
Most sincerely, 
KCMS Community Foundation Donation (tax-deductible)

King County Medical Society's 1st Annual Awards

Dr. Teresa Girolami
KCMS, President of the Board

I have enjoyed serving as the President of the King County Medical Society for the past (nearly) 2 years. I’ve worked closely with our Events Committee to develop new events, CME’s, and programs. We have so many new and exciting things happening, I hope you're proud to be a part of it all.
I am especially excited by the newest offering, an Awards event to recognize outstanding members. I've been a member of the King County Medical Society for many years, and I've had the opportunity to work with a number of extraordinary physicians. I think you would agree that we need a way to properly recognize those physicians in our Society that are taking that extra step in their contribution to improving healthcare. 
We are in the process of drafting the specifics of the awards, but I wanted to let you know about it. More information to come!  
In the meantime, please consider nominating your fellow King County Medical Society members for the awarding opportunities below.
Thank you for your continued membership.

Teresa Girolami, MD

2019 Health Care Leadership Awards

Puget Sound Business Journal has an October 4th deadline for nominations.

2020 Leaders in Health Care Awards

Seattle Business Magazine nominations are due the beginning of November.

Members on the Move

our Member updates

Dr. Jeffery Frankel, a very active member of KCMS Delegation Council,  has been named the president of the Western Section of the American Urological Association. Dr. Frankel told us it "is an honor to represent over 2,000 urologists". 
Dr. Frankel is also the co-author of Resolution C-19 – Medication Prior Authorization. Congratulations Dr. Frankel!
Dr. Amish Dave, King County Medical Society Board member, Delegate, and Public Health Committee Chair,  has been chosen as the clinical rheumatologist honoree for the Arthritis Foundation.
Join "Team Amish" at the Jingle Bell Run to help them raise $10,000! 

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Dr. Best

Dr. Jennifer Best is a board-certified physician at Harborview and a UW associate professor of General Internal Medicine. She is associate program director for Resident Professional Development and Well-Being for the UW Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Best has authored the Resolution: C-4 - Advancing Gender Equity in Medicine.

Dr. Chu

Dr. Michael Chu is a hospitalist with Evergreen Health. Dr. Chu says, "I love what I do because I can serve as a patient's primary care provider in the hospital. With the increasing specialization of medical care, patients need an advocate who can see the big picture and share in complex decision making. It's an honor and a pleasure to be of service to patients in their times of greatest need."

DR. benson

Dr. John E Benson is a Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation Specialist. Having more than 11 years of diverse experiences, especially in physical medicine and rehabilitation,  Dr. Benson affiliates with doctors and specialists in many medical groups. Dr. Benson was the author of the recent Seattle Times Op-Ed concerning e-scooters and head trauma and the Resolution B-13 – Requirement for Helmets When Using e-Scooters. 

Upcoming Events

FREE CME for active physicians

Firearm Prevention Conversations for Clinical Practice
King County Medical Society working with the Washington Chapter of the American College of Physicians is offering a free, 1 credit, CME on Firearm Injury Prevention to active physicians
September 26th, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
King County Medical Society Building
Space is limited, so please reserve your spot


We are excited to host our very first female physician social event! This is an evening filled with food, drink and the opportunity to commune with other female physicians.
Held at the glassybaby workshop,  you can watch the artisans work, and you might even walk away with a new glassybaby item! 
Space is limited. For more details, contact Salem Adisu at

Blood-lead Testing THANK YOU

Our Lead Testing Days Program in partnership with Public Health Seattle & King County was a huge success. Thanks to our volunteers' donation of time and expertise, we were able to provide free lead screening to over 200 children in high-risk areas throughout King County. Data collection results will be available soon.

We are extending this partnership to provide more free lead screening events and increase the prevention awareness of child lead poisoning throughout King County. Thank you all!

Speaker Series

The KCMS Speaker Series is starting up again this October! Dr. Filmore Buckner will present on October 8th, 2019 a lecture on Dr. Armand Hammer. Keep an eye out for an invitation email in the coming weeks! 
If you are interested in attending the speaker series, have ideas for speakers, or are willing to present yourself, please email

KCMS Resolutions Update

Our resolutions were submitted to the WSMA and are now available to view and make comments. Please take some time to look at them and maybe leave a comment in support of them (you do need to log in as a WSMA member access the discussions).
Resolutions submitted by the KCMS Delegation are as follows:
  • Resolution B-13 – Requirement for Helmets When Using e-Scooters
  • Resolution: C-4 - Advancing Gender Equity in Medicine
  • Resolution C-14 – Amendment to the B&O Tax
  • Resolution C-16 – Improving Input and Access to Washington State Immunization Information System (WSIIS)
  • Resolution C-17 – Pharmacy Vaccination Records
  • Resolution C-19 – Medication Prior Authorization
  • Resolution C-21 – Development of a Firearm Safety Bureau

Looking for staff?

A personable, friendly and eager healthcare professional with 6 years of experience as a front desk manager/clinical support is looking for a new work opportunity in north Seattle. Please contact Nancy at for reference and contact information.

Medicine in the Media

Former KCMS Executive Director, Kristina Larson, had an Op-Ed published in the Puget Sound Business Journal and has asked that it be shared with the membership. The Op-Ed is on the topic of surprise billing.

Office Spaces Available for Rent

Spaces available in the historic King County Medical Society building 
200 Broadway, Seattle, WA. 98122
Flexible options ranging from individual offices up to 2,400 sq ft and everything in between.
Contact:      Brandon Burmeister 
Dir +1 206 223 1430 | Mob +1 206 290 8381


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