Faculty & Staff

 

Amanda Kost MD, MEd
Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

Dr. Kost is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington where she teaches clinical skills, conducts medical education research, and cares for patients. She attended medical school at the University at Buffalo and completed a Masters of Education at the University of Washington with a focus on educational research and statistics. After finishing her residency in family medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Kost practiced full spectrum family medicine and at a community health center for two years before joining the faculty. At UW, she has been active in the UWSOM curriculum renewal process through the development and implementation of the clinical immersion and intersessions and is now the director for the Ecology of Health and Medicine course. She teaches and mentors medical students through the College system. She currently is the faculty advisor for the Community Health Advancement Program and is developing the Community-focused Urban Scholars Program (CUSP) to help prepare students to care for urban underserved populations. She continues to practice full spectrum family medicine at Harborview Medical Center.


 

Mike Spinelli, MD, FACP
Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine
Bozeman Health Internal Medicine Clinic
University of Washington School of Medicine

 


 

Heidi Combs, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Psychiatry Inpatient Medical Director, Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington School of Medicine

I have been interested in medical education since residency and for the past 11 years have been focused on teaching medical students Psychiatry as part of my role as the  Psychiatry Clerkship Director. When the opportunity came up to be a part of the team creating the new Ecology of Health and Medicine course I jumped at the chance! I believe the content of this course is so important for all physicians in training and am excited to help bring this content to life!



 

Bruce Abbotts, MD, MPH
Pediatrician, retired
Clinical Professor
University of Washington School of Medicine

Spokane EHM Lead

A great part of medicine is teaching both patients and future health care providers. I have been involved in clinical teaching students and residents since moving to Spokane and joining a pediatric practice in 1991. When the opportunity to become more involved in the basic science teaching for medical students in Spokane, I signed right up to develop a pilot program for a generalist to teach the basic sciences in small groups with a non-lecture, case based approach. That lead directly to teaching in the Foundations curriculum in various subject areas.


 

Maralyssa Bann, MD
Director, Harborview Hostipal Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Healthcare Systems Theme Lead

Dr. Bann practices as a Hospital Medicine physician at Harborview Medical Center, where she also serves as the group director. Originally from Minnesota, she trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington and fell in love with Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Her primary areas of interest include understanding the burden of hospitalization on vulnerable patient populations and developing curriculum content related to health systems science. She loves traveling, walking her dog, and trying new foods.


 

Gabrielle Berger, MD
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Professionalism Theme Lead

Dr. Berger is a general internist who cares for patients at the UWMC General Internal Medicine Clinic and attends on the medicine wards at UWMC. She is the co-lead of the professionalism theme for the Ecology of Health in Medicine course and Assistant Program Director for Intern Education in the UW Internal Medicine Residency Program. She attended medical school in Atlanta and completed her residency at the University of California, San Francisco before joining the UW faculty in 2013. A native of Nebraska, she is is  a Husker at heart but has fully embraced life in the Pacific Northwest. She loves long bike rides, dark coffee, trips to the San Juan islands, and time with her family.


 

Rebekah Burns, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

Lifelong Learning Theme Lead

Dr. Burns is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Originally from California, she trained in the Bay Area and Chicago before settling in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  She currently oversees all medical students rotating thought the Pediatric ED in Seattle and is excited to be the lead for the life long learning curriculum within the EHM course.  She enjoys traveling and exploring both locally and internationally with her husband and daughter as often as possible.

 


 

Daniel Cabrera, MD
HMC Hospital Medicine Group
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Diversity Theme Lead

Dr. Cabrera practices medicine as a Hospitalist at Harborview Medical Center in the UW Department of General Internal Medicine. He completed his medical school and training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI (“the other UW”). His areas of interest include diversity efforts, medical education and admissions. Dr. Cabrera’s wife is a clinical faculty in the UW School of Nursing. He and his wife enjoy spending time with friends and family, taking day trips, cooking, TV binging and cuddling with their cat Georgia.


 

Georgina D. Campelia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics & Humanities
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Ethics Theme Lead

Dr. Campelia joined the Department of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in October 2016. She is also an Ethics Consultant for UW Medicine’s Ethics Consultation Service. She completed her PhD in Philosophy at the Graduate Center, CUNY, under the supervision of Virginia Held.  Her research focuses on the intersection between healthcare and moral theory, particularly feminist ethics and virtue ethics (including concepts such as relational autonomy, epistemic justice, and empathy) and is typically grounded in the concerns of underrepresented patient populations.

 


 

Marivern Easton
WWAMI Assistant Director, Wyoming AHEC Director
University of Wyoming

 

Wyoming EHM Lead

 


 

Lisa Erlanger, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Faculty, Wind River College
University of Washington School of Medicine
Hall Health Primary Care Clinic

Theme consult


 

Jaime Fitch, MAEd
Curriculum Manager, Academic Affairs
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Block Administrator Ecology of Health & Medicine

Jaime grew up in Colorado and moved to the University of Washington to complete a degree in biological oceanography. She advanced her interest in education while living abroad where she taught scuba diving, English as a second language (ESL) primary to secondary science, and developed the basic science and applied science curriculum for grades 10 to 12 at a bilingual school in Thailand. She came to the UW School of Medicine in 2010 and worked in the Department of Family Medicine, Medical Student Education Section for seven years before joining Curriculum. She completed her Master’s in Education in 2015. Currently, she is the Manager of Curriculum and works with a fantastic team of driven co-workers to help medical students complete their first 18-months of medical school. She is also the Block Administrator for Ecology of Health and Medicine and enjoys working with the dedicated faculty and staff who work so diligently to develop content for this new block.


 

Lynda M. Freeman, DHSc., MPH, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Academic Skills Specialist
University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Idaho EHM Lead

In addition to being the Academic Skills Specialist for Idaho WWAMI, Dr. Lynda M. Freeman is excited to be co-leading this course with Dr. Belinda Sanchez. For more than 10 years she has served in the public health field, including implementing health promotion and disease prevention services for underserved populations in rural and urban settings. She looks forward to teaching and sharing her experiences with the EHM students!

 


 

Susan M. Graham, MD MPH PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine and Global Health
Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Global, Population, and Public Health Theme Lead

I am an infectious diseases clinician and HIV researcher who leads the EHM content on public health and global health. All clinicians should know the role of public and global health efforts at controlling infection, preventing diseases, and promoting the health of communities worldwide.


 

Kim Kardonsky, MD
Underserved Pathway Director
Rural Programs Team/TRUST Director
Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Kim Kardonsky joined as a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine in July 2018.  She attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and then trained at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle with her primary clinic at the Seattle Indian Health Board.  She has worked at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis and then at the Tulalip Health Clinic for the Tulalip Tribes.  At UW, she currently sees patients at the Family Medicine Clinic at Harborview, serves as the Underserved Pathway Director and a member of the Rural Programs Team as the TRUST director.


 

Elizabeth Kaplan, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Professionalism Theme Lead

Dr. Kaplan is a faculty member in the Olympic College, co-lead of the professionalism curriculum for the Ecology of Health Medicine Course, and a member of the UW Continuous Professionalism Improvement Committee (CPI).  She is a general internal medicine physician at UW Medical Center.  She is originally from Seattle and returned here after training and working in San Francisco for several years.  She loves spending time with her husband and 2 children, hiking, being outdoors, and spending quality time with friends.


 

Toby Keys, MA, MPH
Faculty, /Department of Family Medicine
Director, Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP)
Co-Driector Community Focused Urban Scholars Program (CUSP)
University of Washington School of Medicine

Toby is part of the TRUST/EHM team.   He grew up in rural northeastern Oregon.  He has Masters degrees in both medical anthropology and public health.  Toby came to the UW School of Medicine in 2006.  Currently,  he is the Director of the Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) and the Co-director of the Community Focused Urban Scholars Program (CUSP).  His research areas include: rural and urban health disparities, underserved healthcare workforce issues and community engagement. 


 

Savannah H. Larimore, MA
PhD Student | Sociology
University of Washington

 

Social Determinants of Health Theme Lead

Savannah is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington.  Her research focuses on the intersection of race, place, and health in the United States with an emphasis on race.  Her current research projects investigate how alternative measures of race, including observed race, correspond to health disparities within conventional, self-identified racial and ethnic groups.  She is also working on various independent and collaborative research projects on the social determinants of racial and ethnic health disparities.  Savannah enjoys traveling, camping, yoga, tennis, and taking advantage of the many restaurants in Seattle.


 

Jordan P. Lewis, CPG, MSW, PhD (Aleut, Native Village of Naknek)
Associate Professor
WWAMI School of Medical Education
University of Washington School of Medicine
Director, National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders
University of Alaska Anchorage, College of Health

Alaska EHM Lead

Dr. Jordan P. Lewis, Aleut from the Native Village of Naknek, is the new Director of the UAA National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders as the incoming Director. Dr. Lewis is also an Associate Professor with the University of Alaska Anchorage, WWAMI School of Medical Education. Trained as a cross-cultural community psychologist and social worker (BSW, MSW), and a credential professional gerontologist (CPG), Dr. Lewis’s has worked with Alaska Native Elders for many years in numerous capacities, including federal policy in Washington, DC, state and local capacities with education and program development, and tribal health programs in rural and urban Alaska.

Dr. Lewis’s research identifies characteristics that enable Alaska Native Elders to age well and become role models for their families and communities. Using the lessons and experiences of elders, Dr. Lewis develops generative-based approaches for family and community members to improve the health of all generations, from long term care programs, dementia caregiver education programs, peer based alcohol interviews, to community-based programs to support aging in place. His past research has explored cultural understandings of successful aging, intergenerational programming in tribal communities, as well as collecting stories to improve program and service delivery in long-term care settings. Jordan received his BSW from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, and PhD from University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Edwin G. Lindo, JD
(he/him/his)
Lecturer, Department of Family Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Edwin Lindo comes to UW Medicine – Department of Family Medicine from the UW School of Law, where he taught courses and pursued scholarship on Critical Race Theory, Race & Law, and Racialized Medicine, and the effects of Racism on communities of color. Edwin was born and raised in San Francisco, CA in the Mission District a culturally rich community that encouraged him to ask critical questions of his surroundings and of issues of injustice. Edwin is both a scholar and community organizer, focused on supporting and building community strength among the most marginalized. Within UW Medicine, Edwin brings his experience to CUSP (Community-Focused Urban Scholars Program), Medical Education, and MEDEX.

Edwin will soon be offering a course focused on the topics of Critical Race Theory, Anti-Racism, and Medicine.


 

Roberto Montenegro, MD, PhD
Acting Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
University of Washington School of Medicine

Foundations (Seattle) Course Lead

Dr. Montenegro is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the UW. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Montenegro completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, then attended the University of Utah School of Medicine. He  completed his adult psychiatry training at Yale University and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on cross cultural psychiatry, transgender mental health, social justice, health disparities education, and how perceived discrimination affects biological markers. Dr. Montenegro is very passionate about teaching medical sociology to future health leaders and is excited to start his new role as Seattle EHM Foundations Block Co-Lead.


 

Brenda Martinez, MPH
Education Specialist for Rural Programs
Office of Rural Programs, University of Washington School of Medicine

 

TRUST Education Specialist

Brenda Martinez works with the Office of Rural Programs as the Education Specialist for Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) and TRUST programs. Brenda is originally from Los Angeles, California and her passion for health equity, and working with rural and underserved communities led her to pursue her Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the Rural Programs team, Brenda worked in the primary care setting and non-profit sector as a patient advocate and diabetes educator. She has over 7 years’ experience working with underserved communities in the Sacramento and Los Angeles area. Brenda is committed to ensuring our future physicians provide holistic and compassionate healthcare, especially for our rural and underserved communities to address their healthcare needs.


 

Belinda Sanchez, DAT, AT
Clinical Faculty
WWAMI Medical Education Program
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Idaho EHM Lead


 

Karen E. Segerson, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Systems Improvement Theme Lead

Dr. Segerson practices internal medicine as a hospitalist within the University Hospital.  Her main area of interest is in health systems curricular development including educating students in quality improvement, patient safety, and value based care.  She has a clinical focus in preventive cardiology and management of stable ischemic heart disease.  Her personal interests include competitive swimming as an athlete and coach, triathlon, elementary education, and caring for her children, dogs, and urban farm animals.

Biographies pending for Maralyssa Bann (Healthcare Systems Theme Lead) , Emily Ruedinger (Social Determinants of Health Theme Lead), Jamie Shandro (IPE Theme Lead).