The eleven appointed members bring a diverse set of experience, clinical expertise, practice specialties, advanced education, and knowledge of using evidence in health care. The members are:
Dr. Bramhall received his PhD in biochemistry from Birmingham in the UK. He came to United States as a Fulbright scholar at UCLA before undertaking postgraduate training at the Max Planck Institutes in Tübingen, Germany and Stanford University. He returned to UCLA as a faculty member and established a research laboratory to investigate the structural properties of biological membranes. His medical training was completed at UCSD in La Jolla, CA and Virginia Mason in Seattle. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Washington where he is actively involved in the training and education of residents. He has over fifty research publications in the fields of membrane biophysics and immunology.
Dr. Bramhall is actively involved in clinical front-line work, in the establishment of organizational structures to facilitate safe, effective and efficient care models and in the provision of surgical care for the underserved. He is a delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiology and is a trustee of the Washington State Medical Association.
Brown received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, then an M.S. and Ph.D. in Medical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Medical Doctorate from Harvard Medical School and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Minnesota In 2006 he joined Park Nicollet Health Services (St. Louis Park, MN) and became Associate Chief of Surgery for Outcomes in 2008. In July 2015, Dr. Brown became Associate Chief of Surgical Outcomes for Catholic Health Initiatives/Franciscan Health in Tacoma, WA.
Dr. Brown is actively involved in evidence-based adoption of medical treatments. He was a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Committee on Evidence-Based Quality and Value from 2010-2015, helping to draft clinical practice guidelines for knee osteoarthritis treatment and Appropriate Use Criteria for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. In 2008, Brown was awarded the first Annual American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Clinical Award. In 2014, he was presented the Orthopaedic Education and Research Foundation/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Clinical Practice Award for his work in preventing venous thromboembolic events (blood clots) after hip and knee replacement surgery.
She was Associate Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at Yale and UW, recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Award, and subsequently a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty award and the Clinical Scholars Program.
Dr. Elmore's clinical and scientific interests include variability in cancer screening, diagnostic testing, and the evaluation of new technologies. She has co-authored a textbook on epidemiology, biostatistics, and preventive medicine. In addition, Dr. Elmore enjoys seeing patients as a primary care internist and teaching clinical medicine to students and residents.
Dr. Hearne has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Washington School of Nursing, and has a clinical background in psychiatric-mental health nursing and medical-surgical nursing. In 2014 Dr. Hearne received a Global Opportunities Health Fellowship, an honor that led him to rural Kenya helping to establish HIV testing/treating guidelines and procedures for rural clinics. He also served as a University of Washington site coordinator for Naivasha Sub-County Hospital in Kenya.
Currently Dr. Hearne is completing his MPH in epidemiology at the University of Washington and works clinically in primary care at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and works as a diabetologist, leading clinical improvement efforts in diabetes with an energetic team at Group Health Cooperative (GHC), a health care organization in Washington State with over 600,000 enrolled members. The comprehensive and integrated approach which has been implemented at GHC has resulted in improved health outcomes, increased patient satisfaction, decreased utilization of services and reduced costs. He has also chaired national and statewide diabetes and cardiovascular disease collaboratives with a wide variety of health care organizations. He is also the Medical Director for Clinical Improvement at Group Health. In that role he leads the development of guidelines to promote evidence-based interventions and works with a team to identify and reduce unintended clinical variation in practice.
As a clinical researcher, she has worked with the FDA, NIH, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation to administer intranasal glutathione, (in)GSH, to individuals with PD. Drawing on expertise in radiology, epidemiology, nutrition, neurology, and naturopathic medicine, she is attempting to determine whether (in)GSH boosts brain glutathione and improves health.
She has served on the Bastyr University Institutional Review Board since 2010 and regularly provides mentorship to students interested in integrative medicine research. She founded the social purpose corporation, NeurRx; developed an outcome measure to assess PD severity; and is author of the book Natural Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease.
Dr. Mischley maintains a small clinical practice at Seattle Integrative Medicine focused on nutrition and neurological health.
Dr. Schwartz earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Yale University, New Haven, CT and did his residency training at UW, where he concurrently earned his Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology. After fellowship training in Neurotology at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand - and prior to taking his current position, he spent two years at the Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK.
Dr. Standaert graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington followed by a fellowship in spine and musculoskeletal medicine in West Springfield, MA. Dr. Standaert has been in practice since 1996. Currently he serves on the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council for the Department of Health and Human Services and is a member of the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine; American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; American Medical Association; and the North American Spine Society. He has a strong interest in the advancement of effective clinical practice for spine and musculoskeletal disorders and frequently writes and speaks on related topics.
In addition to his full-time practice, Walsh also served at various times as Medical Director, Hospital Chief of Staff, Chair of the Evidence-Based Guidelines Committee and the Clinical Quality Committee and Co-chair for Implementation of the 'Patient-Centered Medical Home' model throughout the organization’s twelve clinics.
Dr. Walsh currently lives and practices medicine in Ellensburg, WA.
Dr. Yen’s interests lie at the intersection of evaluating the clinical utility of new technology, the workflow changes needed to effectively adopt new technology, and the practical deployment of new technology within our community. His goal is to work towards providing greater value in healthcare.