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Clinical committee members

The eleven appointed members bring a diverse set of experiences, clinical expertise, practice specialties, advanced education, and knowledge of using evidence in health care. The members are:

Dr. Bramhall is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He specializes in the treatment of trauma patients at Harborview Medical Center, where he is also Associate Medical Director.

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.

Dr. Brown is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine. He specializes in orthopaedic trauma (fractures), sports medicine and knee joint replacements.

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  the first recipient of the 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.

Chris Hearne, DNP, ARNP is a board certified adult-gerontology nurse practitioner at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. He completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Washington, with a focus on primary care and internal medicine. His doctoral capstone project was an analysis of multi-modal headache treatments in patients presenting to tertiary headache specialty clinics. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Portland, (Ore) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asia Studies from the University of Washington.

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.

Dr. Laurie Mischley ND, MPH, PhD studied naturopathic medicine (ND) at Bastyr University - then epidemiology (MPH) and nutritional sciences (PhD) at the University of Washington. Her work is focused on identifying the nutritional requirements unique to individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. She has published on coenzyme Q10, lithium, and glutathione deficiency in Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

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. Odegard is a Chiropractor and Director at the Odegard Chiropractic Clinic, Kirkland Professional Center in Kirkland, WA. Dr. Odegard has been in practice since 1980. He is a member of the Washington State Public Health Association; American Academy of Spine Physicians; American Public Health Association; Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research; and the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Rege is a radiation oncologist and medical director of the Northwest Cancer Clinic, Kennewick, WA. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the age of 19, from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) where she was also the recipient of the UCB President’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She completed her medical training, including a general surgery internship and residency in radiation oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

In addition to maintaining  a private practice,  Dr. Rege has held teaching positions at Louisiana State University Medical Center, UCLA Medical School and the University of Washington, School of Medicine. She is currently an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, WA.

Dr. Rege serves as the vice-chair of the Washington State Medical Association AMA delegation and is president-elect of the American College of Radiation Oncology. Previously she served as president of the Benton Franklin Medical Society.

Aside from her work in professional organizations, Dr. Rege is active in promoting cancer awareness in her community. Among her undertakings, are a regional radio program, “Cancer Chat with Dr. Rege” and an annual “Rise Above Cancer” event that raises funds to provide financial assistance, cancer education and screening tests for local cancer patients. 

Dr. Schwartz specializes in Otology/Neurotology and is the Director of the Listen for Life Center at Virginia Mason Medical Center. He has a research interest in clinical outcomes of otologic surgery and has been actively involved in clinical practice guideline development for the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (AAO/HNS), serving as the chair of the Guideline Task Force.

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. Sinanan is a professor of surgery at the University of Washington, with an adjunct appointment in electrical engineering. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins University in 1980 and completed his residency at the University of Washington before joining the UW Department of Surgery faculty in 1988. In 1991, he received his PhD in gastrointestinal physiology from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Sinanan practices as a gastrointestinal and minimally invasive surgeon, with a focus on inflammatory bowel disease, cancer of the colon and rectum, and re-operative general surgery. He is widely published and recognized as a leader in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery. Research interests include the objective measurement and analysis of surgical performance, surgical simulation and robotics.

He is the past president of the University of Washington Physicians, the professional services practice plan for the 2,000 physicians providing clinical care at UW clinics and hospitals. He serves as the medical director for contracting and value-based care for UW Medicine, is a Governor for the American College of Surgeons of Washington and an executive committee member of the Washington State Medical Association. Dr. Sinanan is also a founder of the UW WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (UW-WISH) where he serves as an associate director.

Dr. Walsh received his medical degree from the University of Washington in 1982 and completed the Family Medicine residency at the University of Colorado, Denver, in 1985. Since then, he has spent over 29 years providing a full-range of family medicine to indigent, needy and immigrant patients in rural locations of the American West. His career includes five years with the Indian Health Service treating residents of the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Arizona and two years in Greeley, Colorado with the Sunrise Community Health Center. In 1993, Dr. Walsh and his family moved to Washington’s Yakima Valley where he spent twenty-two years with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.

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 is the Chief Medical Information Officer at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland. He obtained a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, a M.D. from Cornell University and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Yen founded EvergreenHealth’s Hospitalist Team in 2000 and continues to actively practice as a Hospitalist. He has served as EvergreenHealth’s Chair of Medicine and Medical Director of Care Management. He taught clinical medicine at the University of Washington School of Biomedical Engineering and continues to teach medical students.

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.