Larry R. Robinson, M.D.
UW Medicine Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education
Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, UW School of Medicine
Chair, UW Medicine 2013 Mini-Medical School
Dr. Larry Robinson is responsible for the 93 residency and fellowship programs and over 1200 residents at UW Medicine. He also oversees a number of other areas, including risk management, sites of practice, and faculty development. Dr. Robinson maintains an active clinical practice in electrodiagnostic medicine and has developed a widely used technique for diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome (the Combined Sensory Index or “Robinson Index”).
Dr. Robinson has been at UW Medicine since 1989. He was department chair for rehabilitation medicine from 2000 to 2006. He earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Teresa (Teri) A. Brentnall, M.D.
Walters Endowed Chair, Professor, Medicine, Gastroenterology
Adjunct Professor, Pathology, UW School of Medicine
Founder and Director, Pancreatic Cancer Surveillance Program, UW Medical Center
Dr. Teri Brentnall treats patients at UW Medical Center’s Digestive Disease Center, where she diagnoses and treats illnesses of the gastrointestinal tract. Her research emphasis is the origins of pancreatic cancer.
She led a team’s discovery of a specific gene, that when mutated, is associated with familial pancreatic cancer. Early detection of the gene can identify people at greatest risk for the disease, who then can opt to have their pancreas removed preventatively. Dr. Brentnall helped start an endoscopic ultrasound surveillance program for those patients.
Dr. Brentnall’s current research also involves molecular events, prevention and early detection of colon cancer in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
Dr. Brentnall earned her M.D. from the UW School of Medicine, completed an internship and residency at University of California, Los Angeles and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Washington.
Samuel Robert Browd, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery, UW School of Medicine
Attending Neurosurgeon, UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Director of Hydrocephalus, Co-Director Tone Management Program, Seattle Children’s
Director-Synapse Program for Innovation and Commercialization in Neurological Surgery
Dr. Samuel Browd's research interests include hydrocephalus, complex pediatric spine, and spasticity. He has developed neurosurgery technologies to improve the treatment of hydrocephalus and accurate placement of catheters within the brain. Related to these activities, he has started two local companies to commercialize the technology, Aqueduct Neurosciences and EchoGuide Medical. Dr. Browd leads the technology incubator Synapse within the department of neurological surgery. He is the principal investigator in Seattle for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. Locally, he serves on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of Washington.
Dr. Browd specializes in pediatric neurosurgery, specifically with children who have hydrocephalus, brain and spinal cord tumors, pediatric cervical spine, spina bifida, chiari malformations, and spasticity.
He received his M.D., Ph.D. from the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. He then undertook a seven-year Neurosurgery Residency at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, and completed his Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship Training at UW Medicine and at Seattle Children's Hospital. While at the University of Utah, he also completed a research fellowship focusing on functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Edith Y. Cheng, M.D., M.S.
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UW School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics, UW School of Medicine
Medical Director, Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Therapy Program, UW Medical Center
Medical Director, Prenatal and Infant Care Clinic, UW Medical Center
Program Director, Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Program, Seattle Children’s
Dr. Edith Cheng’s clinical expertise is in prenatal diagnosis, genetics and maternal cystic fibrosis, and in women and fetuses with genetic conditions. She has been a member of the UW OB/GYN faculty since 1990. In addition to being board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty-certified in maternal-fetal medicine, she is certified in medical genetics and genetic counseling.
Dr. Cheng’s research interests include correlating prenatal imaging of the fetus with birth defects and with postnatal outcomes; defining the best prenatal counseling techniques for parents facing the prenatal diagnosis of a critically ill fetus; and investigating the genetic and embryological determinants of chromosome abnormalities in gametogenesis in the cause of birth defects.
Dr. Cheng earned a M.S. in genetic counseling from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, and a M.D. from the University of Washington. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, a fellowship in medical genetics and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Washington. Her many honors include the University of Washington Service Excellence Award, Presidential Faculty Development Fellow Award, Award of Research Excellence in Genetics (Society of Perinatal Obstetricians), and Seattle Magazine Top Doctor – 2010 and 2011.
J. Randall Curtis, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UW School of Medicine
A. Bruce Montgomery – American Lung Association Endowed Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Director, UW Palliative Center of Excellence
Section Head, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Harborview Medical Center
Dr. Randall Curtis is the co-director for clinical research training for the division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and director of the University of Washington End-of-life Care Research Program. As recently named Director of the new UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence, his goal is the advancement of palliative care clinical service, research and education across UW Medicine and the University of Washington. He is also an adjunct professor in the departments of Bioethics and Humanities and the department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems within the UW School of Nursing and the department of Health Services in the UW School of Public Health.
His clinical practice includes critical illnesses such as sepsis, ARDS and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. He also sees patients in the Chest Clinic for problems related to lung disease such as COPD, emphysema and asthma. Dr. Curtis works in the intensive care units caring for critically ill patients and their families. His research interests and objectives are to improve the quality of end-of-life care for persons with terminal or chronic diseases such as COPD, AIDS, or cancer, to improve patient-clinician communication about end-of-life care and to integrate palliative care and critical care in the ICU setting.
Dr. Curtis earned his B.A. from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. He did his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington. He also was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UW. Dr. Curtis was Chief Medical Resident at Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center, University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, WA. He received his M.P.H. in Epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health.
Thomas Daniel, Ph.D.
University of Washington Komen Endowed Chair
Professor, Department of Biology
Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Professor, Program on Neurobiology and Behavior
Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering
Dr. Tom Daniel’s area of interest is how neurons and neuronal networks decide, modulate, and control an animal’s every sensation and movement; how the intimate details of this network, including the dynamic properties of individual and populations of neurons, give a nervous system the power to control a wide array of behavioral functions. He wants to know more about neuronal dynamics and networks; about synaptic interactions between neurons; and how neuronal signaling, behavior, control, and environmental stimuli are inextricably linked.
Dr. Daniel completed his undergraduate and Master of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University, Durham, NC, where he worked with Steven Vogel and Stephen Wainwright on animal locomotion and biomechanics. He followed this with a Bantrell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Engineering Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, under the guidance of Ted Wu, where he continued working on the fluid dynamics of animal movement. He then joined the Department of Zoology at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He is the proud recipient of the UW Distinguished Teaching Award, the UW Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Dr. Daniel is currently the interim director of the NSF Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.
Sharon A. Dobie, M.D., M.C.P.
Professor, Family Medicine, UW School of Medicine
Director, UW School of Medicine Underserved Pathway
College Faculty Mentor, UW School of Medicine Colleges
Dr. Sharon Dobie practices family medicine at UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic at Thornton Place, Seattle, WA. Her clinical expertise is in Family Medicine obstetrics, pediatric and adolescent medicine, adult medicine, and behavioral health.
Dr. Dobie has developed and supervised experiences for medical students encouraging primary care careers with urban and rural underserved populations. She served as faculty advisor of the Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP) from 1989- 2010 and expanded the program from two initial projects to eight. She also helped launch and now directs the Underserved Pathway, which prepares medical students for health careers with underserved and vulnerable populations. She is a founding member of the UW School of Medicine Colleges, where she is charged with mentoring and teaching basic physician skills to six students in each class—or about 24 students—at any given time.
In addition to training residents, she has had an active research career focusing on obstetrical care, the availability of reproductive health services in rural Washington State for the rural safety net, and cancer screening and treatment for elderly rural and minority populations. She is currently writing a book on the patient-doctor relationship.
Dr. Dobie received a M.C.P. in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, and earned her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, CA. After completing her residency in Family Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital of UCSF, she moved to Seattle and became the Medical Director for Country Doctor Community Clinic, where she worked for six years. She is recipient of the 2010 University of Washington Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award that recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in community-based instruction, including service learning, public service internships and community partnership project.
Beth E. Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine
Director, Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center
Attending Physician, Seattle Children's Hospital
Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UW School of Public Health
Dr. Beth Ebel directs the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, a multi-disciplinary research center whose mission is to reduce the impact of injury and violence on people's lives through research, education, training and public awareness (www.hiprc.org). Her research interests include injury prevention, health behaviors, disparities in injury, and global injury prevention and control. Dr. Ebel’s recent work includes a multi-site community intervention to improve child passenger safety in Latino and Native American communities, interventions to reduce teen distracted driving, and interventions to improve language access. She is principal investigator for a grant to quantitatively measure and improve interpreted care for limited English proficient children and families, and a Fogarty grant to improve trauma care in developing countries.
Dr. Ebel is a pediatric specialist practicing at Harborview Medical Center. Her clinical interests are pediatric injury and violence prevention.
Dr. Ebel received a M.S. in development economics from Oxford University, Oxford, London. She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and the MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, Cambridge, MA. She also has a M.P.H. from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Daniel P. Fishbein, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, UW School of Medicine
Medical Director, Congestive Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation Services
Attending Physician, UW Regional Heart Center, UW Medical Center
Dr. Daniel Fishbein is a board-certified physician with clinical expertise in congestive heart failure (CHF) and cardiac transplantation. His research interests include investigational use of rabbit anti-human thymocyte serum; exercise to improve sleep in heart failure patients; and randomized evaluation of mechanical assistance for treatment of CHF.
Dr. Fishbein received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. He then pursued a medical degree in Medical Education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY before becoming an intern at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
He completed his residency in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, where he later became an Interventional Cardiology Fellow in the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Fishbein was named one of Seattle’s Top Doctors in 2011 and 2012 by Seattle Magazine
Kimberly Harmon, M.D.
Professor, Family Practice, UW School of Medicine
Professor, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, UW School of Medicine
Program Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Associate Head Team Physician, University of Washington
Dr. Kimberly Harmon is board-certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. Her research interests include tendinopathy, sudden cardiac death, and concussions in athletes. Dr. Harmon serves as one of the team physicians for Husky Football and women’s basketball. She is the section head for the Sports Medicine Section in the department of Family Practice.
Dr. Harmon is active on a national level. She was President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine from 2009 -2010 and currently serves on their foundation board. She was chair of the recently published AMSSM position statement on Concussion in sport and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Practice. She has been a member of the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport committee and serves as a consultant to the NCAA on special projects. She lectures locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and is on the editorial board of several sports medicine journals.
Dr. Harmon attended the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, where she was a student athletic trainer and played basketball. She attended Indiana University School of Medicine, completed her residency at Memorial Family Practice Residency in South Bend, IN where she was Chief Resident and received the Mead Johnson Award for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Harmon was the Head Team Physician at St. Mary’s College during that time. She completed the Ball Memorial Hospital Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship in Muncie, IN. She has been at the University of Washington since 1998.
Jonathan Himmelfarb, M.D.
The Joseph W. Eschbach Endowed Chair in Kidney Research
Professor of Medicine, UW School of Medicine
Director, Kidney Research Institute
Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb is Director of the Kidney Research Institute, Professor of Medicine, and holds the Joseph W. Eschbach M.D. Endowed Chair in Kidney Research at the University of Washington.
Dr. Himmelfarb has served on numerous study sections and grant review committees and scientific advisory boards and has held leadership positions in many national and international nephrology societies. He has been a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board on Nephrology, and is currently a Councilor of the American Society of Nephrology. Dr. Himmelfarb has served on numerous editorial boards, including the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), Kidney International, BMC Medicine, and the Faculty of 1000 in Medicine.
His current research interests include: collaboration on a wearable artificial kidney; development and evaluation of risk biomarkers in acute and chronic kidney disease; studies of oxidative stress, inflammation and insulin resistance in kidney disease; performance of numerous investigator-initiated clinical trials and cohort studies, as well as multicenter collaborative studies. Dr. Himmelfarb is the author of more than 160 peer-reviewed publications, including original research, reviews, and editorials. He currently holds eight research grants from the National Institutes for Health (NIH).
Nahush A. Mokadam, M.D.
Lester and Connie LeRoss Endowed Professor in Cardiovascular Surgery, UW School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Program Director, Cardiothoracic Residency
Co-director, Heart Transplantation, UW Medical Center
Program Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support, UW Medical Center
Dr. Nahush Mokadam is interested in minimally-invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass, endovascular aortic surgery, percutaneous valve surgery and complex mitral valve surgery in addition to his dedication to heart transplant and ventricular assist device programs. He also has developed expertise in surgical simulation for the ongoing education of cardiothoracic surgical trainees.
Dr. Mokadam is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Mokadam’s additional interests include research in ischemia/reperfusion injury, stem cell therapy, biotechnology, outcomes research and simulation-based learning. His scope of care includes heart transplant, ventricular assist device, atrial fibrillation surgery (MAZE), coronary revascularization, off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB), valve repair and replacement, minimally-invasive valve surgery, surgical ventricular restoration, aortic surgery and reconstruction, endovascular aortic surgery and robotic cardiac surgery.
Dr. Mokadam completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA before attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine to receive his medical degree. He has completed a general surgery residency at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, and a cardiothoracic residency at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Ashwin Rao, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Family Medicine, UW School of Medicine
Clinic Director, Hall Health Sports Medicine, University of Washington
Dr. Rao serves as a team physician for University of Washington Husky Athletics and the Seattle Seahawks. He works in both primary care and sports medicine settings. He is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He serves as the chair of the University of Washington’s sports academic conference curriculum and on the Research Committee of AMSSM.
Dr. Ashwin Rao's special interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound guided procedures, including tenotomy with platelet rich plasma and autologous blood injection, medical student and resident education, patient-centered care, injury care and prevention, and emergency preparedness.
Dr. Rao completed his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, and his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. He completed his residency training in family medicine and his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He currently serves as clinical associate professor in the UW Department of Family Medicine and the Hall Health Sports Medicine Clinic. He was recently honored by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) with the Sports Medicine Recognition Award and the Henry Galanty Young Investigator’s Award. The latter recognizes the most outstanding research presentation by a sports medicine fellow at the AMSSM annual meeting.
Eric Rombokas, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, UW Department of Biology, University of Washington
Dr. Eric Rombokas is interested in how brains control movement, and how these principles can be used to control robots. Through this process, he builds robots which help biologists to ask questions that would be impossible to ask on non-synthetic animals.
In his doctoral work, his translation of concepts from biomechanics and neuroscience allowed unprecedented control of the biomechanically accurate tendon-driven ACT Hand. He is now tackling the problem of coupled actuation and active sensing in the Hawkmoth.
Before graduate school, Eric worked with an Enercorp venture wind farm in Morocco and engineered SONAR and detection software for the U.S. Navy carrier fleet. He helped develop Connexions (cnx.org) online educational content system, and an educational web game (reconstructors.rice.edu).
Dr. Rombokas received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, TX. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington, Seattle, WA, where he is continuing as a postdoctoral researcher.
Judd L. Walson, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Infectious Disease, Global Health & Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, UW School of Public Health
Dr. Judd Walson’s research is focused on investigating the impact of treating or preventing endemic co-infections (TB, malaria, helminthes) on HIV disease progression, particularly in east Africa with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Kenya. Currently, Dr. Walson is the project Principal Investigator (PI) of a large center grant assessing the epidemiology of non-typhoidal salmonella (NTS) diarrhea and bacteremia in Kenyan children.
He recently completed a large, multi-center randomized trial of anti-helminthic therapy (treatment of intestinal worms) in adults with HIV in Kenya to determine if deworming could delay HIV disease progression. He also recently completed a large trial to evaluate the potential benefit of adding insecticide treated bednets and a point-of-use water filtration device to the basic package of HIV care in Kenya.
Dr. Walson has extensive experience in the design and implementation of large clinical trials in resource-limited settings. In addition to his work in east Africa, he has spent significant time living and working in Thailand and Nepal, where he worked in infectious diseases and focused on malaria and tuberculosis treatment and prevention.
In addition to his clinical research, Dr. Walson is the faculty co-lead of the Global Health Strategic Analysis and Research Training Program, START, a collaborative program between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UW Department of Global Health.
Dr. Walson earned a B.A. from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA and his M.D. and M.P.H. from Tufts University, Boston, MA.
Annette Wundes, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurology, UW School of Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, UW School of Medicine
Co-director of UW Medicine’s Multiple Sclerosis Center
Dr. Annette Wundes is a Multiple Sclerosis-fellowship trained Neurologist. Since 2003, Dr. Wundes’ clinical and research interests have been entirely focused on MS. She engages in a comprehensive care approach, focusing on differentiating MS from other mimicking medical conditions. She supports individualized, interdisciplinary symptom management and optimizing disease-modifying therapies. Her main research interests are treatment options for severe MS, women’s health issues in MS and patient-reported outcome measures.
Dr. Wundes earned her M.D. from Heinrich-Heine-University Medical School in Düsseldorf in her native country, Germany, after spending part of her medical training in Brazil and Switzerland. She completed a clinical fellowship in Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine in MS at the University of Washington. Dr. Wundes presents internationally on MS, has been on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's (NMSS) board of trustees, a committee member on the UW's Institutional Review Board, and is actively involved in the local MS community.
Douglas F. Zatzick, M.D.
Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UW School of Medicine
Associate Vice Chair for Health Services Research, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Douglas Zatzick is an attending psychiatrist at Harborview Medical Center. From 2005 to 2012, he was the medical director of the Psychiatric Inpatient Consult Services at Harborview. His clinical interests include post-traumatic behavioral and emotional disturbances, traumatic injury, health services research and cross-cultural psychiatry. He is a member of the Core Research Faculty at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and a member of the Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS) Research Center in Psychiatry. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Zatzick served as Chairperson of the National Institute of Mental Health Services in Non-Specialty Settings (NIMH, SRNS) Study Section. He also currently serves on the congressionally mandated United States Institute of Medicine four-year ongoing assessment of PTSD treatment, and the World Health Organization Stress Disorders Guideline Development Group.
Dr. Zatzick’s current research interests include early trauma-focused interventions targeting post-traumatic stress disorder and co-morbid conditions such as substance use. He has developed and implemented early trauma-focused interventions in violence exposed, low income ethnoculturally diverse Harborview patients, and in post-conflict and disaster settings. In March and July of 2010 he traveled to Haiti to work with a University of Washington team as the lead psychiatrist to deliver mental health-focused disaster relief.
Dr. Zatzick earned his B.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Berkley and his medical degree from University of California, San Diego. He did his residency and internship at University of California, San Francisco and was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He is a widely published and sought-after lecturer.