E. Patchen Dellinger M.D.

E. Patchen Dellinger M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Hernia, Infectious Diseases, Surgery




Primary Location

General Surgery Clinic at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4477|Map It 


Dr. Dellinger is a board-certified surgeon whose clinical and research interests include general and laparoscopic surgery; gastrointestinal surgery, including gallbladder disease and fistulas; difficult and recurrent hernias; and surgical infectious diseases.

Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Dellinger believes that for ideal patient care the doctor must teach the patient the nature of the patient's condition, the options available to treat it, and the potential benefits and complications of any proposed treatment.  The fully informed patient is in the best position to be a full partner in the care provided, and this increases the probabilities of a successful outcome.

Personal Interests

Sailing and playing with my grandchildren.

Teaching Interests

Being involved in teachinig forces the teacher to stay up-to-date, and the students and residents who are constantly striving for improvement improve the teacher along the way.

Research Interests

Clinical trials related to intra-abdominal infections; diagnosis and treatment of severe sepsis; prevention of surgical infections; and the development of new antibiotics and other biological anti-infective and immune-modulating biologic agents. 

Patient safety, especially in the operating room.  Dr. Dellinger was involved in the development of the World Health Organization  Surgical Safety Checklist which was piloted at 8 hospitals around the world, including the University of Washington Medical Center.  He subsequently worked with the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) to help bring the checklist to all operating rooms in the State of Washington.  He actively works to promote interdisciplinary communication and teamwork in the operating room for increased patient safety.


Harvard Medical SchoolMedical education1970
Harvard Medical SchoolInternshipSurgery
Harvard Medical SchoolResidencySurgery
Tufts University School of MedicineFellowshipSurgery


Board Certifications

American Board of SurgerySurgery1978
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