Presenters

The list of presenters for UW Medicne's 2016 Mini-Medical School will be posted in early January 2016. For reference, the list of presenters in 2015 is archived below.

Sharing their expertise

Mika Sinanan, M.D., Ph.D.

President, University of Washington Physicians
Professor, Surgery, Division of General Surgery, UW School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering, UW School of Engineering
Chair, UW Medicine 2015 Mini-Medical School

robinson.jpgDr. Mika Sinanan is a UW professor of surgery, specializing in gastrointestinal oncology and surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, re-operative surgery, complex hernia treatment and diseases of the colon and rectum.

A leader in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery, he is one of the founders of the UW Institute for Simulation and Inter-professional Studies, which has transformed how medicine is taught. Dr. Sinanan was one of the first physicians to team up with the UW electrical engineering department to improve robotic surgery. He has been an instrumental leader in numerous quality initiatives, including central line infection reduction, surgical checklist implementation and team training. He is also medical director of the UW Surgical Specialties Center and serves as the president of University of Washington Physicians, a practice plan for all faculty physicians practicing in the UW Medicine health system.

Dr. Sinanan earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. He is a trustee of the Washington State Medical Association and has been recognized as a "Top Doctor" in Seattle Met Magazine's annual survey.


Eileen Bulger M.D., F.A.C.S.

Professor, Surgery, UW School of Medicine
Chief, Trauma Services, Harborview Medical Center

robinson.jpgDr. Eileen Bulger is a UW professor of surgery and chief of trauma for Harborview Medical Center. She is responsible for overseeing the medical care provided by all participating services in the Emergency Department and for ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety. Dr. Bulger specializes in trauma, critical care and acute surgical emergencies. Her research focus involves advancements in prehospital care, the early resuscitation of injured patients and the management of necrotizing soft tissue infections.

Dr. Bulger came to the University of Washington in 1992 for surgical training and joined Harborview in 2000 after completing a surgical critical care fellowship. She was the associate director for emergency surgical services at Harborview from 2000 to 2008 and the director of the emergency department from 2008 to 2012. She served as the president of the medical staff in 2007.

Among her many activities, Dr. Bulger is active in the state trauma system, serving as the chair of the Emergency Medical Service and Trauma steering committee. She is a successful researcher with numerous grants and publications in the field of trauma resuscitation.

She earned her medical degree from Cornell University and completed her internship and residency at the University of Washington.


David John Carlbom, M.D.

Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UW School of Medicine
Director, UW-Harborview Paramedic Training Program, Harborview Medical Center

robinson.jpgDr. David Carlbom is a UW associate professor of medicine in the division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is director of the UW-Harborview Paramedic Training Program at Harborview Medical Center. His is inter­ested in teach­ing resus­ci­ta­tion and is a regional expert on sep­sis and post-resuscitation care. He has pub­li­ca­tions in air­way edu­ca­tion, sep­sis and ther­a­peu­tic hypother­mia. He is rec­og­nized as a clin­i­cal and edu­ca­tion leader for stu­dents, res­i­dents, fel­lows, nurses and colleagues.

His research interests include noninvasive measurement of perfusion and shock states, barriers to implementation of critical care in the Emergency Department, paramedic performance of critical care and best methods for teaching assessment and therapy of critically ill patients.

Dr. Carlbom earned his medical degree at the University of Washington and completed his internship and residency at the University of Colorado Medical School. He was a pulmonary and critical care fellow at the University of Washington.


Heidi Combs, M.D.

Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UW School of Medicine
Medical Director, Inpatient Psychiatry, Harborview Medical Center
Psychiatry Clerkship Director, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UW School of Medicine

robinson.jpgDr. Heidi Combs is a UW associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. She is the medical director for inpatient psychiatry and an attending psychiatrist at Harborview Medical Center.

Dr. Combs is a Teacher Superior in Perpetuity, having received the Distinguished Teacher Award from four classes of graduating medical students. She has received a variety of other teaching awards, including Chief Resident Award for Dedication to Teaching and Commitment to Resident Education, Stephen C. Hofmann Award for Dedication to Patient Care, and the Robert Evans Award for Compassion.

Her teaching responsibilities involve undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education.  She was chosen in 2014 to give the School of Medicine graduation commencement speech at the University of Washington Hooding Ceremony. 

Dr. Combs co-chairs the Patient Experience Committee and leads a task force on psychiatric emergency services, quality assurance and physician engagement at Harborview Medical Center.

She has written several peer review manuscripts and given many regional, national and international presentations. She earned her medical degree from the University of Washington and has a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences at the UW.


Greg E. Davis, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, UW School of Medicine
Director, Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, UW Medicine

robinson.jpgDr. Greg Davis is a UW associate professor of otolaryngology. He is the director of rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery.  Dr. Davis joined the faculty in the department of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington in September 2007. He was awarded a highly competitive K12 (KL2) career development grant from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Washington's Clinical and Translational Science Award. This 5-year award allowed him to pursue clinical research while also building his rhinology practice at UW Medical Center.

Dr. Davis continues to perform research in many areas related to rhinology. He is studying chronic rhinosinusitis, olfactory loss, cystic fibrosis related sinusitis, national trends in chronic sinusitis surgery and autism.

Dr. Davis is a physician educator who teaches national sinus surgery courses and provides advanced training in sinus surgery techniques. He co-directs the Seattle Otology and Advanced Rhinology Course, and UW Resident Sinus Surgery courses. He has also been the course director for the international sinus surgery course, Japan Lab.

Dr. Davis earned his medical degree from the University of Washington's School of Medicine and completed a seven year residency in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at the University of Washington. During his residency, he completed a two year clinical research fellowship and earned his master's degree in public health. After residency, he traveled to Adelaide, Australia and spent additional time training with P.J. Wormald, a world-renowned rhinologist.


Irl B. Hirsch, M.D.

Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Endowed Chair, UW School of Medicine
Professor, Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, UW School of Medicine
Medical Director, Diabetes Care Center, UW Medical Center

robinson.jpgDr. Irl Hirsch is a UW professor of medicine and holds the Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Chair at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Hirsch has been interested in new technologies for the treatment of diabetes, particularly those involved in the use of insulin therapy. He has also been interested in the mechanisms of how insulin co-modulates inflammation with glucose and how this results in improvements in outcomes, particularly of hospitalized patients. The management of hyperglycemia in the hospital has been an interest of Dr. Hirsch for over 25 years. He has been involved in numerous major clinical research trials. He has been involved in many of the major multi-center trials answering our major questions about the treatment of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Foundations (American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and industry. His major project now is assessing the importance of glucose variability in the pathogenesis of the complications of diabetes.

He has authored over 150 papers including a review of insulin in the New England Journal of Medicine, over 50 editorials, three commentaries in Journal of the American Medical Association, numerous book chapters, and four books both for patients and physicians. He is the past editor-in-chief of DOC News and Clinical Diabetes. He is the former chair of the Professional Practice Committee for the American Diabetes Association and served as a member of the Endocrine Section of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Hirsch earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Miami and Mt. Sinai Hospital (Miami Beach.) He completed a research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.


Lisa Jones-Engel, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, Washington National Primate Research Center, University of Washington
Affiliate Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Washington

robinson.jpgDr. Jones-Engel likes to think of herself as a macaque—the consummate generalist! Her primate research career has straddled the field, the natural habitat for nonhuman primates, and the research laboratory.

For 30 plus years she has worked at the human-primate interface in Asia, characterizing the way that humans and macaques interact and developing strategies to detect the infectious agents that are transmitted at this porous boundary. Her research illustrates the concept that humans and nonhuman primates often constitute a single reservoir in which pathogens can evolve and emerge. She began doing field research with primates at the age of 17 in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and while completing her master’s degree at New York University, she worked as an animal technician at the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine & Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP), where she hand-reared three young chimpanzees under the tutelage of Dr. Jim Mahoney. She supervised primate rehabilitation centers in Africa and Asia and completed her PhD at the University of New Mexico in 2002.

For the past 12 years, Dr. Jones-Engel has been at the Washington National Primate Research Center where she has built a multidisciplinary, international research program (Evolution and Emergence of Infectious Diseases) that integrates microbiology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, geographic information system (GIS) and primatology as well as human and veterinary medicine. She is presently working in Bangladesh on a 2014-2015 Fullbright Scholar Program.

She has authored more than 70 publications and a book Monkeys on the Edge: Ecology and Management of Long-Tailed Macaques and Their Interface with Humans.


Saurabh Khandelwal, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Surgery, UW School of Medicine
Director, Bariatric Surgery, UW Medicine
Co-director, UW Medicine Weight Loss Management Center

robinson.jpgDr. Saurabh Khandelwal is a UW assistant professor of surgery at UW School of Medicine. Dr. Khandelwal is the director of the Bariatric Surgery Center at UW Medicine. He is also co-director of the UW Medicine Weight Loss Management Center. The UW Weight Loss Center is at the forefront of the field of weight-loss surgery and is one of only six centers in the country funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the outcomes of bariatric (weight-loss) surgery.

Dr. Khandelwal practices at UW Medical Center and  his clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery with a focus on bariatrics and esophageal surgery.

Dr. Khandelwal earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed his internship and residency at Northwestern University and completed a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgery at the University of Washington. He has authored many publications including Evolution of Bariatric Surgery: A Historical Perspective and is considered an expert speaker on bariatric surgery.


Thomas Montine, M.D., Ph.D.

Alvord Endowed Chair in Neuropathology and Chair, Pathology, UW School of Medicine
Professor, Pathology and Adjunct Professor, Neurological Surgery, UW School of Medicine
Director, Pacific Northwest Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research
Director, UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

robinson.jpgDr. Thomas Montine is the Alvord Endowed Chair in Neuropathology and Chair of Pathology at the University of Washington. He is a UW professor of pathology and adjunct professor of neurological surgery.  He also is adjunct professor of neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. The department of Pathology at the University of Washington, along with its affiliated institutions in Seattle, has more than two hundred faculty, is consistently among the top departments of pathology in National Institutes of Health funding, is a regional reference laboratory for pathology services in the Pacific Northwest, and is the pathology training program for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI).

Dr. Montine is the director of the Pacific Northwest Udall Center (one of 10 NINDS-funded Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research) and is the director of the University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (one of 15 such NIA-funded centers). Both of these national centers perform focused basic and translational research as well as clinical trials. He ranked among the top recipients of NIH funding among all department of pathology faculty in the United States and has been awarded the “Teacher of the Quarter” award from the second-year students at the UW School of Medicine.

The focus of the Montine Laboratory is on the structural and molecular bases of cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The lab’s goal is to define key pathogenic steps and  to identify new potential therapeutic targets.

Dr. Montine earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Rochester and his doctorate of medicine and masters of surgery from McGill University in Montreal. His postgraduate medical training was at Duke University, and he was junior faculty at Vanderbilt University where he was awarded the Thorne Professorship in Pathology.


Kate Mulligan, Ph.D.

Principal Lecturer, Biological Structure, UW School of Medicine

robinson.jpgDr. Kate Mulligan is a principal lecturer in the department of biological structure at UW School of Medicine. She teaches classes in anatomy, neuroscience and histology for nursing, dental, physical and occupational therapy students, prosthetic and orthotic students, medical students and residents.

As a recognized leader in outreach education, Dr. Mulligan participates in the UW Brain Awareness Day and the Pacific Science Center Life Sciences Research Weekends. She has collaborated with Pacific Science Center, UW School of Nursing and Group Health to help develop exhibits for the "Brain Power" Science on Wheels project. With Drs. John Sundsten and Jim Brinkley, she helped develop the Neuroanatomy Interactive Syllabus, an online self-study tool for health sciences students. She has taught online courses about the brain for school teachers around the world and has been invited to speak about brain anatomy to lawmakers and judges in Washington.

Dr. Mulligan earned a graduate degree in physiotherapy from Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Australia, and a Ph.D. in neuroanatomy from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in neurobiology at the University of Chicago and University of Washington.

She has won numerous awards at the University of Washington: UW Distinguished Teacher Award (basic science) in 2009 and 2010; Richard Blandau teaching award in 1999, 2001 and 2004; and Erika Goldstein Award for Dedication to Medical Education in 2​008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. She has also won prestigious University medal the University of New South Wales.


Brant K. Oelschlager, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Byers Endowed Professor in Esophageal Research, UW School of Medicine
Chief, Division of General Surgery, UW School of Medicine
Director, Center for Esophageal & Gastric Surgery, UW Medicine

robinson.jpgDr. Brant Oelschlager is the Byers Endowed Professor in Esophageal Research in the UW School of Medicine. He is a UW professor of surgery, chief of the Division of General Surgery and director for the surgical specialties at the Center for Esophageal & Gastric Surgery.

He specializes in esophageal and gastric surgery, as well as operations of the gastrointestinal tract. He has extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive procedures and has pioneered many of these techniques and procedures by introducing them in the Pacific Northwest for his patients.

In his practice, he provides the least invasive treatment options available to patients with esophageal and other gastrointestinal diseases through state-of-the-art laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques. His clinical interests include videoendoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, esophageal and gastric surgery, paraesophageal hiatal hernia surgery, gastrointestinal surgery and flexible endoscopic surgery.
His research Interests include esophageal diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal cancer, achalasia, paraesophageal hiatal hernias and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Dr. Oelschlager earned his medical degree from the University of Carolina School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at the University of Washington. He is widely published and recognized both nationally and internationally for his expertise. 


Peter Rabinowitz, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, UW School of Public Health
Associate Professor, Global Health, UW School of Public Health & UW School Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Allergy and Infectious Disease, UW School of Medicine
Director, Center for One Health Research, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, UW School of Public Health

mulligan.jpgDr. Peter Rabinowitz is a UW associate professor in the UW School of Public Health and adjunct associate professor in the UW School of Medicine. He is a board certified family physician and specialist in occupational and environmental medicine. He directs the UW Center for One Health Research, which explores the connections between human health, animal health, and the environment. His current research focuses on zoonoses (infectious diseases between animals and humans), animals as "sentinels" for human environmental health hazards, and increasing clinical collaboration between human health care providers and veterinarians.  He is co-editor, with Lisa Conti DVM, of the clinical manual:  Human-Animal Medicine: Zoonoses, Toxicants and other Shared Health Risks.

Dr. Rabinowitz earned a medical degree from the University of Washington and completed a family medicine residency in the Salinas program of the University of California, San Francisco. He has also completed fellowships in General Preventive Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.


Susan D. Reed, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UW School of Medicine
Division Director, Women's Health, Harborview Medical Center
Program Director, NIH Women’s Reproductive Health Research Program at UW
Adjunct Appointment, Epidemiology, UW School of Public Health

robinson.jpgDr. Susan Reed is a UW professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the division director of women’s health at Harborview Medical Center.  She is an adjunct professor in epidemiology at UW School of Public Health and is the program director of the National Institutes of Health Women’s Reproductive Health Research Program at the University of Washington. She is an affiliate investigator at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.

Dr. Reed’s clinical focus is women’s healthcare.  She is committed to improving all aspects of physical and mental health for women and to reducing existing disparities in the access and provision of care. She specializes in cross-cultural medicine, midlife women’s health and general gynecologic surgeries.

Dr. Reed is internationally renowned for her research in midlife women’s health and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles. She is currently a principal investigator for the NIH funded network, MsFLASH, performing clinical trials on the treatment of menopausal symptoms. In addition, she has collaborated on studies evaluating hormonally sensitive pre-cancers and cancers, uterine fibroids and mood disorders. 

Dr. Reed earned her medical degree from Stanford University and completed her residency at  the University of California, San Francisco. She earned an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the UW School of Public Health. and master’s degree of science from Sarah Lawrence College.

She has received many honors including the UW Medicine Cares Award, Harborview Medical Center, the UW Faculty Research Mentoring Award and National Faculty Teaching Award from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Council on Resident Education.  She has been recognized as a "Top Doctor" in Seattle Met Magazine's annual survey since 2003.


Ellen Schur, MD, M.S.

Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine, UW School of Medicine
Co-director, UW Medicine Weight Loss Management Center
Associate Core Director, Energy Balance and Glucose Metabolism, UW Nutrition and Obesity Research Center

robinson.jpgDr. Ellen Schur is a UW associate professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine. She currently sees patients at the Adult Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center and the UW Medicine Center Weight Loss Management Center at UW Medical Center.

Dr. Schur is the co-director of the UW Medicine Weight Loss Management Center, which provides comprehensive weight loss options to patients. She is also the associate director of the Energy Balance and Glucose Metabolism Core of the UW Nutrition and Obesity Research Center. Her clinical interests are weight management and primary care. Her clinical research is focused on obesity, eating behavior and brain regulation of appetite. Her research on brain regulation of appetite is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Diabetes Association.

She also teaches and mentors medical students, physician fellows and graduate students who are interested in clinical research on obesity.

Dr. Schur earned her medical degree at Stanford University and completed her internal medical internship and residency at the UW.  She received a master’s degree in epidemiology from the UW School of Public Health. She has received several awards including the Clinician-Scientist of the Year Award from the Northwest Region, Society of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Schur has published peer-reviewed articles in well-known scientific journals such as the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Diabetes, International Journal of Obesity and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Jürgen Unützer, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Chair and Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UW School of Medicine
Director, AIMS Center (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions)
Adjunct Professor, Health Services, UW School of Public Health

robinson.jpgDr. Jürgen Unützer is professor and chair in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington where he directs the division of Integrated Care and Public Health. He also holds adjunct appointments as professor in the UW School of Public Health, departments of Health Services and Global Health and as affiliate investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.

Dr. Unützer is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher. His work focuses on innovative models of care that integrate mental health and general medical services and on translating research on evidence-based mental health care into effective clinical and public health practice.

Dr. Unützer directs the AIMS Center (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions) and the IMPACT Program, which has supported the development, testing and implementation of an evidence-based program for depression treatment in more than 600 primary care practices in the United States and abroad. IMPACT has been shown in randomized controlled trials to double the effectiveness of usual care for depression while lowering long-term healthcare costs. In recent years, Dr. Unützer’s work has focused on developing local, regional, national and global partnerships that support workforce development and capacity building in primary and behavioral healthcare.

Dr. Unützer has served as senior scientific advisor to the World Health Organization and as an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He works with national and international organizations to improve behavioral healthcare for diverse populations. His awards include the Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Award from the American Foundation for Aging Research, the Gerald L. Klerman Junior and Senior Investigator Awards from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Research Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the Oken Fellowship from the American Psychosomatic Society, and the David Solomon Award from UCLA.

Dr. Unützer earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and his master’s in public health/health services from the UW School of Public Health. He completed fellowships in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA and in primary care psychiatry at the University of Washington.

He has over 225 scientific publications and is the recipient of numerous federal and foundation grants and awards for his research to improve the health and mental health of populations through patient-centered integrated mental health services.


Andrew S. Wright, M.D.

Associate Professor, Surgery, Division of General Surgery, UW School of Medicine
Director, UW Medicine Hernia Center, UW Medicine Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

robinson.jpgDr. Andrew S. Wright is a UW associate professor of surgery, director of the UW Medicine Hernia Center at UW Medicine Northwest Hospital & Medical Center and an integral part of the Center for Esophageal and Gastric Surgery at UW Medical Center. He has special expertise in advanced gastrointestinal and hernia surgery, with a focus in minimally invasive treatment including laparoscopy and endoscopy.

Dr. Wright's main clinical interest is in management of hernias, including inguinal, ventral, incisional and hiatal hernias. He also manages complex esophageal and gastric disease including achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux and cancer. His research interest includes surgical education, biomedical engineering, simulation and patient safety.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Wright is fellowship director of the Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery Fellowship and an assistant program director for technical skills education for the General Surgery Residency. Much of his nonclinical time is spent in the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies, where he works on improving patient safety through improved educational initiatives. He also works with the School of Engineering through the Biorobotics Laboratory and has consulted with industry regarding development of new tools and technologies for minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Wright earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville, and he completed his internship and residency at the University of Wisconsin, which included an additional research fellowship in surgical oncology and biomedical engineering. He did a fellowship at the University of Washington in critical care surgery.