Presenters

Suzanne Allen 

Suzanne M. Allen, MD, MPH, Vice Dean of Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, UW School of Medicine, Clinical Professor, UW, Department of Family Medicine 

Suzanne Allen works broadly across academic affairs and regional affairs to enhance the excellence of medical education for the UWSOM and the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region. In addition to serving as the Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, Dr. Allen holds a Clinical Professor faculty position within the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Allen is an attending physician at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and an active physician in the Department of Family Medicine at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and Saint Luke's Medical Center located in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Allen is committed to medical education and rural healthcare.


Lynn Robins 

Lynne Robins, PhD, Professor, UW, Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education, Adjunct Professor, UW Departments of Family Medicine & Pediatric Dentistry, Director, Center for Leadership & Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME) & Director, Teaching Scholars Program 

Lynne Robins earned a doctorate in cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan and taught linguistics and anthropology before returning to Michigan to become Director of Curriculum Evaluation at University of Michigan Medical School. She joined the faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2000 and has been director of the University of Washington's Teaching Scholars Program since 2002. In 2011, she won the UW Medicine Mentoring Award. Last year, she became director of the Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting faculty educators across the WWAMI region.


Janice Sabin 

Janice A. Sabin, PhD, MSW, Research Associate Professor, UW, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, Adjunct Research Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Affiliated Faculty, UWSOM Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Janice A. Sabin's area of expertise is racial/ethnic health care disparities with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms and pathways that lead to unequal treatment in health care. Dr. Sabin is one of the earliest investigators in the nation to apply the science of unconscious bias to health care disparities research. She has designed and implemented original research as principal investigator or co-investigator in academic medicine, the Indian Health Service, the Washington State community mental health system, and with national samples. Her research includes examining patient-provider communication in real-world clinic visits in Baltimore, pediatricians' racial bias/discrimination in treatment decisions for African American and white patients, racial/weight bias among providers in the Indian Health Service, provider bias toward people with mental illnesses, and community based participatory research with African American and American Indian/Alaska Native communities to develop culturally appropriate health education materials. She has developed interactive, web-based health disparities education materials that include the science of unconscious bias for physicians and other providers. Dr. Sabin has developed a presentation on best practices for search committees titled, Search Committee Best Practices: Diversity=Excellence with the goal to increase faculty diversity in the UWSOM. Dr. Sabin's work is published in leading academic journals and has received extensive national and international media attention.


Cat Serio 

Catherine Serio, PhD, Senior Director, Behavior Change Strategy

Dr. Serio leads the Healthwise strategy for translating behavioral science into point-of-care solutions. Prior to joining Healthwise in 2006, Dr. Serio was a faculty member at University of Washington's Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.  Her role was training providers, social workers, and allied health providers on the integration of behavior change science into primary care practice.  She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international organization of trainers committed to promoting the use, research and training of motivational interviewing.  Since 2005, Dr. Serio has been a Schwartz Rounds facilitator leading compassionate care rounds among hospital care teams. As a practicing Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Serio provided direct care for over 20 years to adults and adolescents dealing with health issues and behavioral health challenges.  A published author, her most recent chapter, "The Science and Practice of Health Behavior Change," will be published later in 2016.  Catherine's passions are empowering care teams and patients to engage in motivational conversations that inspire consumers to own their health and their healthcare decisions.


Christina Surawicz 

Christina Surawicz, MD, Professor of Medicine, UW, Division of Gastroenterology, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, UWSOM

Christina Surawicz has served as Assistant Dean for Faculty Developed for the medical school since 2002. She graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1973.  She completed Internal Medicine residency and a Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Washington following which she joined the faculty in the Gastroenterology Division in 1981. Her research has included the role of probiotics and fecal microbiota transplant in treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile.  She has a longstanding interest in women in medicine, being the first women fellow and faculty member in gastroenterology and the first woman president of the American College of Gastroenterology. She is married to Dr. James Bushyhead, a retired general internist, and has three adult sons.