May J. Reed, M.D., F.A.C.P.


Associate Professor

Section Chief, Harborview Medical Center

Medical Director, Senior Care Clinic

Associate Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship


Dr. Reed is Section Chief of Geriatric Medicine at Harborview, Medical Director of the HMC Senior Care Clinic and UW Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.  She is also Associate Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program.


Philosophy of care:
Dr. Reed's favorite aspect of being a primary care provider is helping

older adults to stay active, which promotes aging successfully.


Research Interests:
Dr. Reed’s longstanding interest is in evaluating the effects of the extracellular environment on tissue repair and the microvasculature in aging. Much of her work has focused on traditional extracellular matrix components such as collagens, matrix metalloproteinases, and growth factors, in vitro and in vivo. Dr. Reed has a specific interest in  hyaluronan (HA), a highly expressed disaccharide polymer that is not well studied in aged tissues.

Projects in the lab focus on regulation of HA expression and size in aging brains and in brains exposed to trauma or neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Dr. Reed was in the second cohort of Beeson Scholars in Aging Research and has had continuous funding from the NIH for over 20 years. She is also the Director of the UW MSTAR (Medical Student Training in Aging Research) Program.


Personal Interests:

Dr. Reed enjoys hiking, skiing, attending sporting events, and spending time with her family.


Education and Training:

College: 1982, University of Scranton

Medical School: 1986, Harvard Medical School

Residency: 1986-1989, Massachusetts General Hospital

Fellowship: 1990-1992, University of Washington


Bibliography: Link to NCBI Collections


Clinic Information: Harborview Senior Care Clinic


General Information:

Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine

Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Harborview Medical Center

325 9th Ave., Box 359625

Seattle, WA 98104-2499

Phone Number : (206)897-5331

Fax Number: (206)744-9976