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Edward A. Walker, MD, MHA

Edward A. Walker

Edward A. Walker is the founding director of the UW Healthcare Leadership Development Alliance. He holds two academic appointments at the university, the Cheryl M Scott / Group Health Cooperative Professor of Health Services and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Walker, a former Chief Medical Officer for the University of Washington Medical Center, is nationally recognized for his expertise in coaching and developing physicians and other senior healthcare leaders, improving quality measures, and leading change in medical institutions. A seasoned physician executive and active clinician, he brings together expertise in clinical systems improvement and a clinically-informed coaching style that has allowed him to assist physicians and senior executives in their journey of self-improvement and professional growth. More about Ed Walker


William E. Welton, MHA, DrPH

William E. Welton

Dr. Welton currently serves as the UW MHA Program Director within the UW School of Public Health. Prior to joining the UW faculty in 2001, Dr. Welton founded the School of Public Health at MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. From 1972 - 1994, Dr. Welton served in a variety of senior management and executive leadership roles in several of the nation's leading health systems and academic medical centers. An experienced senior executive, management consultant and decision analyst, and management educator, Dr. Welton brings expertise in the strategic development of healthcare organizations and physician practices and in the development of executive talent using innovative educational approaches. More about Will Welton




William Dowling, MBA, PhD

William Dowling

Professor Dowling was appointed Chair of the Department of Health Services in 1994. He was first appointed to the faculty in 1974, serving as Director of the MHA Program until 1981. From 1981 to 1994, Dowling was employed as Vice President for Planning and Development in the corporate headquarters of the Providence Health System where he was responsible for system strategic planning, linking system and institutional planning, and government affairs. He returned to the University in 1994. Dowling's main interests are in the development and execution of strategy in health care organizations and in understanding factors that affect organizational performance.



Dennis Stillman, FHFMA, MHA

Dennis Stillman

Dennis is a Senior Lecturer in the department of health services at the University of Washington where he teaches health care financial management. His consulting activities include serving as an interim chief financial officer in hospitals and physician groups and providing physician and board education in financial management. Prior to joining UW faculty, Dennis worked in senior management positions in hospitals, including 11 years as the CFO of the University of Washington Medical Center. Keys to his success as a CFO and as a teacher are his abilities to provide accounting and financial information in lay terms and to demystify finance.



Dennis Pointer, PhD

Dennis Pointer

Prior to joining the UW faculty in 2002, Denny was: John J. Hanlon Professor of Health Services, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University (1991-2002); and Arthur Graham Glasgow Professor of Health Services Management, Department of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University (1986-1991). From 1975 to 1986 he was affiliated with the University of California - Los Angeles, holding positions as: Professor and Head, Program in Health Services Management, School of Public Health; Associate Director, UCLA Medical Center; Professor, Anderson School of Management; and Professor of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine. During his tenure at UCLA he was a Research Fellow at the RAND Corporation. He has held faculty appointments at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York) and the Baruch School of Management of the City University of New York in addition to having served as Associate Director, Department of Teaching Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges (Washington, D.C.).

Denny is the author of eleven books. Really Governing and Board Work have won the James A. Hamilton book of the year award from the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has written over 80 scholarly and professional articles. Principal of Dennis D. Pointer & Associates, Denny has provided governance and strategic consultation services to over 250 organizations. He was a founding partner of the American Healthcare Governance and Leadership Group LLC, now the Center for Healthcare Governance of the American Hospital Association.



Thomas McWhinnie, MHA

Thomas McWhinnie

Thomas McWhinnie is Deputy Director of the Center for Education and Development at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, Washington. He is provides staff education, training and organizational development for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska for the VA and serves on the clinical faculty at the University of Washington, School of Public Health. He has 28 years of experience and expertise in management and organizational development, education and training in managed care systems. He has served in administrative and management positions for both line and staff departments in addition to his roles as consultant, coach and educator. More on Tom McWhinnie




Stephen George, MD, MBA

Stephen George

Stephen A. George, MD, MBA is President of Medvice, Inc. Dr. George has over 35 years of healthcare experience. He has held diverse leadership and executive management positions in large public companies as well as private health care firms across the insurance/managed care, hospital and physician industries. He has served on the Board of Directors of numerous companies, including Per Se Technologies, NexCura, Select Care, First Physician Care and Occusystems. Dr. George also has extensive consulting experience providing executive management, strategic business development, and health care transaction advisory services to hospitals, medical groups and physician organizations. He has provided a broad range of strategic and tactical consulting solutions to hospitals, medical staffs and physician groups in need of developing, enhancing, renegotiating or realigning their hospital-physician relationships and their related services or assets. Dr. George's engagements by the Boards and CEOs of hospitals and medical groups have included many integrative solutions requiring skilled leadership in mediating high stakes negotiations and in directing the implementation support of these mission-critical agreements and strategic transactions. More about Stephen George


Thomas Norris, MD

Thomas Norris

Thomas Norris is currently the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Vice Dean for Regional Affairs and Rural Health for the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is a seasoned physician executive with ten years of private practice experience as managing partner of a large medical group, five years of experience as a residency director, and eight years of experience as Medical Executive and Executive Director/CEO of the UW Physicians Network Clinics. He is a Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission on Medical Management, and he is a Fellow n the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Norris, a professor of family medicine and adjunct professor of medicine, health services, medical education and biomedical informatics, also leads Continuing Medical Education and Telehealth Services in the medical school. He has also served as a past president of the American Board of Family Practice as well as a long-time board member, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Norris has extensive experience as a teacher of leadership and change management skills, as a physician coach and practice design consultant, and teaches Medical Leadership skills in the UW Certificate Program for Medical Management.


Kurt O'Brien, MHROD

Kurt O'Brien

Kurt O'Brien is the interim Director of UW Medicine's Organization Development & Training department, which provides consulting, training and coaching services to both Harborview and University of Washington medical centers. Kurt has over fourteen years of experience in the field of organization development with specific expertise in leadership development and coaching, team development, conflict resolution, and strategic planning. He is certified in multiple assessment tools including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Emotional Quotient Inventory, and the Zenger-Folkman Extraordinary Leader 360-degree assessment. Kurt holds a clinical faculty appointment with the University of Washington School of Public Health where he teaches MHA graduate students group dynamics and team leadership skills. He holds a Master's degree in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.







Julie Duncan, RN, MA, CHPQ

Julie Duncan

Julie Duncan is the Director of the Center for Clinical Excellence at the University of Washington Medical Center. A certified and experienced healthcare quality expert, Ms. Duncan is nationally recognized for her work in quality improvement, particularly with respect to systems redesign and lean re-engineering.