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Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett

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Clinical Professor, Health Systems and Population Health

Chief Science Officer
Washington State Department of Health


MPH   University of Washington, 1998
MD   Harvard University, 1991
AB   Harvard University, 1986   (Engineering)

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Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett is a primary care pediatrician at Virginia Mason Sand Point Pediatrics at University Village. He served as Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice from 2013 through 2015, and then as Associate Director of the Executive Master of Public Health until 2018. Before joining the Department of Health Services faculty he worked for 6 years as a medical epidemiologist in the communicable disease program at Public Health - Seattle & King County, where he helped oversee the day to day work of the disease investigation team in infectious disease surveillance and outbreak investigation. Earlier in his primary care career he served as Associate Medical Director of the Harborview Medical Center Community House Calls Program, and made annual volunteer trips to the Thai-Burma border working with refugees and migrant workers from Burma.

Public health practice; communicable disease epidemiology; health informatics

Grembowski D, Conrad D, Naranjo D, Wood S, Zhou L, Banks J, Coe NB, Kwan-Gett T, Baseman J. State-Level Evaluation of Washington's State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2021;32(2):862-891. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2021.0069.  PMID: 34120982

Grembowski D, Conrad DA, Naranjo D, Wood S, Coe NB, Kwan-Gett T, Baseman J. RE-AIM Evaluation Plan for Washington State Innovation Models Project. Qual Manag Health Care. 2020 Apr/Jun;29(2):81-94. doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000246.  PMID: 32224792

Bekemeier B, Pantazis A, Yip MP, Kwan-Gett T. Developing the Evidence for Public Health Systems to Battle Vaccine Preventable Disease at the Local Level: Data Challenges and Strategies for Advancing Research. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2017 Mar/Apr;23(2):131-137. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000411.  PMID: 27798522

Bekemeier B, Yip MP, Dunbar MD, Whitman G, Kwan-Gett T. Local health department food safety and sanitation expenditures and reductions in enteric disease, 2000-2010. Am J Public Health. 2015 Apr;105 Suppl 2:S345-52. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302555. Epub 2015 Feb 17.  PMID: 25689186

Baer A, Libassi L, Lloyd JK, Benoliel E, Brucker R, Jones MQ, Kwan-Gett TS, McKeirnan S, Pecha M, Rietberg K, Serafin L, Walkinshaw LP, Duchin JS. Risk factors for infections in international travelers: An analysis of travel-related notifiable communicable diseases. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2014 Sep-Oct;12(5):525-33. doi: 10.1016/j.tmaid.2014.05.005. Epub 2014 Jun 2.  PMID: 24928710

Chair, capstone for Janna Gross
Through the Eyes of Community/Cultural Mediators: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Community House Calls Program After Twenty Years

Chair, thesis committee for Amy Glynn
Assessing the impact of scribe use on a pediatric urgent care department one year postimplementation.