Current Residents


Walaa Alshuaibi, M.D.

Dr. Alshuaibi received her M.D. degree from the King Saud University Riyadh College of Medicine, and did her Pediatric training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. Her residency research project was studying metabolic rates in patients with inborn errors of metabolism at baseline, and while ill. She also presented a quality improvement project of Safety and Discharge Planning at Tufts Medical Center. She is an avid reader!


Heather Byers, M.D.

Dr. Byers received her M.D. with Distinction in Research and Distinction in Service from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and did clinical training in OB-GYN at UT-Southwestern in Austin, TX. As a medical student, she studied the epidemiology and genetics lipids in pregnancy as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow. Her research mentor was Dr. Kristi Borowski. She also participated in the Iowa Medical Student Research Program under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Murray. Her project was on genetics of preterm birth and genetics of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. This project was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Research Foundation. She lived in Spain (and is fluent in Spanish) and Australia prior to moving to Seattle.


Andrew P. Dervan, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Dervan received his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard Medical School and Harvard University, and did his Internal Medicine training in Seattle at the Univ of Washington Medical Center. During graduate school he studied the business models of molecular diagnostic companies. He is interested in the translation of genetic and genomic discoveries into new therapeutic and diagnostic tools, and in precision medicine.

Senior Fellow


Carlos J. Gallego, M.D.

Carlos J. Gallego M.D. is a graduate of the Universidad del Valle, in Cali, Columbia. He did dual training in Internal Medicine and Clinical Genetics at the University of Alabama, and did postdoctoral research in microarrays and human T cell receptor diversity in Dr. Jian Han's lab at the Hudson Alpha Institute of Biotechnology. Carlos' research interests are in translating genetic research to patient care by evaluating the impact of high throughput technologies as well as the return of incidental results in the clinical setting. He is also interested in health care disparities that may limit the utility of this type of information in minority populations. He is a K12 Scholar in the University of Washington Institutional Training Program for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.