Faculty and Staff

NW AETC ECHO Specialist Team

David H. Spach, MD - Principal Investigator, Project Co-Director, is the Principal Investigator and Clinical Director for the Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington in Seattle.  He has published in numerous medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Emerging Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Spach is Editor-in-Chief of HIV Web Study and Co-Editor-in Chief for Hepatitis Web Study. He has received multiple teaching honors, including the 2010 Ryan White National AIDS Education and Training Center Award, the University of Washington Department of Medicine Paul Beeson teaching award, and the University of Washington Outstanding Faculty CME Award.

John Scott, MD, MSc - Co-Project Director, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) at the University of Washington and Assistant Director of the Hepatitis and Liver Clinic at Harborview Medical Center.  He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology, attended Georgetown University School of Medicine cum laude, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Hospitals, and then obtained sub-specialty training in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington.  He has an active research program in viral hepatitis, which is supported by federal, foundation and pharmaceutical grants.  He has published in JAMA, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Annals of Internal Medicine, Nature Medicine and the Journal of Infectious Diseases.  In 2009, he launched Project ECHO in Washington State.  This innovative telehealth program helps clinicians serving in rural and underserved areas with the evaluation and treatment of hepatitis C.

Brian R. Wood, MD - Medical Director studied political science during undergraduate school at Claremont McKenna College and then attended the University of Washington School of Medicine. He then completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington before moving to Boston for Infectious Disease Fellowship in a combined program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was also the HIV Clinician-Educator Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In addition to serving as Medical Director for NW AETC ECHO, he is a trainer for the NW AETC and cares for a large panel of patients at Harborview's Madison Clinic and Madison's satellite clinics in neighboring Kitsap and Snohomish counties, including a large panel of Spanish-speaking patients.

Shireesha Dhanireddy, MD – Clinical Consultant/Educator, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and Assistant Medical Director of the Harborview Medical Center HIV (Madison) Clinic. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown School of Medicine. She completed her training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Washington. She is actively involved in medical student, resident, and fellow education.

Robert Harrington, MD - Clinical Consultant/Educator, is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, Medical Director of the Harborview Medical Center HIV (Madison) Clinic, Director of the UW Center for AIDS Research Clinical Research Core and Associate Section Chief of Infectious Diseases at Harborview Medical Center. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Tufts Medical School, completed internal medicine training at the University of Chicago and subspecialty training in infectious diseases at the University of Washington. He's published over 60 original articles, book chapters and reviews in a variety of journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the Journal of Virology, AIDS, Emerging Infectious Diseases and others. He is the recipient of the University of Washington Department of Medicine Paul Beeson teaching award and the Velj Award for the Global Health Project of the Year from the Global Health Education Consortium. His research interests are in HIV, viral hepatitis and other infectious diseases.

Ji Eun Lee, Pharm.D., BCPS - Clinical Consultant/Educator is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Pharmacist at the Madison Clinic, Harborview Medical Center. She graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.  She has completed Pharmacy Practice residency at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center and Primary Care residency at the Adult Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical center. She has worked at Madison Clinic since 2005 and also provides additional primary care disease state management such as diabetes, smoking cessation, and anticoagulation.

Dave Hachey, Pharm.D, BCPS, AAHIVP - Clinical Consultant/Educator, is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Health Sciences with Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. After graduating from University of Rhode Island with his Doctor of Pharmacy in 1998, he moved to Idaho where he completed a residency and fellowship at ISU Family Medicine and started a Ryan White satellite clinic. During his tenure at ISU, he has focused on expanding clinical services for HIV patients in rural and underserved areas all the while focusing on improving patient outcomes.  He has spent time in South Africa with the University of Cape Town and most recently received a two year SPNS grant to established an HIV/HCV co-infection clinic.

Robert Loeffelbein, PharmD, - Clinical Consultant/Educator, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist at the Madison Clinic, Harborview Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Utah. He has worked at the Madison Clinic since 1995 and is a preceptor for pharmacy interns and residents.

Jennifer Magnani, MSW, LICSW - Case Manager , earned her MSW in 2000 at the University of Washington.  She has worked at Madison Clinic since 2009 as a Social Work Supervisor,  co-supervising a staff of 13 full time, MSW-level, HIV case managers and 4 Social Work Advocates. Ms. Magnani has experience working in inpatient, ER, home care and clinic settings. She has presented at the national TB Nursing Intensive Conference, on “Case Management of HIV & TB.” She is also scheduled to speak at the National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS in May 2012 on “The Supervisory Perspective on Providing Social Work Services in an Era of Change.”

Angela Bartels BSN, RN - CNE - Designated Nurse Planner, earned her RN, BSN, at the University of Washington School of Nursing.  She has worked at the Madison Clinic as a staff nurse since 2002 and has worked in HIV care for 12 years.  She is highly proficient in Spanish and also works as the diabetes educator at the 45th St. Clinic, a Seattle-based community clinic that serves a large Spanish-speaking population. 

NW AETC ECHO Staff

Laurie Conratt, MBA - Program Manager, is the Director of the Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center (NW AETC) and Program Manager of the NW AETC ECHO Telehealth Program (NW AETC ECHO), both housed in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington.  These programs offer HIV treatment education, clinical consultation, and technical assistance to health care professionals and agencies in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Oregon. In her 14 years with the NW AETC, Ms. Conratt has worked to increase the capacity of health care professionals to provide high quality HIV/AIDS care within the region’s health care systems.  Ms. Conratt received her MBA from the University of Washington in 1996. 

Kenton (Kent) T. Unruh, PhD – Informatics Specialist, is the Program Administrator for Project ECHO, overseeing ECHO operations spanning Chronic Pain, Hepatitis C, HIV, Psychiatry and Addictions at the University of Washington. He has published broadly in informatics including the International Journal of Medical Informatics, the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and the Association of American Medical Informatics meetings. Kent's core area of expertise is technology-based delivery of health/social services and technology-supported clinical workflows.

Natalia Martinez-Paz, MPA, MA – Program Coordinator, is the Program Coordinator for the Central Office of the Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center (NW AETC) and NW AETC ECHO. She is responsible for the daily operations of NW AETC ECHO. Ms. Martinez-Paz receieved her MPA and MAIS from the University of Washington in 2011 after a year long fellowship conducting food security and gender research in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She speaks Spanish, French and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.

Mary Annese, MPA – Evaluation Manager, is the evaluator and continuous quality improvement specialist for the NW AIDS Education and Training Center and evaluator for the NW AETC ECHO Telehealth Program. She is a member of the AETC National Evaluation Center Advisory Committee, and the American Evaluation Association. Mary has demonstrated expertise in evaluation design, implementation, analysis and reporting using mixed methods spanning a diverse range of programs: health professionals education, out-of-home care, HIV prevention outreach and education, substance abuse and violence prevention, recidivism in the juvenile justice system, medical home training for primary care providers, cultural competency, adolescent sexuality, and adolescent suicide prevention and intervention. Mary earned her Master's in Public Administration at the University of Washington.

Meri Konishi, BA – Fiscal Specialist, handles all budget-related issues for the Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center and NW AETC ECHO. In her 10+ years with the NW AETC, Ms. Konishi has worked as a Program Coordinator and a Fiscal Specialist.