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Kirkwood K Shy, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Women's Health Prevention, HMC Women's Clinic
Clinician Educator (Gynecology), Education Division

Joined UW Medicine:


Clinical Focus:

Women's Health Care:
• General obstetrics and gynecology
• Gynecologic surgery


Washington, 1974


Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1981
(recertified 1993)


• MD Degree
   (Wayne State University, 1973)
• Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology
   (University of Washington, 1977)
• Fellowship in Health Services Research
   (Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington, 1979)
• MPH in Health Services Research
   (University of Washington School of Public Health, 1979)

Research Interests:

• Health services research
• Application of epidemiologic methods to Ob/Gyn


• American Public Health Association
• American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
• King County Medical Association
• Pacific Coast Obstetrical and Gynecological Society

Selected Publications:

Shy K, Kimpo C, Emanuel I, Leisenring W, Williams M. Maternal birth weight and cesarean delivery in four race/ethnic groups. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2000;182(6):1363–70.

Shy K, Dubinsky T. Is color doppler ultrasound useful in diagnosing ovarian cancer? Clin Obstet Gynecol 1999;42:902–915.

Jones L, LoGerfo J, Shy K, Connell F, Holt V, Parrish K, McCandless K. StORQS: Washington's statewide obstetric review and quality system: Overview and provider evaluation. QRB 1993;19:110–119.

Shy KK, Stergachis A, Grothaus LG, Wagner EH, Hecht JA, Anderson G. Tubal sterilization and risk of subsequent hospital admission for menstrual disorders. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1992;166(6-Pt 1):1698–1705.

Stergachis A, Shy KK, Grothaus LC, Wagner EH, Hecht JA, Anderson G, Normand EH, Raboud J. Tubal sterilization and the long-term risk of hysterectomy. JAMA 1990;264(22):2893–8.

Greer BE, Cain JM, Figge DC, Shy KK, Tamimi HK. Supraumbilical upper abdominal midline incision for pelvic surgery in the morbidly obese patient. Obstet Gynecol 1990;76(3):471–3.

Shy KK, Luthy DA, Bennett FC, Whitfield M, Larson EB, van Belle G, Hughes JP, Wilson JA, Stenchever MA. Effects of electronic fetal-heart-rate monitoring, as compared with periodic auscultation, on the neurologic development of premature infants. N Engl J Med 1990;322(9):588–593.

Shy KK, Chu J, Mandelson M, Greer BE, Figge DC. Papanicolaou smear screening interval and risk of cervical cancer. Obstet Gynecol 1989;74(6):838–843.

Larson EB, van Belle G, Shy KK, Luthy DA, Strickland D, Hughes JP. Electronic fetal monitoring and predictions by clinicians: Observations during a randomized clinical trial of electronic fetal monitoring in very low birth-weight infants. Obstet Gynecol 1989;74:584–589.

Shy KK, Larson EB, Luthy DA. Evaluating a new technology: The effectiveness of electronic fetal heart rate monitoring. Ann Rev Pub Hlth 1987;8:165–190.

Appointments & Practice Locations

Harborview Women's Clinic (HMC)
325 Ninth Ave, Ground Floor, West Clinic
Seattle WA 98104-2499

Appointments:   206.744.3367