UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic Faculty

Laura-Mae Baldwin J. Mark Beard Jeanne Cawse-Lucas Sharon Dobie
Jonathan Drezner David Evans Emily Godfrey Tom Greer
Jo Jackson Justin Osborn Misbah Keen Larry Mauksch
Tom Norris Lynn Oliver Judith Pauwels Pamela Pentin
Ashwin Rao Jackie Raetz Valerie Ross Chris Sanford
Grace Shih Christina Tanner


Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD

Laura-Mae Baldwin is a member of our research section, a Professor of Family Medicine, an investigator at the UW Center for Health Workforce Studies and Rural Health Research Center, and a practicing family physician. For over a decade, Dr. Baldwin's research has largely been focused on racial/ethnic and rural-urban health disparities, cancer prevention and treatment, and perinatal health, all with an eye towards ensuring equitable access to high quality health services across U.S.. She brings particular expertise in the use of large secondary databases to examine the quality and outcomes of clinical care. As co-director of the Community Outreach and Research Translation core for the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences, Dr. Baldwin is developing an electronically linked practice-based research network throughout the WWAMI states. This has led Dr. Baldwin to a new research focus on disseminating effective health interventions into primary care practice.



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J. Mark Beard, MD (Residency Director)

J. Mark Beard, MD completed his medical school training at the University of Missouri - Columbia and a family medicine residency in Seattle, WA. He joined the Residency Faculty in December 2003 after working 13 years in a broad spectrum primary care clinical practice in West Seattle. He enjoys musculoskeletal medicine, practice management, obstetrics and office procedures. He hails from western Missouri and finds enjoyment keeping up with his teenage children, hiking, snow skiing, scuba diving, and following most other sporting events.

Interests: Diabetes mellitus care. Sports medicine topics. Radiology in primary care. Procedures and procedure training in primary care. Women's and Reproductive Health Care. Musculoskeletal care of back pain.



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Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, MD

Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, MD, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and trained at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine residency. She enjoys women's health, integrative medicine, preventive medicine, and practice management and has been active in the state and local branches of the Academy of Family Physicians. Jeanne likes to cook (and eat!), cross-country ski, run, travel, and read good books.



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Sharon Dobie, MD

I enjoy family medicine because I am able to work with families throughout all stages of life. I value creating a environment where my patients are at the center of our relationship and where I am an advisor and advocate for their health.


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Jonathan Drezner, MD

Dr. Drezner is a Professor and faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and the Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is responsible for the orthopedic and sports medicine curriculum within the Family Medicine Residency at the University of Washington. His primary research interests include the use of automated external defibrillators to prevent sudden cardiac death in the athletic setting, as well as the investigation of acute running and hamstring muscle injuries. Outside of work Dr. Drezner enjoys basketball, soccer, hiking, and spending time with his daughters Sophia and Jessica, and wife, Dr. Heidi Gray, who is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Interests: Prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes; emergency planning for sudden cardiac arrest and use of AEDs in athletic medicine; pre-participation cardiovascular screening in athletes; ECG screening in athletes; musculoskeletal ultrasound; sports medicine.

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David Evans

Dr. Evans joined the department in April 2012. Prior to coming to Seattle he spent 15 years practicing in central Oregon where, in addition to providing clinical care, he was active in his local community and with organized medicine. Viewing the marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry as a negative force on patient care, he guided his clinic through a process to become pharm-free. Recently he completed a term as the President of the National Physicians Alliance. Dr. Evans is the recipient of several community service and teaching awards and enjoys the big city with his wife and two children.

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Emily Godfrey, MD

Emily Godfrey MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Family Planning. Dr. Godfrey was selected to be the first Family Planning Epidemiology and Public Health Fellow at the CDC in Atlanta where she worked on the new US-based Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. Dr. Godfrey is a graduate of the University of Rochester Fellowship in Family Planning. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her family medicine residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois. Other interests include yoga, traveling, bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and drinking fine wine with friends.

Interests: Family planning, sexual and reproductive health care, women’s health care, dissemination and implementation of clinical guidelines, mentoring.



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Tom Greer, MD

I came to the University of Washington for postdoctoral work and never left this wonderful place. As a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine, my focus is on medical student education. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, the outdoors, travel and art.

Patient Care Philosophy: I value knowing each patient in the context of their work, family and community. I work in a partnership to help each patient achieve his or her health care goals. I strive to listen to the patient's perspective and to collaborate with each patient in setting a visit agenda and negotiating a treatment plan. Health maintenance and behavior change are of special interest to me. I view myself as a coach to help patients wanting to make behavior changes to improve his or her health.



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Jo Jackson, MD

Jo Jackson is a graduate of the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University. She has enjoyed 3 decades of full spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, emergency care, sports medicine, travel medicine and residency education. Curricular responsibilities include neonatal, pediatrics and adolescent care. In addition to work, Jo loves spending time with her family, sports, dancing and travel.

Interests: Child development, adolescent medicine, thyroid disorders.




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Misbah Keen, MD

Misbah Keen, MD, graduated from Government Medical College in Srinagar, India and subsequently completed a family medicine residency at Mercy Health Partners in Toledo, OH. He is currently pursuing masters degrees in Bio-Medical Informatics through Oregon Health and Sciences University and Public Health through Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, he has been practicing full spectrum of family medicine at Columbia Basin Health Association in Othello, Wash. He has interests in teaching and mentoring, patient safety & medical errors, and medical informatics. All this combined with his interest in exploring why golfers make better physicians leaves him with no free time...

Interests: Evidence based medicine. Medical Student Teaching. EMR Data acquisition and interpretation. Laboratory Medicine. Public Health.


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Larry Mauksch, M Ed

Larry Mauksch is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine and a consultant and trainer for health care system transformation.  He has spent the last 25 years training medical students, residents, mental health professionals, practicing physicians and nurses in interviewing skills, team development, and the diagnosis and management of mental disorders. He is a core faculty in the Washington State Department of Health, Medical Home Collaborative, serves on the STFM program committee and on the Council of Academic Family Medicine Competency Measurement Task Force. He is the past chair of the Collaborative Family Health Care Association and of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Physician Patient Interaction. Mr. Mauksch has provided faculty development on communication training to medical schools and residency programs across the United States.  Mr. Mauksch's areas of research include examining educational strategies to enhance the value of team and clinician communication on patient satisfaction, health outcomes and efficiency.

Interests: Doctor-patient communication: Integrating behavioral science skills into primary care practice. Communication skill and competency assessment. Practice redesign toward the patient centered medical home. Health care team development.




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Thomas E. Norris, MD - Professor and Chair

A well-known authority in family medicine, Dr. Norris has served as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and in several other dean's roles at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He currently serves as Professor and Chair of Family Medicine, as well as Adjunct Professor of biomedical informatics and medical education, global health and health services. Dr. Norris continues to practice and teach family medicine, and his research efforts are focused on rural health, medical education, the education of family physicians, procedures in family medicine and the use of telemedicine and medical informatics in primary care settings.

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Justin Osborn, MD

Dr. Justin Osborn did residency at UWMC and has worked in Emergency Medicine, been involved with the startup of the UW primary care network clinics and joined the faculty in 2007. He enjoys family medicine, teaching , gardening, skiing, hiking and biking.

Interests: Procedural learning, cardiology, and substance use treatment.



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Judith Pauwels, MD

Judy Pauwels, MD, has been in the UW residency since October 2002, serving as program director until 2011. Her entire career has centered in graduate medical education; she also practiced full-spectrum family medicine in rural Wisconsin. Currently she is working on consulting to help new programs in the region, health policy and particularly payment reform to support primary care careers, and competency-based educational initiatives. Personal interests include travel, flyfishing, jazz, and enjoying family and friends.

Interests: New program development. Health policy and state legislative reforms. Chronic pain management by primary care physicians. Women’s health care.



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Pamela L. Pentin, JD, MD, FAAFP

A New Englander by birth, Dr. Pam Pentin was an English major at the University of Pennsylvania, then earned a law degree and practiced as a corporate trial attorney before attending Jefferson Medical College on a U.S. Navy scholarship. After completing her Family Medicine residency at the University of Vermont she served on active duty as a Navy medical officer for 7 years before transferring to the Reserves where she still proudly serves and sometimes still travels the world. The Navy brought her to the Pacific Northwest and to the University of Washington.

Dr. Pentin is an Assistant Professor in the Residency Section and Site Coordinator for the 3rd year Medical Student Clerkship at UW Medicine at Northgate. She enjoys practicing and teaching the full spectrum of Family Medicine. In her time off Pam loves to spend time with her family, travel, cook, hunt for antiques and walk and swim at the beach.

Interests: chronic pain management, treatment of addiction, the interface between Corporate America and the medical profession.

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Ashwin Rao, MD

Ashwin Rao is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College and his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Rao completed his residency training in family medicine and his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Washington. In 2008, he assumed the role of clinical assistant professor in UW’s department of family medicine and the Hall Health Sports Medicine Clinic. Currently, Dr. Rao serves as a team physician for University of Washington Husky Athletics and the Seattle Seahawks. He works in both primary care and sports medicine settings. He is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He serves as the chair of the University of Washington ’s sports academic conference curriculum. He also serves on the Research Committee of AMSSM. Dr. Rao's special interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound guided procedures, including tenotomy with platelet rich plasma and autologous blood injection, medical student and resident education, patient-centered care, injury care and prevention, and emergency preparedness.


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Valerie Ross, MS

Valerie Ross M.S., trained at Group Health Cooperative and UW Family Medicine, both sites specializing in collaboration between mental health practitioners and primary care physicians. Her professional interests include mind-body medicine, relationship-centered care, and health behavior change. Clinically she is experienced in treating anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions common in primary care. She is an active cellist and performs regularly in a semi-professional orchestra. She also enjoys yoga, tai chi, chi gong, hiking and kayaking.

Interests: Doctor-patient communication, relationship centered care, mindfulness in medicine, mind-body medicine, humanities and medicine, and genetics and primary care.

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Chris Sanford, MD

Dr. Christopher Sanford is a family medicine physician who has practiced at the University of Washington since 2000; he joined UW’s Family Medicine Residency in 2009. In addition to being the Director of the Global Health Fellowship, he is Director of the Travel Clinic at the UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic, which offers a full spectrum of pre- and post-travel services. He serves as Coordinator of the seven travel clinics within the University of Washington.
Together with two other UW physicians, Drs. David Roesel and Paul Pottinger, Dr. Sanford was awarded a three-year grant from UW’s Dept. of Global Health to establish a tropical medicine training program for physicians in East Africa. Now hosted by a consortium of five institutions (UW, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Makerere University [Uganda], and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center [Tanzania]), this three-month course is held annually, and enrolls 60 African and Global North physicians.
He is Chair of a biennial CME course, Update, Travel Medicine & Global Health. During this two-and-a-half day conference, experts speak on a variety of topics within travel and tropical medicine, and global health, including public health in low-resource settings.
His overseas work has included work at clinics and hospitals in the Peruvian Amazon and Ethiopia. His research interests include threats to health in cities in the Global South, disaster medicine, public health, and medical education in low-resource settings.
He is Acting Deputy Director on his US federal disaster response team, IMSuRT-West. His deployments with that team have included deployments to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Port-au-Prince following the 2010 earthquake, and the wildfires in San Diego, California, in 2007. He is on the University of Washington’s Faculty Senate (2012-2014) and Information Technology Advisory Committee.
He serves on the Examinations Committee for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
He published two books in 2008: The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, 4th Edition, Elsevier, which he edited with Dr. Elaine Jong, and The Adventurous Traveler’s Guide to Health, University of Washington Press. He has also published over a dozen chapters for texts and several papers on topics within tropical medicine, infectious disease, disaster medicine, and travel medicine.

Interests: Travel Medicine



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Grace Shih, MD MAS

Grace Shih MD, MAS is Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Shih completed her medical degree at University of Florida and her family medicine residency at Brown University. She spent a year working in clinics in Ecuador and Mexico and speaks Spanish fluently. After residency, she completed her Family Planning Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. Her research interests include integration of family planning services into primary care, contraceptive disparities, and male involvement in family planning. She directs the RHEDI grant for UW and provides clinical care at UW’s Northgate clinic. She enjoys taking hikes with her dog, playing guitar, and cooking.



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Christina Tanner, MD

Christina Tanner, MD earned her medical degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She also has two law degrees and speaks French and Lithuanian. Away from work, Dr. Tanner enjoys traveling, skiing, reading and spending time with her family.

Interests: Medical student teaching. Clinical Ethics. Medico-legal issues. Doctor-patient communication.



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