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Thomas Staiger, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)
Associate Dean, UW School of Medicine
Medical Director, UW Medical Center

Education & Training

MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1985
Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, Primary Care Track, University of Washington, Seattle, Wa, 1985-1987
Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1990-1991

Professional Interests

Physician/patient communication
Primary care of orthopedic problems
Cross cultural medicine
Promoting scholarship in quality improvement


Phi Beta Kappa, 1979
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1984
James Haviland Award, "Leadership and Clinical Excellence", 1985
Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2009
UWMC Service Excellence Award, 2009
Leadership in Improving Healthcare Award, 2011

Selected Publications

Staiger TO, Gaster B, Sullivan MD, Deyo RA. 2003. Systematic review of antidepressants in the treatment of chronic low back pain.. Spine. 28(22):2540-5.
Staiger TO, Jarvik JG, Deyo RA, Martin B, Braddock CH. 2005. BRIEF REPORT: Patient-physician agreement as a predictor of outcomes in patients with back pain.. Journal of general internal medicine. 20(10):935-7.
Staiger TO, Chew LD, Helenius I. 2008. A case-based approach to outpatient evaluation and management service coding.. Postgraduate medicine. 120(4):101-6.
Staiger TO, Wong EY, Schleyer AM, Martin DP, Levinson W, Bremner WJ. 2011. The role of quality improvement and patient safety in academic promotion: results of a survey of chairs of departments of internal medicine in North America. The American journal of medicine. 124(3):277-80.
Henderson DM, Staiger TO, Peterson GA, Sinanan MN, Angiulo CL, Makrewicz VA, Wild LA, Whimbey EE. A Collaborative, Systems-Level Approach to Eliminating Healthcare-Associated MRSA, Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections, Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia and Respiratory Virus Infections. J Health Qual. 2012;34:39-47.