Meet the Doctors

Headshot of Dr. Michael MercurioMichael Mercurio, M.D.

Now practicing at Northwest Neurology

Dr. Mercurio is a board certified general neurologist at Northwest Hospital, with clinical interest in multiple sclerosis. He has experience with both inpatient neurology and outpatient care.

Q: How do you approach patient care?

A: My patient care philosophy is that we have to work as a team; the patient, caregivers, family, therapy services and physician. We all have to work together as a team and be able to communicate strengths and weaknesses competently to ensure the best for our patients. My goal is to provide accurate and knowledgeable neurological diagnosis coordinated with treatments that work with patients’ unique situations and finding solutions that will ensure patient compliance and effective treatment.

Q: Why did you decide to specialize in neurology?

A: I decided to specialize in neurology due to the intellectually interesting diagnoses and unique approach to patient examination. I feel a great neurologist spends more time with patients face to face, which is an aspect of medicine I enjoy.

Q: What about Northwest Hospital appealed to you?

A: Northwest Hospital is appealing due to its great location, friendly staff and availability of surgical and rehab services. Being part of the UW Medicine system was a draw given the resources it will be able to provide for patient care. I also was pleased to see there is a Starbucks on site!

Headshot of Dr. Mika SinananMika Sinanan, M.D., Ph.D

Now practicing at UW Medicine Surgical Services & Hernia Center

Dr. Sinanan is a UW professor of surgery, specializing in gastrointestinal oncology and surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, reoperative surgery, complex hernia treatment, and diseases of the colon and rectum.

Q: How do you approach patient care?

A: Many of the clinical problems that we work on together are very tough, but my team and I feel privileged to be able to help our patients return to their families and their lives feeling better and healed. Each patient deserves this, and it is such an honor to be able to help during these difficult times, easing suffering, helping with understanding the what and the why, and restoring health.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

A: My father was a surgeon, and my mother was a nurse before becoming a homemaker. I saw medicine as a great profession that helped people in times of their greatest need. Surgery seemed to be a good fit for my skills and interests.

Q: What about Northwest Hospital appealed to you?

A: Northwest Hospital has a great reputation and faculty, many of whom I know. I wanted to have a chance to work in another environment of care, especially one with a reputation for excellence in care delivery and outcomes, and great efficiency. I thought the experience would help me in my other roles in Contracting and Value-based Care, and in simulation-based education.

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