Northwest Hospital Physicians Named Top Doctors by Seattle Met

Original Release: 08/10/2014
Media Contact: Karen Peck

Seattle, WA – Northwest Hospital & Medical Center announced today the members of its medical staff that have been recognized among Seattle’s top doctors and nurse practitioners in the August 2014 issue of Seattle Met.

The magazine’s annual Top Doctors and Nurses list is based on peer nominations from medical professionals throughout the Puget Sound region. More than 1300 doctors, nurses and physician’s assistants participated in the 2014 peer nomination survey.

“I would like to congratulate all of our practitioners who have been recognized as ‘Top Doctors and Nurses’ by Seattle Met,” Northwest Hospital Executive Director Cindy Hecker said. “This award is a testament to their professionalism and their dedication, and we are fortunate to have these providers associated with Northwest Hospital. We are proud to partner with each of them to serve our community and deliver high quality, patient-centered care.”

Members of Northwest Hospital’s medical staff named to this year’s list of top doctors include:

Gabriel Aldea, M.D.
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Sarah Beshlian, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgery

Suzanne Bladek, A.R.N.P.
Internal Medicine

Jean Blue, A.R.N.P.
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology

Mark Brakstad, M.D.
General Surgery

Julie Carkin, M.D.

Howard Chansky, M.D.

Barbara Dailey, A.R.N.P.
Pain Medicine

Katherine Dee, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology

Joseph H. Delaney, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology

Dan Downey, M.D.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Victor Erlich, M.D.

Drew Fillipo, M.D.
General Pediatrics

Jacob Fleet, M.D.
Internal Medicine

James Gordon, M.D.

Margaret Hall, M.D.

Julie Heyn, M.D.

Mary Horan, M.D.
Pulmonary Disease

William Hurley, M.D.
Emergency Medicine

Stephen Kennedy, M.D.
Hand Surgery

Joohee Kim, M.D.

Eric Kinder, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology

Steve Klein, M.D.
Neurological Surgery

Michael Y. Lee, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Dr. Benjamin Lerner, M.D
Vascular Surgery

Steven Lewis, M.D.

Kathryn McGonigle, M.D.
Gynecologic Oncology

Darrell Owens, D.N.P., A.R.N.P.
Palliative care

Alison Perrin, M.D.
General Surgery

Alexandra E. Read, M.D.

Jennifer Reichel, M.D.

Carol Salerno, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Allegra Saving, M.D.
General Surgery

Gregory Schroedl, M.D.
Emergency Medicine

Richard W. Tobin, M.D.

Dr. Sunil Ummat, M.D.
Ear, Nose and Throat

Thomas Varghese, M.D.
Thoracic Surgery

Edward Verrier
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Teresa Wagner, M.D.
Pulmonary Disease

Gary Weeks, M.D.

Marko Yakovlevitch, M.D.

About Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Founded in 1960, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit hospital located minutes north of downtown Seattle. With 281 licensed beds, more than 1,900 employees and all private rooms, it offers some of the most innovative, technologically advanced medical care available. Major clinical programs and services include: emergency services; critical care; cardiac care; neurosciences; stroke center; cancer care; childbirth services; orthopedics; ; medical rehabilitation; geropsychiatric center; diagnostic imaging; laboratory services; sleep medicine; and education and wellness programs, among others. In 2010, Northwest Hospital joined the UW Medicine health system. For more information about Northwest Hospital and its programs and services call 206-364-0500 or visit To find a physician, call the hospital’s free physician referral line at 206.668.4636.