In this issue:
*Preparing For New Opioid Regulations
*Physician Suicide
*Debunking Immunization Myths
*New Member Update
*Patient’s Plea: Where Have My Records Gone?
*In Memoriam – Former Virginia Mason Chairman/CEO Roger C. Lindeman, MD
Bean Box Coffee is offering an exclusive 10% discount to King County Medical Society on their artisan coffee subscription plans. Learn more about our partner of the month and why it’s time to say “no more” to crappy coffee in the feature below.

From the President of the Board of Trustees:
Greetings fellow members,

It was a pleasure serving as a committee chair at the recent Washington State Medical Association Annual Meeting and seeing all of the hard work of our delegates and staff come to fruition. With all but one of our resolutions passing overwhelmingly, the King County Medical Society made a tremendous impact on the policy directives emerging from the conference.

I received numerous compliments about the increased activity and visibility of our organization, which was extremely gratifying knowing all that has gone into elevating the King County Medical Society this year.

I am excited by the renewed vigor of our membership, and encourage all of you to get more involved in your Society. We’d love to have you apply to serve as a delegate or join one of our committees as we begin laying the groundwork for 2019. Your voice is critical in shaping our policy directions going forward.

I also encourage you to take part in one of our upcoming educational or social opportunities.  We recently hosted nearly 30 physicians for a CME on opioid issues and the new regulations going into effect January 1st.  We are grateful to our partners at MedPro for underwriting the event and providing not only important information but also a fabulous meal.  I encourage you to contact our agent Randy Flem ( and learn how they can help save 5% or more on your malpractice insurance – which can mean thousands of dollars in savings!

I also want welcome all of our new members and look forward to serving you in the coming year. I am especially grateful to our colleague and trustee Ellen Passloff, MD, for facilitating the addition of 35 fellow physicians from the Everett Clinic to our Society.  The more members we add to our ranks, the more powerful and effective we can be in our advocacy efforts, and the more exclusive benefits our dedicated staff can curate on your behalf.


Teresa Girolami, MD
President/King County Medical Society
Board of Trustees
DOH reports first influenza deaths of season

The Washington State Department of Health reports two influenza related deaths have been reported already for the 2018-2019 season. And two influenza-like illness outbreaks in long term care facilities have been reported for the 2018-2019 season to date. Needless to say, it’s that time of year to encourage patients, family and friends to to get their flu shots.

Board president Dr. Teresa Girolami recently appeared on Seattle’s Morning News with Dave Ross and Colleen O’Brien on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM to discuss last year’s deadly outbreak, the efficacy of vaccine and to dispel myths about vaccinations. Click on the “Docs Talk” box below to hear her interview, as well as all of episodes of the official podcast of the King County Medical Society:

From the CEO/Executive Director:

Happy November,

I am excited to celebrate my upcoming one-year anniversary as CEO of King County Medical Society! I have focused my first-year efforts on identifying how to best serve our members. I am grateful for a job that provides me with the opportunity to serve you, and for all your selfless service to our communities.

Whether you are a medical student, active physician or retired, there appears to be specific areas of service that King County Medical Society should focus on. The first area is physician wellness.

We recently shared with you that we lost a beloved member physician to suicide. Sadly, this is far from an isolated incident. Physicians and medical students continue to experience the highest levels of depression and suicide of any profession. With this in mind, the King County Medical Society is reinforcing its commitment to support the well-being of all physicians and medical students.

Our Director of Marketing and Communications, Josh Kerns, has forged an ongoing partnership with Forefront Suicide Prevention, a center of excellence in the University of Washington (UW) School of Social Work. I encourage you to listen to his heart-wrenching interview with founder Jennifer Stuber and Dr. Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the UW. They provided tremendous insights on how to best care for ourselves, patients, colleagues and friends. You can stream or download this special edition of “Docs Talk – The King County Medical Society Podcast” here. 

Josh also attended a powerful screening last week of a new documentary film focused on physician suicide titled “Do No Harm: Exposing the Hippocratic Hoax”. You can see the heart wrenching trailer at the website.

King County Medical Society member Dr. John Wynn, MD, was a panelist during a frank, often-emotional post-screening discussion.

As part of our commitment to you and your well-being, we will be working with filmmaker Robyn Symon to host another screening of the film very soon (it debuts on PBS and will be widely available next spring).

Our Public and Mental Health Committee will be meeting this month to focus on physician wellness and what the Society can do to improve working conditions and quality of life for doctors and medical students alike. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, or would like to get involved, please contact me at .

Another area of focus for King County Medical Society includes fostering a strong sense of community within the medical profession, regardless of your workplace. We aim to do so by providing special member events and benefits. My team has been working hard to create a plethora of benefits and events for members. Those benefits include discounted tickets for the PNB’s Nutcracker and Enchant Seattle – the thrilling new holiday light spectacular taking place during the holidays at Safeco Field.

Continuing Medical Education is another area that physician members have identified as a need. We were thrilled to host the first of what will become regular CME’s recently at the Society building. We have partnered with the Washington Medical Commission and MedPro to provide you with the latest information and guidance on the new opioid prescribing rules and regulations going into effect January 1. The demand was overwhelming, so we have scheduled another session Monday, December 10.  It will be held in the Volney Richmond auditorium at Virginia Mason at 6p.

Our newest Society members include the Medical Student Chapter. Last week some of our staff handed-out bags of coffee beans provided by our partners at Beanbox at the UW School of Medicine and began engaging with nearly 100 students. Check out Beanbox’s fabulous holiday specials only for King County Medical Society members.

In the coming months we will hold special events for the medical students, including a financial wellness/reality check featuring some of our resident members and banking partners. We are also thrilled to connect them with mentors from among our membership and continue curating special benefits targeted to them. Please let me know if you are interested in mentoring opportunities.

We are also working hard to better engage with our retired members. We value that retired physicians offer a wealth of knowledge and experience and have devoted their entire lives to the house of medicine. In return, we are aggressively curating exclusive benefits and creating new events and other social and professional opportunities for retired members to participate in the Society and to commune with one another. While we have instituted a nominal membership fee for the retired physicians, we are confident the value and benefits will be more than worth it for our retired members. For those who still favor print over online, we are glad to print out a copy of our monthly newsletter and send it to you. Please contact Sarah Rice or 206-621-9396 x102 to request yours

Lastly, we are working tirelessly and have begun discussions about how we can increase the efficacy of our advocacy efforts. In addition to our work with the WSMA, we will be performing far more direct outreach to our law and policy makers at the local and state level on those issues of greatest urgency and importance to our members.

Everything we do at the King County Medical Society is in service to you, our venerated member physicians. As we grow our membership and influence, we have big plans of how best to serve you in the coming years. Whether you are a medical student, active physician or retired doctor I encourage you to drop me a line or give me a call and let me know how we can better serve and engage with you.

Nancy L. Belcher, MPA, Ph.D.

A Patient’s Plea: What Happens When Your Doctor Dies?
By Josh Kerns/King County Medical Society

As a physician, are you prepared for the unexpected? One patient recently contacted us about her frustrations when her family physician suddenly died, and the maddening ordeal that followed. While her story doesn’t end well, she reached out in hopes other medical practices will learn from her experience and prepare accordingly.

She (a longtime Seattle resident and commercial real estate broker, asked to keep her identity anonymous out of fear of reprisal) learned of the untimely death of her Seattle-based doctor when she phoned his office to schedule an appointment for her son.

“When I was told the office was closing, I thought they meant for the day,” she says. “No, it was closing for good because of the doctor’s untimely death.”

She asked for her family’s medical records, and says she was especially concerned about one of her son’s records because he had an ongoing liver issue.

The office told her all medical records for the office (Northwest Family Care) were being sent to Northwest Hospital.
“I was told that is a statutory procedure for closing a medical office,” she says.

The following month she requested all of the records from Northwest Hospital. But she was told they were never sent. She continued to follow up with Northwest to no avail.

The following spring, she again sought the family medical records, especially for her son who needed them as part of his admission process to graduate school.

“My husband hand carried the signed request forms to Northwest Hospital and said he would not leave without the records, in particular my son’s,” she says.

The hospital would not provide them. A few days later, he finally got one of her son’s records after another visit and a long wait at Northwest Hospital.

After another visit, he was finally able to track medical records for him and his wife. But not their older son.

After further investigation, she learned her older son’s records had never been sent to Northwest.

“Northwest Hospital said that because he had not seen the now-deceased doctor within one year of the medical practice closing down, his records were never sent to Northwest Hospital,” she says in exasperation.

She says her husband was told all the older records from the doctor’s practice were sent to his son, also a medical doctor.

But the frustrations only grew from there.

She found the son in Spokane and sent a letter to what she was told was his practice. However, she received a letter several weeks later informing her the doctor no longer practiced in Spokane, the office had none of his records and had no forwarding address.

“Really, no forwarding address?!” she says.

After extensive searching on the Internet, she eventually tracked down the son in Anchorage, AK, and sent him a letter asking for her son’s records.

After several months and multiple inquiries, she finally got the response she was dreading.

“I got a curt note stating simply that there is no statutory requirement to maintain the records and they are no longer available,” she sighs. “So 25 years of my son’s medical history, from his birth in 1992 to the death of his doctor, are gone.”

While she’s resigned herself to the loss of the records, she says she reached out the King County Medical Society in hopes the same thing doesn’t happen someone else. She’s urging other physicians to consider what happens to their records when they leave practice for whatever reason – especially an unexpected incident. And she’s calling for state lawmakers to change the statutes regarding the permanent storage of medical records – at least digitally.

“What’s most galling is when a surveyor goes out of business, their records are sent to the state. I can find land-use records from 1920. But I can’t find medical records from 2001? That’s absurd,” she says.
Vote NO on crappy coffee

We all know that coffee is the life blood of doctors and medical students. But when it comes to coffee at the office or hospital, let’s face it: most of it is just okay to downright awful. Good news: thanks to our partners at Bean Box, you can have the finest, freshest coffee from the best roasters in our region delivered to your home or office almost immediately after it’s been roasted. Even better, Bean Box is offering a special 10% discount exclusively to King County Medical Society members for coffee subscriptions.

Bean Box is a Seattle-based company that works with nearly three dozen of the best artisan coffee roasters from the Puget Sound region and Oregon, hand packaging the special offerings and sending them out from their Capitol Hill plant a mere hours after the freshly roasted beans arrive. “We focus on the flavors,” said co-founder Ryan Fritzky as I visited the bustling coffee collective recently, delicious smells abounding throughout.

You’d expect plenty of snobbery from such coffee connoisseurs. But whether it’s on each lovingly labeled bag of beans or their website, you don’t get snooty, technical coffee terms and a whole bunch of attitude. Instead, you get simple flavor descriptions include things like chocolate, cherry, butterscotch and many more, along with an easy to understand roast scale that ranges from light to dark.

For those who’ve never tasted so many flavors in their usual cup of Joe, Ryan says it’s because far too many people are drinking stale or bad coffee.

“Coffee is actually far more flavorful and complex than wine. From a technical standpoint, wine has about 700 flavonoids, while coffee has over 2500. It’s got so much more range and flavor,” he said.

I could certainly taste mouthfuls of flavors from chocolate to orange as Ryan poured me several freshly ground and brewed samples during my recent visit to Bean Box headquarters. Freshness is the key. Ryan says beans go stale in just a couple of weeks, and then begin to pick up a chemical-like flavor. And he says it should only be ground right before brewing, because  ground coffee goes bad even quicker. That’s why their small packing plant is always abuzz with roasters delivering their freshly roasted beans throughout the week, while workers speedily pack up orders to send all over the country on their specially designed machines that guarantee freshness.

Bean Box has a variety of offerings that are perfect for coffee lovers, whether for yourself or as a gift. They range from monthly subscriptions to world tours featuring 16 different coffees from small batch roasters curated from top coffee producers from around the world.

“You can really get a sense of the difference between a spicy, herbal Indonesian coffee and a chocolaty, nutty Latin American coffee and a fruity, tea-like African coffee. It’s so fun and it really gives you a sense of how each coffee region varies.”

Bean Box also offers special gift boxes that pair exquisite, small-batch chocolates from a top Seattle chocolatier with perfectly matched coffees to bring out the best flavors in both.

And this year they are debuting a limited-edition “Top Shelf Collection Box”. It features four extremely rare and unique coffees from around the world, including a prized Geisha varietal, Jamaica Blue Mountain selection, a 90+ point Ethiopian lot, and a barrel-aged Latin roast.

“It’s a collaboration between a Pinot Noir grower in Oregon and a roaster. For three months they age the green beans in an oak barrel. It gives the coffee these unique flavors you wouldn’t get from the origin or the roasting process alone. We’ve spent a long time searching for the right coffee for this box and we’re really excited about this,” he said beaming.

The Top Shelf Collection comes with an extravagant hard-top box and a booklet detailing each coffee farm, roasting process, flavor profile and roaster notes. Pre-orders are available now, and only 500 will be made when each of the roasters produce a single lot in early December.

But whether it’s a rare, once-a-year offering or a tried and true favorite from one of our area’s top roasters, Bean Box is guaranteed to brighten up your morning cup.

“That’s what we are all about. Putting together an experience in every box so people can really share the joy we get from coffee every day,” Ryan gushed as he poured me another cup.

And as for the lack of pretense that so many other coffee purveyors embody?

“I think being too snobby is a crime that has been inhibiting a lot of people’s enjoyment. Wine and Beer has gotten a lot simpler and less pretentious, so why not coffee?”

The King County Medical Society is grateful to our partners at Bean Box for offering our members 10% off any Bean Box subscription plan. To take advantage of this generous offer, just visit .  Because life’s too short (and our workdays too long) to drink crappy coffee.

-Josh Kerns

Roger C. Lindeman, MD
July 24, 1935 – October 30, 2018
KCMS member since 1968

Roger C. Lindeman, MD was born to Reginald Lindeman and Francis Erickson in Detroit, Michigan on July 24, 1935. He died on October 30, 2018.

Dr. Lindeman attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit, followed by undergraduate college at Wayne State University. He then attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. On August 22, 1958, he married his grade school friend and long time sweetheart, Lillian J. Kashmerick.

He then served his internship at the University of Colorado Medical Center – Denver General Hospital, followed by a year of general surgery training at St. Joseph Hospital, also in Denver. Then, residency in otolaryngology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, where he also served as a teaching fellow in otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.

Following completion of his residency in 1965, he served for two years in the United States Army, having been drafted for military service during the Viet Nam War. As a captain in the army, he was appointed Chief of Otolaryngology at Valley Forge General Hospital Pennsylvania, and consultant to the surgeon general of the United States.

Upon completion of his military service, he and his family moved to Seattle, WA to join the Mason Clinic and the Virginia Mason Medical Center in 1968. He soon developed a reputation for excellence and innovation in otolaryngologic surgery. His passion for research led to the development of tracheal diversion technique which became known nationally as the Lindeman procedure. As time went on, his main surgical focus became disorders of the ear and hearing. He was a pioneer in the Pacific Northwest in the otologic surgical approach for the excision of acoustic tumors. He was appointed Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington, and received Teacher of the Year award from that institution.

At Virginia Mason, he gradually assumed an administrative role, becoming Head of the section of Otolaryngology in 1973, then Chief of Surgery in 1976. In 1980, he was elected Chairman of the Mason Clinic, a position which soon became Chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Medical Center. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 2000. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason grew significantly in physicians and staff, as well as in physical facilities both at the downtown Seattle campus and in satellite locations. More importantly, Dr. Lindeman will be remembered for his unrelenting emphasis on top quality care for patients.

He was very active in national medical administrative organizations, and served as President of the American Medial Group Association 1988-1989, and President of the American College of Physician Executives 1990 – 1991. He received the Medical Executive of the Year Award in 1990 from the American College of Medical Group Administrators. Upon his retirement from Virginia Mason, a building on the downtown campus, the Lindeman Pavilion, was named in his honor.

In his free time, Dr. Lindeman was an accomplished golfer and taught all of his children and grandchildren to play. He loved learning about the sport and was always eager to improve his game.

He is survived by Lillian, his wife of 60 years, three children (Lauren Lindeman, Brian Lindeman, and Kevin Lindeman), and by three grandsons (Jason, Erik, and Scott Lindeman).

A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at 2:00 pm, at Virginia Mason, Lindeman Pavilion 1st Floor – Volney Auditorium, 1201 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Remembrances may be made to “The Roger C. Lindeman, MD Transforming Health Care Fund” (contact Virginia Mason Foundation at 206-583-6083).


L. Donald Bridenbaugh, MD
July 9, 1923 – August 1, 2018
KCMS member since 1953

Lloyd Donald [Bud] Bridenbaugh passed away at age 95 on August 1, 2018 in Port Angeles Washington.

He was born 9 July 1923, the oldest son to Lloyd Sr. and Harriet Bridenbaugh, in Sioux City, Iowa. Bud was one of 8 children, joining sisters Marg, Carol, Jo, and Nita; brothers Bob, Boyd, and Phil on their farm in Homer, Nebraska. Education was important and Bud excelled being a spelling Bee champion, high school valedictorian, and played 8 man football at Homer High. Of course, being a small school, everyone played.

Bud joined the Navy out of high school and served in World War II as a corpsman. He attended the University of Nebraska then did his medical school training at North Carolina State. He reported for active duty in Bremerton, Washington in 1949. He served aboard the USS George Clymer, a transport and transfer ship for the troops in the Korean War. He was discharged from the Navy in 1952.

He met first wife, Nancy Currie, over a broken ankle at Harborview Hospital emergency room. She was an ER nurse. They married 5 March 1950 in Homer, Nebraska. They have 6 children [3 of each]. He taught his children all the important lessons for life; how to put on one’s long pants on a wet floor, how to short sheet a bed and how to clean a fish. Bud and Nancy kept their romance alive for 42 years by having Friday night date night [every Friday at Canlis] and weekend escapes to Vancouver, B.C. Nancy passed in 1991.

He met second wife, Glenndia Witherow, at an Easter Egg Hunt. They married 4 February 1995. They were inseparable, enjoying family and travels to warm climates. With Glenndia, Bud gained another son and daughter, with 3 more grandchildren. There was always lotsof love for his 10 grand-kids and 6 great-grand kids.

Bud had a distinguished career as an anesthesiologist at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He was a founding father of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and enjoyed his teaching rotations with the U of W. Family members remember him more as farmer Bridenbaugh on the tractor, fishing trips up at Lake Easton, and as beloved husband, father and grandpa.

He is survived by wife Glenndia, older sister Marg and little brother Phil; nine children with various spouses; ten grandchildren, six great-grandkids, and numerous nieces and nephews. You know who you are. There are many valued friends and colleagues who touched his life greatly.
In lieu of flowers, go fishing or enjoy a sunset with one you love.

Keith Duane Peterson, DO
February 28, 1933 – September 30, 2018
KCMS member since 1971

Surrounded by his loving family, Keith Duane Peterson, D. O., F. A. C. S. M.., born February 28, 1933, passed away on Sunday September 30, 2018. Born in Kelly, Iowa, to Evelyn Berhow and Glen Peterson, the Berhow family moved to Seattle in 1944 when Keith was 11. Keith attended Lincoln HS, where he was Boy of the Month, Centralia Junior College, where he is a member of the Hall of Fame, and the University of Montana, where he lettered in football and baseball, and was a member of Phi Delta Theta.

He met Marilyn Shope in 1953, both students at the University of Montana. They married in 1958 and moved to Kirksville, Missouri, where Keith was attending Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following his internship in Dallas, Texas, they moved to Seattle, where they established The Sports Medicine Clinic in Ballard, the largest privately owned clinic for sports injuries in the United States, providing medical care to athletes at Seattle Pacific University, and over 20 high schools throughout the northwest region.

He also established the U. S. Olympic Track and Field Camp in Seeley Lake, Montana, the American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine, the International Council of Motorsport Sciences, and Rodeo Sports Medicine. In addition, he served, as the Medical Director of the Unlimited Hydroplane Commission, was the Assistant Team Physician for the Seattle Mariners, and the attending Physician for the Pro Rodeo Circuit, in four states. His love of sport had him volunteering as an Associate Physician for all of Seattle’s Professional sports teams, including the Supersonics, the Seahawks, and the Sounders as well.

Keith was a pioneer in sports medicine and a constant fixture on the sideline, gym, rodeo arena, and in the Hydro pits. He opened his life and his heart to all who needed a hand, a lift, a wrap, an ice bag, conversation, a story or just a smile. His presence among those who loved and knew him will be greatly missed, and his family was the anchor of his life.

He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 60 years, and his children, Jon and Kara (Brenna and Karl), Erik (Erik, Jr. and Karly), Chris and Patty (Jack and Christian), Julie, and Aude.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Peterson Family Scholarship Fund at the University of Montana Foundation in Missoula, Montana 59812.

Waldon V. Kurtz, MD
February 11, 1927 – August 6, 2018
KCMS member since 1983

Waldon attended medical school and did his residency in Hawaii and California. He served as a Medical Missionary in Haiti and India. He was a family practitioner in Denver, Colorado and Northgate, Seattle.

He loved and lived: Jesus Christ. He knew and experienced God’s salvation, His Faithfulness, Healing and Protection.
As his health deteriorated he spent hours painting pictures on rocks, wood burning and adult coloring.

Proceeding Waldon in death was his wife Mary Virginia Newton Kurtz, sister in-law Evie Kurtz and his brother Bob Klassen.

Waldon is survived by his brother Duane (Carol Yett) Kurtz and Paul Kurtz, children; Sandy (Lee) Maxey, Walda Kurtz and Steve (Valerie) Kurtz. His grandchildren; David Maxey, Tyler Donnahoo and Drew Donnahoo. Great-Grandchildren; Diana, Michael, Meghan, Morgan, Reagan, Sailor and Sunny and many nieces and nephews.

“For I the Lord they God will hold thy right hand saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13

John Marshall Sproul, MD
March 18, 1933 – October 6, 2018
KCMS member since 1965
(No obituary published)


Eckhard O. Fischer, MD
June 9, 1929 – September 27, 2018
KCMS member since 1964
(No obituary published)

If you’d like your loved one who served the King County Medical Society commemorated in an upcoming newsletter, please email or call Sarah Rice at the Society office.
Welcome New Members!
Our membership is growing by leaps and bounds, and we are thrilled to welcome our newest members who have joined the King County Medical Society over the last few months.
From our increased advocacy to our ever growing suite of exclusive member benefits, the King County Medical Society is bigger and better than ever.

We have instituted new group membership discounts, so we encourage all of our members to let their colleagues and practice management know now is a great time to join the King County Medical Society. For more information on discounted group membership, contact CEO Nancy Belcher:
  • James Lee, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Janet Joy Lee, MD – Swedish Urology
  • Erica L. Liebelt, MD – Washington Poison Center
  • Matthew E. Majerus, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Oana Marcu, DO – The Everett Clinic
  • Kevin McCarty, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Dorcas A. McLennan, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Michael Millie, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Dale Miyauchi, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Tanya M. Nazemi, MD – Swedish Urology
  • Damilola F. Oluyitan, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Erica Peavy, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Peter Pinto, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Cherita Raines, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Paul Reynolds, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Matthew Schrage, MD – Pacific Pathology Partners
  • W. Brad Shoup, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Shawn Slack, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Miriam O. Smith, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Grant Taylor, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Johanna Wang, MD – The Everett Clinic
  • Ge A. Zhao, MD – The Everett Clinic
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