COVID-19 Response

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Amish J. Dave and Nancy Belcher share information about health disparities, public health needs and your motivation for working with the King County Medical Society!


Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, who is the chair of the newly formed Physician Wellness committee, was a guest on NPR. She helped answer questions about seeking medical care in the pandemic.


WA state’s database of adult vaccinations is “incomplete” and “inaccurate,” leading some to worry that the system may complicate efforts to eventually vaccinate for COVID-19. Read about how KCMS is working to improve your healthcare; reported by NPR.


Guest on the Gee and Ursula Show: Mark Barnhart, CEO of King County Medical Society’s member group ProLiance Surgeons on elective surgeries opening back up (and whether patients are showing up) and what it means to medicine’s bottom line. The segment is in minutes 20:15 – 27:50


CEO on Kiro Radio 97.3

CLICK HERE to listen to our very own CEO, Nancy L. Belcher, Ph.D., MPA, on KIRO RADIO 97.3 discussing what King County Medical Society is doing to support our healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines.

KCMS Childcare Registry & Bright Horizons

King County Medical Society created a Childcare Registry, and we have now partnered with Bright Horizons/First Responders First to provide FREE childcare to the children of healthcare workers, caregivers, and first responders. Bright Horizons has special COVID-19 protocols in place. Care is available for infants and children up to 6 yo. Space limited to 40 children. Contact:

Volunteering Opportunities

King County Public Health Seeking Volunteers for COVID-19 Response

Public Health – Seattle & King County is developing their roster of volunteers (healthcare professionals and general support volunteers) who may be available in the coming weeks to assist in the COVID-19 response. At this time, there is no option to work remotely, any assignment would be at a specified location. Training, insurance, parking and snacks/meals would be provided. View the links below to see what Public Health- Seattle & King County is doing to slow the spread.

King County Covid-19 Actions

Covid-19 Isolation & Quarantine Facilities Guidance for Healthcare Providers

Swedish Seeking Provider Volunteers

Work at Swedish Hospital as a provider by filling out the linked survey above and yes, they have emergency credentialing in place!

Physician Perspective Survey

Your experiences, talents, and voices need to be appreciated! Please take a few minutes to complete our “Experiences and Volunteer Survey”. Feel free to forward the survey to your colleagues.

This survey will also help us to identify providers who are interested in volunteering as we will create a centralized labor pool where providers could be deployed.


Blood Donations Needed

Help ensure that blood is available for those who need it. Donating blood is an essential activity and potential blood donors are exempt from the stay-at-home order. Donations are by appointment only at all Bloodworks Northwest locations to meet social distancing guidelines. Schedule your appointment at or email

Appeal for Blood in Washington State from Ellen Derrick MD, MPH, FACS, FSVS


Members in the Media

New York Times Story

The New York Times reporter interviewed medical society members Dr. Francis Riedo, Dr. Jeff Tomlin and Dr. Ettore Palazzo.

Dr. Jeff Duchin’s Latest COVID-19 News

Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County, is quoted in CNBC at a press conference with Governor Inslee (below), “The number of cases doubles every several days and we’ve had multiple instances of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities where vulnerable persons reside. We expect a large-scale outbreak in weeks and this will be a very difficult time”.

Dr. Susan Baumgaertel in the WA Post

Member physician Dr. Susan J. Baumgaertel was interviewed for the Washington Post at the very beginning of the outbreak.

Dr. Teresa Girolami & Dr. Richard Kaner – Facts Not Fear KING5

Solo practitioner and former KCMS Board President, Dr. Teresa Girolami and KCMS Member Dr. Richard Kaner have been on KING5 News television regularly. You can find the various segments, “Facts Not Fear” above.

Dr. Rajneet Lamba & Dr. Therese Franco- SHM Webinar: COVID-19: The PNW Experience

KCMS President and EvergreenHealth Internal Medicine Hospitalist, Dr. Rajneet Lamba, discusses early clinical experiences with COVID-19. KCMS Member, SHM Chapter President and Associate Regional Medical Director of the Franciscan Inpatient Team, Dr. Therese Franco hosts.

Dr. Elisabeth Poorman- ACP Webinar: COVID-19: Practical Advice and Support from Internists on the Front Lines

Co-hosted by KCMS Member and Physician-Wellness Committee Chair, Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, this webinar provides lessons learned and best practices from both the inpatient and outpatient front lines of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Dr. James Kuo in the New York Times

KCMS Member and EvergreenHealth Hospitalist Dr. James Kuo shares the emotional experience of a physician and his family living and working through the first COVID-19 outbreak in the nation. A graduate of Weill Cornell Medicine, his heart is with NYC as well.

Dr. Thomas Green’s Advice on Self-Quarantine

Advice from KCMS member, Dr. Thomas Green, on self-quarantine and social responsibility during this difficult time.

Dr. Daniel Low- Why Coronavirus Care Must Account for Race

Crosscut article from KCMS Board of Trustees member, Dr. Daniel Low, and Dr. Tiffany Wang on how guidelines for coronavirus care may either exacerbate health disparities or increase health equity.