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Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, Chairman and CEO
Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, Chairman and CEO
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Primary Care
Internal Medicine

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Virginia Mason Kirkland Medical Center


Kirkland Medical Center  (206) 223-6955

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1981

Joined Virginia Mason - January 1981

Special Interest(s)
General internal medicine administration

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1978

Internal Medicine, Chief Resident, Virginia Mason Medical Center, 1981

On Patients
"It’s best when patients share in the decision-making and choices for diagnostic approaches and treatments."

On Specialty
"Primary care internal medicine requires an understanding of the whole patient and is increasingly focusing on healthy lifestyles and disease prevention."

Professional Activities and Awards

Current — Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Health System
Current — Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Mason Health System/Virginia Mason Medical Center
Current — Chair, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors
Current — Chair, National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute
2016 — Ranked No. 11 on the Modern Healthcare magazine  list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the U.S.
2016 — Ranked No. 44 on the Modern Healthcare magazine  list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
2013 — Elected to the Institute of Medicine
2009 — Received the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement
2009 — Received the Harry J. Harwick Lifetime Achievement Award from the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives
2007 — Fellow, American College of Physician Executives
2003 — Fellow, American College of Physicians
2001 — Fellow, American College of Medical Practice Executives
1996-2000 — Medical Director
1986-2000 — Chief, Department of Satellites
1984-1986 — Deputy Chief of Medicine
1982-1986 — Section Head, Virginia Mason East (Kirkland)