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Mariko Kita, MD
Mariko Kita, MD
Would recommend provider
 
4.9 out of 5 stars

280 Patient Ratings
102 Comments

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Department
Neuroscience Institute

Clinic, Maps and Directions
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center

Phone

Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 341-0420

Specialties
Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis

Board Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Joined Virginia Mason - January 2000

Patient Ratings
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Would recommend provider
 
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
 
4.9 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
 
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
 
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
 
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
 
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
 
4.9 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
 
4.7 out of 5 stars

Patient Comments
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June 2017
Dr. Kita is fabulous!

June 2017
Dr. Kita is the best doctor. Her compassion and knowledge is outstanding

May 2017
Dr. Kita is best Doc and I´ve had many.

May 2017
I love Dr. Kita!

May 2017
The only word that describes how lucky I feel to be treated by Dr. Kita and her team is blessed.

May 2017
she listens to me and my concerns

May 2017
Dr. Kita is amazing! She listens, is understanding & empathetic. It´s like we´re a partnership in my health, care & treatment.

May 2017
Dr. Kita is exceptional in her concern for my well being, and answering all of my questions. I would give her an excellent rating as a doctor. Her high quality of care is why I drive an hour to see her.

May 2017
Always Superab

April 2017
Dr Kita is GREAT!!!

April 2017
I have recommended Dr. Kita to several people with MS. I don´t know anyone who doesn´t like her. She´s the kind of doctor that others should aspire to be like.

April 2017
I am from Port Townsend, and this visit Dr. Kita came to the VM Bainbridge Clinic which was a Godsend for me to not have to go to Seattlle to see her. Seattle is a 3 hour trip - one way. My husband has to drive me, we have to stay overnight because it is so fatiguing, which costs a lot of money to get a decent hotel in Seattle, Ferry, food etc. I would sure appreciate it if Dr. Kita could come to Bainbridge a few times a year. There are others who live on this side who see her as well and it makes it so much easier. It takes me 2 days to recover from a Seattle trip. Bainbridge trip was a breeze compared.

April 2017
I really like Dr. Kita and feel like she cares about me. I am so very glad she came to Bainbridge Island to see patients. I have MS and it´s a big expense to go to Seattle, I can´t walk far and must drive on the ferry, pay to park, etc. what a treat to be able to see her at the Winslow clinic!

April 2017
Been with Dr Kita for 20+ years. Her knowledge and experience is incredible.

March 2017
Dr Kita explained my current course of MS thoroughly and with care. My medications were a main concern for me today and we reviewed all of the options and why I should remain on my current regimen. She was able to use language that I, as a nurse, and my husband, who is not, could understand. She was incredible.

March 2017
Dr. Kita is very personable & seems genuinely interested & concerned about my care. She took time to answer any questions or concerns.

February 2017
She listens to me and answers my concerns with patience and concern. She makes sure I have everything I need to continue to be at my best health.

February 2017
Dr. Kita went over & above to make sure I got the medication I needed for my UTI.

February 2017
dr Kita is one of my all-time favorites. She listens, cares, helps, explains well, and gives me confidence and hope. I couldn´t ask for more!

February 2017
Dr. Kita & staff are very good.

February 2017
Dr. Kita is amazing; she takes the time to listen to me and makes me feel soo much better!

January 2017
Dr. Kita is absolutely top class in all aspects.

January 2017
Dr. Kita is amazing. We did forget to get the extra medication but I reduced my dose anyway because of lab results. So it all worked out.

December 2016
I LOVE DR KITA!!!!

December 2016
Dr. Kita is the best!! She always listens and is so helpful!!

December 2016
dialogue with Dr. Kita is always meaningful and helpful.

December 2016
I never feel rushed, which is so important when you have a serious medical condition.

December 2016
Dr. Kita is the most compassionate doctor around.

December 2016
Dr. Kita is an amazing doctor and ally when dealing with my issues.

December 2016
Dr. Kita is amazing!!!!

December 2016
Dr Kita is a wonderful Doctor. I cannot say enough good things about her....I´m very thankful to have her.

November 2016
Dr. Kita is such a good doctor. I feel well taken care of.

November 2016
Dr Kita is the best dr. Ive ever had.

November 2016
Dr. Kita is friendly and very professional. I know she listens to me about my concerns, medication and therapy. I never feel rushed.

November 2016
Dr. Kita is very attentive and told at asking good questions answering my concerns. She involves me in decisions about my care she is great!dr. Kita is always very good on finding out concerns talking over issues and understanding what difficulties there may be

November 2016
I trust and respect Dr. Kita explicitly. She is highly knowledgeable yet delivers the information in a manner that is easy to understand. Dr. Kita is the best doctor I have worked with for my health conditions and concerns. I appreciate that she understands and honors my preferences for treatment options and includes me in the decision-making process.

October 2016
I feel well cared for by Dr. Kita. I have recommended her to many people if they ever need a neurologist.

October 2016
Dr. Kita is the most amazing neurologist I could ever dream of. She has worked with me throughout the entire MS diagnosis, treatment options, and daily medications. She is very thorough, detailed, and KNOWLEDGEABLE when explaining anything to me. She seems to understand what her patients need but offers options that you, the patient, can make a decision on yourself or with her. It is the most amazing care and communication I have ever experienced from any type of physician in my life. She listens the whole way through without rushing, breaks down the details, and has ALWAYS helped set a future plan or goal. Her honesty is full of knowledge and experience that every patient should receive when fighting any type of illness. Absolutely amazing.

October 2016
I´ve been her patient since 2001 and she is wonderful. Thorough, always asks for and addresses concerns, takes care of problems quickly, and I feel as though we "co-manage" my care, which is ideal.

October 2016
I have received excellent care from Dr. Kita for many years. Because of her expertise and care I continue to return for treatment even after having moved out of state.

September 2016
Dr. Kita is an extremely knowledgeable and responsive doctor. Dr. Kita always asks a follow up question to get more information on my symptoms. I am also grateful for her ability to knit years of observation of me as she develops next step care. Thank you, Dr. Kita.

September 2016
Coping with multiple sclerosis is a challenge, but having Dr. Kita leading my care team gives me a lot of peace of mind that I am doing my best to care for my condition.

September 2016
MS is a very difficult and unpredictable disease. I feel that my physician cares about me as a patient and and as a person.

September 2016
wonderful as always

September 2016
Dr. Kita is no doubt best in class!! I am blessed to be one of her patients!!

September 2016
Dr. Kita always has time to discuss current test results, possible new therapies and any other questions I might have. She is a true professional. I trust her and always vale her opinion.

September 2016
Dr. Kita has always given me the best care and responds even to emails on the weekend. I know she cares for all her patients.

September 2016
Dr. Kita is wonderful in every way.

August 2016
I feel extremely fortunate to be under the care of Dr. Kita.

August 2016
Dr. Kita is terrific!

August 2016
Dr. Kita is amazing!!! She helps me with a difficult diagnosis and makes it manageable. She listens and makes me feel like all of my concerns are heard. I have and would continue to recommend her. I drive 4 hours to see her.

August 2016
Dr. Kita always listens patiently to me, she´s empathetic and positive, and I have total confidence in her knowledge and skill. She is truly a wonderful doctor.

August 2016
Dr. Kita is amazing. I wish everybody could have doctors like her.

August 2016
I have always had a great respect for Dr Kita. She has always been very supportive of what I am going through, and I am doing very well . I could not deal with this without her.

August 2016
I had to wait for 1.5 hours due to an Urgency. the doctor took extra time to make up for my wait and we were able to discuss a variety of things.

August 2016
I have the utmost respect and trust in Dr. Kita, especially as my disease progresses.

August 2016
Dr. Kita is amazing, she is by far the best Dr. I have ever had.

August 2016
I can´t say enough good thing about Dr. Kita and her team

July 2016
Dr Kita is phenomenal! I trust that she´s got my outcomes in mind when determining a treatment plan.

July 2016
she was very good at asking me how I feel what I thought

July 2016
Dr. Kita is the most amazing doctor. Her compassion & knowledge are above & beyond.

July 2016
I love Dr Kita! And her staff Eric and Piper

July 2016
I love Dr. Kita!

July 2016
excellent

July 2016
I AM SOOOO THANKFUL FOR DR. KITA AS MY ADVOCATE & MS SPECIALIST DOCTOR! I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT HER!! SOMEHOW CONNECTING AS TO WHAT TO DO NEXT SHORT CHAT IS ALWAYS HELPFUL. I KNOW HOW BUSY SHE IS & SHE ALWAYS USES OUR TIME EXTREMELY WISELY, ALWAYS HELPING ME AN EXTREME AMOUNT!

July 2016
I have been a patient of Dr. Kita´s since 2001. She has always give me personalized, collegial, compassionate care. Wonderful care.

June 2016
she is so helpful and caring. best provider I have ever had

June 2016
Love Dr Kita

June 2016
I´m fortunate to have Dr. Kita.

June 2016
I have had some bad experiences in the past with a couple of my Doctor´s from Vegas. But the Doctor´s and staff at VM have changed all that. They were great

June 2016
Dr. Kita is a superior physician with outstanding capabilities, understanding, patient communication, attitude, professionalism.

June 2016
Dr. Kita is the best at _____ care.

May 2016
Now days, it seems unlikely for any doctor to show the skills, patience, understanding, and honesty that Dr. Kita displayed. I am truly amazed that I´m lucky to enough to have such and gifted doctor. It wouldn´t matter what words I used to try to explain the appreciation and respect I have for Dr. Kita, they would never show the true justice behind them all.

May 2016
Dr. Kita explained in detail how she is monitoring my medication with changes in my blood work. She answered all of my questions with necessary detail.

May 2016
Dr. Kita was very thorough, caring & compassionate through my entire appt. I appreciated the extra time she took explaining my issues & providing the information I needed.

May 2016
Dr. Kita is phenomenal. I´ve been in her care for more than 10 years and she has consistently taken more time with me than allotted, answering all of my questions with patience and concern. She looks for solutions that will work for me and is very supportive. Dr. Kita has taken time to help me find a way to get my durable medical equipment programmed even though it has nothing to do with her practice or responsibilities. She´s knowledgeable and caring.

April 2016
Mariko Kita is probably the most amazing doctor I´ve ever had. MS is a debilitating, frustrating, unpredictable pain in the butt. Having a care provider like Dr. Kita really helps support me and getting used to my new life with MS. She is compassionate, caring, brilliant, and really makes me feel like I am her most important patient. That is everything I could ever want in a doctor when dealing with a lifelong condition like MS. Take good care of her. People like me need people like her, and she is an amazing example of the quality of care you would expect at any Virginia Mason facility.

April 2016
I have been a patient of Dr. Kita for about 15 years. She is knowledgeable about my MS issues without me having to explain them each visit. I have every confidence in her as my MS neurologist. I amso gratrful.

March 2016
Like I said previously, I believe Dr. Kita is a wonderful physician, but it seems like she is overwhelmed or has a lot on her plate. I can honestly say we rarely discuss my MS, medications (unless I need a refill or if I bring up possibly wanting to switch due to a research of my own). She is in and out of the room. Maybe it is because I am doing ok? I had to ask about my MRI results.

March 2016
I always feel better after seeing Dr. Kita because she listens, respects me, explains things, had creative ideas, is honest about what is, and points out how well I´m doing all things considered - which is so important!!!!!!!! She give me confidence.

March 2016
I am fortunate to have Dr Kita as my provider. If the level of care I receive from Dr Kita was the benchmark for other providers, it would raise the bar for all.

January 2016
I´m sure the amount of time spent was appropriate, but it´s always nice to pick the brain of the expert.

January 2016
Dr Kita is compassionate, thoughtful, and considerate to her patients and among the very best at administering MS specific healthcare in my opinion. I´ve seen majority of MS docs in Seattle.

January 2016
Dr. Kita is a life saver.

January 2016
Dr. Kita has been one of the most positively impactful medical professionals I´ve had the chance to work wtih. I feel lucky to have her in charge of my care for my specific condition, and would very confidently recommend her to anyone else needing similar care.

January 2016
Dr. Kita has provided care and guidance for my MS for the last 10 years. She is unfailingly cheerful, warm, and generous with her time. I have had difficult time over these years. Dr Kita listens very well. She does not tell me what to do, but offers me options with pros and cons, from which I can choose. I know that sometimes it is not within her power to ´cure what ails me´ or even improve it, but I never doubt her the currency and depth of her knowledge and sincere concern for my well-being.

December 2015
Dr. Kita is an amazing doctor. Her compassion and caring surpasses words.

December 2015
Felt a bit rushed but all questions/concerns were addressed.

December 2015
Lab result were posted quickly to the website, but I do not yet know if those results that were abnormal are of concern to my condition and/or need to be addressed.

December 2015
Nothing but good experience. My wife gets specialty care here as well.

December 2015
See earlier comments about Dr. Kita. I think she is an excellent, capable, compassionate doctor.

November 2015
Dr. Kita is a leader in her field. I am very fortunate to have her as my doctor!

November 2015
I love Dr. Kita and her team.

November 2015
specialized care of a neurologist I would recommend her if anyone needed this type of medical care

November 2015
Provider did as much as she could, but was not able to set a course of treatment because my symptoms can´t be attributed to one specific cause (that she could treat). My symptoms seem to be a diagnostic mystery, so it is obviously tougher to "define" or treat the problem(s).

November 2015
She took extra time to phrase questions so it was easy to respond correctly. She was very clear about medication instructions and why we are reducing the frequency and amount of dosage.

October 2015
Dr Kita is the best!

October 2015
I have had MS for over 20 years. Dr Kita is the best neurologist I have had.

September 2015
I have been with Dr. Kita for over 14 years and she is wonderful!

September 2015
She is very busy but took my issues seriously & with care.

July 2015
She seemed a bit rushed on this day. I waited over a month to see her.

July 2015
Always felt cared for and cared about by Dr. Kita.

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Special Interest(s)
Multiple Sclerosis

Education
Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, 1994

Internship
Internal Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, 1995

Residency
Neurology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1998

Fellowships
Neuroimmunology, Mt. Zion Multiple Sclerosis Center, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, 2000

On Patients
"I believe people with MS should have an active role in directing their care. As such, my most important role as a physician is to provide information and choices to my patients. Because every person with MS has different needs, we believe in individualizing therapies using a multidisciplinary approach to patient care."

On Virginia Mason
"Patients with MS and other neurologic disorders can often benefit from the ongoing care of multiple providers. At Virginia Mason, we are committed to excellence in patient care, education and research—all under one roof. We can work together to make the best care more accessible to patients."

Professional Activities and Awards
Director, Virginia Mason Multiple Sclerosis Center

Curriculum Vitae
Mariko Kita, MD - Curriculum Vitae