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SEATTLE – (March 6, 2015) Rajiv Sethi, MD, has joined Virginia Mason as medical director of its Neuroscience Institute.

A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Sethi attended medical school at Harvard University and completed his internship in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. His residency in orthopedic surgery at the Harvard Combined Program was followed by a fellowship in complex spinal surgery/scoliosis and deformity at the University of California, San Francisco.

After joining Group Health Physicians in 2007, Dr. Sethi directed the combined Virginia Mason/Group Health Spinal Deformity and Complex Reconstruction program and most recently served as chief of the neurosurgery section at Group Health Cooperative. Dr. Sethi helped lead the team that developed the Virginia Mason Complex Spine Care Pathway, and this group’s work was recognized with the 2014 Mary L. McClinton Patient Safety Award.

As a result of his many presentations and visiting professorships at nationally and internationally recognized institutions, Dr. Sethi is a recognized thought leader on safety topics regarding complex spine surgery, and is active in the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

In his role as medical director of the Neuroscience Institute, Dr. Sethi works with Administrative Director Jolynn Suko to provide strategic and operational leadership of the programs in the institute.

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Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website:

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