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SEATTLE – (April 6, 2015) – Brian Owens, MD, director of medical education at Virginia Mason, was recently honored for leadership in academic medicine at the annual meeting of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) in New Orleans.

Dr. Owens received the Weinberg Award, which is presented annually to an individual member who best exemplifies the energy and commitment of AIAMC founder Ethel Weinberg, MD. The person selected for the prestigious honor demonstrates excellence in providing:

  • Significant service to the AIAMC
  • Noted leadership in academic medicine, both locally and nationally
  • Advocacy for the independent academic medical center by articulating the unique role and contributions of AIAMC
  • A vision for the future of academic medicine in the independent academic medical center.

Dr. Owens is an anesthesiologist who has led the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program at Virginia Mason for more than 10 years. He is a tireless advocate for the role of medical residents in driving quality and safety. He is past board chair of the AIAMC and a member of its Committee on the Integration of Academics and Quality. He has been active as a director and officer of AIAMC in the development and successful conclusion of the organization’s national initiatives focusing on improving quality and safety through GME. 

Dr. Owens has also been instrumental in shaping the Virginia Mason GME Strategic Plan, which reflects his vision for the future of academic medicine that includes creating an extraordinary learning environment and pursuing the highest quality educational outcomes.

The AIAMC is a national organization whose members are major academic medical centers and health systems committed to quality patient care, medical education and research. Learn about AIAMC online.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs about 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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Virginia Mason Media Relations
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