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SEATTLE - (April 15, 2008) - Brian D. Owens, MD, medical director of graduate medical education and a staff anesthesiologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center, was appointed to the national Board of Directors of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC). This three-year appointment commenced April 1. Virginia Mason is the oldest sponsoring institution for graduate medical education in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Owens serves as the chairman of the Graduate Medical Education Committee and has direct oversight of six accredited programs of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He has served as a specialist site visitor for the ACGME-Residency Review Committee for Anesthesiology for the past seven years. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in both internal medicine and anesthesiology, as well as a critical care medicine fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center.

"The Alliance has been an invaluable resource for Virginia Mason as we strive to integrate graduate medical education and quality patient care," states Dr. Owens. "I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute my time on behalf of many colleagues from large, independent teaching hospitals across the country, and I look forward to doing what I can to ensure that our members receive the advocacy and voice they deserve."

The Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers is a national membership organization made up of 60 major academic medical centers and health systems committed to quality patient care, medical education and research. AIAMC members regard medical education and research as strategic assets in providing patient-centered care and operate independently of medical school ownership or governance while maintaining major medical school affiliations.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

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