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SEATTLE, Wash. – (June 6, 2007) – Virginia Mason Medical Center has appointed Joyce K. Lammert, MD, PhD, as chief, Department of Medicine.

“Dr. Lammert has distinguished herself over many years at Virginia Mason as a superb clinician and exceptional leader,” said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO. “Her passion for excellence in patient care and her drive to deliver outstanding clinical outcomes made her an ideal choice for this appointment.”

Dr. Lammert graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. She received a PhD in immunology and microbiology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, followed by her MD from the University of North Carolina.

Following residency in internal medicine at Virginia Mason, Dr. Lammert completed a fellowship in asthma, allergy and immunology at the University of Washington and Virginia Mason. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and abstracts in basic science and clinical areas, and she is an assistant professor at the University of Washington. In addition, she has been active in health care societies, serving as president of the Washington State Allergy Society from 2003 to 2005 and as a fellow of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology.

Dr. Lammert has practiced medicine at Virginia Mason since 1990. She has served as section head of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology since 1991 and as deputy chief of medicine since 2002. In 2005 Dr. Lammert became section head of Virginia Mason’s largest section on the Seattle Main Campus, General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Lammert has received many honors, including “Seattle’s Top Doctors” recognition, a Fellowship Award from the Washington Lung Association and recognition as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a not-for-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 500 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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