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SEATTLE - (Dec. 18, 2008) — Steven Kirtland, MD, has been elected to serve as the hospital chief of staff at Virginia Mason Medical Center, effective Jan. 1, 2009. In this position, he will serve as the chief administrative officer for the hospital medical staff. Previously, Kirtland served as medical director, Thoracic Oncology Program, and director, Bronchoscopy Services. He takes over from Fred Govier, MD, whose three-year term concludes at the end of this month.

"We look forward to Dr. Kirtland serving in this critical leadership position," said Charleen Tachibana, RN, senior vice president, hospital administrator and chief nursing officer. "He brings enthusiasm and energy to everything he does. His colleagues value his contributions to the team environment at Virginia Mason."

Kirtland joined VM in 1995 and practices in the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. His specialties include pulmonary, critical care medicine, hyperbaric medicine, lung cancer and sleep medicine. Kirtland earned a medical degree at the University of California, San Diego, in 1986, and completed a residency in internal medicine at VM in 1989. He served as chief medical resident at VM from 1989 to 1990, and completed fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Washington and VM from 1991 to 1994.

Kirtland's board certifications include the American Board of Internal Medicine; American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine; American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine; American Board of Sleep Medicine; and American Board of Preventive Medicine, Subspecialty in Hyperbaric Medicine.

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 480 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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