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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Nov. 12, 2007) - Virginia Mason Medical Center recently promoted Michael Dudas, MD, to the position of chief of Pediatrics.

In this new role, Dr. Dudas will be responsible for leading quality improvement initiatives, promoting the professional growth and development of department members and supporting the vision and strategic plan of Virginia Mason in pediatrics. The vision of Dr. Dudas for the pediatrics department is to be the quality leader in pediatric care through developing programs in areas where evidence demonstrates improved outcomes, meeting or exceeding selected published national benchmarks in pediatric care and employing the Virginia Mason Production System to improve the quality and safety of patients' experience.

About the pediatric department, Dr. Dudas says, "We will provide the best care for children by using the Virginia Mason Production System to improve the quality and safety of our patients' health care experience and by developing programs where evidence demonstrates improved outcomes."

Dr. Dudas attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a pediatric internship and residency at the University of Washington and affiliated hospitals in Seattle. He is also certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

In addition to being a pediatrician at Virginia Mason's Sand Point clinic since 2006, Dr. Dudas is a clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the Washington State Medical Society as well as the American College of Physician Executives.

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.

Katie Birge
Media Coordinator
(206) 341-1536

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