Program Leadership

Virginia Mason attracts excellent clinicians and all-star teachers. Residents consistently cite the teaching faculty as a highlight of our program. We strive to provide relevant teaching and guidance with each patient interaction, to teach and practice evidence-based medicine, and to promote resident autonomy. It is our pleasure to be your teachers and colleagues.

Alvin S. Calderon, MD, PhD, FACPAlvin S. Calderon, MD, PhD, FACP
Program Director

Graduate and Medical School: University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Urbana-Champaign
Residency: Virginia Mason

Dr. Calderon is consistently ranked among the top teachers at Virginia Mason. He has received awards for teaching from both internal medicine and transitional residents. As a Kaizen Fellow, he focuses on graduate medical education, specifically working on operational and educational aspects of rounding to create a patient-centered rounding system that maximizes learning for each member of the care team. He is a member of the Section of Hospital Medicine. Outside of the hospital, Alvin enjoys golf and photography. He is currently exploring high performance sport psychology and what we can learn in health care by applying mindfulness in our everyday practices.

“I have been honored to mentor and train residents since 2003, and I’ve had the privilege of being the program director since 2008. I stayed at Virginia Mason as teaching faculty because I believed there can be no better place to train than a place where patient care is exceptional and where residents are truly valued. As the program director, it is my personal mission to launch residents into sustainable and fulfilling careers by continuously refining and improving the internal medicine program to meet the changing needs of health care. I am thrilled to train the doctors of the future today.”

Paul A. Smith, MD, FACPPaul A. Smith, MD, MACP
Associate Program Director
Primary Care Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington

Medical School: University of Washington
Residency: University of Rochester
Chief Residency: University of Rochester

A long-time champion of medical education for residents and life-long learning for faculty, Dr. Smith developed our residents' continuity clinic practice and our primary care program. He has a special interest in evidence-based clinical practice and teaching ambulatory procedures. His role is to provide residents with an experience that demonstrates ambulatory general internal medicine as an attractive and sustainable career. An avid runner, Paul has completed an impressive 35+ marathons and joins the residents on a run during our annual fall retreat.

“Residents completing our primary care program are uniquely prepared for independent practice and leadership in innovative, patient-centered, team-based primary care delivery. They are actively sought out for employment by like-minded organizations. Our continuity clinics offer residents the ability to work in an efficient, cutting-edge health care delivery system, as well as the opportunity to care for challenging underserved patients.

After 30 years of primary care practice and teaching, I enjoy my work more than ever. This is a direct result of the culture of excellence and education at Virginia Mason and the privilege of working with an awesome group of resident physicians. Our goal is for all Virginia Mason residents to experience the joy of primary care practice, and to acquire the skills and knowledge for a richly rewarding career.”

Carrie A. Horwitch, MD, FACP, MPHCarrie A. Horwitch, MD, FACP, MPH
Core Faculty
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson
Residency: Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix

Dr. Horwitch has a diverse background in internal medicine, HIV care, public health practice and teaching. She has training in travel and tropical medicine and HIV care. She completed a term as the governor for the Washington Chapter of American College of Physicians. In addition to her work at Virginia Mason, she is a consultant to I-TECH and has led training workshops on HIV, training of trainers and mentoring in multiple African countries. She strongly believes in good doctor-patient communication and active participation by the patient in their overall health status and care. She also has a strong interest and expertise in physician wellness, and is a certified laughter leader. She is recognized as an excellent bedside teacher and a leader who takes the extra time and effort to ensure that residents and students have a good experience.

“I came to Virginia Mason specifically to work with residents and have been fortunate to be here for the past 16 years. I love teaching, and working with the residents makes me a better doctor. I have the pleasure of coordinating and working with each resident on his or her scholarly project, and then assisting as they present those projects at local or national meetings. I am always amazed at the fabulous work they do. My goal as a teacher is to give the residents the skills they need to be excellent internal medicine physicians and be able to enter any practice setting they choose.”

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Michael Ingraham, MDMichael Ingraham, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Residency: Virginia Mason
Chief Residency: Virginia Mason

As a graduate of University of Washington’s Teaching Scholars program, Dr. Ingraham is passionate about teaching and educational innovation. His interests are focused on the inpatient ward experience, to create the best learning environment. Dr. Ingraham is a member of the Section of Hospital Medicine and former Section Head. Outside of the hospital he enjoys cycling, hiking and spending time with his family.

“I trained here at Virginia Mason. I am invested in its future growth and improvement as a graduate of this program. When I chose medicine as a profession, I knew that I would always be challenged, but I never expected it would be this rewarding. My involvement in the teaching program is part of that reward. The residents in our program have tremendous energy, and I learn just as much as the residents do. It keeps me sharp and fresh. I am able to give that energy back into the program. One of my goals for ward rotations is to make it fun – learning is more likely to occur when everyone is relaxed with open and creative minds.”

Michael Soung, MDMichael Soung, MD, FACP

Core Faculty
Medical School: Northwestern University

Residency: University of Washington
Chief Residency: University of Washington

Dr. Soung’s interests include physician and patient education, evidence-based clinical practice and all areas of primary care medicine. He coordinates our residency’s evidence-based medicine curriculum and is recognized as an expert in motivational interviewing, agenda setting and fostering resident autonomy. He is a consistent “Top Ten” teacher, as ranked by the residents. He is regularly invited to speak at American College of Physicians, University of Washington, and Virginia Mason CME events on a variety of core primary care topics. Dr. Soung enjoys long-distance running, dodging traffic on his short bike commute, and singing with the Seattle Jewish Chorale.

“I am constantly amazed by our residents. They balance the demands of life and work, and still manage to maintain a strong enthusiasm for learning and scholarship. It is such a pleasure to work with them. I try my best to pinpoint each resident’s individual educational needs and target teaching towards filling in the gaps, while still helping to see the forest from the trees.”

Susan E. McCormick, MDSusan E. McCormick, MD, FACP, FACG

Core Faculty
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Medical School: George Washington University
Residency: Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco
Fellowship: Walter Reed Army Medical Center

A member of the Section of Gastroenterology, Dr. McCormick coordinates specialty electives for our program.  She has been an active member of the Residency Advisory Committee since she arrived at Virginia Mason in 1998. She joined the internal medicine leadership team in 2015. She is known for her enthusiasm for teaching, organizational skills and mentorship.

“I came to Virginia Mason because I love teaching. Working with residents, teaching and learning from them is a high point of my job. I am gratified to know that these fine young doctors will someday take care of me.”

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Joy Buhcer, MDJoy Bucher, MD
Core Faculty
Site Director, Medical Student Rotation
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington

Medical School: University of California San Francisco
Residency: University of Washington
Chief Residency: University of Washington

Dr. Bucher came to Virginia Mason for the opportunity to teach residents and students in a highly functional primary care setting. In addition to precepting residents in primary care and working on teaching topics and CME events, she coordinates the third-year medicine clerkship for University of Washington medical students rotating at Virginia Mason. Outside of medicine, she likes backpacking, boot camp, and enjoying time with husband Jeff and girls Ella and Keira.

“As a young attending, I so enjoy working with students and residents and watching them “grow up” and join me as colleagues. Our residents are absolutely wonderful people — great with patients, always working to improve our program, and with lives outside of medicine.”


Joey Parker, DOJoey Parker, DO

Core Faculty
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Virginia Mason
Chief Residency: Virginia Mason

Dr. Parker joined the section of hospital medicine and internal medicine core faculty after completing his internship, residency, and chief residency at Virginia Mason. He has a special interest in infectious diseases and has presented on topics such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Clostridium botulinum, in addition to working in a specialty HIV clinic during residency. He serves as associate program director for the Transitional Year Residency and is a member of the American College of Physicians Executive Council. He is also a two-time recipient of the Virginia Mason Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year award, and is responsible for developing and maintaining the inpatient curriculum utilized during inpatient wards months.

“It is my complete joy to be surrounded by house staff. As a former resident and chief resident at Virginia Mason, I have a unique view of the residency program and am amazed by both their dedication to service and love for life. They challenge and inspire me on a daily basis. I strive to show residents how to find the teaching point and learning pearl in all they do, to be relentless in the pursuit of their dreams, and to perform better than they have ever performed before.”

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