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, teach and practice evidence-based medicine, and promote resident autonomy. It is our pleasure to be your teachers and colleagues.

 

Brandee Grooms, MD, FACP

Brandee Grooms, MD, FACP
Program Director
Hospital Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Medical School: Loma Linda University
Residency: St. Mary's Medical Center, Long Beach, Calif.
Chief Residency: St. Mary's Medical Center, Long Beach, Calif.

Dr. Grooms is proud to have taught residents and medical students for more than 10 years at Virginia Mason. During this time, she led improvements in the clinical learning experience for medical students rotating on our inpatient ward teams. She supports residents in their development as leaders in medical education, and created a peer mentoring program to support the teaching skills of the inpatient faculty. Her experience training PAs and ARNPs as Program Director for the Advanced Practice Fellowship in Hospital Medicine has cultivated her interest in how clinical experiences and team structures can best meet our patients’ needs, as well as the educational needs of each individual while supporting the highest level of satisfaction, connection, and purpose in everyday work. Brandee enjoys ballet, chocolate and looking forward to adding chickens to her family’s garden.

“I am elated to have joined this outstanding leadership team in service to our residents as Program Director. Each year, I am inspired by the depth of compassion and eagerness for personal and professional growth each resident brings to our program. Seeing residents attain the skill and confidence to graduate and become trusted colleagues is a joy for me. Providing support and guidance so they can thrive during this process is my mission. Success is when we empower residents to recognize that the changes and challenges we see in health care are their opportunity to lead and become the problem-solvers that ultimately improve our patients’ lives. At Virginia Mason, we are fortunate to be able to work toward this goal in a setting that is consistently at the leading edge of transforming health care and where resident voice and engagement in these efforts is valued.”


Joy Buhcer, MD

Joy Bucher, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director
Primary Care Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington

Medical School: University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
Residency: University of Washington
Chief Residency: University of Washington

Dr. Bucher's interests include fostering a love of primary care and a commitment to finding and teaching sustainable work practices through the years of a medical career. Mentorship of residents and medical students is a priority with a focus on coaching toward future job and life satisfaction. As a primary care internist in the downtown General Internal Medicine Clinic, she sees her own panel of patients and coordinates the residents’ experiences in their continuity clinics and ambulatory block rotations. Dr. Bucher created the Primary Care Retreats for primary care residents and the Clinic Immersion experience for all three-year residents.

She became Associate Program Director in 2019 and works on career development, curriculum development, recruitment, and chairs the Clinical Competency Committee.

Dr. Bucher supervises residents at Eastgate Public Health.

She enjoys listening to The Curbsiders Internal MedicineWork Life with Adam Grant, and other podcasts, and bringing that knowledge to work. Outside of medicine, Joy is renewing her college competitive spirit by resuming rowing, although currently only on a rowing ergometer and keeping up with her husband and two little girls in the usual life adventures.

“I 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.”


Alvin S. Calderon, MD, PhD, FACP

Alvin S. Calderon, MD, PhD, FACP
Core Faculty
Hospital Medicine

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

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. He served as Program Director for 10 fulfilling years, transitioning to core faculty in 2019. 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, FACP

Paul A. Smith, MD, MACP
Core Faculty
Primary Care
Clinical Assistant 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 special interests 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.

Dr. Smith supervises residents at Eastgate Public Health.

After working full time for the duration of his career, Dr. Smith achieved his much deserved dream of skiing on Wednesdays beginning in January 2019. He continues to support the program as core faculty.


Michael Soung, MD

Michael Soung, MD, FACP
Core Faculty
Primary Care
Clinical Instructor, University of Washington

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 helps coordinate the evidence-based medicine curriculum for the residency program and is recognized as an expert in motivational interviewing, agenda setting, and fostering resident autonomy.

He is a past recipient of the Virginia Mason Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year award. 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.

He is an active member of Virginia Mason’s Best Practices Task Force which helps maintain evidence-based quality standards for the Department of Primary Care. Outside of work, Dr. Soung enjoys reminiscing about long-distance running, dodging traffic on his short bike commute, and taking orders from his two young daughters.

Dr. Soung supervises residents at Eastgate Public Health.

“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.”


Joey Parker, DO

Joey Parker, DO, FACP
Core Faculty
Hospital Medicine
Medical Director, Unit Based Teams

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center
Chief Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center

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 previously served as associate program director for the Transitional Year Residency and is a member of the American College of Physicians Executive Council. He was the 2019 recipient of the Washington State ACP Hospitalist of the Year award and is a three-time recipient of the Virginia Mason Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year award. He is responsible for developing and maintaining educational content on unit-based teams and designing and implementing the inpatient medical curriculum.

“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.”


Carly Magnusson, MD

Carly Magnusson, MD
Core Faculty
Hospital Medicine
Transitional Year Program Director
Clerkship Director, Medical Student Rotation

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center
Chief Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center

Dr. Magnusson joined the faculty as a hospitalist after her Chief Resident year and is now the site co-director of the third year clerkship for medical students from the University of Washington. She has special clinical and educational interest in palliative care and in the ways behavioral economics concepts can be applied to patient and clinician decision-making. Outside the hospital, she can be found traveling with her husband, Erik, hiking in the nearby mountains, or knitting while listening to podcasts.

“When I was deciding where I wanted to work after residency, it all came down to the culture and the people. I’m thrilled to have the chance to invest in the hospital and training program that invested so much in me. I love working with learners to develop their autonomy, embrace and grow from uncertainty, and find the joy and fun in medicine.”


Ananth Shenoy, MD

Ananth Shenoy, MD, FACP
Core Faculty
Primary Care

Medical School: University of Washington
Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center
Chief Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center

Dr. Shenoy trained with the Virginia Mason Internal Medicine Residency and joined the Department of Primary Care at the Lynnwood Regional Medical Center in 2015. His clinical focus is on chronic metabolic diseases, and he is passionate about working with trainees at all levels and fostering long term joy and fulfillment in medicine. He works with the American College of Physicians Washington Chapter to coordinate Annual Medical Student and Resident Research Competitions.

Within the residency program, he precepts residents in their continuity clinics at Lynnwood and Eastgate and coordinates the Advanced General Internal Medicine Elective.

Outside of medicine he is an avid basketball and football fan and enjoys playing tennis, badminton and ultimate frisbee, as well as reading science fiction.

“I joined Virginia Mason because of the enthusiasm for change and commitment to education and continuous improvement. Working with our students and residents continues to inspire me to learn and grow and I am grateful to be able to teach!”


Erin M. Bauer, MD

Erin M. Bauer, MD
Core Faculty
Rheumatology

Medical School: The George Washington University
Residency: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Chief Residency: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Fellowship: University of California Los Angeles

As a member of the Section of Rheumatology, Dr. Bauer coordinates specialty electives, facilitates the mentorship program and coordinates the feedback and evaluation system. She has been an active member of the Residency Advisory Committee since she arrived at Virginia Mason in 2016. She joined the internal medicine leadership team in 2020. As a rheumatologist, she has a particular interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound and teaching musculoskeletal physical exam. Outside the hospital, she spends time exploring Seattle with her two young daughters and roof top gardening.


David Liskey, MD

David Liskey, MD
Core Faculty
Hospital Medicine
Director, Leadership in Quality Improvement Pathway

Medical School: Oregon Health and Sciences University
Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center
Chief Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center

Virginia Mason’s strong commitment to being the quality leader in healthcare attracted Dr. Liskey here for residency. After completing the program’s quality improvement education track, he led projects focused on improving Virginia Mason’s discharge summaries and transitioning the hospitalist section and residency program to unit-based inpatient medical teams during his chief year. He joined the core faculty to oversee the Leadership in Quality Improvement pathway and encourage resident involvement in leadership and quality improvement events. Outside the hospital, he enjoys hiking, cooking, running, and playing board/video games.

"The opportunity to train and work with our country’s future leaders in healthcare is one of the many privileges of working at Virginia Mason. I hope to instill in our residents a drive for ongoing education and quality improvement throughout their medical careers."


Internal Medicine Curriculum

“We create tailored experiences to develop exceptional physicians, fulfilled individuals and innovative leaders.”

This mission statement was developed by residents at our annual fall retreat several years ago and as a program this has remained our focus. Our curriculum aims to ensure our residents are prepared for long-standing careers as physicians who are thoughtful, and provide excellent patient centered and evidence-based care. In addition, we pay special attention to the various other aspects of their career they plan to pursue, from being in leadership, experience in research, or to be a physician educator.

To be true to our mission statement, we curate our rotations to give our residents a wide exposure to patients with various disease pathology. In addition, our residents work with a diverse group of attending physicians, including sub-specialists, outpatient physicians, and hospitalists to help develop their clinical acumen further. We also place a special emphasis on setting residents up with mentors early in their career to help guide residents for future pathways that will best prepare them for life after residency.

COVID-19 Response

Early in 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. Virginia Mason was affected with its first case in February, and as a hospital we acted swiftly and decisively to ensure patient and health care worker safety. The Virginia Mason Internal Medicine Program has worked closely with the hospital medicine team, infectious diseases, and our pulmonology colleagues to learn about this virus, including the diagnostic, management, and social challenges. We have created a COVID-19 curriculum centering on the management and care of these patients that is frequently updated and taught by our residents to their colleagues. We have also partnered with our palliative care team in a more robust way in order to learn all we can about caring for patients in this unique environment. We are proud to have our residents serving as front line workers during this pandemic, as this is a unique situation that will help shape their training and experiences as they graduate residency.