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Rajiv Sethi, MD
Rajiv Sethi, MD

SEATTLE – (Sept. 23, 2019) — Rajiv Sethi, MD, has been promoted to medical director of Health Economics, a new executive leadership position at Virginia Mason, effective Oct. 1.

He will focus on supporting the health system’s approach to providing value-based care and achieving practice efficiency. As medical director of the Neuroscience Institute at Virginia Mason, Dr. Sethi has performed industry-leading work on team-based approaches in spinal surgery where appropriateness and risk stratification are enhanced.

“In his new position, Dr. Sethi will apply his expertise to additional service lines with the ultimate goal of continually improving our patients’ care experiences and clinical outcomes,” Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, said in announcing the promotion. “He will also continue his busy practice, attracting patients from across the country, and retain his role as medical director of the Neuroscience Institute.”

Dr. Sethi received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He was a Fulbright scholar in Public Health in Israel and Jordan. He completed a fellowship in Complex Spinal Surgery/Scoliosis and Deformity at the University of California, San Francisco after completing his residency at Harvard where he was chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He serves on the board of the Scoliosis Research Society and has published 47 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters about spinal conditions and treatment since 2014. He edited two textbooks on safety and value-based strategies in the care of orthopedic and neurosurgical patients, both published in 2019. He is a full clinical professor of health services research at the University of Washington and leads the Virginia Mason Complex Spine Fellowship, which has attracted fellows from America’s best neurosurgery programs. In an effort to merge health services research and value-based principles, Dr. Sethi is currently completing a doctorate degree in Health Economics at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509

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