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SEATTLE – (July 18, 2019) – Virginia Mason has announced new leadership assignments for three physicians:

    •  Donna Smith, MD
      Donna Smith, MD, MBA
      Donna Smith, MD, MBA, has been promoted to Executive Medical Director and Associate Chief Medical Officer, responsible for oversight of the hospital and clinics. She has served in multiple leadership positions at Virginia Mason, including Medical Director of Virginia Mason Hospital, Chief of Pediatrics, and Medical Director of the Emergency Department. She is also the immediate past president of the Washington State Medical Association.

    •  John Corman, MD
      John Corman, MD
      John Corman, MD, has been promoted to Senior Medical Director, responsible for Perioperative and Procedural Services, Anesthesia, Radiology and Pathology. He led the creation of Virginia Mason’s multidisciplinary Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Clinic, and in 2008, was named Medical Director of the Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute.

    •  Ryan Pong, MD
      Ryan Pong, MD
      Ryan Pong, MD, has been promoted to Medical Director for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official, the position that oversees graduate medical education programs and ensures they comply with requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He also is Program Director for the Transitional Year Residency at Virginia Mason. Dr. Pong is a member of the Anesthesiology faculty at Virginia Mason, as well as a clinical instructor with the University of Washington’s Department of Anesthesiology.

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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