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SEATTLE - (June 10, 2010) - Virginia Mason Medical Center has appointed five new medical leaders.

Catherine J. Potts, MD, has been named chief of Primary Care. Potts joined Virginia Mason in 1993 and has been practicing at VM Bellevue since 1994. She has served as section head at Bellevue since 1995 and deputy chief of Satellites since 1999. Potts received medical school training from the University of Washington, where she also completed a primary care internal medicine residency.

Julia Pollock, MD, has been named chief of Anesthesiology. Among her many contributions to VM, she has been the anesthesiology residency director since 2006. She is president-elect of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, and has numerous peer-review publications to her credit. Pollock graduated from Carson-Newman College and East Tennessee College of Medicine. She completed an internship and residency in anesthesiology at Baylor University in Houston.
Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, has been named medical director of the Listen for Life Center at Virginia Mason. Schwartz received medical school training at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. He completed a general surgery internship and otolaryngology residency at the University of Washington. He also completed a fellowship in otology and neurotology at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. In addition, Schwartz holds a master's degree in public health from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Michael Myint, MD, recently joined Virginia Mason in the Section of Infectious Disease and will serve as section head. Myint received medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed an internal medicine residency at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. He also completed an infectious disease fellowship at the University of Washington.

Molly Linhardt, MD, has been named section head of VM Winslow. Linhardt received medical school training from Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. She completed a pediatrics residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit or Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

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