Board Member

Joo Ha Hwang, M.D., Ph.D.

Stanford University

Blaire E. Burman, M.D.
Virginia Mason Medical Center

​Blaire was born and raised in Seattle where she attended public schools, graduated from Brown University with degrees in Community health and Africana studies, then attended University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian and her GI and hepatology fellowship at University of California San Francisco. She joined Virginia Mason as her first position out of fellowship and currently serves as the Section Head for Gastroenterology and Associate Program Director for the GI Fellowship training program. Her research interests include alcohol related liver disease, viral hepatitis, and liver cancer, with a focus on disparities in access to care and outcomes. She has two kids, 4 and 7, and lives in Maple Leaf. 

Our Board of Directors

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We love to hear from our members.  Please reach out with any questions, suggestions or comments.  

We're also looking for existing members that may wish to be involved with PNWGS, and for revolving positions that may be available on our Board of Directors.​

P.O. Box 17622

Seattle, WA 98127


Meet Our President

 The PNWGS is an educational society representing a membership of over 200 gastroenterologists located primarily in Western Washington.  We are a 501 (c)(3) Not for Profit organization, incorporated in the State of Washington.

The membership includes adult and pediatric gastroenterologists practicing in both academic and private arenas. In addition, surgeons and pathologists with an interest in gastrointestinal surgery and gastrointestinal pathology may participate. GI RN's and Mid-Level Providers specializing in the field are also able to join.

 Board Member

Steven Kaptik, MD

Washington Gastroenterology / GI Alliance

Director of the Board

Harry L. Teicher, M.D.

Swedish Medical Group

Board Member

Kunjali T. Padhya, M.D.​
Swedish Medical Center

Board Member

Andrew Ross, M.D.

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Executive Director

Shelly Reid, M.B.A.


Board Member

Andrew D. Feld, M.D., J.D., FACG, AGAF

Kaiser Permanente

Clinical Professor of Medicine,

University of Washington
Division of Gastroenterology

Board Member

Cynthia W. Ko M.D., M.S.

University of Washington


Raj Butani, M.D., FACP, FACG

Washington Gastroenterology / GI Alliance

​Chief of Staff, Overlake Medical Center