Treasurer

Raj Butani, M.D., FACP, FACG

Washington Gastroenterology

​Chief of Staff-Elect,

Overlake Medical Center

Board Member

Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE, FACG

Confluence Health, Wenatchee

President, ASGE



Board Member

Andrew Ross, M.D.

Virginia Mason Medical Center


Kunjali T. Padhya, M.D.

Swedish Medical Center


Born in NY State and raised in the Midwest, I moved to Seattle in 2015 after completing internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. I have been a staff physician at Swedish Medical Center and practice in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In my free time, I enjoy exercise and experimenting in the kitchen. 

After being invited to join the board by several former colleagues, I was fortunate to become the vice president and now president of the organization for 2021-22. I love sharing knowledge and camaraderie with my fellow GI colleagues and am looking forward to creating innovative learning experiences for all of our members. I am so proud of our PNWGS community for all of their accomplishments and believe that all of us can positive contribute to the advancement of our field, no matter your practice setting.

Director of the Board

Michael McDonnell, M.D.

VA Puget Sound Health Care Systems

Our Board of Directors

Contact Us

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

206.310.5148

pnwgs@pnwgsociety.org

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

Blaire E. Burman, M.D.

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Executive Director

Shelly Reid

​PNWGS

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

Harry Teicher

Swedish Medical Group

 Board Member

Joo Ha Hwang, M.D., Ph.D.

Stanford University