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Medical Commission Members

Membership to the Medical Commission is by Governor appointment for full commission members and by the Executive Director of the Medical Commission for Pro Tem membership. To apply for appointment you must complete and submit an online application to the Office of the Governor. If you have any additional questions regarding membership on the Medical Commission, please contact us.

    The Medical Commission is Recruiting!

    The Commission is currently accepting applications to fill upcoming vacancies. We are looking for people willing to study the issues and make decisions in the best interest of the public. Our member selection reflects the diversity of the profession and provides representation throughout the state. Learn more on how to apply. 
     

    Medical Commission Members

    Alden W Roberts, MD - Chair

    John Maldon - 1st Vice Chair

    Claire Trescott, MD - 2nd Vice Chair

    Jimmy Chung, MD, Woodinville

    June 2021

    Congressional District 1

    Warren B. Howe, MD, Bellingham

    June 2023

    Congressional District 2

    Alden W. Roberts, MD, Vancouver

    June 2022

    Congressional District 3

    Terry Murphy, MD, Richland

    June 2023

    Congressional District 4

    April Jaeger, MD, Spokane

    June 2022

    Congressional District 5

    Claire Trescott, MD, Bremerton

    June 2020

    Congressional District 6

    Charlotte W. Lewis, MD, Seattle

    June 2021

    Congressional District 7

    Vacant

    June 2020

    Congressional District 8

    Robert H. Small, MD, Bellevue

    June 2022

    Congressional District 9

    Richard Wohns, MD, Tacoma

    June 2023

    Congressional District 10

    Charlie Browne, MD, Seattle

    June 2022

    Physician at Large

    Diana Currie, MD, Olympia

    June 2023

    Physician at Large

    Karen Domino, MD, Seattle

    June 2020

    Physician at Large

    James Anderson, PA-C, Seattle

    June 2022

    Physician Assistant

    Theresa M. Schimmels, PA-C, Spokane Valley

    June 2021

    Physician Assistant

    Toni Borlas, North Bend

    June 2022

    Public Member

    Christine Blake, CPMSM, Bellingham

    June 2021

    Public Member

    John Maldon, Des Moines June 2022 Public Member

    Scott Rodgers, Kennewick

    June 2023

    Public Member

    Candance Vervair, Olympia

    June 2023

    Public Member

    Yanling Yu, Ph. D., Lake Forest Park

    June 2022

    Public Member

    Description

    The mandate of the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) is to protect the public’s health and safety and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction. WMC accomplishes this mandate through a variety of activities in collaboration with the Department of Health and the Health Systems Quality Assurance Division.

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    The Governor appoints members to four-year staggered terms:

    The Medical Commission is composed of 21 governor-appointed members. There are opportunities each year for new commission member candidates to be considered.

    • Thirteen physicians; one from each congressional district and three at-large positions.
    • Six public members.
    • Two physician assistants.

    The Department of Health Secretary appoints physicians, physician assistants and public members to serve as pro tempore members. Their purpose is to ensure there are sufficient case reviewers, panel members for hearings, and adequate representation on special committees. Commissioners are paid $31.25 per hour, up to $250 per day, for their work. They are also reimbursed for travel at the same rate as a state employee. Please review the Compensation for Commission Duties Procedure for further information.

    Code of Ethics

    Commissioners shall:

    • Make fair and objective decisions.
    • Strictly maintain confidentiality.
    • Avoid improper ex parte contacts.
    • Recuse themselves when there is a real or potential conflict of interest, or the appearance of such a conflict.
    • Protect the integrity of those who appear before the commission.
    • Support the decisions of the commission in public.

    Duties

    • Establish qualifications for minimal competency to grant or deny licensure of allopathic physicians and physician assistants
    • Regulate the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction by establishing, monitoring and enforcing qualifications for licensure
    • Establish and monitor compliance with continuing education requirements
    • Ensure consistent standards of practice
    • Develop continuing competency mechanisms
    • Assess, investigate and make recommendations related to complaints against physicians and physician assistants which may range from a notice of correction to a license revocation
    • Serve as reviewing members on disciplinary cases and serve on disciplinary hearing panels
    • Serve as members of standing committees, when appointed
    • Develop rules, policies and procedures that promote the delivery of quality healthcare to the residents of the state

    Qualifications

    The WMC is made up of 13 allopathic physicians, six public members, and two physician assistants appointed by the Governor. Ten physician members represent their congressional districts. All members must be citizens of the United States and must be residents of Washington State.

    Physician commission members must have been licensed to practice medicine in Washington State for at least five years.  

    Public member representatives may not:

    • Be a member of any other healthcare licensing board or commission
    • Have a fiduciary obligation to a facility rendering healthcare services regulated by the commission
    • Have a material or financial interest in the rendering of health services regulated by the commission

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    Participation Expectation Guidelines

    The following expectation guidelines are intended to serve as a reference for current members and for prospective appointees of the WMC:

    • New appointees to the commission are expected to attend a new member orientation.
    • Attend regular WMC meetings, scheduled for one to two days during business hours on Thursday and Friday about every six weeks. WMC establishes its meeting schedule at least one year in advance. The typical time commitment ranges between 16 to 20 days per year which also includes an annual WMC workshop, and the Department of Health one-day Board/Commission/Committee conference.
    • WMC members may be appointed to standing committees:   
      • The policy committee meets about every six weeks, usually on Thursday after the WMC case reviews 
      • Ad hoc committees meet as needed, usually during regularly scheduled business meetings
    • Prepare for all meetings by reading materials sent one to two weeks in advance of the scheduled meeting date. The packets take an average of two to four hours to read prior to each business meeting. In addition, between eight and 24 hours are spent reviewing complaint files prior to each meeting.
    • Participate on disciplinary panels that may meet by telephone or in person several times per year. Sometimes panels meet with short advance notice in order to respond to emergent situations to protect the public. Hearings may also be scheduled separately from regular meetings because of the number of cases that need to be heard.
    • Assist newly appointed WMC members as necessary

    Total Annual Time Commitment

    Meetings/Conferences

    16 to 20 days per year

    Meeting Preparation

    Two to four hours per meeting (about two days per year)
    Complaint File Preparation Two to four days per month

    Complaint File Review

    48-72 hours per meeting (about 15 days per year)

    Hearing Panels

    Two to four days per year

    Performance Guidelines for the Appointed Commissioners

    Attend an orientation presented by the WMC outlining program development, issues discussed in past WMC business or committee meetings, and the organizational relationship and responsibilities of the WMC and the Department of Health. Members will be assigned a mentor for assistance.

    Current Meeting Schedule

    Regular Medical Commission business meetings and panels are scheduled about every six weeks.

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