The VSSL Team

Joshua M. Liao, MD, MSc, FACP

Dr. Liao is a board-certified internal medicine physician and the Medical Director of Payment Strategy at UW Medicine, where he is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine within the UW School of Medicine and the Department of Health Services within the UW School of Public Health. He completed medical school at Baylor College of medicine and trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital where he was also a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his health policy and economics training. Dr. Liao’s scholarly work focuses on how use payment and delivery redesign work together with clinician and patient decision-making to improve care. Learn more about Dr. Liao's work.

Leah Marcotte, MD, FACP

Dr. Marcotte is faculty in the Department of Medicine and primary care physician in the UW General Internal Medicine Clinic. She was formerly the Associate Medical Director of Population Health at UW Medicine. Dr. Marcotte completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Washington. In 2010-2011, she worked at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Following residency, Dr. Marcotte joined Iora Health, an innovative primary care organization focused on team-based care and population health within a value-based payment model. At Iora, she served as a Clinical Innovator and Associate Practice Medical Director. Her interests include population health, high-value care, and care coordination.

Ashok Reddy, MD, MSc

Dr. Reddy is an Assistant Professor in Department of Medicine and a primary care physician at VA Puget Sound Health System, where he is a core investigator in the VA’s Center for Innovation. He is a board-certified internal medical physician and completed medical school and residency training at UW. He completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship and received health services training at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2015-18, he served as senior advisor at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation for Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, a multi-payer reform to sustain primary care transformation. Dr. Reddy’s research focuses on evaluating the impact of Health Information Exchange-enabled care plans for high-cost, high-need Medicaid patients. He has expertise in primary care delivery reform aimed at improving access, quality, and outcomes for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Linnaea Schuttner, MD, MSHS

Dr. Schuttner is an Instructor in the Department of Medicine at UW and an Investigator and primary care physician in the VA Puget Sound Health System, where she is part of the VA’s National Primary Care Analytics and Evaluation Unit. She attended medical school at the UW School of Medicine and internal medicine-pediatrics residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her fellowship in General Internal Medicine at UW and Health Services Research & Development at the VA, including training in quality improvement and a MS in health services through the UW School of Public Health. Her research focuses on primary care health systems, quality improvement, low value care, and care delivery for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Anders Chen, MD, MHS

Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Program Director for Health Systems for the UW Internal Medicine Residency Program and Director of Population Health for primary care services at the VA Puget Sound Health System. He completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and internal medicine residency training at UW. Dr. Chen obtained his health services training at Johns Hopkins University, where he completed a quality and safety fellowship and obtained his MHS in health economics. He completed the Leadership in Health Policy scholars program through the Society of General Internal Medicine. 

Frederick M. Chen, MD, MPH

Dr. Chen is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Family Medicine at UW and Chief of Family Medicine at Harborview Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco and his MPH in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Chen was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, where he developed his interests in health policy and medical education. He has been active in clinical care transformation, having served as medical director for the Washington State Patient-Centered Medical Home Collaborative, the Uniform Medical Plan, and medical director for physician engagement and training at UW Medicine. Dr. Chen is for a Former President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Edwin Wong, PhD, MA

Dr. Wong is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services in the UW School of Public Health and a Core Investigator at the Center for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Dr. Wong is a health economist and health services research whose research focuses on four key areas: 1) understanding economic and policy factors influencing healthcare utilization and costs, 2) examining the economic implications of large-scale health system interventions, 3) assessing the economic burden of chronic disease and 4) developing novel methods applications to improve measurement of health system performance and the modeling of patient outcomes.

Lingmei Zhou, MS

Lingmei obtained her M.S in Statistics from the University of Cincinnati. Over the past decade, she has worked as a statistician for a wide range of clinical and health services research topics.  Currently, she collaborates with researchers and faculty on evaluating the impact of policy-driven payment and care delivery reforms in order to transform findings into practice and policy.

Statistical Analysis

Kate Morgan, MD, MPP

VSSL Fellow

Dr. Morgan is a hospitalist in the Seattle area. She obtained her internal medicine training at the University of Washington where she completed the residency’s Health Systems Pathway and Primary Care Track. She earned her MD at Harvard Medical School and her MPP from Harvard Kennedy School. In prior work, she has helped establish a research program at Harvard Medical School examining the placebo response. Dr. Morgan's scholarly interests include hospital readmissions, physicians’ referral and consulting choices, how to define quality in value-based payment models, and improving patients’ access to healthcare services.

Dr. Hwang is an internal medicine resident at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Prior to her medical training, she pursued public health training at Johns Hopkins University, with a focus in pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety. She served as an Epi Scholar at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and subsequently pursued a fellowship in the Division of Epidemiology at the United States Food and Drug Administration, where she engaged in various initiatives surrounding opioid regulation and policy. Dr. Hwang obtained her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her current work examines strategies to optimize the quality, value, and delivery of health care.

VSSL Fellow

Catherine S. Hwang, MD, MSPH
Jonathan Staloff, MD, MSc

VSSL Fellow

Dr. Staloff is a Family Medicine resident physician at the University of Washington. He attended medical school at Brown University.  While there he also completed a Master's of Science in Population Medicine, and focused his master's research on physician engagement in Accountable Care Organizations. He has previously worked as a healthcare policy consultant at Avalere Health in Washington, DC. His scholarly interests are centered on how payment reform can best support population health.

Anna Morenz, MD

Dr. Morenz is an internal medicine resident at the University of Washington and a member of the residency's Health Systems pathway and Primary Care track. She earned her MD at Harvard Medical School, where her scholarly work focused on barriers to primary and specialty care access for underserved populations. Prior to medical school, she was a foster care caseworker in the South Bronx. Her current interests center on health policy for vulnerable communities and the uninsured. 

VSSL Fellow

Lab Advisors and Supporters

Beyond core team members, VSSL is fortunate to draw upon the broad, collective expertise of leaders and advisors of the UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety. A connection to, and support from, the Center permits VSSL to pursue innovative work in its key focus areas while retaining connections to operational, academic, and interprofessional perspectives with respect to the domains of quality and safety. 

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