John H. Vassall, M.D.
In December 2004, Don Berwick, MD President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) introduced the 100,000 lives campaign to prevent patient harm and death caused by medical errors. His campaign was the genesis of my obsession with patient safety, quality and highly reliable care that led me to the Foundation for Health Care Quality.
I am the product of an immigrant family, an inner-city childhood and public education. I completed Master of Science (Microbiology) and Doctor of Medicine degrees at the University of Washington and internal medicine training at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta Georgia’s public hospital. There we cared for the sickest of the sick, the best and the brightest, the poorest of the poor.
My clinical career includes private practice in Decatur, Georgia, managed care medicine at Group Health Cooperative, a shared private practice in Seattle with Rayburn Lewis, MD and multi-specialty group practice at Minor & James Medical.
My leadership career includes service as President and Associate Medical Director of Managed Care for Minor & James Medical, President of the Providence Seattle Medical Center medical staff, Chief of Staff of Swedish Medical Center, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Swedish Health Services. I’m a member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Medical Association and served more than a decade as its Vice-Speaker and Speaker of the House of Delegates. I served as delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates, Trustee of the American Hospital Association and serve as member of the Board of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. I served as a trustee of the Washington State Hospital Association and am a current Trustee of Seattle University.
During 2017, I served as physician surveyor for The Joint Commission. I serve as Physician Executive for Quality and Safety with Comagine Health a regional quality innovation network-quality improvement organization.
When not working, you’ll find me reading, putting in long miles on a bicycle or playing an electric bass guitar.