President’s Letter

President’s Letter – January 2016

Greetings fellow WSOA Members and Happy New Year!

Our next Annual Meeting is Friday and Saturday December 2 and 3, 2016 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Mark your calendars and spread the word!

The WSOA Annual meeting in December 2015 was both educational and fun. This meeting is a rare opportunity for us to stay current, compare notes, and learn more about the issues facings us as providers in Washington State. Thank you to those of you who participated and helped make this meeting so successful.

The WSOA membership has elected the following officers for 2016:

President – Carolyn Kline, MD MPH– Kirkland/Bellevue
President-elect – Carl Olden, MD – Yakima
Vice-President – Edith Cheng, MD – Seattle
Secretary – Treasurer -Katie Eastwood, MD – Seattle
Elective Executive Committee Member Leslie McLemore- Yakima
Elective –Executive Committee Member Anthony Tagavilla-Renton
Immediate Past President- Kimberly Herner-Covington

Please check out our much improved website! The Career Center is a great place to recruit both staff and providers. Resumes can be posted at no charge. A great tool for our Residents.

I encourage you to contact me directly or you may email or call our Association Executive, Darla White at 206-956-3642 or with suggestions on how WSOA can improve and what our society can provide to you, the provider. In particular, let me know soon if you any suggestions for 2016 Annual Conference.

Undoubtedly, 2016 will be another eventful year for all of us as women’s health care providers. I wish you all a professionally gratifying and personally joyous year.


Carolyn R Kline, MD MPH
2016 President
Washington State Obstetrical Association




Dear Colleagues:

Thank you to all of those who attended the 2014 Annual Meeting to make it such a success.  The annual meeting in Seattle gives all of us who provide obstetrical care to the women of Washington State the opportunity to stay current on clinical topics and stay connected to fellow obstetrical care providers.

Our ability to work as a team provides more consistent excellent care for all of our patients and allows us to stay cohesive as we navigate the constant changes in obstetrical care delivery.

At the clinical meeting, our membership elected the following slate of officers for the 2015 year:

President – Kim Herner, MD – Covington
President-elect – Carolyn Kline, MD – Seattle
Vice-President – Carl Olden, MD – Yakima
Secretary – Treasurer – Edith Cheng, MD – Seattle
Elective –
Elective –  Katie Eastwood, MD – Seattle

Our plans for the next year include our Annual Meeting, December 4-5, 2015. Also, our website has had an overhaul, plus we will be adding a Career Center for the convenience of our members.  In the Career Centers, residents can post a resume at no charge, and clinics/etc. can post new opportunities as well as search resumes for a small fee.

The WSOA works closely with the Washington State Medical Association to ensure the care of women in our state remains the highest quality.

Thank you for your support of the WSOA and we hope to see you December 4-5 for the WSOA 2015 Annual Meeting at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.

Kimberly Herner, MD
WSOA 2015 President


February 2014

Greetings fellow WSOA members!

Spring is just around the corner and our Washington State roads and mountain passes are at last more easily navigated.  Perfect timing as we have received an invitation from the Washington State Psychiatric Association to their annual meeting Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Seattle.  The theme for their meeting this year is reproductive-related mood disorders, a condition we all address in our daily practices.  If you are interested, click here.

I would also like to introduce our new association executive Darla White.  She and Leena DerYuen have worked hard to transition our administrative affairs to the WSMA specialty societies division.  She is our new primary contact for all your questions regarding your member benefits. We are rebuilding our website and, when complete, plan to include member updates, a jobs board for members to post and search for professional positions along with an electronic means to apply for or renew your membership and register for our annual meeting December 5-6, 2014.  Should any of you have ideas for inclusion in our new website, please let me know!

The scientific program for our annual meeting is nearly complete.  We are looking forward to some excellent talks that include anti-coagulation in pregnancy, cardiac disease in women: pregnancy and beyond, STAN and a practical approach to ICD-10 coding for obstetrics, gynecology and office practice.  Hope to see all of you there.


Rita Hsu MD
President, WSOA