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


President’s Letter

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