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John Vassall, M.D., FACS

Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Everett Campus

WSU Everett

The Washington State University Elson S Floyd College of Medicine is a community-based medical school created to fill critical health care gaps across the state. Our future physicians are training to develop the knowledge and skills needed to deliver high quality care to communities most in need. My education and lived experience, medical training, clinical practice, leadership knowledge and collaboration have led me to serve as Associate Dean for Clinical Education-Everett campus.

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 in the early 1980’s as President of the Board of the Carolyn Downs Community Health Services Center, the only currently operating community clinic founded by the Black Panther Party. I served 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 have served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Medical Association, Washington State Hospital Association, American Hospital Association and the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity.

I currently served as a trustee for Seattle University. During 2017, I served as physician surveyor for The Joint Commission, and in 2020, I served as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Health Care Quality.