Washington Permanente Medical Group—About Us

Compassionate care with a purpose

Washington Permanente Medical Group is the best place to give and receive care

Our Organization

Washington Permanente Medical Group is among the largest and most honored multi-specialty group practices in the Pacific Northwest. We are nearly 1,400 physicians, PAs, midwives, mental health specialists, osteopaths and optometrists focused on prevention, evidence-based practices, and patient-centered care.

Washington Permanente Medical Group has over 550 specialists practicing in 26 specialties, including oncology, neurology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, cardiology, pediatrics and women’s health—to name a few. We’re an innovative engine that brings together the best of data, technology, and people to improve outcomes for individuals and communities.

World class clinicians recruited by WPMG enjoying each other's company

Our People

Our extraordinary member experiences are a result of extraordinary physicians and employees. We recruit and retain the best clinicians and employees in the nation. We invest in and support all our people, so they can be their best for members, customers, and one another. We provide knowledge, tools, and technology that minimize administrative burden and help them deliver excellent service and care, with compassion. And as a community, we thrive on learning and collaborating, resulting in deep fulfillment and remarkable outcomes.

Washington Permaente Medical Group board of directors prioritize recruiting and retention in Washington State
WPMG Board 2017

Our Leadership

Washington Permanente Medical Group is a self-governing multispecialty group consisting of approximately 1,400 clinicians—the largest group practice in the state of Washington. “The Board” represents all WPMG medical staff in formulating corporate policy, developing strategic goals and actions, and overseeing the activities of the organization.

Current Board members:

Front row, left-to-right:

Brad MacKinnon, MD; John Graham, MD; Steve Tarnoff, MD; Barbara Detering, MD

Second row, left-to-right:

Paul Thottingal, MD; Sarah Philp, MD; Jean Walsh, MD; Mike Maxin, MD; Melissa Szocik, PA-C; Ilan Zawadzki, MD

Chief medical executive Dr. Steve Tarnoff of Kaiser Permanente Washington Medical Group
Steve Tarnoff, MD

Stephen Tarnoff, MD, serves as president and executive medical director of the Washington Permanente Medical Group. Dr. Tarnoff practiced as a family physician for more than 25 years, and has gone on to hold numerous leadership positions within the organization, including chief of Central Region Primary Care, chief of Consultative Specialty Care Services, medical director for Care Delivery, medical director for Medicare and Medicaid, and medical director for the organization’s contracted network in Western Washington.

He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Washington. He completed a fellowship in Medical Education and Health Policy at the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is board certified in Family Medicine and a member of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians and the Washington State Medical Association.

Equal Employment Opportunity

As part of our commitment to our employees and the members and patients we serve, we integrate diversity into all aspects of our operations. Maintaining a workforce with industry-leading levels of diversity through deliberate planning, development, and outreach is critical to fulfilling our mission, sustaining our business objectives, and providing the best level of care to our members and patients. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.

2018 Best Places to Work, LGBTQ Equality

WPMG is proud to announce that we have received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. We at WPMG greatly value the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of all our medical group members and believe it’s a tremendous asset in building our company and serving our communities.