Seminar Speaker Profiles

Chan_HwangDr Chan Hwang M.D.

Dr. Chan Hwang obtained his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1994 and completed a four-year residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1998 at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Hwang has been in practice in the Seattle area, focusing on the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, since 1998. He works at MultiCare Health System in Tacoma focusing on rehabilitation of neurological problems such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and peripheral neuropathies. He has also been the pain clinic physician consultant for the Puyallup location of UBC, Inc. from May of 2001 through November 2014. His passion is to provide lifestyle and physical medicine as well as rehabilitation resources to the under-served, not only in Western Washington but internationally as well.

Uma KrishnanDr Uma Krishnan M.D.

Dr. Krishnan trained at Thanjavur Medical College and Madras Medical School in India, before coming to the United States to complete her fellowship at Michigan State University.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Cardiology, and now specializes in cardiology for women.  She practices at the Cardiac Study Center in Tacoma, WA and aims to improve cardiovascular health and quality of life in women, by preventing, detecting, and treating risk factors. She especially focuses on helping women develop healthy lifestyle practices.



dr-george-leeDr George Lee M.D.

Dr. George Lee is a family physician based in Bellevue, whose approach to medicine is thoughtful and wellness-oriented. He treats each patient as a whole, focusing not only on physical health but on mental and emotional wellbeing. He completed medical school in 1996 at Loma Linda Medical School, CA, and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Although he is highly esteemed among his peers, Dr. Lee is most proud of the strong relationships he builds with his patients, and his reputation among them for close listening and unflagging compassion. His areas of medical focus include healthy weight loss, vein treatments, and other cosmetic procedures.


Malhotra_Uma150Dr Uma Malhotra, M.D.

Dr. Malhotra is an Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine physician at Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) in Seattle. She received her medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, receiving the President’s Silver Medal. After completing her infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Washington (UW) in 1998, she served on the faculty at the UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center before moving to VMMC in 2008. Besides her role as a clinician at VMMC, she conducts translational research in immunology at the Benaroya Research Institute.


Joseph Marquez (2)Dr Joseph Marquez M.D.

Dr. Marquez specializes in comprehensive care for urologic conditions and prostate care. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University (1999) and completed his internship and residency in urology at the University of Minnesota (2004). He specializes in prostate cancer MRI guided biopsies and active surveillance, and all areas of Urology including stones, erectile dysfunction, and urinary symptoms. He became a vegetarian as a freshman at UC Santa Cruz over 25 years ago and routinely discusses diet in his urologic practice.


ann-pittierDr Ann Pittier M.D.

Dr. Pittier earned her bachelor’s degree at Occidental College before pursuing her medical degree at Trinity College and completing an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Washington. She furthered her training with an emphasis on cancer treatment, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Radiation Oncology, and is a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology.

Her practice focuses on cancers of the breast and of gynecologic origin.  She promotes a plant based diet to reduce chances of recurrence in her patients and promote overall heath.


Ron SwensenDr Ron Swensen, M.D.

A native of the midwest, Dr. Swensen fell in love with the Pacific Northwest during a visit to Seattle while in college. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University and completed a Family Medicine Internship at the University of Wisconsin. He completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Stanford and a Gynecologic Oncology fellowship at Penn State (Hershey), before receiving Board Certification in 1998. Dr. Swensen subsequently joined Valley Medical Center as Medical Director for Oncology Services. His practice includes surgery, chemotherapy and long-term management of known or suspected cancer of the female reproductive tract. He is trained in robotic and laparoscopic surgical procedures.