John H. Vassall II, M.D.

John H. Vassall II, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer


John Vassall, M.D., is a board-certified internist and Chief Medical Officer for Swedish. As such he serves as the Chief Safety Officer for Swedish, and oversees the Department of Patient Safety and Quality.   He is liaison between Swedish Medical Staff and Swedish Administration and oversees the management of medical education, medical research, medical staff services, clinical effectiveness, regulatory compliance, epidemiology, infection control, employee health, risk management and other areas associated with medical affairs.

Dr. Vassall has been on staff since 1984. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and Master of Science degree from the University of Washington (UW), where he also graduated from the School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Grady Memorial Hospital and his internal medicine residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta. He is a graduate of the UW Medicine Certificate Program in Medical Management and of the UW Foster School of Business Executive Development Program. Dr. Vassall completed the Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement sponsored by Intermountain Health Care Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research in Salt Lake City Utah in 2008. He was former division chief of general internal medicine, associate medical director for managed care and president (1993-1995) of Minor & James Medical where he was voted "Most Valuable Physician" in 2006. Dr. Vassall served as President of the medical staff of Providence Seattle Medical Center before it was acquired by Swedish to become the Cherry Hill Campus and served as Swedish Chief of Staff from 2005 to 2007.

He served for 15 years as Vice-Speaker and Speaker of the House of Delegates for the Washington State Medical Association and is a member of the Boards of Trustees for both the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association. In 2006 Dr. Vassall was recognized in the state of Washington as Internist of the Year for outstanding clinical skills and leadership by his peers, the Washington chapter of the American College of Physicians.  Dr Vassall is a Seattle University trustee, a member of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors and serves nationally as a member of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.


If you are a member of the news media and would like to speak with Dr. Vassall, simply contact the media manager in Swedish Medical Center's Corporate Communications Department at 206-998-5028 or via media@swedish.org.

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