Dr. Tony Yen was part of the physician team that started the hospitalist program at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in 2000. He has practiced exclusively at EvergreenHealth since 1999, and has cared for some of the most critically ill patients in the medical center.
I work with individual patients within the hospital to help them to overcome and address the illness that brought them to the hospital. My role addresses an individual patient's goals within the context of their illness and to establish a pathway that leads to those individual goals. Most commonly the goal is to "get better and go home." On occasion the goal is more specific, such as "breathe easier so that I can do what brings me happiness" or "attend my daughter's wedding." I understand that being in the hospital is very stressful; I hope I can alleviate some of the stress by clear communication with the patient and their family.
I started practicing hospital medicine exclusively in 1999 because the medical practice within the hospital and clinic had begun to diverge. Patient's who found their way into the hospital had become increasing ill and required a different set of skills and an accelerated pace of care. I felt that my clinical focus and skills were best suited to hospital medicine. I continue to enjoy and find meaning while working with hospitalized patients.
In the Community
I teach clinical medicine to medical students at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I am actively involved in the local public school district where my two sons attend.
Cornell University-Medical College | New York, NY
University of Washington, Dept of Internal Medicine | Seattle, WA