Faculty


As a student in HIHIM bachelor's degree program, you'll benefit from the expertise of our faculty, who bring decades of experience to the classroom. Our instructors are active in state and national professional activities, including standards development in health informatics, and several members of our faculty have authored textbooks currently used in the field.

Core Faculty

  • Kathleen Peterson,
    MS, RHIA, CCS

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    Director, Bachelor of Health Informatics & Health Information Management and Certificate in Health Informatics and Health Information Management

    MS in Health Services Administration, Central Michigan University

    Kathleen Peterson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and the director of the HIHIM bachelor's degree program and post-baccalaureate certificate program. She specializes in clinical classifications, clinical terminologies and revenue cycle management. Peterson designs health informatics and health information management curricula for traditional and online delivery in higher education and by professional organizations. She also participates in health information leadership and policy initiatives in professional organizations and frequently presents at professional conferences as an expert in clinical terminologies and electronic health records.

    peterk4@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-8810

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  • James Condon,
    EdD, RHIA, CTR

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    EdD in Higher Education Leadership, Georgia Southern University

    Jim Condon has taught courses in health information management, health informatics and public health since 1999. He has served as an HIM program director, program recruiter, section manager and cancer registrar. His research interests include student outcomes, health care disparities, and EHR adoption by primary care physicians.

    jcondon2@uw.edu

  • Mary Alice Hanken,
    PhD, RHIA, CHPS

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    PhD in Education, University of Washington

    Mary Alice Hanken has taught health informatics and health information management for more than 20 years. A seasoned consultant, she works with behavioral health and other health care providers to improve patient services and operations. She currently consults with Sound Mental Health, King County's largest behavioral health provider, on quality improvement initiatives. Hanken is editor and chapter author of several health information textbooks, including Health Information: Management of a Strategic Resource.

    mahanken@u.washington.edu | Phone: 206-543-8810

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  • Gretchen Murphy,
    MEd, RHIA, FAHIMA

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    Director, Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management

    MEd, University of Washington

    Gretchen Murphy is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and the director of the UW master's program in health informatics and health information management. Murphy supervises student capstone projects for the bachelor's program. She has worked in health informatics and information management in a variety of health care settings; her work has included management of clinical information systems, electronic health records projects and institution-wide programs for patient confidentiality and security.

    Murphy is the co-author of three health information textbooks. Because of her significant contribution to advancing health information management as a discipline, she was named a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association.

    gcmurphy@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-8810

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  • Marsha Steele, MEd, RHIA

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services

    MEd, University of Washington

    A senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services, Marsha Steele has worked as director, consultant, data manager and staff developer in hospitals, medical centers and residential and behavioral care facilities. She has published peer-reviewed work on medical privacy and confidentiality, clinical terminologies, pathophysiology, electronic health records, health informatics and health information management systems. Steele has developed model HIHIM curricula for associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs.

    msteele2@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-8810

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Clinical & Affiliate Faculty

  • Susan Helbig, MA, RHIA

    Affiliate Instructor, Department of Health Services

    MA in Adult Education, Seattle University

    Susan Helbig, an affiliate instructor in the Department of Health Services, has more than 35 years of experience in health informatics management. A consultant in HIM operations improvement, she specializes in transition and change management. Helbig was previously director of information support services for the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System. She has also served as HIM department manager at Harborview Medical Center and at Pacific Medical Center.

    shelbig@uw.edu

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  • Fernando Vega, MD

    Family Medicine Physician, Seattle Healing Arts Center

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

    MD, University of Washington

    Fernando Vega is a family medicine physician at Seattle Healing Arts Center and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services. Vega founded the Seattle Healing Arts Center in 1982 as a way to bring together conventional and traditional modes of patient care.

    fvega@uw.edu

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