Faculty in the UW HIHIM program bring decades of expertise to the classroom. Our instructors are active in professional activities at the state and national levels, and several have authored textbooks currently used in the field.
Kathleen Peterson, M.S., RHIA, CPHI, CCS – Director
Kathleen Peterson is the director of the UW's health informatics and health information management programs, which includes bachelor and master's degrees and a post-baccalaureate certificate. A senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services, she has more than 30 years of experience in the health informatics and health information management fields, with specialties in clinical terminologies, revenue cycle management, informatics and information systems. 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. Peterson holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in health information management from the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital and a master’s degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University.
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.James Condon, Ed.D., RHIA, CTR
Jim Condon is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and 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. Condon holds a B.S. in health information management from the Medical College of Georgia and an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Georgia Southern University.
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Carrie Cordero, MHA, RHIA
Carrie Cordero, a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services, has 20 years of experience in health administration. She currently serves as president of the Tacoma Area Health Information Management Association (TAHIMA) and as a representative on the board of the Washington State Health Information Management Association (WSHIMA). Her research interests include process and quality improvement, accessibility and affordability of health care services and ethics in health care. Cordero holds an MHA from the University of Washington.
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Mary Alice Hanken, Ph.D., RHIA, CHPS
Mary Alice Hanken is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and 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. She has a B.S. in medical records administration from Seattle University and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Washington.
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Gretchen Murphy, M.Ed.,RHIA, FAHIMA
Gretchen Murphy is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services. Formerly director of the UW master's program in health informatics and health information, she 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. Murphy holds an M.Ed. from the University of Washington.
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Carolin Spice, M.S., RHIA, CPHQ
Carolin Spice is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services. Her research interests include health information and health information technology. She earned a master's in clinical informatics and patient-centered technologies at the University of Washington.
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Clinical and Affiliate Faculty
Susan Helbig, M.A., RHIA
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. Helbig holds a bachelor’s in health information management from Whitworth College and a master’s in adult education from Seattle University.
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Fernando Vega, M.D.
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 with the goal of bringing together conventional and traditional modes of patient care. He has an M.D. from the University of Washington.
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