[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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RECOGNIZING DR. JOHN VASSALL, M.D.
HON. ADAM SMITH
in the house of representatives
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Mr. SMITH of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor Dr. John
Vassall II for his exemplary work in our community. For over thirty
years, Dr. Vassall has made the greater Puget Sound Region a healthier
and more equitable place.
Dr. Vassall has made many valuable contributions to Washington
state's medical community. In 1978, he received his medical degree from
the University of Washington. He then completed two competitive
residency programs at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University
Affiliated Hospitals. After his residencies, Dr. Vassall returned to
the Puget Sound region in 1983, when he accepted an offer at Swedish
Medical Center, where he has remained for 34 years. As Chief Medical
Officer, he has been a key player on an outstanding medical team. In
2006, the Washington chapter of the American College of Physicians
named Dr. Vassal]. the Internist of the Year.
Dr. Vassall's contributions to our community have not been limited to
his professional work at the hospital. For 15 years, Dr. Vassall served
as the vice-speaker and speaker of the House of Delegates for the
Washington State Medical Association. He is a trustee at Seattle
University and for the American Hospital Association, as well as a
board member at the Washington State Hospital Association and the
Washington State Medical Association. Through these roles, Dr. Vassall
has shaped the future of medicine and has advanced quality care in
Washington state. His long record of advocacy earned him the Alumni
Service Award from his alma mater in 2008. Dr. Vassall's contributions
to Washington's health care industry cannot be overstated.
It is because of physicians like Dr. Vassall that the Greater Puget
Sound Region is now a global center for health care innovation and
education. Again, I would like to thank Dr. Vassall for his
contributions to Washington's 9th District, and I look forward to
working with him in the future as we work for a healthier world.