Zachary Wettstein
Acting Instructor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Population Health Research Fellowship
Sites of Practice: 
Harborview Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Wettstein is an emergency medicine physician and population health research fellow who works clinically at the UW Medical Center – Northwest. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology at Stanford University, where he concentrated in infectious disease and global health. Dr. Wettstein completed his Medical Doctorate with Distinction at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where he developed his interest in the intersection of population health, emergency medicine, and climate change. As a medical student, he completed a yearlong research fellowship with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) studying the impact of wildfire smoke exposure on ED visits for cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Dr. Wettstein completed his residency training in emergency medicine here at UW and has been working with Dr. Jeremy Hess and Dr. Amber Sabbatini from the Section of Population Health on a study investigating ED utilization from flooding in the US, supported by grant funding from the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF). He also collaborates with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Climate and Health Program as a Guest Researcher. His research interests include the human health implications of climate change, particularly among vulnerable populations, and community preparedness for environmental hazards including wildfire smoke, heat waves, and floods.

Education & Training: 
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Mailing Address: 

Harborview Medical Center
Box 359702
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle WA 98104-2499

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
Climate change impacts on human health
Environmental hazards
Human health adaptation to climate change and disaster preparedness
Social determinants of health
Population Health