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Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Sites of Practice
Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington Medical Center


Dr. Dorn's focus as an educator is on critical thinking and medical decision-making, and the importance of the accuracy of the information that informs those decisions. She has special interests in cross-cultural and communication issues in emergency care, as well as an understanding of the role of social factors impact on health. Current interests include the role Narrative Medicine plays in improving the narrative competency of providers and ameliorating their relationship with the basic humanity of the work.   

She has worked in the Global Health arena in Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, and Syria, and founded the Seattle chapter of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collective in association with colleagues at OHSU. 

She serves as the Emergency Medicine editor for the UW interdepartmental information-sharing website OCCAM.

She has also a long interest in Quality Assurance and Patient Safety and has played an active role on the QI committees from the inception of her career at UCSF to the present.

education & training

  • MD, University of Washington School of Medicine (1995)
  • Medical/Surgical Internship, Virginia Mason Medical Center (1996)
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, Alameda County Medical Center (2000)
  • Lyons Fellowship For Retinal Research, University of Washington Department of Biostructure (1995)
  • Diploma of Tropical Medicine, London School of Tropical Medicine (2009)

research & clinical interests

Research Interests: 

  • International Health
  • Medical Student and Resident Education
  • Telemedicine & Interdisciplinary Communication

Clinical Interests: 

  • Narrative Medicine
  • Social Medicine and Health Equity
  • Global Health
  • Quality & Improvement