Dr. Virginia Simnad is a board-certified member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is the Program Director of Neurology at the MS Center at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, WA. Dr. Simnad has clinical and research experience in MS dating back to 1999, starting with her academic medicine experience at the University of Virginia. There she became the founding director of the James Q. Miller MS Center in 2000, and gained extensive experience in clinical management of MS, multi-institutional therapeutic trials, and development of investigator-initiated exploratory research studies.
Dr. Simnad is an active community educator, collaborating with regional MS Society chapters, and the author of numerous peer reviewed publications.
My philosophy of care is respectful and careful listening to my patients and their loved ones. Their stories give a richness in detail of their journey with MS, so necessary to providing high-quality care. Healing comes from the development of a trusting partnership, to face and do battle together against an as yet incurable disease. I value each staff member at the MS Center, and our network of consultants who flesh out this partnership. My professional satisfaction comes in large part from being part of a high-quality comprehensive MS care center, where my patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, and to receive continuity in supportive care, education and wellness.
I have the distinct honor of following in my late mother's footsteps, a neurologist at a time when a woman physician, let alone a specialist, was rare. Through college, and then in graduate school and medical school, I developed a growing appreciation for the neurosciences and immunology.
As I gained experience practicing medicine, I felt a strong affinity for patients with MS, and practice in this subspecialty area of Neurology has proved a very satisfying professional fit.
My husband and I moved from Virginia to Kirkland when I was offered the program directorship for Neurology at the EvergreenHealth MS Center in 2009. We have grown very fond of the Pacific Northwest, with its rich and diverse culture, and amazing outdoors. We enjoy "gentle" kayaking and hiking, gardening, going to jazz concerts, and playing with our golden retriever.
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