WCMS -- Whatcom County Medical Society

Celebrating 125 Years of Service

Whatcom County's Medical Resource


For the public, Welcome to the Whatcom County Medical Society website. We have created this website to help you access the many services provided by the WCMS. We can help you find physicians, provide links to other medical websites to gather clinical information, provide listings of local agencies providing social services, and help mediate problems with physicians. Notice that the index is at the top of the screen. Select any topic by pointing with the mouse and clicking. Your selection will appear in the main frame, this area on the right side of the screen. The WCMS logo at the top left will always bring you back to this page. If you need to contact the WCMS office, then see the listed contact information to the left, which lists the office address, phone number, fax, and e-mail.

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OUR MEMBERS include health professionals throughout Whatcom County.  Joining the Whatcom Medical Society is a way to stay connected with colleagues and to continue to be up to date on upcoming seminars and local health-related information.

OUR MEMBERS serve the community in many areas in addition to health care:

  • Dr. Ken Gass serves as president of the Bellingham School Board, is on the steering committee for Whatcom County Access for Baby and Child Dentistry and is on the advisory committee for Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center;
  • Dr. Mark Lindenbaum serves as Medical Advisor to the Alzheimer's Society, performs with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and participates in the WSO Music in the Schools outreach program;
  • Dr. Brad Bigelow performs with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra;
  • Dr. Mitchell Kahn performs with the Skagit Opera;
  • Dr. Warren Taranow volunteers with Soles for Souls, providing foot care, shoes and socks for the homeless;
  • Dr. Hank Levine serves as Professional Advisor to the Whatcom County Chapter, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance;
  • Dr. Diane Arvin sings with Allegra and the Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers;
  • Dr. Jason Stoane serves on the boards of the Whatcom Community Foundation and Bellingham Technical College;
  • Dr. Peter Buetow serves on the board of the St. Joseph Foundation;
  • Dr. Tracy Ouelette sings with the Kulshan Chorus, volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Lincoln Theatre, serves on the Advisory Board for the Physical Therapy program at Whatcom Community College;
  • Dr. Marta Kazymyra volunteers with Project Education, Inc., in Kenya and serves as Medical Director for Whatcom Project Access;
  • Dr. Michael Thorpe volunteers as the team orthopedic surgeon for the WWU Athletic Department, serves on the WWU Athletic Department Advisory Board, the Bellingham Anesthesia and Surgical Consultants Board, and the Northwest Medical Center Board;
  • Dr. Timothy Whitney serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Whatcom Project Access;
  • Dr. Helen James volunteers with the Whatcom Humane Society and Whatcom Project Access;
  • Dr. James Blackburn serves with Rotary and volunteers for Whatcom Project Access;
  • Dr. Miriam Shapiro performs with Northwest Ballet.
  • Dr. Clark Parrish sings with the Whatcom Chorale.
  • Executive Director Christopher Key acts and directs in many Whatcom County theatres, serves as Past President of Northwest Ballet Theater, volunteers with The ARC of Whatcom County and Bellingham Theatre Guild. 

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Dr. Landau featured

WCMS member Dr. Barry Landau of Fourth Corner Neurological Associates is the subject of an article in The Physicians Report, a publication of Physicians Insurance.

 Dr. Hart's research attracts international attention

Retired WCMS member will present research results to international organization meeting in New Orleans.

Scholarship success story

Dear Members of the Whatcom Medical Association,

I was the recipient of your pre-med scholarship back in 2007 while I was completing my Masters degree in biology at Western.  I wanted to let you know that I will be graduating next month from Weill Cornell Medical College with my MD-PhD.  I am coming back to the pacific northwest, beginning my residency in psychiatry at the University of Washington this summer.  My long-term goal is to continue in academics, doing a combination of research, teaching, and patient care.  I really appreciated your support, believing that I could be successful even before I had been accepted to medical school.  Thank you for all you do for the community and for your support of future doctors such as myself.

Best wishes,

Megan Riddle, PhD
Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering
Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program

Mayor, County Exec cite WCMS

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws jointly proclaimed April as Whatcom County Medical Society Month in recognition of the society's 125th anniversary.

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Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement

WCMS/WWU Scholarship

Learn about the WCMS and WWU Scholarship Program.




Whatcom County Medical Society
800 East Chestnut Street, Suite 3B
Bellingham WA 98225
Phone: 360-676-7630
Fax: 360-676-7138

Hours of Operation

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Mon. - Fri.

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