Seattle Healing Arts Center
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Fernando Vega, MD


I was born and grew up in Seattle, though I spent some early years in the Philippines living between the jungle and the city of Manila. For the first five years of my medical career, I practiced Emergency Medicine in ERs throughout Pennsylvania and Washington.

Fernanco Vega

When I began private practice in 1981, I found practitioners of other disciplines to join me (acupuncturists, physical therapists, naturopaths, midwives, and physicians in other specialties), and the collective of Seattle Healing Arts Center was born.

During more than 30 years practicing medicine, I have been privileged to hear many stories and witness a wide range of clinical situations and outcomes. My approach with new patients often starts with learning some of their life story. This includes influences on their emotional and social development as well as their spiritual perspectives. From this foundation of understanding, health issues and goals are then addressed.

NOTE: I am no longer accepting new patients.







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  • BS Molecular Biology, University of Washington 1974
  • MD - University of Washington School of Medicine 1978
  • Residency - Altoona Hospital 1981
  • Certified - American Board of Family Practice 1981
  • ABFP. Recertification 1981-88, 1988-95, 1996-2003, 2003-10
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1979, 1999


  • National Board of Medical Examiners – 1979
  • Clinical Assistant Professor - University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Clinical Assistant Professor - University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Medical Staff - Swedish Hospital, Seattle
  • Medical Staff - Northwest Hospital, UW Physicians
  • Lecturer - Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine




Professional Committees

  • Emergency Dept. Committee - Providence Medical Center
  • Board of Directors - Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Utilization Review - Providence Medical Center & Cabrini Hospital
  • Credentials Committee Chairman - Providence Hospital Dept. Family Medicine
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee - Blue Cross of WA/Alaska, 1986 - 2003
  • WA State Dept. of Health - Midwifery Advisory Committee
  • Board of Directors - International District Community Health Center
  • Board of Directors - Central Seattle Community Health Centers
  • Board of Directors - Seattle Institute of Integrative Medicine

Professional Employment

  • Mercy Hospital Emergency Department - Altoona, PA 1979-1981
  • Phillipsburg Hospital Emergency Dept - Philipsburg, PA 1979-1981
  • DuBois Hospital Emergency Department - DuBois, PA 1979-1981
  • Northwest Emergency Physicians - Seattle, WA 1981-1982
  • Providence Medical Center Emergency Department -Seattle, WA 1981-1986
  • Cabrini Medical Center Emergency Department, Seattle, WA 1982


  • Asian Weekly Magazine - Asian-American Pioneers in Medicine 2004
  • Asian Community Health Center - Co-Founder/Visonary Award 2005
  • Seattle Magazine - Seattle's Best Doctors 2002, 2004
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine - Top Doctor 2010


  • 1992 - Co-Producer 5th Annual "Renewing the Spirit of the Healer"; Workshop Presenter - The Role of Stories in Healing
  • 1993, 1994 - Producer of 6th & 7th Annual "Renewing the Spirit in Healing"
  • 1994-96 - WANP CME Seminars Co-Producer
  • 1996 - Northwest Hospital Continuing Medical Education Conference; Alternative and Complementary Medicine

  • 1997 - UW Lecture on Integrating Alternative Modalities
  • UW Lecture on Complementary Medicine's Role in Health Care Delivery
  • 1999 - "Complementary Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach for Clinicians"
  • 1999 - SHAC Workshop - Using Complementary Medicine in Family Practice, Clinician Working Group on Integration of CAM, Office of the Insurance Commissioner
  • 2005 - White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, CME at SHAC
  • 2005 - 2006 - CME at SHAC (July 2005, Oct 2005, Dec 2005, June 2006, Oct 2006)


Vega, Fernando - Peeling Away the Layers. Journal of the American Holistic Med Assn, Fall 1997; pp 21-22


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