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.

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.

Sexual Health

My interest in sexual health is an extension of a holistic approach to wellness. Having been given the privilege of 37 years of practicing family practice with a holistic intention I have learned more deeply how sexuality weaves in the fabric of our consciousness. Since acquiring many more tools that were previously unavailable to the public, I’ve been very happy to bring together a team health car practitioners that address a wider scope or sexual health. The scope of practice within  our team includes a broad range of interests from sex education for children to  tantra. Others amongst us ae also happy to be able to provide very effective and innovative treatments for sexually related  conditions such as  vaginal atrophy, painful intercourse, erectile dysfunction  and Peyrone’s disease.

Painful Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
Most frequently caused by a thinning of the vaginal lining when there is a lack of estrogen due to menopause or treatment of breast cancer with drugs that inhibit the effects of estrogen.  It can also happen as an inadequate response to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Other causes of painful intercourse include anatomical barriers such as stenosis ( narrowing ) of a portion of the vagina and  inflammatory diseases including lichen sclerosus.

Our current array of therapies address all the conditions listed for dyspareunia.

Male sexual dysfunction
Less than optimal firmness of erections or inability to sustain erections are frequently due to vascular insufficiency but also performance anxiety.

Treatments in our clinic for erectile dysfunction include shockwave therapy, plasma rich platelets and stem cell transplants

Peyrone’s Disease
Likened to a scar on the shaft of a penis, a plaque on the tunica albuginia causes a bend upon erection.

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
HSDD has become a “diagnosis” because there is a new drug to treat it.

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) or inhibited sexual desire (ISD) is considered a sexual dysfunction and is characterized as a lack or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity, as judged by a clinician. For this to be regarded as a disorder, it must cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulties and not be better accounted for by another mental disorder, a drug (legal or illegal), some other medical condition, or asexuality A person with ISD will not start, or respond to their partner’s desire for, sexual activity.[1]

Professional Committees
  • 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
Awards
  • 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
Presentations
  • 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)
Bibliography
  • Vega, Fernando – Peeling Away the Layers. Journal of the American Holistic Med Assn, Fall 1997; pp 21-22
Education
  • 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
Affiliations
  • 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
Insurance
  • Aetna (non HMO)
  • BCBS
  • Bridgespan
  • First Choice
  • Lifewise
  • Premera
  • Regence

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NOTE: I am no longer accepting new patients.