Emily Brandenfels, MD
Emily Brandenfels, MD, has extensive experience providing care to the safety net population and leading efforts to improve the way that care is delivered.
Prior to joining HMA, Dr. Brandenfels served as an associate medical director at the Community Health Plan of Washington. Her primary responsibilities were in the New Programs Integration Department, where she led efforts to work with community health centers on innovative models of care. These efforts included a CMMI grant focused on creating a team-based model of care, targeting high utilizers who are cared for in a systematic fashion using care managers who collaborate with physician consultants. She played a key role in the systematic case review sessions and helping the team with ongoing process improvement.
Dr. Brandenfels was also the physician lead on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant, which involved collaboration with managed care organizations and community health centers to adopt innovative models using community health workers to provide care to asthma patients. She participated in various state-wide workgroups on transitional care topics, as well as high utilizers, providing her with diverse perspectives on Medicaid services and delivery.
She started her career as an internist at Pike Market Medical Clinic (now part of Neighborcare Health) in 1995. She cared for a panel of patients there for three years, and then continued to provide locums coverage until 2004. Dr. Brandenfels has continued intermittently to volunteer at Neighborcare Youth Clinic providing services to homeless teens. She also worked for two years at the local public locked psychiatric facility providing medical consultation for indigent psychiatric patients. These clinical roles have provided her with the opportunity to gain a deep understanding for the needs of the safety net population.
Dr. Brandenfels also has an interest in the geriatric population. She worked as a skilled nursing facility rounder at Group Health Cooperative from 2003-2008, with ongoing locums work in both the skilled nursing facility and hospice settings.
Her volunteer work has included providing care in rural Guatemala, post-earthquake Haiti, and domestic safety net settings.
Dr. Brandenfels received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, an MS in Health and Medical Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University. She completed her internal medicine training in primary care at Highland Hospital in Alameda County.
She currently resides in Seattle with her husband and her youngest, nearly-launched child. She enjoys rowing, as well as traveling to visit her two older children.