Spokane’s Dr. Kang Zhang Honored with a UW Department of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

SEATTLE, WA – The University of Washington Department of Medicine has named Kang Zhang, M.D., of Spokane, WA, as a recipient of the 2017-2018 WWAMI Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award.

Dr. Zhang is one of six recipients that were selected for this award from more than 325 University of Washington clinical faculty members in the Department of Medicine from the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI).  The recognition is based on medical student nominations and committee selection for “demonstrated enthusiasm and dedication to the teaching of medical students and residents.” Dr. Zhang is an Internist at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA.

Student comments included accolades for enthusiasm, passion, extensive knowledge, empathy and rapport with patients.

“The guiding light of my teaching philosophy is creating a positive learning environment,” said Dr. Zhang. “Just like a patient-physician relationship builds on rapport, fostering a relationship between a learner and teacher begins with trust and support. I strive to make my learners feel their ideas and thoughts are supported. All views are worthy of consideration, and valued without judgment.”

The six faculty awardees include:

  • Chad Byrd, M.D. – Wenatchee, WA
  • Meghan Johnston, M.D. – Bozeman, MT
  • Kari Kale, M.D. – Billings, MT
  • Chuong Nguyen, M.D. – Olympia, WA
  • John Thalken, M.D. – Douglas, WY
  • Kang Zhang, M.D. – Spokane, WA

The University of Washington Department of Medicine is proud to celebrate these faculty educators and as exceptional role models for aspiring physicians. 



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