Joseph Salinas

Joseph Salinas

Joseph Salinas MD

Assistant Professor Internal Med
COM-Faculty, COM-Internal Medicine
(509) 249-7761
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Dr. Joseph Salinas is an expert in the clinical practice, business management and teaching of evidence-based, relationship-centered Primary Care Medicine. In his current roles as managing partner of his multispecialty clinical practice and Associate Professor of Medicine at Pacific Northwest university College of Osteopathic Medicine, he is distinguished by his expertise in applying the most rigorous and relevant medical literature in a cost effective, outcome-oriented manner. His mastery of communication and leadership principles and experience in public speaking allows him to present large amounts of advanced, complex medical information to students, patients, and practicing clinicians in an accessible, audience-specific manner. 

As Medical Director of a non-profit clinic in East Los Angeles, he treated and educated medically indigent patients while learning Spanish. He standardized charting to meet state and federal standards, reorganized scheduling and staffing and recruited a full-time, board-certified staff in Pediatrics, Family Practice, and Obstetrics and Synecology. During that time, he also studied the Covey Leadership and Communication Principles and served as public liaison for the clinic to Los Angeles County and California State credentialing and funding organizations, appearing in television and radio interviews. 

During his tenure as a staff physician for a large California HMO, he co-developed, staffed and managed a Hospitalist group, the first of its kind in that organization, serving nearly 50 Internists. He also presented a series of two-day seminars on professional communication skills and patient-centered informatics to a staff of over 400 physicians, nurses, and health care professionals. 

In 1999, he applied his experience to establishing a private Internal Medicine practice in eastern Washington. He served as Chief of Medicine of Kadlec Medical Center during his first two years in private practice and distinguished himself as a spokesman and model for outcome drive patient care, consistently ranking first among a medical staff of over 100 admitting physicians in Length of Stay, inpatient complication/mortality and readmission rates. He also steered several committees, including JCOAH certification, Hospitalist search and implementation and cardiothoracic search committees, while continuing to serve on the hospitals' Bioethics committee as he had at his previous two admitting hospitals.