Philosophy of Care
My philosophy of care is to establish a partnership with my patients to enhance their health and manage their illness. Focusing on the whole person is paramount to my medical practice because of the impact different parts of our bodies and the environment we live in have on health and disease.
Dr. Tu is a board certified general internist who has provided comprehensive medical care for nearly 25 years.
Dr. Tu’s research interests encompass early detection of cancer, cardiovascular health, tobacco control, cross cultural care, the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions, and health care delivery in complex systems.
M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati OH 1989
M.P.H>, University of Washington, Seattle WA 1996
B.A., Duke University, Durham NC 1985
Internal Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago IL 1989-1993
General Internal Medicine, Seattle Veterans Admin (VA) Medical Center, Seattle WA
General Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle WA 1993-1996
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2013
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1990
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
American College of Physicians
American Public Health Association
Association of Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Society of General Internal Medicine
Society of Hospital Medicine
Honors and Awards
Hibbard E Williams Endowed Chief Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California Davis, 2017
Christopher Jenkins Cancer Control Award for community-based participatory research on cancer prevention and control in the Asian American and Canadian communities including seminal work in the early detection of colorectal cancer, 2016
G. Watson James Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Annual Meeting Awards. W. Green Paper of the Year Award, Third Place, 2012
Clinician-Investigator Award, Society for General Internal Medicine, Northwest Region, 2010
Select Recent Publications
Bishop S, Kushinka J, Tu S. Trapped in the Harberger Triangle. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2017.
Krist A, Woolf S, Hochheimer C, Sabo R, Kashiri P, Jones R, Lafata J, Etz R, Tu SP. Harnessing Information Technology to Help Patients Make Better Decisions – Cancer Screening as a Test Case. Annals of Family Medicine. 2017;15(3):217-224.
Lazzara EH, Keebler JR, Day S, DiazGranados D, Pan M, King MA, Tu SP. Understanding Teamwork in the Provision of Cancer Care: Highlighting the Role of Trust. Journal of Oncology Practice. 2016; 2(11):1084-1090.
Cole AM, Tu SP, Fernandez ME, Calo WA, Hotz J, Wolver S. Reported Use of Electronic Health Records to Implement Evidence Based Approaches to Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2015;26(4):1235-45.
Linzer M, Bitton A, Tu SP, Plews-Ogan M, Horowitz KR, Schwartz MD; Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) Writing Group*. The End of the 15-20 Minute Primary Care Visit. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015; 30(11):1584-6.
Mishra V, Masters H, Phillips A, Storch R, Tu SP. You can’t improve what you don’t measure: A systems engineering approach to developing geographically-matched patient-provider teams. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015; 30(2):S307.
Tu SP, Young VM, Coombs LJ, Williams RS, Kegler MC, Kimura AT, Risendal BC, Friedman DB, Glenn BA, Pfeiffer DJ, Fernandez ME. Practice adaptive reserve and colorectal cancer screening best practices at community health center clinics in 7 states. Cancer. 2014; 121(8):1241-8.
Tu SP, Chun A, Yasui Y, Kuniyuki A, Yip M, Taylor V, Bastani R. Adaptation of an evidence-based intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening: a quasi-experimental study. Implementation Science. 2014; 9(1):85.
Tu SP, Feng S, Storch R, Yip MP, Sohng H, Fu M, Chun A. Applying systems engineering to implement an evidence-based intervention at a community health center. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2012; 23:1399-1409.
Tu SP, Taylor V, Yasui Y, Chun A, Yip MP, Acorda E, Li L, Bastani R. Promoting culturally appropriate colorectal cancer screening through a health educator: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2006; 107(5):959-966.