Dr. Jay Fathi is a lifelong North Seattle resident and demonstrated leader in providing innovative care for the underserved and uninsured in Seattle and throughout Washington State. His career—as a practicing family physician focusing on low income individuals and families, to helping build and lead the State’s expansion of coverage under Obamacare—has been singularly focused on getting people, particularly those most vulnerable, the quality care they need to live healthy lives.
Dr. Fathi attended Seattle Public Schools, graduating from Roosevelt High School before entering the University of Washington. After receiving an undergraduate degree in History, he attended the UW School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Swedish Family Medicine.
After his residency, Dr. Fathi spent 12 years at the NeighborCare Health 45th Street Community Clinic, where he provided full spectrum family medicine, including delivering babies, for low income and underserved patients, while building strong ties to Seattle’s human services and social justice communities.
In addition to his work at the community health center, Dr. Fathi joined Swedish Medical Center—part of the region’s largest nonprofit health provider—where he founded and led its Program for Primary Care and Community Health. Among other accomplishments, he led efforts of significant growth, expansion, and upgrades of a clinic for low income, uninsured, and underserved patients, adding several specialties, electronic health records, and a specialty dental clinic.
Dr. Fathi also served as the Medical Director for programs focusing on diabetes, employee health and wellness, and at the Ballard High School Teen Health Center. Under Dr. Fathi’s leadership, Swedish launched a primary care clinic with an innovative value-based payment model rewarding access, quality, and health outcomes. Dr. Fathi continues to serve as a board-certified family doctor on medical staff at Swedish today, where he has served in numerous leadership positions.
Since 2000, Dr. Fathi has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at the UW School of Medicine. He teaches medical students, residents, and allied health professionals, providing guidance to the next generation of health leaders on the importance of community-based affordable health care services.
As Washington State embraced the Affordable Care Act mandate, Dr. Fathi became President and CEO of Coordinated Care, leading the Obamacare health plan startup from 34,000 members to a state-wide plan with over 250,000 members in all 39 Washington counties. Dr. Fathi also launched programs and plans focused on supporting communities among our state’s most vulnerable—including all 24,000 foster children in Washington State, and those with significant behavioral health needs.
In addition to his leadership in health care, Dr. Fathi is an active community member, volunteer, and board member. In addition to having served on the board of directors of several non-profits, his family was recognized for their sustained volunteerism at the University District Food Bank. Dr. Fathi also has volunteered as a youth athletics coach throughout his life, and is currently the boys’ basketball coach at Hamilton International Middle School.
Dr. Fathi has served on national healthcare advisory councils, Washington State Committees on immunizations and prescription medications, and health equity, and has been recognized locally and nationally for his leadership, teaching, and focus on expanding healthcare access. His awards include the Advocate Award from the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington, Outstanding Teacher of the Year from Swedish Medical Center, the Parke-Davis Teacher Development Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the 2017 Cynthia F. Shurtleff Leadership Award from WithinReach of Washington, presented for “extraordinary leadership, innovation, and dedication to the health and wellbeing of women, children, and families in Washington State.”
Jay lives in the Fremont neighborhood with his wife, a nurse practitioner and professor at the UW School of Nursing, and their teenage sons, who are both Seattle Public Schools students.