Welcome New Advertiser Burien Digestive Health of HMC
We’d like to welcome our newest advertiser, Dr. C. Michael Kramer Jr. He’s the new “Gastro-guy” at Highline Medical Center. In fact, Dr. Kramer’s practice is so new that it has just begun this week making appointments for patients that he will begin seeing April 4th.
Now, Dr. Kramer may be new to HMC, but he’s not new to the medical profession. In fact, he’s been practicing Gastroenterology and Hepatology in South Seattle since 1982. He was part of Southlake Clinic from 1986 through 2010. The clinic is part of Valley Medical Center. While practicing there Dr. Kramer was elected two terms as Chief of Medicine at Valley Medical Center and served an additional 8 years on their executive committee.
He recently decided that change would be a good thing—especially because it brought him back to the City of Burien and to his hometown medical center, HMC. Dr. Kramer has lived here for 30 years. “This change gives me an opportunity to practice Gastroenterology in a small, single specialty group that will be more patient friendly while focusing on excellent state-of-the art gastrointestinal care,” he explained. It’s also given him a great commute!
Dr. Kramer probably bleeds Husky Purple and here’s why. This Tacoma native graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS degree in Chemistry from the U of W’s honors program. In 1973 Dr. Kramer was a finalist for the University of Washington’s highest undergraduate academic award, the President’s Medal. He received his medical degree from the University of Washington Medical School in the honors program. In addition, Dr. Kramer was elected to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor society and was nominated to the national medical honor society.
While studying to become a medical doctor, Dr. Kramer also got to experience some traveling. During the summer of 1975, he was awarded a basic science grant to do cancer research at Columbia University Medical School’s Francis Delafield Hospital in New York City. In 1976, he studied at Oxford University in England as the Paul Beeson Visiting Medical Student. After further training at Baylor College of Medicine, located in Texas, and the Oregon Health Sciences Medical Center, he completed his Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Washington.
Dr. Kramer is an active clinical faculty member of the University of Washington. Since 1982, he has reached the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He has been a member in good standing of the American Gastroenterology Association, the Pacific Northwest Gastroenterology Society, and the King County Medical Society since 1982.
His most recent accomplishment came in May of 2007. Dr. Kramer was inducted as an AGA Fellow. Fellowship in the American Gastroenterological Association is an honor bestowed by the AGA for superior professional achievement in practice and/or research in the field of gastroenterology. AGA members who are awarded a fellowship have accomplishments and contributions that demonstrate personal commitment to the field of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Kramer lives in Burien with his wife Jean Gruber and their three children. His two sons attend UW and his daughter hopes to start there in this fall. His favorite hobbies include playing adult men’s soccer, co-rec softball, downhill skiing, traveling, cooking, reading, live theater, and hiking, and riding bicycles. Dr. Kramer also has coached elementary school and junior high school basketball for over 15 seasons. He has donated his time and efforts to numerous charitable, community service, and church activities over the last 30 years.
Dr. C. Michael Kramer Jr. is a devoted dad, coach, husband and doctor. HMC’s newest ‘Gastro-guy’ starts in his office April 4th, but here’s a reminder, you can start setting up appointments with his staff on March 23. You’ll find them at:
Burien Digestive Health Center
16259 Sylvester RD SW, Suite 403
Burien, WA 98166
And a final reminder from Dr. Kramer is that his former patients can now resume seeing him at HMC in Burien. Just call his Burien office and they’ll set you up. And to all patients, he’ll be continuing his practice of accepting all major insurances.
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