E. Patchen Dellinger, M.D.


Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of General Surgery
University of Washington

Box 356410
Room  BB 428
1959 N.E. Pacific Street
Seattle, Washington 98195-6410
206-543-3682 - office
206-543-8136 - fax



Dr. Dellinger graduated from Swarthmore College and from Harvard Medical School. During surgical training at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Dellinger completed an Infectious disease Fellowship at Tufts.  He is past president of the Surgical Infection Society (SIS), a fellow of the IDSA and of SHEA.  He was first author of the IDSA "Quality standard for prophylactic antimicrobial use in surgical procedures" and an author of the IDSA "Practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft-tissue infections" and currently represents IDSA to Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP).   He is a member of the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He was on  Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) from 2004-07.  He represents SIS in the current effort to produce a coordinated surgical antibiotic prophylaxis guideline jointly from ASHP, SIS, IDSA, and SHEA.  He was recently appointed to the Working Group on preventing surgical site infection as part of the second Global Patient Safety Challenge "Safe Surgery Saves Lives" of WHO. He is chair of the Infectious Diseases TAP for the NQF and a member of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Patient Outcomes Steering Committee.  He has been performing general and bariatric surgery at the University of Washington since 1977 where he is Professor, Vice-Chair, and Chief of the Division of General Surgery.  He is an Associate Medical Director of the University of Washington Medical Center.  He is on the management committee of the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) and chairs the Surgical Checklist Initiative for Washington State sponsored by SCOAP.  He has authored and/or coauthored more than 170 papers and chapters and he serves on the editorial boards of Surgical Infections and Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.