Associate Professor Emeritus Christopher L. Bryson, MD, MS, a beloved member of the Division of General Internal Medicine, died on March 12, 2022. Chris completed medical school and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern and in 2000, came to the University of Washington to complete a fellowship in Health Services Research. He then joined the faculty as an Acting Instructor based at the Puget Sound VA where he was highly respected as an outstanding attending on both the inpatient service and in the primary care clinic. Chris was a core investigator in the VA Northwest Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence where he pioneered early efforts to measure medication adherence by using large, national, pharmacy databases and applied those metrics in pharmaco¬epidemiologic studies of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He also conducted important studies of quality of care and from 2009 to 2013 and served as medical director of the Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program (COAP), a non-profit organization responsible for improving quality of care for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) in the state of Washington. He published nearly 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and was the recipient of numerous grants to support his research. Chris held an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in the Department of Health Services. For medical reasons, Chris retired from the faculty in 2013.
Steve Fihn, former Head of the Division of General Internal Medicine, characterized Chris as “a faculty member whose keen intellect and unflagging commitment were matched by his kindness toward all those with whom he worked.” Chris is survived by his wife, Jiho Huang Bryson; parents, Jerrell John Bryson and Carolyn Thompson Bryson; and brother, Jeffrey Brooke Bryson. A memorial service will be held on April 9 at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. The family has requested that donations in Chris’ honor be made to the Division of General Internal Medicine Research Fund. Donations are tax deductible.