Desi Bailey

Desi Bailey

Title:
Senior Advisor

Desi joined Group Health in 1978 as an anesthesiologist and has been Hospital Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer since 1997. She received her MD from the University of Nebraska in 1975 and did her residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. At Group Health, Desi has been an advocate for equal treatment of LGBT staff and patients for many years, facilitating changes in policy, employee benefits, patient and family visitation, consumer rights and community outreach. She is a founding board member of Group Health's LGBT and Allies Staff Resource Group. Desi served on the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009, and in 2008, she joined the Healthcare Equality Index Advisory Council. She was elected to the GLMA Board of Directors in 2009 and was GLMA President September 2011-September 2013. She is now Immediate Past President of GLMA, and the 2013 GLMA Delegate to AMA’s House of Delegates.  Desi lives and works in Seattle, WA.