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The Top Doctor award is a peer-nominated award for providers who give exceptional care.

Michael D. Saunders, MD

Professor, Gastroenterology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Director, Digestive Disease Center
UW Medicine

Provider background

Specialty: Gastroenterology

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Washington, Internal Medicine
University of Washington, Gastroenterology
Board Certification
Gastroenterology, 1999; Internal Medicine, 1996, American Board of Internal Medicine
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors award

Dr. Saunders has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Seattle Met's annual survey multiple years in a row.

Seattle magazine's 2021 Top Doctors award

Dr. Saunders has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.


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Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
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Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
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