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Navigating in Woods

About Me

There are many dimensions to my life and career.  I am currently on sabbatical from clinical practice to act as CEO of my journey.

A brief history of my career:

I am a colorectal surgeon, teacher, and bioethicist. For the first 12 years of my career (2009-2021), I served as core faculty on the ACGME-accredited ​St. Mark's Hospital Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency.  In 2020, I confronted a double whammy of the pandemic and a breast cancer diagnosis.  From late 2020 into early 2021, I had surgeries and chemotherapy for breast cancer, disruptions which ultimately led to my exit from my Utah private practice.

While my hair was regrowing after chemotherapy, I conducted a job search.  I was blessed with an opportunity to join one of my former trainees--Dr. Ian White--in practice in Bellevue, Washington, just east of Seattle.  Though I treasure the privilege of having served "The East Side" with Dr. White, the hospital system and I grew in different directions.  One key divergence is that I continue to crave and pursue scholarship.  To this end, I am the first virtual fellow training with the Washington University, St. Louis, Center for Humanism and Ethics in the Surgical Specialties (CHESS Fellow). 


In December 2023, I elected to take the present time to regroup, outside the manacles of recent cancer surgery and chemotherapy, to focus on being the CEO of my own life, including choosing a clinical practice model that supports and encourages teaching and scholarship.  

​I aim to keep my website updated about my unfolding adventure!





Jill Clark MD
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