Dr. Erika Bliss performs numerous in-office surgical procedures and urgent care procedures.
Dr. Erika Bliss is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in History from San Francisco State University and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford. She completed her medical training at the Swedish Family Medicine Residency Program in Seattle in 2003. She worked briefly for the Community Health Centers of King County before accepting a permanent position at Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center in Seattle, where she served as a staff physician, Clinical Site Director, and Director of Clinical Quality.
Dr. Bliss has traveled extensively in Mexico and Central America. There she collaborated with a local women’s health and human rights group to do research, including a video project, on domestic violence. In addition, she developed and implemented a medical education exchange program with a rural hospital in Honduras. While in medical school, Dr. Bliss was a founding member of the Free Clinic Project of San Diego, a student-run project that delivers primary care to homeless and indigent people. Not only has Dr. Bliss focused on direct patient care, she has also been involved in organized medicine and health policy through her work with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Additionally, she served on the education task force for the Future of Family Medicine Project, a national effort to chart the direction of Family Medicine for future decades.
Dr. Bliss is a member of the board of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, and serves on the steering committee of P4, Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice, a project to transform family medicine residency training in the US. In 2009, she was elected to serve on the American Board of Family Medicine, the organization that oversees certification and continuing education requirements for family physicians across the US. Dr. Bliss is delighted to be a part of the Qliance team and values providing personalized, high quality and convenient care to the people of Seattle. Her special interests include chronic disease management, care of children, geriatric medicine and mental health issues. Dr. Bliss feels that building relationships that empower patients to take charge of their health is the most important part of her work, and has a particular interest in studying and working on communications between health care providers and their patients.
Dr. Bliss lives with her family in Kirkland. In her spare time she enjoys travel, cooking, hiking and taking in the many movies and cultural events in the Seattle area.