Guardian of Emergency Medicine Award

The Guardian award recognize physicians, nurses, legislators, other organizations, or individuals who have gone above and beyond the norm to protect the safety net of emergency medicine, improve the quality of patient care delivery, and work to support the efforts of WA ACEP.

Vicki L. Sakata, MD

Double boarded and double residency trained in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, with subspecialty board certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle; Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Staff Emergency Medicine Physician; Senior Medical Advisor, Northwest Healthcare Response Network; WA-1 DMAT Medical Officer with deployments to Hurricanes Katrina/Rita, San Diego Wildfires; international medical experience to multiple countries in Central and South America, Africa, Pakistan and Nepal; Speaker at multiple local and national disaster preparedness workshops and conferences; MD from University of Colorado.


Past Recipients

2019: Pauline Proulx, WA-ACEP Executive Director
2018: Katie Kolan, JD and Sean Graham, WSMA
2017: Washington Chapter, Emergency Nurses Association
2015: Carol Ostrom, The Seattle Times; and Sean Robinson, Tacoma News Tribune
2013: Tim Layton, JD, MPA and Susie Tracy
2012: The Honorable Eileen Cody; Stephen Anderson, MD, FACEP; and Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP