Western Washington Medical Group (WWMG) is sad to announce that Dr. Ignatius Marsidi has retired from the Department of Gastroenterology as of January 1, 2013. Dr. Marsidi is the founder of Western Washington Medical Group and is known all over the region for his pioneering spirit.
Dr. Marsidi came to Everett in July 1980 and established his Gastroenterology practice. He went out into the medical community and introduced himself to providers all over the region, slowly but surely building his Gastroenterology practice. He started in a rented office on Colby Avenue as a solo practitioner, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for three years, until he was joined by Dr. Jerome Waldbaum in 1983. Dr. Marsidi and Dr. Waldbaum followed a “have scope, will travel” work ethic and traveled to Monroe and Arlington with their scope equipment and an assistant to care for patients.
In 1992, after attending a conference, Dr. Marsidi decided that with the advent of managed care, primary care physicians in the region were going to need some support. He met with other specialists in the area and began the hard work of creating a specialty medical group. Two years later, on January 1, 1994, four groups of specialists (Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Cardiology and Hematology/Oncology) reopened their doors under the banner of Western Washington Medical Group. WWMG has now grown to a group that has 17 specialties and four family practice groups with locations and satellites from Arlington and Whidbey Island to Lynnwood, Monroe, and Bothell.
The Gastroenterology Department has grown, opening its own freestanding Endoscopy Center in July 1995, and after several clinic moves, the Gastroenterology Department main office is now located at 4225 Hoyt Avenue, Suite A, in Everett.
Dr. Marsidi is a colorful character who will be missed by his WWMG colleagues and patients, as well as other providers, nurses, and administrators in the area. Partner Jerome Waldbaum, MD, remarked, “I feel so very fortunate to have shared the last 30 years with Ignatius. He is beloved by all that know him for his wit, his wisdom, and his sincere dedication to those seeking his care.”