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Welcome Grant Tibbetts, MD, Col (ret)

Dr. Tibbetts joins TRA-Olympia on Lilly

Tibbets MD, GrantTACOMA, Wash., (July 3, 2014) – TRA Medical Imaging, one of the largest sub-specialized radiology practices in Washington, welcomes Grant Tibbetts, MD, Col. (ret), as medical director of TRA-Olympia on Lilly. Dr. Tibbetts brings extensive radiology and leadership expertise and joins TRA after a distinguished career in the United States Air Force Medical Corps, where he earned the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Tibbetts graduated from the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, the Uniformed Services University (USU), in Bethesda, Maryland, and completed residency in radiology at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California. He has served as an Associate Professor of Radiology to both USU and to the University Of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

During his military career, he received numerous medals and honors, including “Clinician of the Year” for US Air Forces Europe command, the Meritorious Service Medal four times, and the Legion of Merit in 2014.

Dr. Tibbetts has also served as a consultant to various defense programs including service as Radiology's Chief consultant to the United States Air Force Surgeon General. During this time, he was instrumental in extending tele-radiology capabilities—the ability to remotely transmit patient images—enhancing the global delivery of imaging expertise to distant military medical facilities.

Most recently selected as Chairman of Radiology at San Antonio Military Medical Center, and as Radiology Chairman to the Department of Defense largest radiology residency program, Colonel Tibbetts guided the realignment of Air Force and Army assets into a single team.

Dr. Tibbetts’ approach to patient care and his relationships with other medical professionals is guided by the principle to service: “I was privileged to serve our country in a way that has impacted patient care, while being personally fulfilling,” he said. “I look forward to utilizing my experience to build lasting relationships and deliver excellent care to the patient's and their providers within our local health care community.”

Dr. Tibbetts has already made a sizable impact to TRA-Olympia on Lilly. He was instrumental in adding 3D Mammography and MRI upgrades at this clinic. Through his leadership, TRA will continue to incorporate a higher level of medical imaging services in Olympia, while maintaining a “Patient First” focus.

Dr. Tibbetts will assume responsibility as Medical Director of TRA-Olympia on Lilly from Randall M. Patten, MD. Dr. Patten, founder of the Lilly clinic, will continue to serve the medical community in a part-time capacity with TRA Medical Imaging.

TRA Medical Imaging provides sub-specialized radiology services, including 24 hour emergency radiology services throughout south Puget Sound, serving eight area hospitals in the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, 11 TRA operated outpatient imaging centers and numerous medical offices.

About TRA Medical Imaging
TRA Medical Imaging is the community’s trusted source for convenient diagnostic imaging throughout the south Puget Sound. We are a local partnership of sub-specialized radiologists providing high quality, patient-centered care since 1943. TRA has combined compassionate, individualized care with leading-edge technology to offer the highest expertise and quality in medical imaging. Our radiology physicians, technologists, and staff provide our referring physicians and patients with excellence in care.

TRA Medical Imaging provides over 700,000 interpretations annually within eight hospitals and for eleven TRA operated outpatient imaging centers. TRA has a long, collaborative history of working with virtually all insurance providers operating within Washington, and offers low, out-of-pocket exam costs, as well as generous financial assistance to eligible patients.