CHRISTINE HANCOCK, MD, MS
Dr. Hancock is a Family Physician and Medical Director with Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Bellingham, Washington. She is also the physician lead for Sea Mar’s opioid programs including their Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) program and safe opioid prescribing initiatives for chronic pain. Dr. Hancock serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University and has worked as a medical consultant for the University and Washington and Comagine Health, supporting efforts to expand access to MOUD in primary care across Washington State, reduce stigma around substance use disorders, and support safe opioid prescribing through the Six Building Blocks initiative. She speaks fluent Spanish after studying in Peru, Bolivia and Mexico and practicing for the last two decades on her many Spanish-speaking patients. Her current panel includes a large indigenous farmworker population.
Dr. Hancock grew up in a town of 2,000 in eastern California and completed medical school at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, where she studied novel factors predictive of rural physician recruitment and retention. She completed her residency at the UCSF-Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program where she served as the teaching and didactics Chief Resident. Since that time, she has been in full time clinical practice in Washington State. She has also worked extensively with the National Rural Health Association since medical school and continues to serve on its Rural Primary Care Issue Group. Her current research focuses on rural and community health, with an emphasis on chronic pain and opioid use disorders.
Outside of work, Dr. Hancock enjoys spending time with her husband and two school-aged children, often while riding some kind of bicycle. In addition, she enjoys combining her love for rural areas with her husband’s specialty in geology in the form of travel, both national and international.
Dr. Hancock serves the ABFM on the Research & Development Committee and on the Knowledge Assessment Committee.