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May J.

Basic Science Research
Clinical Faculty
Associate Professor
Medical Director, Senior Care Clinic
Section Chief, HMC Geriatric Medicine


Dr. Reed is Section Chief of Geriatric Medicine at Harborview, Medical Director of the HMC Senior Care Clinic and UW Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. Her personal interests include hiking, skiing, attending sporting events, and spending time with her family.

Philosophy of Care

Stay active to promote aging successfully.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle WA (1990-1992)
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA (1986-1989)
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA (1986)
  • College, University of Scranton, Scranton PA (1982)


  • MSTAR Mentor Award (2019)
  • UW Cares Award (2017)
  • MSTAR Mentor Award (2015)

Research Interests

Dr. Reed’s longstanding interest is in evaluating the effects of the extracellular matrix (ECM) on tissue repair and the microvasculature in aging, in vitro and in vivo. She has a specific interest in hyaluronan (HA), a highly expressed linear disaccharide polymer that changes in abundance and size with aging and injury. Dr. Reed’s research focuses on regulation of HA and the ECM in the microvasculature of aging brains and in brains with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Reed is also engaged in multiple projects related to improving the detection of frailty and other pathways to optimize the care of older trauma patients. Dr. Reed was in the second cohort of Beeson Scholars in Aging Research and has had continuous funding from the NIH for over 20 years. She is also Director of the UW MSTAR (Medical Student Training in Aging Research) Program.