Meet Mary Beth Hasselquist, MD


Specializing in information design that transforms unstructured data into honest, meaningful patterns easily grasped by the end user

Mary Beth Hasselquist is an independent information designer and a physician. She creates clear and insightful graphs, tables, and slide sets that eliminate visual distractions and convey data and patterns in a memorable way.

Dr. Hasselquist has long understood the power of visual displays as means of communication. As a physician, much of her day was spent talking with other members of the healthcare team and patients. While talking with patients, more often than not, she found herself grabbing paper and pencil to illustrate her discussion with diagrams and sketches.

Her interest in communicating data in meaningful ways drew her to study the visual system and how we process visual information.

She applies science to design when creating elegant and effective visuals for her clients. Using principles based on scientific evidence of human perception and cognition, her visual materials convey relevant information quickly and clearly.

For each project, her expert skills in visual design, her analytical thinking, and her knowledge of medicine, statistics, and study design help ensure a positive experience for the end user.

Dr. Hasselquist completed certificate programs in Technical Writing and Editing and User-Centered Design from the Department of Technical Communication (now called the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering) at the University of Washington.

She teaches Designing and Editing Tables and Graphs at the University of Chicago, Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and taught Visual Communication at the University of Washington as an Affiliate Associate Professor, Human-Centered Design and Engineering.

Dr. Hasselquist spent most of her medical career as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Group Health (now Kaiser Permanente Washington) in Seattle. She continues to serve as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington.

She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Mayo Clinic and completed residency training in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University.

Dr. Hasselquist has served as a faculty member for numerous continuing medical education courses offered by Group Health, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Over the course of her career she’s received recognition for teaching and clinical excellence. She is also the co-author of five research papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

Before practicing medicine in Seattle, Dr. Hasselquist began her career as a doctor in the U.S. Navy and worked in Bethesda, Maryland; Adak, Alaska; San Diego, California; Keflavik, Iceland; and Okinawa, Japan. One memorable highlight of her time in the Navy was serving onboard the USNS Mercy on a medical mission to the Philippines.

Dr. Hasselquist is a member of the Society of Technical Communication and the American Medical Writers Association.

Contact Dr. Hasselquist for visual displays that capture the attention of users and convey information clearly and effectively.