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Founded in 1946, innovating every day since.

Global Impact

Recognized for advancing medical knowledge through scientific research; UW Medicine scientists explore every aspect of health and disease, from the molecular mechanisms of gene action to population studies of global illnesses.

Elevating Communities

Our graduates: physicians, scientists, allied health personnel and scholars in medical history and ethics, go on to serve in a wide variety of capacities. Many M.D. and physician assistant alumni practice in areas of need, such as rural towns, inner cities and in developing nations.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Recognized for excellence in training primary care physicians and advancing medical knowledge through research, UW Medicine scientists, educators and clinicians are dedicated to helping each other reach the common goals of improving health and alleviating suffering from disease.

What makes the UW School of Medicine different?

Our mission guides us to improve the health of the public by educating and empowering the next generation of physicians, researchers and stewards of wellness in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) was founded in 1946. In the early 1970s, it formed a unique partnership with the states of Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, adding Wyoming in 1996, to provide innovative and cost-effective medical education to this region known as WWAMI.

Recognized for advancing medical knowledge through scientific research, UW Medicine scientists explore every aspect of health and disease, from the molecular mechanisms of gene action to population studies of global illnesses. Their work has contributed to improved understanding of the causes of disease and to better treatments and prevention of many disorders. 

Full-time physician faculty staff UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center, as well as the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and Seattle Children’s. UWSOM faculty also practice in UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinic locations throughout Puget Sound, and provide expert consultation to practicing physicians throughout the five-state region.

The University of Washington School of Medicine is consistently recognized as one of the nation's top schools for training physicians, and one of the nation’s leading research institutions. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked UWSOM as No. 2 in the nation for primary care education.


The UWSOM is committed to building and sustaining a multicultural community that fosters equity, diversity and inclusion. We believe that this is achieved by intentionally creating opportunities for involvement, participation and growth for each individual and by nurturing a positive institutional climate through professional development, education, policy and practice.


The UW School of Medicine is committed to the promotion of professionalism in our community of faculty, staff, trainees and students. To support this, the Committee for Continuous Professionalism Improvement (CPI) was created in 2007 by Dr. Paul Ramsey. The CPI Committee is charged with overseeing and promoting professionalism throughout the medical school and all teaching sites.

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  • The WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) states make up 27% of the land mass of the United States but contain only 3.3% of the population.
  • UW School of Medicine is the only medical school for the five-state WWAMI region, and the only five-state medical school in the country.
  • The school is nationally recognized for its innovative regional training program.
  • Students from Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho complete the Foundations phase of the curriculum in small learning groups in their respective home states.
  • Students from Washington attend their Foundations phase in Seattle or Spokane.
  • Regional Clerkship Sites: UWSOM prides itself on the depth and breadth of excellent clinical educational opportunities available throughout all of the five states that comprise WWAMI medical education program. The regional nature of our medical school allows our students to experience the entire gamut of medical care, both rural and urban, including private practice, community health care centers, community hospitals, tertiary care hospitals and quaternary care hospitals.


The UW School of Medicine provides opportunities for training with providers in all types of medical care settings.

  • Tertiary care- UW Medical Center; Seattle Children’s Hospital; VA Puget Sound Health Care System; Harborview Medical Center (level 1 trauma center)
  • Affiliated Community Hospitals
  • Community Healthcare Centers (urban and rural)
  • Private Practices (urban and rural)
  • International Health Clinics (local and abroad)
  • Indian Health Service Clinics A distinguishing characteristic of the UWSOM is interdisciplinary collaboration. Scientists, educators and clinicians are dedicated to helping each other reach the common goals of improving people's health and alleviating suffering from disease.

  • Since 1974, the UW School of Medicine has ranked consistently among the top three schools in receipt of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funding.
  • UWSOM is currently ranked tenth in the country among research-oriented medical schools.
  • A number of established and start-up biotechnology companies, including Zymogenetics and ICOS, have their roots in UW School of Medicine research.
  • M.D./Ph.D. Program (MSTP) The Medical Scientist Training Program is designed for highly qualified candidates who wish to obtain both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees and to pursue careers in basic medical research.
  • Ph.D. Programs The UWSOM provides advanced scientific training toward Ph.D. degrees in biomedical research in a resource-rich, collaborative environment dedicated to scientific discovery.

Clinical experiences are available at 50+ sites for required clerkships in addition to 100+ RUOP sites and 15 WRITE sites. TRACKs are also available to allow students to spend an entire year in one WWAMI state.

  • RUOP: Rural Underserved Opportunities Program, a four-week, elective immersion experience in community medicine for students between their first and second years of medical school.
  • WRITE: WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience, a 20-week, rural clinical medical training experience for a pre-selected group of third-year medical students.
  • TRACK: WWAMI State Track Program, allows a select group of students to complete most of the required clerkships scheduled in one specific site/state throughout the WWAMI region during their third or fourth year of medical school.
  • TRUST: Our Targeted Rural Underserved Track Program is available in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho and is an integrated program for students interested in rural or underserved medicine. Beginning the summer before medical school and continuing throughout the curriculum, TRUST scholars participate in clinical and classroom experiences, online discussions, and regional or national conferences, exposing them to the satisfaction, challenges and lifestyle of a physician practicing in rural and underserved areas.


The UW School of Medicine has undergone many innovative changes over the past 40 years. The Colleges was incorporated to provide consistent mentoring in clinical skills, professionalism and patient-centered care. The Colleges structure helps make a large university intimate.

  • 8 colleges
  • 6-7 faculty mentors in each college
  • 6-7 students per year for each faculty mentor

Medical students can select one or more of five pathways to develop knowledge and skills specifically tailored to working with vulnerable populations here and abroad. Each Pathway allows students to organize their courses, clinical rotations and volunteer opportunities around a particular community, population, or aspect of underserved medicine with mentorship from faculty, staff and community providers and partners who share those interests. 

M.D. Program policies


M.D. Program compliance


Graduate Medical Education policies


UW School of Medicine departments and programs

Many of the departments listed below are linked to independent, departmentally or divisionally maintained websites. (MEDEX Northwest is the physician assistant training program.)

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Message from the UW School of Medicine Academic Affairs Deans

The University of Washington School of Medicine is committed to providing support to all students—especially to those from marginalized groups—and to maintaining privacy of student records including immigration status. Furthermore, the school continues to be committed to accepting students covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and supporting them once they matriculate.

We also affirm UW President Ana Mari Cauce’s statement that we are “…proud to be the home to students, staff and scholars from around the world. We stand with them and will provide them with support as needed. We are fully committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of all members of our community including DACA students. The UW Police Department does not and will not detain, question or arrest individuals solely because they lack documentation. Nor do they or will they inquire about immigration status when they detain, question or otherwise interact with people.”

Please contact any one of us if you would like to discuss this or other related issues further.

Suzanne Allen, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs

Raye Maestas, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Sara Kim, PhD, Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement

Mark Whipple, MD, Interim-Associate Dean for Curriculum

LeeAnna Muzquiz, MD, Associate Dean for Admissions

Marj Wenrich, PhD, MPH, Associate Dean for Education Strategies


Meet our leaders


Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.

Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Washington; CEO, UW Medicine

Suzanne Allen

Suzanne M. Allen, M.D., M.P.H.

Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs

Byron Joyner

Byron Joyner, M.D

Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official


Julie Reid

Interim Vice Dean for Administration and Finance


John T. Slattery, Ph.D.

Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Jennifer Best

Jennifer Best, M.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education


Mary Lenora "Nora" Disis, M.D.

Associate Dean for Translational Science


David Green

Associate Dean and Chief Financial Officer


Marshall S. Horwitz, M.D, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist

Nancy Hovis

Nancy Hovis

Associate Dean, Business and Regulatory Affairs


Paul James, M.D.

Associate Dean for Primary Care


Mary Fran Joseph, M.B.A.

Associate Dean for Administration and Finance


Sara Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement


Patricia Kritek​, M.D., Ed.M.​

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs


Angela Moore, MHA

​Associate Dean for Administration and Operations


LeeAnna Muzquiz, M.D.

​Associate Dean for Admissions

Susan Peterson

Susan Peterson

Associate Dean, Academic and Staff Human Resources


Darryl Potyk, M.D.

Associate Dean for Eastern Washington

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Tueng T. Shen M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Medical Technology Innovation


Gerald Tolbert, M.D.​

Interim A​ssociate Dean for Student Affairs


Marjorie Wenrich, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Dean for Education Strategies

Mark Whipple

Mark Whipple, M.D.

Acting Associate Dean for Curriculum

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Nathan White

Interim Associate Dean


J. Richard Goss, M.D.

Associate Dean and Medical Director, Harborview Medical Center

Catherine Kaminetzky, M.D.

Catherine Kaminetzky, M.D.

Chief of Staff, VA Puget Sound Health Care System


Thomas Staiger, M.D.

Associate Dean and Medical Director, UW Medical Center

Leslie Walker-Harding

Leslie Walker-Harding

Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Seattle Children's

anne browning

Anne Browning, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Well-Being

Giana Davidson

Giana H. Davidson, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Dean for Professionalism

Cindy Hamra

Cindy A. Hamra, J.D., M.A.

Assistant Dean for Operations and Administration, Graduate Medical Education


Molly Jackson, M.D.​

Assistant Dean for the Colleges


John McCarthy, M.D.

Assistant Dean for Rural Programs


Maya Sardesai, M.D., M.Ed.

Assistant Dean for Student Development

Edith Wang

Edith Wang, Ph.D

Assistant Dean for Basic Science

Leo Morales

Leo Morales, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Quality Improvement/Outcomes Research

William Sayres

William Sayres Jr, M.D.

UW Spokane

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Brant Schumaker, PhD.

University of Wyoming

Kathy Young

Kathy Young, M.D.

University of Alaska

Martin Teintze

Martin Teintze, Ph.D.

Montana State University

Jeffrey Seegmiller

Jeffrey Seegmiller, Ed.D.

University of Idaho

Devin Sawyer

Devin Sawyer, M.D.

Western Washington

Geoffry Jones

Geoffry Jones, M.D.

Eastern and Central Washington

Judy Swanson

Judy Swanson, M.D.

Spokane, Washington

robert monger

Robert Monger, M.D.


Barbara Doty

Barbara Doty, M.D.


Jay S. Erickson

Jay S. Erickson, M.D.


Mary Barinaga

Mary Barinaga, M.D.


Frank Batcha

Frank Batcha, M.D.


G. Burkhard Mackensen, M.D., Ph.D., FASE

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
(Interim Chair)
G. Burkhard Mackensen, M.D., Ph.D., FASE


Trisha N. Davis, Ph.D.

Michael Regnier, Ph.D., M.S.

(Interim Chair)
Michael Regnier, Ph.D., M.S.


Bioethics and Humanities
Denise Dudzinski, Ph.D, MTS


Biological Structure
Rachel Wong, Ph.D


Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, M.D.


Comparative Medicine
Thea Brabb, D.V.M.,Ph.D., Dipl. ACLAM


Emergency Medicine
Susan A. Stern, M.D.


Family Medicine
Paul James, M.D.

William Noble, Ph.D.

Genome Sciences (Acting Chair)

William Noble, Ph.D.


Global Health
Judith Wasserheit, M.D.

Christopher Murray

Health Metrics Sciences
Christopher J.L. Murray, M.D., D.Phil.


Marion Pepper, Ph.D., interim chair


Chair, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Geoffrey Baird, M.D., Ph.D.

Barbara Jung

Barbara Jung, M.D.

David Sherman, Ph.D.

David Sherman, Ph.D.


Neurological Surgery
Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D.


Thabele "Bay" Leslie-Mazwi


Obstetrics and Gynecology
Barbara Goff, M.D.


Russell Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D.

Howard Chanksy

Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Howard Chansky, M.D.


Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery
Neal D. Futran, M.D., D.M.D.

Leslie Walker-Harding

Leslie Walker-Harding, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.S.A.H.M.


John D. Scott, FRS

Elizabeth Buffalo, Ph.D.

Physiology and Biophysics
Elizabeth Buffalo, Ph.D.


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jürgen Unützer, M.D., MPH, M.A.


Radiation Oncology
Ramesh Rengan, M.D., Ph.D.

Dushyant Sahani, M.D.

Dushyant Sahani, M.D.


Rehabilitation Medicine
Peter C. Esselman, M.D.


Douglas E. Wood, M.D.


Hunter Wessells, M.D.

Support next-generation medical education.

Our programs empower future medical professionals dedicated to elevating health in rural and underserved communities in our region and around the world. The UW School of Medicine offers a number of ways to invest in tomorrow’s leaders. From donating to our scholarship fund to supporting the continuation of the WWAMI program or giving the gift of medical research, explore giving opportunities.