About UW Medicine

UW Medicine Mission Statement

To improve the health of the public.

About Our Mission

UW Medicine has a single mission to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals.

​​​​​​​​​​​Our faculty includes 3 living Nobel Prize winners (5 in our history), 36 National Academy of Medicine​ members, 32 National Academy of Sciences members and 13 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.

Patient Care

Our hospitals, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center and UW Medical Center together have about 65,000 admissions and about 1.6 million outpatient and emergency room visits each year. UW Medicine provides our patients with the latest in medical discovery, diagnoses and treatments. Our physicians treat patients, as well as conduct scientific research and teach the next generation of medical professionals.


  • More than 25,000 employees contribute to the mission of UW Medicine.
  • The School of Medicine has approximately 2,300 employed faculty members and more than 4,600 clinical faculty across the WWAMI program who teach medical students, residents and post-doctoral fellows.
  • UW Medicine has approximately 4,500 students and trainees across a broad range of undergraduate, professional, and post-graduate programs. 


The five-state WWAMI regional medical educational network, serving Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, is widely considered the best academic model for the training and placing of physicians in underserved communities.

UW School of Medicine has been ranked the top primary-care medical school in the country in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2016. In addition, US. News ranks several UW Medicine teaching programs among the nation's best.

  • Family medicine (No. 1 for 24 consecutive years)
  • Rural medicine (No. 1 for 24 consecutive years)
  • AIDS
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal medicine
  • Physician assistant (MEDEX)
  • Bioengineering​


UW Medicine faculty have made breakthroughs in a large number of areas, including:

  • Stem cell research and regenerative medicine
  • Neurosciences, including neurogenetics
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Global health metrics
  • Genome science and gene therapy
  • Molecular pharmacology, cellular regulation and neuropharmacology
  • Cancer treatment and prevention
  • Diabetes treatment and prevention
  • HIV treatment and prevention
  • Protein design

When the National Institutes of Health created the first three National Centers of Excellence in Genomic Sciences, the UW received two of the three awards – one in the School of Medicine and one in the College of Engineering. 

Eight living (10 in our history) UW School of Medicine faculty are recognized by the Gairdner Foundation for their seminal contributions to scientific advances worldwide.

UW School of Medicine faculty members are leaders in proteomics – research related to the biomolecular structure of proteins. Understanding protein complexes may lead to treatment and prevention of devastating diseases. UW scientists are studying dystrophin, a protein necessary for muscle health, in the search for muscular dystrophy treatments. Other scientists are studying the structural genomics of protozoa that are pathogens for such diseases as sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis and malaria, which result in many deaths worldwide.

The 2013 rankings for receipt of NIH funding are:

  1. Harvard
  2. UW Medicine
  3. Johns Hopkins  
UW School of Medicine research provides a significant economic benefit to the community. UW Medicine generated more than $1 billion in research funds last year. A number of established and start-up biotechnology companies, including Zymogenetics and ICOS, have their roots in UW School of Medicine research. 

Report to the Community

The Report to th​e Community reflects a small portion of our work locally, regionally and worldwide to help transform healthcare. This work is conducted in laboratories, patient-care settings, and classrooms by training the next generation of healthcare professionals and scientists, and through public advocacy.  The report provides an overview of events that have shaped us; how we are hardwiring a culture of excellence; how we are transforming care through public advocacy, key programs, training, research, global engagement and other initiatives; and the results of those efforts.