Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive vice president for medical affairs
and Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington
Dr. Paul G. Ramsey is the CEO of UW Medicine, Executive vice president for medical affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. He has served as the senior executive leader of UW Medicine since June, 1997. UW Medicine includes the UW School of Medicine, four hospitals (Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital, Valley Medical Center and UW Medical Center), a network of primary care clinics (UW Neighborhood Clinics), a large physician practice plan (UW Physicians) and a fixed wing and helicopter air ambulance service (Airlift Northwest).
Dr. Ramsey graduated from Harvard College in 1971 with honors in Biochemistry and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1975. Following completion of residency training in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, he came to the University of Washington in 1978. He served as acting chair and then chair of the UW Department of Medicine from 1990 to 1997 when he was appointed to his current administrative leadership position. Dr. Ramsey was the first holder of the Robert G. Petersdorf Endowed Chair in Medicine in 1995. He has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the University of Washington School of Medicine’s graduating class three times (in 1984, 1986, and 1987) and the Margaret Anderson Award from the University of Washington graduating class of 1989. The latter Award recognizes exceptional support of medical students.
Dr. Ramsey’s research has focused on the development of methods to assess physicians’ clinical competence. He has been the Principal Investigator on multiple research grants related to assessment of physicians’ clinical skills and served as a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar in General Internal Medicine for five years. Dr. Ramsey received the John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1999 in recognition of his research contributions in the field of evaluation. He has served on many national committees and is a member of multiple organizations, including serving as an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine (previously known as the Institute of Medicine).