Awards & Honors

Hospital and clinic recognition


Best Hospitals 2019-20: UW Medical Center

  • No. 1 in Seattle Metro Area and in Washington (since 2012)
  • No. 5 nationally in rehabilitation (jointly with Harborview Medical Center)
  • No. 8 in diabetes and endocrinology
  • No. 15 nationally in cancer care (jointly with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance)
  • Nationally ranked in three other specialties: gynecology, otolaryngology and geriatrics
  • High performing in gastroenterology & gastrointestinal surgery, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure and lung cancer surgery. 

Best Hospitals 2019-20: Harborview Medical Center

  • High performing in orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, urology, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and heart failure.

Read more about U.S. News & World Report rankings.


  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses: Beacon Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Trauma Surgical ICU and Burn ICU
  • American College of Physicians, Washington Chapter: 2010 Internist of the Year Award to Dr. Nancy Sugg, medical director, Pioneer Square Clinic, for being chosen by her peers as a role model for community-based internists
  • American Heart Association: “Get With The Guidelines” Stroke Gold Plus Award/Target Stroke Elite Plus
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthcare-Associated Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Champion
  • Foster McGaw Prize (2007): for our innovative programs that significantly improve the health and well-being of the community (health care for the homeless, supported housing and employment for the mentally ill, bilingual and bi-cultural community house calls, education and self-management for chronic disease, injury prevention for children)
  • Healthgrades: Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence (2018)
  • Human Rights Campaign: National Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality (since 2011)
  • Joint Commission: Comprehensive Stroke Center and Gold Seal Certification for Palliative Care
  • LifeCenter Northwest: Donation Referral Achievement Award, Jack Slater Community Excellence Award for organ donation
  • National Minority Quality Forum and Congressional Black Caucus: Booker T. Washington Award for promoting wellness in minority communities
  • Practice Greenhealth: Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award
  • Qualis Health Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality: Improving Diabetes Self-Management with Limited-English-Proficient Patients Using Bilingual/Bicultural Diabetes Navigators
  • Qualis Health Award of Excellence for Emergency Department High Utilizer Program: Case Management to Improve Care, Outcomes and Cost
  • SightLife: Vision Award in recognition of exceptional results in cornea donation
  • State of Washington: Warren Featherstone Reid Award (2010) for community outreach with satellite clinics for HIV/AIDS patients
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration: Five-year grant awarded to Harborview and Downtown Emergency Service Center to improve the integration of primary and behavioral health services for adults with serious mental illness
  • Washington State Department of Health: Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll
  • Washington State Hospital Association: “Best Hands on Care” Award for improving hand hygiene in hospitals and reducing hospital-acquired infections


  • American Heart Association: “Get With The Guidelines” Stroke Gold Plus Award/Target Stroke Elite Plus
  • Baby-Friendly USA: Baby-friendly designation for maternity care
  • Healthgrades: America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care Award; Five Star Rated – Stroke Care; Patient Safety Excellence Award; Pulmonary Care Excellence Award; Stroke Care Excellence Award
  • Human Rights Campaign: National Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality (since 2013)
  • Joint Commission: Primary Stroke Center and Gold Seal
  • Washington State Department of Health: Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll


  • American Hospital Association Circle of Life Award: UW Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center: Magnet Recognition for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice (first in world in 1994)
  • Baby-Friendly USA: Baby-friendly designation for maternity care
  • Becker’s Hospital Review: 100 Great Hospitals in America (since 2015)
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Overall Hospital Quality Rating: five Stars
  • Healthgrades: America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgery Award; Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award; Outstanding Patient Experience Award
  • Human Rights Campaign: National Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality (since 2011)
  • Joint Commission: Certification for Advanced Palliative Care
  • Leapfrog Group: “A” for Hospital Safety (since Spring 2016)
  • Practice Greenhealth: Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award
  • Washington State Department of Health: Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll
  • Women’s Choice Award: Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery, Cancer Care, Obstetrics and Patient Experience


  • Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care: seven consecutive excellent accreditation scores for meeting nationally recognized standards of high-quality health care
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance: Twelve UW Neighborhood Clinics awarded Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition
  • Premera Blue Cross: leadership awards for continued participation and support in the Premera Quality Score Card program
  • Qualis Health: Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality Outpatient Setting for “Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care”


  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's 2018 Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll
  • Baby-Friendly USA: Baby-friendly designation for maternity care
  • BlueCross BlueShield Association: Blue Distinction Center in Knee and Hip Replacement, Maternity Care and Spine Surgery
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Washington: Gold Level Recognition (2017-2018)
  • Commission on Cancer: Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program, Gold-Level Outstanding Achievement Award (2017)
  • Healthcare Information Management Systems Society: Stage 7 Award
  • American Hospital Association: Healthcare's Most Wired Winner (2017)
  • Healthgrades: America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award (2018), Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence (since 2017)
  • Human Rights Campaign: National Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality (since 2012)
  • Immunize Washington: Gold-Level Award from Washington Health Plan Partnership (Valley Family Medicine)
  • Joint Commission: Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care
  • LifeCenter Northwest: Organ Donation Achievement Award
  • National Association of Epilepsy Centers: Level 4 Epilepsy Center Accreditation (2017-2018)
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance: Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for Valley Medical Center Clinics
  • Washington State Public Health: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Award

Physician, researcher and faculty recognition


  • 2004 – Linda B. Buck for discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system
  • 2001 – Leland H. Hartwell for discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle
  • 1992 – Edmond H. Fischer and Edwin G. Krebs for discoveries concerning reversible protein phosphorylation as a biological regulatory mechanism
  • 1990 – E. Donnall Thomas for discoveries concerning organ and cell transplantation in the treatment of human disease

 

Read about the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.


  • 2014 – Mary-Claire King for bold, imaginative and diverse contributions to medical science and human rights. Dr. King discovered the BRCA1 gene locus that causes hereditary breast cancer and deployed DNA strategies that reunite missing persons or their remains with their families.
  • 2002 – Belding H. Scribner for the development of renal hemodialysis, which changed kidney failure from a fatal to a treatable disease, prolonging the useful lives of millions of patients.
  • 1999 – Bertil Hille for elucidating the functional and structural architecture of ion channel proteins, which govern the electrical potential of membranes throughout nature, thereby generating nerve impulses and controlling muscle contraction, cardiac rhythm and hormone secretion.
  • 1998 – Lee Hartwell for pioneering genetic and molecular studies that revealed the universal machinery for regulating cell division in all eukaryotic organisms, from yeasts to frogs to human beings.
  • 1989 – Edwin G. Krebs for his seminal finding that phosphorylation activates major enzymes in cells, and for perceiving the profound importance of protein kinase enzymes.
  • 1987 – Leroy Hood for his imaginative studies of somatic recombination in the immune system, showing that rearrangements of genes lead to an infinite diversity of antibodies.

 

Read about the Lasker awards program.


  • 2018 – Christopher J.L. Murray for ground-breaking work in conceptualizing and quantifying the Global Burden of Disease
  • 2013 – King K. Holmes for global scientific contributions to the field of sexually transmitted disease and their effective treatment and prevention
  • 2010 – William A. Catterall for discovery of the voltage-gated sodium channel and calcium channel proteins and the elucidation of their function and regulation
  • 2003 – Linda B. Buck for discovery of the olfactory receptors and the clarification of how these receptors transfer olfactory signals to the brain
  • 2002 – Maynard V. Olson for his original concepts, and for technological and experimental innovations that were critical for the sequencing of the mammalian genomes, Robert H. Waterston for major seminal contributions to the sequencing of the human and other genomes and Philip P. Green for his contributions to development of the computational tools essential for sequencing of the human genome
  • 2001 – Bertil Hille for the elucidation of the mechanism of action and molecular structure of cation channels
  • 1992 – Leland H. Hartwell in recognition of contributions in the field of cell cycle regulation
  • 1990 – E. Donnall Thomas for the development of bone marrow transplantation as a therapy for leukemia and other blood disorders
  • 1978 – Edwin G. Krebs for elucidating fundamental biochemical mechanisms related to glycogen breakdown: pioneer work that has enhanced our knowledge of hormone action
  • 1969 – Belding H. Scribner for the concept of chronic intermittent hemodialysis; the arteriovenous cannulas which made it possible; his role in the development of "home" dialysis and continued basic and clinical investigation in his field

 

Read about the Gairdner awards program.


  • Janis L. Abkowitz, professor of hematology and genome sciences
  • Fred R. Applebaum, professor of medical oncology
  • Alfred O. Berg, professor of family medicine
  • Linda Buck, affiliate professor of physiology and biophysics
  • Wylie G. Burke, professor and chair of bioethics & humanities
  • William A. Catterall, professor and chair of pharmacology
  • Lawrence Corey, professor of medicine, laboratory medicine, and microbiology
  • Nancy Davidson, professor of medicine, Division of Medical Oncology
  • Evan Eichler, professor of genome sciences​
  • Mickey S. Eisenberg, professor of medicine, Division of Emergency Medical Services
  • ​Christopher Elias, clinical professor of global health
  • Neil J. Elgee, clinical professor emeritus of medicine
  • John P. Geyman, professor emeritus of family medicine
  • Mark T. Groudine, professor of radiation oncology
  • Maxine Hayes, clinical professor of pediatrics
  • ​Bertil Hille, professor of physiology and biophysics
  • King K. Holmes, professor of medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease
  • Leroy Hood, affiliate professor of genome science, immunology and bioengineering
  • Thomas F. Hornbein, professor emeritus of anesthesiology and of physiology and biophysics
  • Dean Jamison, professor of global health
  • Albert Jonsen, professor emeritus of medical history and ethics
  • Mary-Claire King, professor of genome sciences and of medicine, Division of Medical Genetics
  • Eric B. Larson, clinical professor of medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • George Martin, professor emeritus of pathology
  • Daniel Masys, affiliate professor of biomedical and health informatics
  • ​Christopher J.L. Murray, professor of global health
  • Bruce M. Psaty, professor of epidemilogy
  • Bonnie W. Ramsey, professor of pediatrics
  • Paul G. Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine, dean of the UW School of Medicine, and professor of medicine
  • Frederick P. Rivara, professor of pediatrics
  • ​Cornelius Rosse, professor emeritus of biological structure
  • Andy Stergachis, professor of global health
  • ​Judy N. Wasserheit, professor of medicine and global health, and chair, global health
  • Robert H. Waterston, professor and chair of genome sciences and William Gates III Chair of Genome Sciences

 

Read about the National Academy of Medicine.


  • David Baker, professor of biochemistry
  • Joseph A. Beavo, Jr., professor of pharmacology
  • Michael J. Bevan, professor of immunology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
  • Sue Biggins, affiliate professor of biochemistry
  • Linda B. Buck, affiliate professor of physiology and biophysics
  • William A. Catterall, professor and chair of pharmacology
  • Rodney Croteau, affiliate professor of biochemistry
  • Earl W. Davie, professor of biochemistry
  • Evan Eichler, professor of genome sciences
  • Robert N. Eisenman, affiliate professor of biochemistry
  • Joseph Felsenstein, professor of genome sciences
  • Stanley Fields, professor of genome sciences and professor of medicine
  • Edmond H. Fischer, professor emeritus of biochemistry
  • Stanley M. Gartler, professor emeritus of medicine, Division of Medical Genetics
  • Daniel Gottschling, affiliate professor of genome sciences
  • Philip P. Green III, professor of genome sciences
  • E. Peter Greenberg, professor and chair of microbiology
  • Mark T. Groudine, professor of radiation oncology
  • Sen-itroh Hakomori, professor emeritus of microbiology
  • Benjamin Hall, professor emeritus, genome sciences and biology
  • Caroline Harwood, professor of microbiology
  • Leland H. Hartwell, professor of genome sciences
  • Steven Henikoff, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences​
  • Bertil Hille, professor of physiology and biophysics
  • Leroy E. Hood, affiliate professor of genome sciences, immunology, and bioengineering
  • Mary-Claire King, professor of genome sciences and medicine, Division of Medical Genetics
  • Mary Lidstrom, ​professor of microbiology and of chemical engineering, vice provost for research
  • Randall Moon, professor of pharmacology
  • Eugene W. Nester, professor emeritus of microbiology
  • Maynard V. Olson, professor emeritus of medicine, Division of Medical Genetics, and of genome sciences
  • Richard D. Palmiter, professor of biochemistry
  • Elizabeth Thompson, adjunct professor of genome sciences
  • Robert H. Waterston, professor and chair of genome sciences and professor of medicine


Read about the National Academy of Sciences.


At UW Medicine:

  • David Baker
  • Evan E. Eichler
  • Stanley Fields
  • Mary Lidstrom
  • Joseph Mougous
  • Richard D. Palmiter
  • John D. Scott
  • Jay Shendure
  • Keiko Torii
  • Ning Zheng

 

​At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research​ Center:

  • Sue Biggins
  • Jesse Bloom
  • Steven Henikoff
  • Harmit Malik

 

Read about Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


  • 2017 – Catherine Carr, pediatrics
  • 2007 – Maya Gupta, electrical engineering, and Michael MacCoss, genome sciences
  • 2006 – Suzie Pun, bioengineering
  • 2005 – William Grady, medicine
  • 2004 – David Cummings, medicine
  • 2002 – Marshall Horwitz, medicine
  • 2000 – Charles Murry, pathology; David Russell, medicine; and Cecelia Moens, biostructure
  • 1999 – Effie Petersdorf, medicine

 

Read about the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.


  • David Baker, biochemistry
    “We’re making new vaccines for many different viruses. I think it’s a very exciting time, almost a historical time, for this type of research.”
  • Evan Eichler, genomics
    My interest in disease stems from my own personal family – having a niece with autism who’s now in her 20s, and for many years not being able to explain why children are born with autism and others are not.”
  • Michael Gale, immunology and virology
    “I got interested in infectious disease because my sister got hepatitis A virus. … Since then, my interest turned to viruses: This tiny little piece of genetic material can kill you.”
  • Allan Hoffman, bioengineering
    “I built the program called biomaterials here. … (It’s) probably one of the best in the world in the whole area of biological materials – synthetic materials for biology.”
  • Christopher Murray, global health
    “My parents did medical work in Africa, so I grew up seeing lots of communities that were very poor and had extreme health problems. So I was really interested in understanding what made people so sick in poor places.”
  • Mohsen Naghavi, global health
    “Public health without information is (like) walking in the dark. … I don’t think about my retirement because I love this job. I hope that maybe I die in my office.”
  • Graham Nichol, emergency care
    “If we put a blood pressure cuff on someone’s arm or leg when they’re having cardiac arrest or having a heart attack, it appears that repeatedly inflating that blood-pressure cuff will help them. It will reduce the damage.”
  • Deborah Nickerson, genomics
    “I love science. I mean, it drives me. … We’re really interested in what is the difference in genetic code from one person to another.”
  • William Noble, genomics and proteomics
    “It wasn’t until I went into the Peace Corps and never picked up my philosophy books but found myself writing computer programs on paper that I realized the thing that I’m really excited about is being able to write code.”
  • Mohamed Oukka, pediatrics and immunology
    “The Northwest has the highest incidence of multiple sclerosis in the country. … I was really interested in whether the mechanisms that drive MS in kids are the same as in adults.”
  • Bruce Psaty, medicine and epidemiology
    “I’m often a problem-solver, and the problem I’m ‘trying to solve’ is how can we be productive in science? How can we use your tax dollars wisely?”
  • Brian Saelens, pediatrics and health psychology
    “We think that … the tripling of childhood obesity over the past 20 or 30 years isn’t the result of one thing, it’s the result of so many different things, and we have to work in all those settings … to have an impact.”
  • Judit Villen, genomics
    “Our research looks at the communication system of the cell. … We are trying to push the limits of technology to answer very fundamental questions in biology that are relevant to disease.”
  • Theo Vos, global health
    “After med school, I went to Africa, spent almost 10 years in Lesotho and Zimbabwe, where I worked in district hospitals. … I got a really good sense of what it is to work under difficult circumstances in low-income countries.”

UW School of Medicine recognition


Nearly 50 different graduate and professional programs and specialties at the University of Washington are among the top 10 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate School rankings released March 20, 2018.

Best medical school: primary care

  • No. 1 in the nation for 23 years (1995-2013 and 2015-2018)

Best medical school: research

  • No. 11 in the nation (2019)
  • Teaching programs: family medicine and rural medicine
  • No. 1 in nation for 26 consecutive years (1993-2018; ratings discontinued in 2019)

Medical programs and specialties

  • Pediatrics: No. 7 (tie, 2019)
  • Surgery: No. 8 (tie, 2019)
  • Internal Medicine: No. 9 (2019)

Graduate programs and specialties

  • Microbiology: No. 2 (tie, 2019)
  • Genetics/genomics/bioinformatics: No. 5 (2019)
  • Biomedical/bioengineering: No. 9 (tie, 2019)
  • Psychiatry: No. 11 (2019)
  • Radiology: No. 11 (2019)
  • Anesthesiology: No. 13 (tie, 2019)
  • Obstetrics and gynecology: No. 15 (tie, 2019)


University of Washington (UW) consistently ranks among the top 10 in the world for clinical medicine in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In 2018, UW ranked No. 6 (14th overall).

Read about ARWU.


UW Medicine faculty contribute to top 10 world rankings in 31 subject categories based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals in the Center for World University Rankings by Subject (2017).

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