Leadership

Welcome to UW Medicine.

Forty years ago, I joined the faculty at UW Medicine. I have spent my entire professional career here, and I have been privileged to lead UW Medicine since 1997.

I believe this is the most exciting time in our history. Let me tell you why.

We are driven by our mission to improve the health of the public. This goal inspires and unites our community of nearly 33,000 faculty, staff, students and trainees.

We offer patients a wide range of choices for primary, specialty and urgent care with hospitals and clinics located throughout the Puget Sound region. We are also making substantial improvements in how we deliver care by focusing on the patient experience, the health of populations and the cost of care. As we make decisions, we believe strongly in a principle that patients are first. This work is fully aligned with the goals of healthcare reform, and it makes us a national leader in helping people live healthier lives.

We have more than 1,000 faculty who are lead investigators on research projects that have brought in more than $1 billion per year of research funding for the past four years. These research leaders are finding new cures and treatments for heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia and many other common and rare diseases. As UW Medicine health professionals bring their discoveries into our clinical practice, we provide hope to patients and often a quicker return to health.

We have implemented a new medical school curriculum that is making our students better doctors. They receive more hands-on training, learn effective and respectful communication skills and are prepared to be leaders in their communities. It’s exciting that patients are already starting to benefit from this new training in our health system.

As I look to the future, I am confident that we will continue to improve health through the synergies and integration of our research, education and patient care programs. At the same time, I know that the UW Medicine community will be guided by our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as part of our core values. Treating our patients, their families and each other with respect will always remain at the heart of what we do.

Welcome to UW Medicine and to our mission of improving health for all people.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine

UW Medicine administration:

Paul-Ramsey

Paul Ramsey
Chief executive officer, UW Medicine
Executive vice president for medical affairs, dean of the school of medicine, University of Washington

Lisa-Brandenburg

Lisa Brandenburg
Chief health system officer, UW Medicine
Vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington​

Jacqueline-Cabe

Jacqueline Cabe
Chief financial officer, UW Medicine
Vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington

Ruth-Mahan

Ruth Mahan, J.D.
Chief business officer, UW Medicine
Vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington

carlos-pellegrini

Carlos Pellegrini
Chief medical officer, UW Medicine
Vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington

don-theophilus

Don Theophilus, J.D.
Chief advancement officer, UW Medicine
Vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington

Senior leadership

  • Glenn M. Bieler, J.D. – chief communications officer, UW Medicine
  • Maureen Broom, B.A. – enterprise finance officer/financial planning and analysis, UW Medicine
  • Jim Mathis​, J.D. – chief compliance officer, UW Medicine; associate vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington
  • David C. Dugdale, M.D., F.A.C.P. – medical director of care management and population health, UW Medicine
  • Joy Grosser – chief information officer, UW Medicine
  • David R. Flum, M.D., M.P.H. – associate chief medical officer, UW Medicine
  • Ian Goodhew, J.D. – director of government relations, UW Medicine
  • J. Richard Goss, M.D. – director of quality metrics, UW Medicine
  • Christy Gullion, M.P.A. – chief of staff, UW Medicine; associate vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington
  • Lori Oliver, J.D., M.B.A. – director of legal and business affairs, UW Medicine; associate vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington

UW Medicine advisory board:


Ana Mari Cauce was named president by the University of Washington Board of Regents on October 13, 2015. Cauce joined the University of Washington faculty in 1986 and is a full professor of psychology and American ethnic studies, with secondary appointments in gender, women and sexuality studies in the College of Education.

She has held numerous administrative positions at the UW, including director of the UW Honors Program, chair of American Ethnic Studies, chair of Psychology, executive vice provost, and dean of arts and sciences and most recently provost and executive vice president. She was a recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Cauce earned degrees in English and psychology from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in psychology, with a concentration in child clinical and community psychology, from Yale University.


Bernadene “Bernie” Dochnahl is principal of DENBE of Renton, LLC, a commercial management and development company. Her experience includes leading a small business; serving as an executive at Puget Sound Energy; leading the health reform agency for Governor Mike Lowry in the mid 1990s; and leading a private, nonprofit microlending organization, Global Partnerships. She has more than 25 years of experience leading and motivating people to focus on customer satisfaction and business success.

Her community leadership positions include: member of the Harborview Medical Center Board, chair of the Mutual of Enumclaw Property and Casualty Insurance Company Board of Trustees, member of the Valley Medical Center Board, past vice chair of the Washington State Health Insurance Pool, former board member for the Center for Women & Democracy and legislative committee chair of the Renton Chamber of Commerce.

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington Business School in accounting.


Jeremy Jaech is a technology and software entrepreneur. Currently he serves as managing partner for Harmony Meadows, LLC. Through December 2015, he was CEO of SNUPI Technologies, which uses technology developed at the University of Washington and Georgia Tech to deliver sensors and web services for home hazards, conditions and threats.

Previously, he co-founded Aldus, which invented desktop publishing through its PageMaker software and was eventually acquired by Adobe.

He then led the team that founded Visio, another game-changing software company that brought engineering drawing to the masses; Visio was eventually acquired by Microsoft.

He led the founding team at Trumba, and following Trumba, served as CEO of Verdiem, a company in the enterprise PC energy management space. Regent Jaech currently serves on the board of Control 4 Corporation and UW’s College of Engineering Visiting Committee. He is the chair emeritus of the Technology Alliance Board.

In 2009, Jaech was named one of the Top 25 Innovators & Entrepreneurs by Seattle Business Magazine and in 2006, won the UW’s College of Engineering Diamond Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Regent Jaech earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 1977 and a Master of Science in computer science in 1980 from the University of Washington.  Originally from Richland, Washington, he lives in Seattle.

He was acting chair and chair of the board of regents from July 2017 to September 2018.


Lisa Jensen is a principal of Jensen Companies, Inc., a company providing technical training to contractors and website and internet marketing support to a variety of business and nonprofit organizations. She was elected to the Newcastle City Council in 2007 and appointed to the Harborview board in 2008.

Her experience includes more than10 years with Lawson Software, consulting and managing sales support for healthcare clients, and several years as an industrial engineer in the aerospace industry, focused on improving efficiencies in manufacturing processes. She holds a B.A. in business from the University of Washington.


Gary Kohlwes served on the Valley Medical Center board of commissioners from 1995-2007 and was recently appointed to the Valley board as a community trustee. He has served on the Washington Pacific Insurance SP board since 2008.

Kohlwes was superintendent of the Renton School District from 1974-1997. He is owner and president of a commercial fishing vessel in Bristol Bay, Alaska. He is a board member and executive director of the First Financial Northwest Foundation and founding board member and initial president of the Renton Community Foundation. Kohlwes is a University of Washington alumnus.


Kimberly McNally, M.N., R.N., is president of McNally & Associates, an executive coaching and consulting firm, and works with leaders and teams in healthcare, nonprofit and education organizations. She draws on more than 30 years of healthcare experience in leadership, education and clinical positions.

Prior to forming McNally & Associates in 1998, McNally served as director of education at Valley Medical Center responsible for managing organization-wide training efforts. For Health Incentives, Inc., she held executive positions in service delivery and account management working with employers, benefits professionals and healthcare organizations throughout the country. In addition, she held leadership and clinical positions at Valley Medical Center, Fairfax Hospital, UW Medical Center and Maine Medical Center.

She has a master’s degree in nursing with a minor in business from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint Anselm College. She received certification as a professional coach from New Ventures West.

McNally is engaged in healthcare governance at the local, state and national levels. She currently serves on the American Hospital Association (AHA) board of trustees and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance board. Previously, she served on the UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center and Washington State Hospital Association boards. She is past chair or the AHA Committee on Governance and a member of the Center for Healthcare Governance National Board of Advisors. In addition, she served on the boards of Seattle Mental Health, Empty Space Theatre and Washington Homecare.


Julie A. Nordstrom is an active community volunteer. She is currently working on global health initiatives with the University of Washington and is a founding co-chair of the Department of Global Health’s Leadership Council.

Nordstrom has previously served on the board of Seattle Children's Home and the advisory board of Child Haven and volunteered at Seattle Children’s. Nordstrom was formerly an associate for the law firm of Stafford, Frey, Cooper and Stewart, where she worked in the construction and surety division. She was also a law clerk for Justice James Dolliver of the Washington Supreme Court. She earned her law degree from Seattle University and her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington.


Paul Ramsey, M.D., is CEO of UW Medicine, executive vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UW School of Medicine. 

Dr. Ramsey’s research has focused on assessing physicians’ clinical competence.

Dr. Ramsey earned his M.D. from Harvard. He is board-certified in both infectious disease and internal medicine. He was the first holder of the Robert G. Petersdorf Endowed Chair in Medicine. He served as a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar in General Internal Medicine. He has received the Distinguished Teacher Award and the Margaret Anderson Award from UW Medicine’s graduating class. He received the John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has served on many national committees and is a member of multiple organizations including the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.


Rogelio Riojas has served as president and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers since 1978. Sea Mar is a health and human services nonprofit organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human and housing services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from a small community clinic in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle to a large, multi-faceted health and human services organization.

Riojas has also built Sea Mar to be a statewide advocate for those most in need. Sea Mar, in collaboration with its community partners, has been a strong voice and has led social justice advocacy in Washington state. This includes advocating for medical coverage of undocumented children through the state Medicaid program, safe and clean affordable housing for migrant farmworkers, the Basic Health Plan for low-income individuals and families, and immigration rights, among many other issues.

He is a graduate of the University of Washington with bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science and a master’s degree in health administration.


Donna Russell is principal of Donna Russell Consulting, LLC, a global-health consulting firm that specializes in strategic and technical support to facilitate research, development and implementation of new interventions to improve health globally. Her clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Oxford University and the World Health Organization (WHO). She is currently working with WHO to establish in-country bio-banks through the standardized and harmonized collection of biological samples and associated clinical data from pregnant women in Africa and southeast Asia to facilitate research on preterm birth, stillbirth, preeclampsia and other conditions that result in maternal and newborn mortality.

Prior to starting her own consulting company, she co-founded the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), where she served as director of research development. While there, she led the development and successful launch of the GAPPS Repository and provided strategic leadership to advance basic and translational research globally to improve maternal and newborn health.

Before co-founding GAPPS in 2007, she served as a senior policy advisor to the Washington State Board of Health and as a health services consultant to the Washington State Department of Health. She also served as a consultant to other organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Seattle hospitals and local tribes. Her experience covers health advocacy, policy development and analysis, implementation, research harmonization, health systems strengthening, public health financing, health workforce shortages, tribal health, health disparities and maternal health.

Russell is a member of the PRE-EMPT Technical Advisory Group; the Preeclampsia Registry and Biobank, Scientific Advisory Board, Executive Committee; and the Group B Strep International Advisory Board. She has a Bachelor of Science, Nutrition and Food Science from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Natural Resources, and a Master of Health Administration from the University Of Washington School of Public Health & Community Medicine.


Mary Wakefield is the Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Health Care at Georgetown University and also a Visiting Professor and Distinguished Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to these appointments, in March 2015, Dr. Wakefield was named by President Barack Obama to serve as the Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She held this position through January 20, 2017. 

Prior to becoming Acting Deputy Secretary, Dr. Wakefield was appointed by President Obama as the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Dr. Wakefield's public service career also includes more than eight years working in the United States Senate where she served as a legislative assistant and later as chief of staff to two North Dakota senators:  Kent Conrad and Quentin Burdick.

Dr. Wakefield has extensive academic experience, including serving as associate dean for rural health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences University of North Dakota, director of the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and as a faculty member and area chair in the College of Nursing, University of North Dakota . Additionally, she worked on site as a consultant to the World Health Organization 's Global Programme on AIDS in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Wakefield is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has served on a number of public and not for profit boards and committees bringing expertise in nursing, health care quality and access to care and health workforce.

She currently serves as a member of the Macy Foundation and the MITRE Health Advisory Committee.  Her prior service includes membership on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, member of President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, member of the National Advisory Committee to HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy and member of the Commonwealth Fund's Commission to Create a High Performing Health System.

Dr. Wakefield has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND and master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.  She also completed the Harvard University School of Government's Program for Senior Managers in Government.

UW Medicine family:


  • Chris Martin – executive director 
  • Richard Utarnachitt, M.D.​ – medical director 
  • Brenda Nelson – chief flight nurse 
  • Cindy McFeely – director of finance


  • Paul S. Hayes – executive director​
  • J. Richard Goss, M.D. – medical director
  • Paula Minton-Foltz, M.S.N.,R.N. – interim chief nursing officer, senior associate administrator for patient care services
  • Frances Marshall, M.H.A. – interim associate administrator, ambulatory and allied care services
  • Sommer Kleweno Walley – senior associate administrator, surgical, emergent and integrated clinical services
  • Kera Dennis – assistant administrator, finance

Board of trustees:

  • Lisa Jensen, president
  • Bernadene "Bernie" Dochnahl, vice president
  • David Baker 
  • Phil Dyer
  • Steffanie M. Fain
  • Lisa Jacobs
  • Jonathan Kil, M.D.
  • Clayton Lewis
  • Sharon Maeda
  • Meredith Mathews, M.D.
  • David McDonald
  • Lee Ann Prielipp
  • Sheryl Whitney


  • Cindy Hecker, R.N. – executive director
  • Geoff Austin – chief operating officer 
  • Cindy Sayre, Ph.D., R.N. – chief nursing officer
  • Sue Manfredi, D.N.P. – nurse executive, Northwest campus
  • Thomas Staiger, M.D. – medical director, University campus
  • Santiago Neme, M.D. – medical director, Northwest campus
  • Jennifer Herrman – associate administrator, ambulatory care
  • Jeff Richey – essential services, University campus
  • John Lang, M.D. – clinical administrator, perioperative services, University campus
  • Pam Renna – strategic planning and facilities


  • Debra Gussin – executive director, associate vice president primary care and population health, UW Medicine 
  • Peter McGough, M.D. – medical director
  • Van Chaudhari – administrator, population health
  • Susan Kline – director, nursing and care coordination
  • Pranika Laing – director, human resources
  • Darren Layman – associate administrator, operations
  • Allison Osenar – director, strategic business development
  • Molly Shumway – director, quality/regulatory


  • Timothy H. Dellit, M.D. – president
  • Anthony J. Dorsch, executive director                               
  • Jenny Dahl, senior director, revenue              
  • Maureen Hooley, chief financial officer
  • Ruth Perkins, compliance officer                
  • Anne Rush, executive assistant                              
  • Susan Simon, director, patient financial services
  • Jeremy Tyndall, director, reference lab services  
  • Marv Whitson, director, applications & PMO            
  • Margaret Peyton, general counsel
  • Mike Tribble, associate general counsel 
  • Judi Cline, associate general counsel


  • Rich Roodman – chief executive officer
  • Wayne Manuel – senior vice president, strategic services
  • Jeannine Grinnell – senior vice president, chief financial officer
  • Theresa Braungardt – senior vice president, patient care services
  • Kaleen Privatsky – senior vice president, ambulatory ​services
  • Jamie Park, M.D. – senior vice president and chief medical officer
  • Matthew Mulder, M.D. – senior vice president, chief medical director, Valley Medical Group
  • David Smith, Esq. – general counsel, insurance, construction, real estate, risk management, corporate compliance

UW School of Medicine:


  • Paul G. Ramsey, ​M.D. – chief executive officer, UW Medicine; executive vice president for medical affairs and dean of the school of medicine, University of Washington


    • Suzanne M. Allen, M.D., M.P.H. – vice dean for academic, rural and regional affairs
    • Byron Joyner, M.D. – vice dean for graduate medical education
    • Mark Green, J.D. – vice dean for administration and finance
    • John T. Slattery, Ph.D. – vice dean for research and graduate education


  • Jennifer Best, M.D. – associate dean for graduate medical education
  • Sara Kim, Ph.D. – associate dean for educational quality improvement
  • Mary Lenora "Nora" Diesis, M.D. – associate dean for translational science
  • Nicole Gibran, M.D., F.A.C.S.​ – associate dean for research and graduate education
  • Timothy Dellit, M.D. – associate dean for clinical affairs
  • Daryl Potyk, M.D. – associate dean for Eastern Washington
  • Anne Eacker, M.D. – associate dean for student affairs
  • Michael Ryan, M.D. – associate dean for curriculum
  • Mary Fran Joseph, M.B.A. – associate dean for administration and finance
  • Christina M. Surawicz, M.D. – associate dean for faculty development
  • Marshall S. Horwitz, M.D, Ph.D. – associate dean for physician-scientist
  • Leeann Mosques, M.D. – ​ associate dean for admissions
  • Paul James, M.D. – associate dean for primary care
  • Marjorie Wenrich, M.P.H. – associate dean for education strategies


  • 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
  • J. Richard Goss, M.D. – associate dean and medical director, Harborview Medical Center
  • Brooder Stapleton, M.D. – associate dean and chief academic officer, Seattle Children's


  • Cindy A. Hamra, J.D., M.A. – assistant dean for operations and administration, graduate medical education
  • Molly Jackson, M.D.​ – assistant dean for professionalism
  • James B. Hendricks, Ph.D. – assistant dean for research, president, Seattle Children's Research Institute
  • Stephen Schmechel, M.D., Ph.D. – assistant dean for research
  • John McCarthy, M.D. – assistant dean for rural programs
  • Mark Whipple, M.D. – assistant dean for curriculum
  • Raye Mestas, M.D. – assistant dean for student affairs


  • Tim Robinson, Ph.D. – University of Wyoming
  • Martin Teintze, Ph.D. – Montana State University
  • William Sayers Jr., M.D. – Spokane
  • Jeffrey Seegmiller, Ed.D. – University of Idaho
  • Jane Shelby, Ph.D. – University of Alaska


  • Mary Barinaga, M.D. – Idaho
  • Geoffry Jones, M.D. – Eastern and Central Washington
  • Frank Batch, M.D. – Idaho
  • Lawrence E. Kirven, M.D. – Wyoming
  • Jay S. Erickson, M.D. – Montana
  • Yong "Ki" Shin, M.D. – Western Washington
  • Barbara Doty, M.D. – Alaska
  • Judy Swanson, M.D. – Spokane


  • Harry Kimball, M.D. – senior adviser to the dean


  • Leo Morales, M.D, Ph.D. – chief diversity officer