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.
Paul G. Ramsey, MD
CEO, UW Medicine
UW Medicine administration:
Paul Ramsey, MD
Chief Executive Officer, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Washington
President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
Chief Financial Officer, UW Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
Ruth Mahan, JD
Chief Business Officer, UW Medicine,
Chief of Staff, UW Medicine and
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
Tim Dellit, MD
Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
President, University of Washington Physicians (UWP)
Don Theophilus, JD
Chief Advancement Officer, UW Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
- Suzanne Allen, MD, MPH – Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Glenn M. Bieler, JD – Chief Communications Officer, UW Medicine, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
- Maureen Broom, BA – Enterprise Finance Officer/Financial Planning and Analysis, UW Medicine, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
- Beth DeLair – Chief Compliance Officer, UW Medicine, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
- Cynthia Dold – Associate Vice President for Clinical Operations, UW Medicine
- Madeline Grant, MPP – Director of Government Relations, UW Medicine and Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
- Mark S. Green, JD – Vice Dean for Administration and Finance, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Jeannine Grinnell, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Valley Medical Center
- Debra Gussin – Associate Vice President for Primary Care Services and Population Health
- Cindy Hecker – Chief Executive Officer, University of Washington Medical Center
- Paula Houston – Chief Equity Officer, UW Medicine and Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
- Byron Joyner, MD – Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and DIO, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Rebecca Kelly – Associate Vice President for Development
- Randy Mann – Associate Vice President for Campaign
- Michelle Moratti, MPA – Chief Clinical Strategy and Transformation Officer, UW Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
- Eric Neil – Interim Chief Information Officer, UW Medicine
- Margaret Peyton – Clinical Business and Regulatory Affairs Officer, UW Medicine; Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
- Julie Reid – Faculty Business Planning Officer, UW Medicine and Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
- Anneliese M. Schleyer, MD, MHA – Associate Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine
- John T. Slattery, PhD – Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Sommer Kleweno Walley, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Harborview Medical Center
UW Medicine advisory board:
William S. Ayer is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air. Ayer, 63, served as chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group and its subsidiaries through 2012 and as chairman through 2013.
A veteran of more than three decades in aviation, Ayer began his career with Piper Aircraft Company and was the founder of Air Olympia, a small commuter airline in Washington State. He joined Horizon Air in 1982 where he held a variety of marketing and operations positions. He joined Alaska Airlines in 1995 as vice president of marketing and planning and subsequently held the posts of senior vice president, chief operating officer, and president. In 2002 he became the carrier's chief executive officer and in 2003 he was appointed chairman.
Ayer serves on the University of Washington Board of Regents. He also serves on the Honeywell Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Flight and the Board of the National Air and Space Museum. Ayer was a member of the FAA's Management Advisory Council and is past chairman of FAA's NextGen Advisory Committee. He serves on the National Business Aviation Association Board and is chair of the AOPA Foundation Board of Advisors. He also serves on the Boards of two early stage companies, AirMap and VICIS. A graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in economics, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
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 PhD in psychology, with a concentration in child clinical and community psychology, from Yale University.
Steffanie Fain is a member of the UW Medicine Advisory Board and Vice Chair of the Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees. She serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice Chair of the Governance Committee for the Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees. Ms. Fain is an attorney at Carroll, Biddle, & Bilanko, PLLC, and practices commercial litigation. She also represents and advises companies and entrepreneurs on corporate and transactional matters.
Mr. James Griggs is vice chair of the Valley Medical Center Board. He has 34 years of extensive public sector audit and management experience. In addition, he served in the US Navy reserves for over 30 years, mobilized during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has been recognized and awarded in both his civilian and military careers.
Mr. Griggs is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a Concentration in Accounting, from the University of Washington. He spent 33 years with the Washington State Auditor’s Office, retiring in October 2017. A retired officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, having attained the rank of Commander, Jim was mobilized in November 2007. He was assigned to the Joint Personnel Recovery Center, Baghdad Iraq where he served as the Sr. Intelligence Officer, Deputy Director and Director. He was demobilized in January 2009.
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.
Kimberly McNally, MN, RN, 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.
Vicki Orrico, Of Counsel, Johns, Monroe, Mitsunaga and Kolouskova, PLLC, is a land use and general business attorney, practicing law for over 30 years. She is also the President of Orrico Consulting, PS, advising nonprofits on governance, strategic planning, development, project management, political advocacy, and public policy and outreach.
Ms. Orrico has a breadth of experience in health care as well as community service. In addition to serving on the Valley Medical Center Board, she is a trustee for Youth Eastside Services. She has held leadership positions on the Bellevue College Governing Board, Overlake Hospital Foundation Board, Bellevue Planning Commission, and Center for Women and Democracy Board. She has also consulted professionally on many health-related projects such as Global Health Nexus, overseeing 200 representatives of research, business, government, NGOs, philanthropy, and faith communities; Global to Local, implementing global health techniques to strengthen our local communities; and the Washington Business Alliance Triple Aim Health Committee, improving patient experience of care and the health of populations while reducing health care costs.
Ms. Orrico earned her juris doctorate and bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable James Boll and legal intern to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
Paul Ramsey, MD, 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 MD 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.
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.
Sheryl Whitney is a Partner of Whitney Jennings, a management consulting firm dedicated to helping institutions be more effective and build stronger communities. She comes to this firm after building a record of leadership and creativity in public service. Sheryl served for seven years as Deputy County Executive in King County. In this role she supervised and managed the Departments of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Community and Human Services, Development and Environmental Services, Executive Services, Information Technology, Natural Resources and Parks, Public Health and Transportation, a workforce totaling 13,000 employees. This position also placed Sheryl in a leadership role for numerous transformative initiatives in King County, including those focused on advancing equity and social justice, sustainable housing solutions, policies to slow the rate of climate change, alternatives to incarceration, the quality of rural area service provision and improved program performance measurement and accountability. Utilizing this experience Sheryl provides assistance to local governments seeking innovation through engaging diverse communities and navigating budgetary constraints. She also provides governmental relations services.
Sheryl has provided equitable development consultation to the Ford, Kresge and Open Society Foundations as well as New York University. She has also worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and played a key role in helping rethink approaches to fair housing to foster greater inclusion and better influence planning and development patterns in communities.
Sheryl’s passions extend beyond effective public administration, fair/affordable housing, and equitable economic development. She actively advocates for child welfare reform and an improved foster care system. She is also an advocate for homelessness services through a “housing first” model.
Sheryl has a Master’s Degree in International Economic Development from American University in Washington, D.C., a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from the Jackson School of the University of Washington, and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Seattle University.
UW Medicine organizations:
- Sommer Kleweno Walley – Interim CEO, Harborview Medical Center
- J. Richard Goss, MD – Medical Director
- Jerome Dayao, RN - Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Associate Administrator for Patient Care Service
- Frances Marshall, MHA – Associate Administrator, Ambulatory and Allied Care Services
- Kera Dennis – Assistant Administrator, Finance
Board of trustees:
- Bernadene "Bernie" Dochnahl, Past President
- Lisa Jensen, Past President
- Steffanie M. Fain, President
- Sheryl Whitney, Vice President
- David Baker, Second Vice President
- Phil Dyer
- Lisa Jacobs, Trustee
- Jonathan Kil, MD
- Clayton Lewis
- Sharon Maeda
- Meredith Mathews, MD
- David McDonald
- Lee Ann Prielipp
- Cindy Hecker, RN – Chief Executive Officer, UWMC Northwest & Montlake
- Cindy Sayre, PhD, RN – Sr. Associate Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer, UWMC
- Keri Nasenbeny, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, UWMC – Northwest
- Thomas Staiger, MD – Medical Director, UWMC - Montlake
- Santiago Neme, MD – Medical Director, UWMC - Northwest
- JoAnne McDaniels – Associate Administrator, Ambulatory Care
- Jeff Richey – Associate Administrator Essential Services, UWMC - Montlake
- John Lang, MD – Associate Administrator Surgical Services, UWMC Montlake
- Pam Renna – Associate Administrator, Facilities and Campus Development, UWMC Montlake & Northwest
- Adam Parcher – Associate Administrator, Quality/Safety/Safety Value Base Care
- Debra Gussin – Executive Director, Associate Vice President Primary Care and Population Health, UW Medicine
- Vicky Fang – Medical Director
- Van Chaudhari – Administrator, Population Health
- Chantal Cayo – Director, Nursing and Care Coordination
- Pranika Laing – Director, Human Resources
- Darren Layman – Associate Administrator, Operations
- Allison Osenar – Director, Strategic Business Development
- Timothy H. Dellit, MD – President
- Anthony J. Dorsch, Executive Director
- Laura Butcher, Director, Physician Services
- Stephanie Cho, Manager, Administrative Programs
- Erica Floyd, Controller
- Maureen Hooley, Chief Financial Officer
- Ruth Perkins, Compliance Officer
- Susan Simon, Director, Patient Financial Services
- Jeremy Tyndall, Director, Reference Lab Services
- Mary Pat Whaley, Director, Coding & Charge Capture
- Marv Whitson, Director, Applications & PMO
- Margaret Peyton, General Counsel
- Mike Tribble, Associate General Counsel
- Judi Cline, Associate General Counsel
- Paul G. Ramsey, MD – Chief Executive Officer, UW Medicine; Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Washington
- Suzanne M. Allen, MD, MPH – Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs
- Byron Joyner, MD – Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education
- Mark Green, JD – Vice Dean for Administration and Finance
- John T. Slattery, PhD – Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education
- Jennifer Best, MD – Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
- Mary Lenora "Nora" Disis, MD – Associate Dean for Translational Science
- Nicole Gibran, MD, FACS – Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
- Marshall S. Horwitz, MD, PhD – Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist
- Paul James, MD – Associate Dean for Primary Care
- Mary Fran Joseph, MBA – Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
- Sara Kim, PhD – Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement
- Patricia Kritek, MD – Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
- Raye Maestas, MD - Associate Dean for Student Affairs
- LeeAnna Muzquiz, MD – Associate Dean for Admissions
- Darryl Potyk, MD – Associate Dean for Eastern Washington
- Tueng Shen, M.D., Ph.D. – Associate Dean for Medical Technology Innovation
- Marjorie Wenrich, MPH, PhD – Associate Dean for Education Strategies
- Mark Whipple, MD – Associate Dean for Curriculum
Associate Deans – Seattle Clinical Training Sites:
- Catherine Kaminetzky, MD – Chief of Staff, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
- Thomas Staiger, MD – Associate Dean and Medical Director, UW Medical Center
- J. Richard Goss, MD – Associate Dean and Medical Director, Harborview Medical Center
- Leslie Walker-Harding, MD – Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Seattle Children's
- Anne Browning, PhD – Assistant Dean for Well-Being
- Giana H. Davidson, MD, MPH – Assistant Dean for Professionalism
- Cindy A. Hamra, JD, MA – Assistant Dean for Operations and Administration, Graduate Medical Education
- Molly Jackson, MD – Assistant Dean for the Colleges
- John McCarthy, MD – Assistant Dean for Rural Programs
- Leo Morales, MD, PhD – Assistant Dean for Quality Improvement/Outcomes Research
- Maya Sardesai, MD, M.Ed. – Assistant Dean for Student Development
- Gerald Tolbert, MD – Assistant Dean for Student Support
- Edith Wang, PhD – Assistant Dean for Basic Science
Assistant Deans at Regional Sites – First-Year Regional Campuses:
- Tim Robinson, PhD – University of Wyoming
- Martin Teintze, PhD – Montana State University
- William Sayres Jr., MD – Gonzaga
- Jeffrey Seegmiller, EdD – University of Idaho
- Kathy Young, MD – University of Alaska
Assistant Deans at Regional Sites – Clinical Programs:
- Mary Barinaga, MD – Idaho
- Geoff Jones, MD – Eastern and Central Washington
- Frank Batcha, MD – Idaho
- Robert Monger, MD – Wyoming
- Jay S. Erickson, MD – Montana
- Barbara Doty, MD – Alaska
- Judy Swanson, MD – Spokane
- Devon Sawyer, MD - Western Washington
- Jeannine Grinnell - Interim 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
- Kalen Privatsky – Senior Vice President, Ambulatory Services
- Jamie Park, MD – Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
- Matthew Mulder, MD – Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Director, Valley Medical Group
- David Smith, Esq – General Counsel, Insurance, Construction, Real Estate, Risk Management, Corporate Compliance