International Ranking

The impact of the Anatomy program at the U.W. was acknowledged recently with an excellent international ranking (please see letter from Dean Paul G. Ramsey, below). U.W. Anatomy was ranked tenth in the world, and fourth in the USA (behind Harvard, Vanderbilt and Utah) by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). CWUR reviewed academic programs in 26,000 educational institutions in sixty countries. The Willed Body Program is essential for the success of Anatomical research and education at University of Washington.

John I. Clark, Ph.D.
Director, Willed Body Program
Fellow, American Association of Anatomy
Professor of Biological Structure
Chairman Emeritus

Regarding High Ranking for UW Medical Programs:

13 April 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Last week, new rankings highlighted the prominent role of UW Medicine faculty in global research. For the first time, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) evaluated leading universities in 227 subject categories based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals.

This report, along with our No. 2 world ranking for impact of our work on clinical medicine and pharmacy by the Shanghai Ranking Constituency, recognizes your contributions to our mission of improving the health of the public. It also shows that we are achieving one of our core goals, as articulated in our vision statement, by providing a research enterprise for scientists that enables them to advance medical knowledge and clinical innovations with groundbreaking discoveries.

The following list identifies the 31 subject categories that involve UW Medicine research. In all of these areas, we are among the top 10 world universities, and your work is ranked in the top five in 14 of the categories. For more information, see CWUR Rankings by Subject - 2017.

  • Anatomy & Morphology (10th)
  • Anesthesiology (6th)
  • Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology (2nd)
  • Biochemical Research Methods (3rd)
  • Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology (4th)
  • Critical Care Medicine (6th)
  • Emergency Medicine (4th)
  • Endocrinology & Metabolism (8th)
  • Genetics & Heredity (5th)
  • Geriatrics & Gerontology (5th)
  • Gerontology (8th)
  • Health Care Sciences & Services (8th)
  • Health Policy & Services (6th)
  • Hematology (7th)
  • Immunology (4th)
  • Infectious Diseases (4th)
  • Mathematical & Computational Biology (6th)
  • Medical Informatics (3rd, tied)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology (8th)
  • Medicine, General & Internal (5th)
  • Medicine, Research & Experimental (4th)
  • Microbiology (3rd)
  • Otorhinolaryngology (10th)
  • Parasitology (8th)
  • Pediatrics (7th)
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (5th)
  • Psychology, Clinical (9th)
  • Rehabilitation (10th)
  • Toxicology (8th)
  • Urology & Nephrology (8th)
  • Virology (3rd, tied)

Congratulations on this exciting news and well deserved recognition of the impact of your research.


Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington