Our vision: To be recognized as world-class leaders in research, education and clinical care.

In the beginning

In 1948, Dr. Robert H. Williams took a risk. The nationally prominent endocrinologist, who had spent 14 years at Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Harvard, accepted an appointment as the chair of the newly established Department of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The medical school was only two years old.

Dr. Robert H. Williams"I thought to myself that if I were given the opportunity to go to an established school or to a new one, I would choose the latter if the opportunity existed for excellence.

After all, it's not what is, but what is going to be. I knew that we were going to develop something tremendous here. I have never been disappointed."

-Founding chair Dr. Robert H. Williams

Continuing to grow

The Department of Medicine began with an original group of six stellar faculty members teaching and practicing at a single site. It is now the largest department at the University of Washington. 

By the numbers:

  • 3500+ faculty and staff
  • 30 fellowships
  • 45 Endowed chairs and Professorships
  • 12 Teachers in Perpetuity
  • $184 million in research funding
  • 180,000 inpatient encounters, 250,000 outpatient encounters and procedures in more than 80 clinics
Over 3500 faculty and staff support the Department of Medicine.

Our People

The largest department at the University of Washington, and growing.

  • 1000+ paid faculty
  • 1000+ volunteer faculty
  • 450+ residents and fellows
  • 900+ staff

The Department of Medicine comprises 13 subspecialty divisions.

Our Divisions

From Allergy and Infectious Diseases to Rheumatology, we offer a breadth of knowledge and opportunities in medical education, research and clinical care.

The Department of Medicine has over 100 active faculty recruitments at all times.

For faculty

Each year we appoint over 300 and promote over 80 faculty members. Our promotion rate is 30% of the total promotions in the School of Medicine, which has 32 departments, and 18% of promotions institution-wide.

We have over 100 active faculty recruitments at all times.

Reaching far and wide

The Department of Medicine operates in clinics and hospitals in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI).

Map of our Washington sites