Celebrating 75 Years

To commemorate our 75th anniversary in 2023, we highlighted our achievements and milestones, spotlighted our divisions and programs, honored our history, and outlined our plans for our future. 

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DOM 75 logoThe Department of Medicine was founded in 1948 with an original group of six stellar faculty members teaching and practicing at a single site. We are now the largest department at the University of Washington.

To commemorate our 75th anniversary, we plan to highlight our achievements and milestones, spotlight our divisions and programs, honor our history, and outline our plans for our future. 

We start by acknowledging our people. 


We asked leaders in our divisions and programs to nominate changemakers who have helped to shape their divisions and programs since they were first established.

As the largest department at the University of Washington, we acknowledge that a list of only 75 people over as many years is not exhaustive. 

This list is meant to reflect a snapshot of the caliber of people who have helped shape, define, and guide our department across all of our mission areas over the past 75 years.

Emerging leaders

We also asked for nominations for emerging leaders, and again, this list is not exhaustive. It is a snapshot of the leaders who represent where we are now, and who will help lead us to where we want to be in the future.

We have so many outstanding leaders that we are not able to acknowledge all of them at once, but here are 75 of them:  


If you or someone you admire is not on one of these lists, please let us know! We can highlight them in one of our spotlight features, or in some other way.


Past and current leaders

Robert Williams, first chair of the DOM

Chairs of the Department of Medicine

Learn about the six chairs of the Department of Medicine throughout its 75-year history. 

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Current department leadership

View our current department and division leadership and our faculty in key leadership roles in the School of Medicine.

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Named awards

We have honored several faculty members throughout the years with named awards to acknowledge their impact and contributions to our department. 

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