Meet the leaders who support the Department's mission and vision.

Dr. William Bremner

Department Chair

In 1998, Dr. William Bremner, who had been vice chair of the department since 1987, became the fifth chair of the Department of Medicine. A graduate of Harvard University and the UW School of Medicine, where he also completed residency and fellowship training, Dr. Bremner earned a PhD from Monash University.


Margaret Paternek

Department Director

Margaret has a remarkable record of excellence through a career spanning over 20 years and intersecting academic medicine, social science and public health. A native of Chicago, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana, before moving to Ontario to complete a master’s degree and doctorate in political economy and public policy from the University of Toronto. 


Vice Chairs

Bradley Anawalt, MD

Bradley D. Anawalt, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine
Chief of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center


Dr. Virginia Broudy

Virginia C. Broudy, MD

The Scripps Endowed Professor in Hematology
Chief of Medicine, Harborview Medical Center


Dr. Rudy Rodriguez

Rudy Rodriguez, MD

Professor of Medicine
Chief of Medicine, VA Puget Sound Health Care System


Associate Chairs

Thomas Gallagher, MD

Thomas Gallagher, MD

Associate Chair for Patient Care Quality Improvement, Safety and Value
Professor of Medicine


Dr. W. Conrad Liles

W. Conrad Liles, MD, PhD

Associate Chair for Research
Professor of Medicine


Dr. Bessie Young

Bessie Young, MD, MPH

Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of Medicine


Program Directors

Dr. Douglas Paauw

Douglas S. Paauw, MD

Director, Medicine Student Programs
Professor of Medicine


Dr. Kenneth Steinberg

Kenneth P. Steinberg, MD

Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Professor of Medicine