CEO Dr. Paul Ramsey: Teacher, Scholar and Leader of UW Medicine

Paul Ramsey, MD, is CEO of Seattle-based UW Medicine, executive vice president for medical affairs and dean of the school of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.

UW Medicine CEO Dr. RamseyDr. Ramsey has served as the senior executive leader of UW Medicine since June 1997. UW Medicine includes the UW School of Medicine, four hospitals — Harborview Medical Center in Seattle; Northwest Hospital in Seattle; Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash.; and UW Medical Center in Seattle — a network of primary care clinics, a large physician practice plan and a fixed wing and helicopter air ambulance service called Airlift Northwest.

Dr. Ramsey received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston. Following completion of residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, he came to the University of Washington in 1978. He served as acting chair and then chair of the UW department of medicine from 1990 to 1997. He was then appointed to his current administrative leadership position.

Dr. Ramsey's research has focused on the development of methods to assess physicians' clinical competence. He has been the principal investigator on multiple research grants related to the assessment of physicians' clinical skills and served as a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar in General Internal Medicine for five years.

Dr. Ramsey received the John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1999 in recognition of his research contributions in the field of evaluation. He has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine's graduating class three times: in 1984, 1986 and 1987.

Dr. Ramsey has served on many national committees and is a member of multiple organizations, including serving as an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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