When faced with an obstacle, do we give up or press on? Admit defeat or try harder? Lose hope — or bring hope?

In this issue of UW Medicine magazine, there’s a clear answer: Press on. Joe Bahr lost his beloved elder brother to Alzheimer’s. Though he grieved, he also started raising money for research. And our Alzheimer’s researchers? They’re part of an explosion of activity in their field.

Doctors are dedicated to making their patients better. So it may be no surprise that Subbulaxmi Trikudanathan, M.D., given the option of admitting defeat or trying harder, tries harder — to make sure her patients get the diabetes treatments they need.

And when volunteer Ann Patnaude walks into the hospital room of a dying patient, she knows that her presence brings hope and comfort.

These people are beacons of courage and determination and compassion. And they remind me that, throughout UW Medicine and in our larger community of friends, contributors and alumni, people are working, every day, to make our world a better and healthier place. My thanks to you all.


Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine