As Paul Carter was recovering from a serious traumatic injury, one of his nurses saw his strength and kindness. When she suggested that he think about giving back, Paul took her advice. Now a volunteer at Harborview Medical Center, Paul visits every week to lend a comforting, attentive ear to other trauma patients.

You could call this a ripple effect — starting with a nurse, continuing with a volunteer, and then flowing out to patients and families in need. It’s a ripple effect that adds to the greater good.

You can also see the ripple effect at work in the story of medical student Fatima Ali and scholarship donor Jean Enersen. Jean will never meet the many patients for whom Fatima will provide care, but, in helping Fatima attend medical school, she will have played a role in those patients’ well-being.

This ripple effect is powerful. In this magazine, you’ll learn about the Garvey family’s contribution to brain health, which could help millions of people. You’ll read about alumnus Scott Stuart, who has gone on to mentor today’s medical students. And, not least, you can see UW Medicine’s ripple effect at work in the lives of two families — the Mohagens and the Mallards — in our two feature stories.

Thanks to all of them — and to all of you — for changing lives at UW Medicine.


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