I’ve learned to expect the extraordinary at UW Medicine. It’s a byproduct of working with thousands of talented individuals who are committed to improving health for all people. These individuals are champions for health and global leaders in their areas of expertise.

This magazine is full of champions, too. Literally, in one case: We feature a hard-working, compassionate medical student named Justinn Lahaye, who was a rodeo champion before deciding to become a doctor.

Other champions abound. Beloved faculty member Arno G. Motulsky, M.D., one of the founders of medical genetics, survived the Holocaust and went on to teach generations of our trainees.

If Arno is a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit, then Anab Abdullahi and Rose Cano — cultural mediators and caseworkers at Harborview Medical Center — remind us of the power of listening to everyone in our community.

Researcher and OB-GYN Kemi Doll, M.D., MSCR, is investigating the high mortality rates of Black women with endometrial cancer. This work is focused on learning more about the disease — while championing the elimination of inequities in healthcare.

There’s no doubt that medicine needs champions. And that the UW Medicine team has many champions who are improving health for the public we serve.


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