Jack Lein, M.D. ’55, was a classic leader. He was good at getting to know people, great at telling stories, and he had a mission. Jack wanted UW Medicine — and all the other health sciences schools at the University of Washington — to succeed. In fact, he helped found one of the programs that sets UW Medicine apart to this day: our five-state regional educational program, called WWAMI.

Now, Jack helped create WWAMI because he saw a need for medical care in rural areas, and, more generally, because he saw the opportunity to make a difference. In that, Jack has a lot in common with the other people in this magazine.

There’s Stephen Ellison, a WWAMI student planning to return to rural Alaska because he knows the state needs more doctors. And Mary Larson, who paints portraits of her patients, because she wants them — and the issue of homelessness — to be truly seen. And so many others, from advocates to researchers, working for a better tomorrow.

It saddens me to relate that Jack died in March 2019, at the age of 92. Still, I know he was fiercely proud of our students, our researchers, our doctors and our partnerships — as am I.


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