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Following the announcement that Dr. Paul Ramsey will step down from his administrative roles as CEO of UW Medicine, executive vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine on June 30 and retire on July 31 after a distinguished career as a physician and leader, I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Tim Dellit will serve in these roles over what is envisioned to be a two-year interim period to allow for a smooth transition.

I’m grateful Tim has agreed to succeed Paul on an interim basis. Tim is a dedicated physician who has already been serving in several senior leadership roles, including chief medical officer for UW Medicine, vice president for medical affairs for the University and president of UW Physicians. Additionally, just this past winter he was appointed to the role of executive vice dean for clinical affairs for the School of Medicine. Over the course of the pandemic, he has also been a leader in UW Medicine’s and the University’s response. Tim’s collaborative approach, his expertise in infection prevention and clinical operations, and his partnerships with public health have been vital as we have collectively dealt with the many challenges posed by COVID-19. I know Tim will continue UW Medicine’s and the School of Medicine’s focus on interdisciplinary, patient-centered care and on advancing health equity for all the communities we serve.

Tim earned his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and is board-certified in both infectious diseases and internal medicine. As a clinician and researcher, he has focused on infectious diseases, orthopedic trauma-related infections, prevention of health-care-associated infections and the appropriate use of antibiotics. He also has extensive experience in patient safety, quality improvement and clinical risk management.

At this time of transition, we are fortunate that Tim will be supported by a stellar senior leadership team, whose positions remain unchanged. This includes Lisa Brandenburg, president of UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics, who will continue her important leadership of the hospitals and clinics and continue to have the responsibility for leading UW Medicine’s relationships and partnerships with other hospitals and health systems in the region. Under this outstanding leadership team, UW Medicine has become renowned locally, nationally and internationally as exemplars of excellence and care for the public good.

I know you join me in also thanking Paul for his leadership for the past 25 years. His leadership has been transformational for UW Medicine and our University. Since he became CEO in 1997, UW Medicine’s education, training, research and clinical programs have grown dramatically in scope and stature. Paul has been an advocate of an interdisciplinary, patient-centered approach to health care and for addressing the health inequities that impact far too many people. The accomplishments of the UW Medicine team are many, culminating most recently in the formation of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center as UW Medicine’s cancer program. We are thankful for Paul’s many contributions — our University, region and patients everywhere owe him a debt of gratitude.

Thank you for all that you do to educate the next generation of physicians and scientists, conduct life-changing and life-saving research, and deliver a higher degree of health care to patients from Washington and beyond


Ana Mari Cauce
President, University of Washington
Professor of Psychology