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On July 1, Anneliese Schleyer, MD, MHA, will take on her new leadership roles as interim chief medical officer of UW Medicine and interim vice president for medical affairs University of Washington. She succeeds Tim Dellit, MD, who will serve as interim chief executive officer of UW Medicine and interim dean of the UW School of Medicine upon the retirement of Paul Ramsey, MD.

As interim chief medical officer, Schleyer will oversee more than 4,500 clinicians, provide strategic guidance on the integration of clinical practice with education and research activities across all UW Medicine sites, and is responsible for physician led activities to improve the quality of care and clinical practice transformation as we strive toward the quadruple aim — improving the patient experience and quality of care, improving the health for the population served, reducing healthcare costs, and improving the practice environment and support for our clinicians.

“I am delighted that Anneliese Schleyer has agreed to serve as interim Chief Medical Officer for UW Medicine,” says Dellit. “Anneliese has been a local and national leader in patient safety and quality improvement and is well known for her collaboration across disciplines and engagement of our trainees. I look forward to continuing to work with her in this new leadership role.”

Schleyer is currently the associate chief medical officer for UW Medicine and is leading the coordination and integration of patient safety and quality improvement activities across UW Medicine. She’s a professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine within the Department of Medicine, co-director of the UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety, and an attending physician on the Hospital Medicine Service at Harborview Medical Center.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know more people across the system and continuing to work with an incredible executive leadership team,” says Schleyer. “As I transition into this new role I will listen and learn how I can continue to support the great work that goes on here.”

Prior to her current positions, Schleyer was the associate medical director of Hospital Quality and Safety at Harborview. She’s the founder and former medical director of Harborview’s Hospital Medicine Program.

Schleyer has been at UW Medicine for 32 years. She started working in Harborview’s Finance Office in 1990 while completing her master’s in health administration at UW and earned her medical degree from the UW School of Medicine in 1999. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine through the UW Primary Care Boise-Track program and has been teaching at the School of Medicine since 2002.

Schleyer has received the Seattle Metropolitan Magazine Top Doctor Award twice, the UW Housestaff Quality Safety Committee Gene Peterson Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement and has won many other national awards in hospital medicine and quality and safety. Schleyer is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine chairing several patient safety and quality councils, the Vizient Academic Medical Center Chief Quality Officers Network, the Washington State Hospital Association Quality/Safety Committee and numerous other professional committees and boards. She was the co-founding faculty advisor for the UW Housestaff Quality and Safety Committee.