Dr. Michael Schwartz (MTE) has been named the Robert H. Williams Endowed Chair in Medicine. Established in 1980, this was the first endowed chair in the UW School of Medicine, named in honor of the founding chair of the Department of Medicine. Robert H. Williams (1909-1979) was an internationally known endocrinologist specializing in diabetes and antithyroid drugs. He came to UW from Harvard in 1948 to become the first chair of the Department of Medicine, serving in that position until 1964. He also established the Division of Endocrinology and headed it until 1975. Research in diabetes was a very high priority for Dr. Williams, and he would have been impressed and proud of the Department’s achievements in this area.
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