Your Campaign

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D. and Don Theophilus
Ramsey photo: Clare McLean; Theophilus photo: Karen Orders

On October 21, 2016, the University of Washington launched the public phase of its most ambitious philanthropic Campaign to date. By 2020, the University plans to raise $5 billion. With our portion of the Campaign, called Accelerate: The Campaign for UW Medicine, we expect to raise $2 billion of that total to advance work in patient care, medical education and research.

Thanks to you, we are already more than halfway to that goal. Many of you — our advocates, our alumni, our faculty and staff — have already made generous contributions over the past few years to advance human health. Thank you. And because this is your Campaign, too, we are dedicating this issue of UW Medicine magazine to the groundbreaking work you support.

You will see a story on the University’s Population Health Initiative, a sweeping, 25-year project that involves everyone at the University of Washington. Together, we will advance health and well-being by improving human health, environmental resiliency, and social and economic equity here and around the world.

As you might expect, UW Medicine’s work is central to this initiative — as is our Campaign. In this issue, we highlight stories about our Campaign priorities, from protein design to student scholarships, and from cancer care to stem cell regeneration.

These priorities — the work that you support so generously — represent the future of medicine.

UW Medicine exists for one reason: to improve the health of the public. We envision a world in which no one suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes. In which cancer stops being a death sentence. In which we can disrupt the paths of many diseases by manipulating genes or creating new proteins. Accelerate: The Campaign for UW Medicine will bring all of us everywhere closer to treatments and cures and bridge the distance between illness and a better, healthier tomorrow.

Please take a moment to learn more about the Campaign in the following pages, or visit And please know that you have our deepest thanks for your continued support. Together, we can shorten the distance between sickness and health and create healthier lives for everyone, everywhere.


Signature of Paul G. Ramsey, M.D. Signature of Don Theophilus
Paul G. Ramsey
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington
Don Theophilus
Chief Advancement Officer, UW Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs,
University of Washington

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