Douglas S. Paauw, M.D., MACP
Rathmann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Patient-centered Clinical Education
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Dr. Douglas S. Paauw graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completed a primary care/internal medicine residency at University of Washington, and spent a year as Chief Resident at Harborview Medical Center. He has been on the faculty at UW Medical Center since 1988. He is a practicing physician of primary care internal medicine and is the Clerkship Director for medical student teaching for the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Paauw has long had an interest in the care of patients with HIV and has published broadly in this field. He sees patients in the HIV and primary care internal medicine clinic at University of Washington. He has a passion for working with medical students and helping them develop their careers. Dr. Paauw is co-editor of the Medicine Clerkship Guide, a textbook for medical students.
Quotes from Dr. Paauw’s students:
“Dr. Paauw is one of the greatest assets that the School of Medicine has to offer medical students. His dedication, which he applies to teach students medical knowledge, diagnostic thinking and, most of all, the value of compassion and human relationships, is outstanding. He is a fantastic role model and an excellent educator.”
“My experience working with Dr. Paauw was one of the most meaningful of my time in medical school. I had always admired how he combines excellent, caring patient care with an overwhelming breadth of knowledge, and feel honored that I could be a student in his clinic. I appreciate how he challenged me to learn more, do more, and be a better person and future physician. He is truly a model of what an ideal physician should be, and it was a joy to participate in taking care of his patients. It was truly an honor to work with a physician who so respects and cares for his patients and makes such an outstanding effort to teach.”
Dr. Douglas S. Paauw was awarded the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997 and the UW School of Medicine’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997; he was elected UW School of Medicine Teacher Superior in Perpetuity in 1997. He received the Robert Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in 2001; and in 2002, he received the University of Michigan Alumni Society Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2000, Dr. Paauw was awarded the position Rathmann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Patient-centered Clinical Education. April 2002, he was elected Governor of the American College of Physicians (ACP), Washington State Chapter. He was elected to Mastership in the ACP in 2009. Dr. Paauw has been awarded Best Doctors in America annually since 1996. He has served as Councilor of the AOA Honor Medical Society at the University of Washington since 1994. He recently completed a 10 year term on the AOA Board of Directors, including serving as President Elect of AOA 2014-2015.
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