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I'm delighted to welcome you to the Department of Surgery website. I invite you to peruse the many facets of our Department described in this site - including our nationally and internationally respected faculty, the nature and scope of our surgical programs, our highly regarded residency programs and our exciting research endeavors that include basic, translational, outcomes and clinical research.

The Department of Surgery has 125 clinical and research faculty members, approximately 98 residents & fellows in ACGME accredited positions; 22 fellows and visiting scientists, 168 staff members, and 156 affiliated clinical faculty members (numbers may vary). In 2010, our surgical procedures and clinical visits were 46,025 and clinical revenues were approximately $25 million.

Patient care is carried out on five campuses:  University of Washington Medical Center, (UWMC); Harborview Medical Center (HMC);  Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA): Seattle Children’s Hospital, (SCH); Northwest Hospital, (NWH); and the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System (VA).  Within the Department of Surgery, our specialities cover General Surgery (Adult and Pediatric), Cardiothoracic Surgery (Adult and Pediatric); Plastic Surgery (Adult and Pediatric); Transplant Surgery (Adult and Pediatric); and Vascular Surgery.  In addition, the Department of Surgery encompasses Trauma Surgery and the region’s only Burn Center. The Trauma and Burn programs are located at Harborview Medical Center, the premiere Level 1 Trauma Center in the region and a leading Trauma Center in the USA and internationally.  Each of our specialty areas is on the leading edge. With premiere faculty, expanding facilities and technology and superb teamwork, we are able to deliver excellent care to our patients and the finest education to our residents and fellows.

Our statistics tell one story, but perhaps the heart of our department is found in the dynamics of change, balanced by the ongoing commitment to provide quality healthcare using best practices. This is truly a balancing act; "new" is constantly in the air, and anything new both titillates and challenges us. As surgeons, we proceed with all deliberate haste to find new - that is, better - ways to provide qualitatively superior and cost-effective outcomes for our patients. It is exciting to hear and read about the "new" work that is being done in our field; at the same time, we are responsible for keeping the pace matched to the proven efficacy of these new advances.

We strive to stay in the forefront in our research, and the statistics support the fact that we are successful. In Fiscal Year 2014, Department of Surgery received 65 awards from both government and private sources totaling $11 million. At all times, we work to provide the kind of training that will carry out the clinical implications of our research in a responsible manner. We are strong in basic science research which has led to the better understanding of vascular biology, wound healing and ischemia reperfusion, to name a few. Our basic science research has been well-funded and nationally recognized, and continues to be at the core of the research enterprise in the Department. The Department has developed other areas of surgical research as well, particularly in health services research. Over the last several years surgical outcomes and health services research has become a transformative agent in surgical care and within the surgical community. Outcomes researchers help identify the best evidence to guide patient care and “translate” this research into practice and policy by working with surgeons, payers and purchasers of healthcare. The Department of Surgery has been at the forefront research and has a well-known and growing center devoted to this research, the Surgical Outcome Research Center (SORCE).

Teaching future surgeons is at the heart of our academic mission.  Our residency and fellowship programs are vigorous and we continue to fill our program with the best and brightest future surgeons. Our programs consistently pass accreditation reviews with flying colors and have engaged in innovative restructuring opportunities to better meet the needs of graduate medical students.  As in the other parts of our mission, we are devoted to innovation in teaching that meets the demands of our society the needs of our students and takes advantage of new technologies that assist teaching and learning.  To that end the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) was established and has just completed its fifth year. ISIS is a multi-disciplinary Center, located on multiple campuses, that has, as its primary goal, to provide leadership in the use of simulation technologies to improve the quality of health care education and improve patient safety and outcomes. The Department of Surgery is proud to be the Administrative home of ISIS and to provide it with substantial faculty involvement in addition to administrative support.

Our Department continues to focus on our three-fold mission:  we offer the best surgical care to patients and support of patients and their families; we conduct research to increase the body of medical knowledge and to improve the manner in which healthcare is delivered; finally we share this knowledge and teach future surgeons.  As you peruse our website, we trust you understand the story of the Department of Surgery and will find information you are seeing and I would be happy to hear any comments you might have concerning any aspect of our Department.  

Thank you for visiting our website.

Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd (ad hom)
Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Endowed Chair in Lung Cancer Research
University of Washington


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Department Leadership

Professor and Interim Chair

Douglas Wood, MD

Division Chiefs

Douglas Wood, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Brant Oelschlager, MD
General Surgery

Robert Sawin, MD
Pediatric Surgery

Nicholas Vedder, MD
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Jorge Reyes, MD
Transplant Surgery

Ronald Maier, MD
Trauma & Burn; Harborview Surgeon-in-Chief

Benjamin Starnes, MD
Vascular Surgery

Roger P. Tatum, MD
VA Healthcare (Acting Surgeon-in-Chief)

Administrative Leadership

Susan Marx, MBA
Department Director, Administration & Finance

Michael Aly, MBA
Associate Director, Chief of Finance

Craig Brownson, MHA
Associate Director - Clinical Programs and Finance

Mark Cumpston, MHA
Administrator of Operations: Plastic Surgery
(including Pediatric Plastic Surgery)

Kate Curtis, MPA
Administrator of Operations: Vascular Surgery and
Pediatric General Surgery

Justin Feezell, MHA
Administrator of Operations: Cardiothoracic Surgery
(including Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery)

Farrah Leland, JD
Operations Administrator: Transplant Surgery

Kira Martin, MHA, MBA
Senior Administrator of Operations: Trauma, Critical Care & Burn Surgery, Plastic Surgery & Veterans Administration Healthcare (VA); General Surgery Education

Judith Rapp
Administrator, Academic & Staff Human Resources; 
Department Communications

Kate Rimmer, MBA
Administrator of Operations: General Surgery

Catherine Wicks
Administrator, Finance Operations & Research Administration

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