Following a comprehensive national search, Dr. Timothy H. Dellit has been appointed to lead UW Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine, as announced by UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Tricia Serio.
In his new role, Dr. Dellit will serve as the CEO of UW Medicine, the Paul G. Ramsey Endowed Dean of the UW School of Medicine, and the university’s executive vice president for medical affairs, positions he has held on an interim basis since July 2022.
Dr. Dellit’s leadership qualities shone brightly during challenging times, including the COVID-19 pandemic and as UW Medicine adapts to the evolving healthcare landscape. His aptitude in listening and communication, commitment to advancing excellence and equity in education, workforce, and healthcare outcomes align seamlessly with UW Medicine’s mission.
As the CEO of UW Medicine, Dr. Dellit oversees an integrated clinical, research, and learning health system with over 39,000 faculty, staff, trainees, and students across eight clinically integrated organizations. His role as dean involves leading one of the nation’s top medical schools, educating over 9,000 students and trainees annually through the innovative WWAMI medical education program.
Dr. Dellit’s dedication to faculty, staff, and student development, and his leadership in research, particularly in areas like neuroscience, behavioral health, and technology in health, are critical to the success of UW Medicine.
Throughout his tenure and in previous senior leadership roles, Dr. Dellit has focused on improving healthcare experiences and outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and enhancing the practice environment for clinicians. His significant contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic have positioned UW Medicine as a national leader in pandemic response.
Dr. Dellit expressed his deep honor and humility in being selected for these roles and looks forward to advancing UW Medicine’s clinical, research, and educational activities. His previous positions include chief medical officer for UW Medicine, executive vice dean for clinical affairs for the School of Medicine, vice president for medical affairs, and president of UW Physicians.
Dr. Dellit earned his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in infectious diseases at the UW. He is board-certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine, with clinical and research interests in general infectious diseases, orthopedic trauma-related infections, healthcare-associated infection prevention, and appropriate antibiotic use.
About the University of Washington School of Medicine:
Founded in 1946, the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) is renowned for advancing medical knowledge through scientific research and training primary care physicians. UWSOM has consistently been recognized as one of the nation’s top schools for training physicians and leading research institutions. The school is committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion and is known for its innovative regional training program, WWAMI, which serves Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. UWSOM provides opportunities for training in various medical care settings and has consistently ranked among the top three schools in receipt of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funding since 1974.
About Dr. Timothy H. Dellit:
Dr. Timothy H. Dellit, an accomplished leader in medical education and healthcare, has been instrumental in transforming practices at UW Medicine. His commitment to addressing healthcare inequities and improving care in underserved communities is noteworthy. Dr. Dellit’s expertise as an infectious diseases specialist played a crucial role in UW Medicine’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He enjoys spending time with his family and cooking in his free time.