Established in 1985, the Division has nearly 300 faculty members.

As the faculty responsible for primary care in the Department of Medicine, we are justifiably proud that the University of Washington has been the nation's top medical school for primary care medicine for three decades.  Every member of our faculty directly or indirectly devotes a substantial amount of time providing the highest caliber health care to patients from all walks of life and all social circumstances and many of our physicians are recognized as “Best Doctors in America” and "Top Docs" in Seattle.

We provide medical care to outpatients and hospitalized patients in a wide variety of settings including three academic medical centers, Pioneer Square, several University of Washington Physicians neighborhood clinics, and even in patients’ homes and homeless shelters. In addition to being outstanding clinicians, our faculty provides an impressive amount of clinical teaching to medical students and residents for which they have received numerous prestigious awards.

Faculty in the Division have established international reputations for research on a wide variety of important problems related to primary care, medical errors, or use of medical records as well as clinical problems related to heart disease, dementia, respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, common infections, and many others. 

Members of our Division have also achieved national prominence through leadership of prestigious national organizations such as the American College of Physicians, the Society of General Internal Medicine and others as well as membership in the National Academy of Medicine and key committees at the NIH, FDA, CDC, HHS, etc.