Following Professor Stephan Fihn’s announcement last spring to step down from his position as GIM Division Head, a national search for his successor was launched by Department of Medicine Chair Barbara Jung and chaired by Head of the Division of Metabolism Stephanie Page. In the meantime, Professor John Amory has graciously agreed to serve as interim head of the Division of General Internal Medicine, effective March 1, 2021.

Stephan Fihn, MD, MPH, FACP
Professor Stephan Fihn has served as GIM Division Head for 25 years.
Professor Stephan Fihn, the current GIM Head, is stepping down from the post after 25 years of service. Said Dr. Barbara Jung, “I have greatly appreciated working with Steve since I started in my role as chair. … His experience and wealth of knowledge is unparalleled as is his leadership.” Dr. Fihn described his decision as “bittersweet” but that he is “delighted that John Amory has been willing to pick up the baton.  He is truly outstanding in every respect and will ensure that the Division continues to operate smoothly during the transition.”

John Amory, headshot
Professor John Amory will serve as Interim Division Head effective March 1, 2021.
Dr. Amory completed his MD and a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California – San Francisco before joining UW Medicine in 1997 as an acting instructor and medical director of the VA’s pre-op clinic. In 2011, he was promoted to professor and appointed UWMC GIM section head.


Professor Amory’s principal area of research is in male reproductive health, specifically focused on the areas of male contraception, male infertility and the treatment of hypogonadism. He was elected to membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 2013. Currently, he serves as the Associate Editor of Andrology and as a member of the NIH’s study section on cellular and molecular reproduction.

Dr. Fihn will continue as part-time faculty. He will see patients at Harborview Medical Center’s Adult Medicine Clinic, contribute to research projects, continue as Deputy Editor of JAMA Network Open, and the Department of Medicine activities related to artificial intelligence.  Additionally, Professor Fihn is looking forward to spending time with close family, rekindling friendships, and picking up neglected hobbies.