Reflecting the diversity of activity within our division, our faculty have been responding to the COVID-19 crisis according to their varied strengths.

Mark Zaros
Dr. Mark Zaros

Patient Care

Dr. Mark Zaros, clinical associate professor, was on the care team that helped a ninety-year-old patient recover from a severe infection with the COVID-19 virus. KOMO News covered the story.


Dr. John Choe, associate professor and associate program director for the UW Internal Medicine Residency Program, wrote about his first two weeks attending on patients during the pandemic for the Annals of Internal Medicine. 

Elisabeth Poorman, headshot
Dr. Elisabeth Poorman

Dr. Joshua Liao, assistant professor, wrote the editorial “Math in the Time of Coronavirus” for Annals of Internal Medicine: Fresh Look. He also co-wrote “Respiratory Disease and Racism Have Reared Their Ugly Heads with COVID-19” for the same publication.

Dr. Douglas Paauw, professor and director of Medicine Student Programs, wrote “Dr. Douglas Paauw Reflects on Practicing in the COVID-19 World” for MDedge Internal Medicine. 

Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, clinical instructor, published articles on MDedge and, the local Washington state NPR affiliate. 

Barak Gaster
Dr. Barak Gaster


Dr. Barak Gaster, professor, spoke with local news outlet KUOW for their article “New Rules Create Do's and Don'ts in Seattle Parks.” 

Dr. Elisabeth Poorman was interviewed for articles on NPR and in US News & World Report. Additionally, she was on the panel organized by the American College of Physicians, “COVID-19: Practical Advice and Support from Internists on the Front Lines.” Held on March 30, 2020, participants from over sixty countries attended remotely.


Christopher Wong, headshot
Dr. Christopher Wong

UW Medicine has set up an emergency response to COVID-19 fund where people can donate supplies, make a gift, or offer words of encouragement. One such gift was a $50,000 gift from an anonymous donor “in honor of Dr. Christopher J. Wong [associate professor] and all the other heroes on the front line.”


Find more information about UW Medicine’s COVID-19 response