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Dr. Stephan Fihn

Dr. Stephan Fihn will be stepping down after 25 years as head of GIM, a post that he described as “an incredible privilege” to hold. He will stay on as a faculty member in the division. 

Fihn is a graduate of our UW Internal Medicine Residency Program and was Chief Medical Resident at UW Medical Center and a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He has been a Department of Medicine faculty member since 1979 and a Professor since 1996. He is also a Professor of Health Services in the School of Public Health.

During his tenure, our division grew to become the largest division of General Internal Medicine in the country. When he started in the role in 1996, there were fewer than 80 faculty members. Since then, the division has grown by 400 percent, introduced the full-time clinical faculty track, expanded hospital medicine, and participated in the integration of Northwest Hospital into the UW Medicine system.

“I have greatly appreciated working with Steve’s since I started in my role as chair,” said Department Chair Dr. Barbara Jung. “Steve is one of our true historians; he pretty much knows everybody and everything in the school going back to the 70s. His experience and wealth of knowledge is unparalleled as is his leadership.”

A nationwide search will be conducted to identify Dr. Fihn’s successor. To ensure a smooth transition, Dr. Fihn will continue to serve as Division Head until new leadership is identified. Once the transition is complete, Dr. Fihn is looking forward to spending time outdoors and with his family.