Christy Gullion named UW Medicine chief of staff

Christy Gullion
Christy D. Gullion, newly named UW Medicine chief of staff
Christy Guillion

Christy D. Gullion has been named chief of staff for UW Medicine and University of Washington associate vice president for medical affairs, effective August 1, 2016. In her new role, Gullion will be responsible for advancing internal and external relationships, providing leadership and coordination for UW Medicine’s strategic priorities and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of major work products. She will report directly to Dr. Paul G. Ramsey, who serves as the chief executive officer for UW Medicine. 

For the past seven years, Gullion has served as the director of federal relations for the University of Washington in Washington, D.C., where she worked with members of Congress and the administration to advance UW policy and funding priorities, including those of UW Medicine. She has held senior positions with federal, state, and local government elected officials working on public policy issues with a wide variety of external constituencies. She also has budgeting and contract management experience earned while working at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. 

Paul Ramsey has said that “Christy Gullion’s extensive professional experience in the public sector and strong track record will be a substantial asset for UW Medicine. I look forward to working with her.”

“I am very excited to join the UW Medicine leadership team,” said Gullion. “I feel I bring a solid perspective on healthcare issues on a national level and I look forward to working with teams across UW Medicine.”
UW Medicine is the one of the top rated academic medical systems in the world. With a mission to improve the health of the public, UW Medicine educates the next generation of physicians and scientists, leads one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive medical research programs, and provides outstanding care to patients from across the globe. UW Medicine’s four hospitals—Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center and Valley Medical Center—admit more than 64,000 patients each year. A network of hospital-based and outpatient clinics, including 12 UW Neighborhood Clinics, see more than 1.3 million patients each year. 
The UW School of Medicine, part of the UW Medicine system, leads the internationally recognized, community-based WWAMI Program, which serves the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The UW School of Medicine has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in primary-care training for more than 20 years by U.S. News & World Report. School of Medicine faculty receive more than $1 billion per year in research funding, thereby making the school the  top public institution recipient of biomedical research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and second among all public and private institutions for NIH funding.   
UW Medicine has 26,000 employees and an annual budget of nearly $5 billion. Also part of the UW Medicine system are Airlift Northwest and the UW Physicians practice group, the largest physician practice plan in the region. UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s, and also shares in ownership of Children’s University Medical Group with Seattle Children’s.
Media contacts:  Tina Mankowski,, 206.685.3841, or Susan Gregg,, 206,616.6730. 


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