Lisa Brandenburg named UW Medicine chief health system officer

Lisa Brandenburg, former president of  Seattle Children's Hospital,  has been appointed chief health system officer for UW Medicine and University of Washington vice president for medical affairs.

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 In her new position, Brandenburg will oversee operations of the UW Medicine clinical entities, including Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians and Airlift Northwest.

“Lisa is an innovative leader who is recognized locally and nationally for her expertise in strategy development, quality improvement, program expansion and financial management,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, chief executive officer, UW Medicine. “Her vision and expertise will further enhance our outstanding care in support of our mission to improve the health of the public.”

Brandenburg currently leads the academic medical center and pediatric healthcare practice at Simpler Consulting, an IBM company, where she works with hospitals and health systems across the country. In addition to her management experience, she is a national expert on the use of lean methodology to redesign healthcare. This is done from the perspective of the patient to improve outcomes and reduce cost.

Lisa Brandenburg enjoys bicycling to work.

“I am very excited to build on UW Medicine’s rich history of innovation in research, teaching and patient care,” Brandenburg said. “We have a unique opportunity to be a national leader for healthcare reform by developing new approaches to keeping people healthy. I am also committed to creating a workplace environment that continues to attract top talent and supports employee development, engagement and wellness.”

Brandenburg will begin her new position at UW Medicine in mid-December. During her previous, 17-year career at UW Medical Center  from 1990 to 2007, her leadership positions included chief operating officer  from 2004 to 2006, and interim executive director from 2006 to 2007. She also played a major role in the formation of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In 2007, she became a senior vice president at Seattle Children’s Hospital. From 2012 to 2016,  she served as president of the hospital.

Brandenburg holds a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. In recognition of her contributions to healthcare and her mentoring of women, the Puget Sound Business Journal selected her as one of its Women of Influence in 2016.


About UW Medicine

UW Medicine is 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 biomedical 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 about 63,000 patients each year. A network of hospital-based and outpatient clinics, including 12 UW Neighborhood Clinics, has more than 1.5 million patient visits each year.

The UW School of Medicine is ranked No. 1 in the nation for primary-care education and for training in family medicine and rural medicine by U.S. News & World Report. UW School of Medicine faculty are second in the nation in federal research grants and contracts with $749.9 million in total revenue in fiscal year 2016, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.


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