It was supposed to be a routine six-month checkup after a mastectomy for breast cancer. When the nurse came back with blood work results, she looked worried. Mary Wimer’s cancer hadn't came back, but her diabetes had been discovered.
The battles against child mortality and HIV/AIDS have seen some gains in the last five years, but the fight to combat less fashionable health issues, such as tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases, is still struggling.
The newly appointed chair of the UW School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics will also serve as the associate dean of the UW medical school and as senior vice president/chief academic officer for Seattle Children's.