UW Medicine

Dr. Paul Ramsey begins most weekday mornings by rowing on Lake Union. On weekends, he’s likely to do bike rides of 50 or 100 miles. These rituals — daily journeys, if you will — have helped prepare him for a 40-year-plus career in medicine and administration.

As technology improves and Americans spend more on treatments to cure or prevent disease and injury, 2016 is likely to be a challenging year in health care. Doctors, nurses and clinicians are learning to work in new and innovative ways as consumers rely on video consults and their smartphones as diagnostic tools. The 18 honorees in Seattle Business magazine’s 2016 Leaders in Health Care Awards are up to the challenge. All are champions for change, compassionate visionaries who believe in better patient care.

Designing a whole new world of proteins to address 21st-century problems in biomedicine, energy and technology is all in a day’s work for David Baker. Baker, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Sciences, is leading a team of researchers tackling the problem of protein folding with an online puzzle video game. A world-renowned expert in proteomics, Baker has his research group developing methods to predict and design the three-dimensional structures of proteins.

The heart and soul of Colleen Delaney’s medical practice is patient care. “To provide meaningful hope to patients where their future is uncertain and to walk that path with them is what I care most about,” she says. “I develop long-term relationships with my patients and their families. Now, I have the opportunity to make an even bigger impact on a more global scale. This drives me to work harder.”