Schedule Details

Join us on Friday and Saturday evening for our signature events, and make the most of your time with your classmates!

Enjoy early-bird savings on every event when you register by April 30.

Unless otherwise noted, events are open to all classes and their guests. Recommended attire for most Reunion Weekend activities is business casual.

Friday, May 31


5:15–6:45 p.m.

UW School of Medicine Alumni Leadership Council Meeting
The UW School of Medicine Alumni Association invites you to attend its spring board meeting. Hear about the latest alumni association programs, meet alumni leaders, and share ideas and suggestions for the future.

University of Washington
Gerberding Hall, Room 142

Cost: complimentary
Complimentary self-parking in Central Plaza Garage
Entrance on 15th Avenue NE and 41st Street NE, Seattle, WA 98105

6:30–10 p.m.

Reunion Weekend Welcome Night
Spend the evening celebrating your UW School of Medicine reunion with classmates and friends from your WWAMI site, distinguished alumni and school leaders on the beautiful University of Washington campus. Enjoy fabulous hors d’oeuvres and fine wines while hearing from certified sommelier Madeline Puckette, author and co-founder of Wine Folly, who will share her extensive wine knowledge and lead us in a celebratory toast.

University of Washington
Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room
4069 Spokane Lane, Seattle, WA 98105

Cocktail attire is recommended for this special event.
Cost: $75 per person (early bird: $50)
Complimentary self-parking in Central Plaza Garage
Entrance on 15th Avenue NE and 41st Street NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Saturday, June 1


All of Saturday’s events take place at the iconic Rainier Club in downtown Seattle. Located on bustling Fourth Avenue, the club is a historic landmark and a beautiful gathering place to reconnect and reminisce. Complimentary valet parking is provided.

9:30–11:30 a.m.

UW Medicine Today: Doc Talks
Start the day with three dynamic talks that highlight topical issues and exciting research taking place at UW Medicine. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and coffee before the talks begin.

The Rainier Club
820 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
Cost: complimentary
Complimentary valet parking at the Columbia Street entrance

The Invisible Wounds of War: Brain Injury and Psychological Health Following Combat Deployment
Christine Mac Donald, Ph.D.
UW Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery; James and Gaye Pigott Sports Health and Safety Endowed Chair; Research Director, The Sports Institute at UW Medicine

Dr. Mac Donald’s research efforts include advanced neuroimaging evaluation of concussion in the U.S. military and the distribution of brain injury in civilian adults and children, with specific emphasis on comorbid mental health conditions. She also conducts high-resolution imaging for direct radiological-pathological correlations of brain injury pathology via cadaveric imaging and in ex vivo human brain specimens. For the past decade, she has led large-scale, multi-center, international clinical research studies in the United States, Italy, Germany and Afghanistan.

Targeting Kidney Diseases Through Precision Medicine
Jonathan Himmelfarb, M.D.
UW Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology; Joseph W. Eschenbach, M.D., Endowed Chair in Kidney Research; Director, Kidney Research Institute (a collaboration between Northwest Kidney Centers and UW Medicine)

Today, few interventions effectively prevent, treat or cure kidney diseases, especially during the early stages before dialysis or a kidney transplant is required for prolonging life. Meanwhile, kidney diseases have emerged as a growing global health problem. Dr. Himmelfarb will discuss how the human “kidney on a chip” project — including studies on the International Space Station — and human kidney organoids made from stem cells are providing exciting insights into the molecular mechanisms of kidney diseases that could lead to a new generation of precision medicine therapeutics.

Culturing Connectivity
R. William DePaolo, Ph.D.
UW Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology; Lynn M. and Michael D. Garvey Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology; Director, Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics (CMiST)

How does one try to begin to understand the impact of the 1 trillion microbes that reside in your gut? It’s not through traditional scientific methods. Rather, it’s through developing personal connections with colleagues to build engaged communities with open communication and honest collaborations. Dr. DePaolo will relate his experiences within the scientific research arena and how relationships between clinicians and researchers have pushed forward scientific discovery on human genes and the microbiome just as much as time spent behind the bench.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Food for Thought Luncheon
If you graduated fewer than 50 years ago, please join us for a casual lunch at the Rainier Club. Dine with UW School of Medicine students and faculty and hear about what’s new at the School.

Cost: $35 per person (early bird: $30)
Complimentary valet parking at the Columbia Street entrance

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

50-Year Association Luncheon
Join us for a private, celebratory lunch for the classes of 1969, 1964, 1959 and 1954 and all members of the 50-Year Association. While you dine, you’ll hear from Paul G. Ramsey, M.D., CEO of UW Medicine, executive vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UW School of Medicine, on the changing landscape of medical education, recent medical breakthroughs and plans for the UW School of Medicine.

The Rainier Club
820 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Cost: $35 per person (early bird: $30)
Complimentary valet parking at the Columbia Street entrance

1–3:30 p.m.

UW Medical Center Discovery Tour
Join us for a physician-led tour of UW Medical Center, and see what’s changed since you were a student. UWMC is renowned for innovation and high-tech, compassionate care, and U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked it the best hospital in Washington state and in the Seattle metro area. Space is limited, so register early!

Please note that the tour includes a significant amount of walking.

Transportation is provided. Tours depart from the Rainier Club.

Cost: $25 per person (early bird: $20)
Complimentary valet parking at the Rainier Club Columbia Street entrance

5–7:30 p.m.

Young Alumni Happy Hour — Classes of 1999 (E-95), 2004 (E-00), 2009 (E-05) and 2014 (E-10)
Join fellow alumni of the past 20 years for a lively happy hour featuring substantial hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer, wine and a signature cocktail.

The Rainier Club
820 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Cost: $60 per person (early bird $50)
Complimentary valet parking is provided

Evening

Milestone Celebrations
Join your classmates and guests for a wonderful evening of sharing memories and catching up on the years since medical school. All milestone celebrations take place in private rooms throughout the Rainier Club. Each dinner includes complimentary wine and beer, pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres and a seated three-course meal.

5:30–10 p.m.   Class of 1954 (E-50): 65th Reunion

5:30–10 p.m.   Class of 1959 (E-55): 60th Reunion

5:30–10 p.m.   Class of 1964 (E-60): 55th Reunion

6–10 p.m.   Class of 1969 (E-65): 50th Reunion

6–10 p.m.   Class of 1974 (E-70): 45th Reunion

6:30–10:30 p.m.   Class of 1979 (E-75): 40th Reunion

6:30–10:30 p.m.   Class of 1984 (E-80): 35th Reunion

6:30–10:30 p.m.   Class of 1989 (E-85): 30th Reunion

6:30–10:30 p.m.   Class of 1994 (E-90): 25th Reunion

The Rainier Club
820 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Cost: $115 per person (early bird: $95)
Complimentary valet parking at the Columbia Street entrance