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Medical Enterprise Initiative


GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the GW University Hospital (GWUH) and the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) comprise a medical enterprise that exists for academics, research and clinical-patient services. With the leadership of GW and its partners, the entities’ relationships continue to evolve to support an aspiration of preeminence as a medical enterprise and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of 21st-century health care.



  • Goal 1: Renew the academic relationship between SMHS and the MFA.
  • Goal 2: Enhance the strategic alignment in the SMHS and GWUH partnership.
  • Goal 3: Explore growth opportunities to expand the clinical and training footprint.
  • Goal 4: Explore the potential for brand consolidation.



Initiative Accomplishments



  • Barbara Lee Bass Named VP for Health Affairs and Dean of SMHS
    An esteemed academic leader and surgeon who trained and taught at GW, Dr. Bass has established a pioneering career defined by excellence in patient care, educational innovation, interdisciplinary research and discovery and service.  Dr. Bass is the first woman to lead SMHS, joining GW on Jan. 15, 2020.

  • University and Academic Physician Practice Create Strategic Alignment
    The George Washington University and the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA), the clinical practice of GW physicians, have restructured their relationship effective December 14, 2018. The MFA retains its status as a separate 501(C) 3 non-profit medical group, with the university exercising new rights of coordination and control. 

  • MFA, UMC Collaboration Continues
    The MFA is now providing GW faculty doctors for emergency and hospitalist services through its work with United Medical Center (UMC).



Initiative Leadership:

  • Mark Diaz, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Barbara Bass, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences


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