Founded in 1824, The George Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC) is an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary academic health care center comprising the School of Medicine and Health Sciences; School of Public Health and Health Services; GW Hospital, which is jointly operated by Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS); and GW Medical Faculty Associates, Inc. (MFA) which includes both the primary care and specialty practices of the medical faculty. GWUMC also has a longstanding tradition in research, with about 400 research projects currently underway.
GWUMC is especially known for its Cancer Institute (GWCI), Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute (READI), Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWISH), Ronald Reagan Institute for Emergency Medicine (RRIEM), Center for Health Policy, minimally invasive surgery, and cardiovascular research and treatment.
GWUMC physicians, staff, residents, and students have a long tradition of public service. They serve as volunteers in many nonprofit health clinics in Washington, DC, including the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Zacchaeus Free Clinic, and La Clinica del Pueblo. In addition, the GW Breast Care Center runs the areas only mobile mammography unit, the GW Mammovan, in conjunction with the Cancer Research Foundation of America.