School of Public Health

Jarvik, Gail

Gail Pairitz Jarvik

Professor, Medicine - Medical Genetics
Professor, Genome Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology


MD University of Iowa, 1987
PhD Genetics, University of Michigan, 1986

Contact Info

Box 357720
UWMC, Medicine/Medical Genetics
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-221-3974

Head, Division of Medical Genetics
The Arno G. Motulsky Endowed Chair in Medicine
Joint Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences



Research Interests

Dr. Jarvik is a Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences, and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. She is an internist and clinical medical geneticist, and is active in the field of biomedical ethics. Dr. Jarvik specializes in the mathematical genetics of complexly inherited human disease. She does highly collaborative theoretical and applied work in the genetic etiology of cardiovascular disease, dementia and intellectual function, and cancer using careful attention to biology. Dr. Jarvik is actively investigating the implementation of genomics in clinical care.

Research Areas 

In The News

Genetic health risks
KOMO 4, 07/27/2017

F.D.A. will allow 23andMe to sell genetic tests for disease risk to consumers
The New York Times, 04/06/2017

Your Neanderthal inheritance could affect your mood, your skin and your smoking habits
Los Angeles Times, 02/12/2016