Andrea Schmick

Long-time faculty member, former Department of Medicine chair, and nationally recognized leader in asthma and allergy research William Busse, MD, professor, Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, will retire on July 2, 2021. A Badger through and through, Busse joined the department in 1974 after completing his undergraduate degree, medical...
Lynn Schnapp, MD, ATSF, George R. and Elaine Love professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, began her term as president of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) on May 18, 2021, at the Society's annual conference. Dr. Schnapp’s presidency is the culmination of four years of service on the...
In 2001, UW Health endocrinology nurse Ruth Diaz de Leon, NP, began managing blood glucose levels for a handful of hospitalized patients with diabetes on the cardiology, vascular surgery, and cardiac surgery services at University Hospital. She was the first clinician to staff the UW Health Diabetes Management Service (DMS)...
Local educator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Pleasant Rowland has donated $10 million toward the construction of a new transplant clinic at University Hospital. Rowland lived with kidney failure for almost 20 years before receiving a kidney transplant with our team. Arjang Djamali, MD, professor and chief, Nephrology, and Dixon Kaufman, MD...
Christie Bartels, MD, MS, associate professor, Rheumatology, was appointed permanent chief of the Division of Rheumatology, effective December 1, 2020. A respected and familiar presence for many in the Department of Medicine, Dr. Bartels is a 2004 alumna of our internal residency program. She stayed here to complete a chief...
Kari Wisinski, MD, associate professor, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, has assumed the role of interim chief of that division, effective January 1, 2021. A nationally recognized breast cancer expert, Dr. Wisinski also has clinical interests in tailored screening and risk reduction for patients at high risk of breast...
The Department of Medicine is proud to honor Keith Meyer, MD, professor, Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, who retired on February 1, 2021. Dr. Meyer joined the Department of Medicine in 1988. A pulmonologist and critical care physician, he was the medical director for the UW Health lung transplant...
Lee Eckhardt, MD, MS, associate professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, has been named the inaugural Gary and Marie Weiner Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine Research. Dr. Eckhardt is a leading cardiologist who has dedicated her research career to the study, treatment and prevention of arrhythmias that cause sudden death syndromes. The professorship provides...
Recognizing that where people live affects their health, Jennifer Weiss, MD, MS, associate professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and partners at the University of Wisconsin Health Innovation Program (HIP) have developed a more nuanced way to identify health disparities in Wisconsin’s rural and urban areas. Their work is reflected in “WCHQ...
Alan Bridges, MD, professor and interim division chief, Rheumatology, senior vice chair, Department of Medicine, and chief of staff at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, has won the prestigious Veterans Health Administration (VHA) John D. Chase Award for Executive Excellence in Health Care. This award recognizes sustained executive...