Andrea Schmick

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...
Jeff and Lynn Bakiares’ remarkable relationship with Didier Mandelbrot, MD, professor, Nephrology—and their overwhelmingly positive experiences with the UW Health kidney transplant program overall—has resulted in the creation of a new endowed professorship. Thanks to a generous gift from Jeff and Lynn Bakiares through the Virginia Lee Cook Foundation, and...
For Bret Benally Thompson, MD, clinical assistant professor, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, medicine was a career he dreamed of as a boy—and ultimately attained in midlife. A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Benally Thompson grew up off the reservation but was immersed in the cultures...
Higher education institutions frequently offer mentored research experiences to increase undergraduate student interest, motivation and preparedness for research careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematic and Medicine (STEMM) fields. However, for participating students from historically underrepresented groups, unaddressed cultural factors may hinder engagement and result in a less effective mentoring relationship...