Getting to Know You: Q&As from New Faculty and Chief Residents Joining the Department of Medicine in 2019

Vital Signs is featuring introductions to many of the new faculty members and chief residents who joined us in 2019. Each has been invited to provide some background about their primary professional focus in clinical, research, and/or medical education, what drew them to UW-Madison, their hopes and dreams for their first year, hobbies and interests, and a favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure. 

We are pleased to welcome:

Chief Residents

  • Matthew “Matt” Caldis, MD, MS
  • Matthew “Matt” Martini, MD
  • Callie Plafkin, MD
  • Caitlin Peirce, MD 

Allergy, Pulmonary & Critical Care

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Aurangzeb Baber, MD
  • Blake Fleeman, MD
  • S. Carolina Masri, MD
  • Bradley “Brad” Ternus, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

  • Kimberly “Kim” Daniel, MD
  • Paul Estrada, MD
  • Margarita “Rita” German, MD

General Internal Medicine

Geriatrics and Gerontology

  • Maureen Bruns, MD

Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care

Hospital Medicine


  • Christine Sharkey, MD