Getting to Know You: Q&As from New Faculty and Chief Residents Joining the Department of Medicine in 2019-2020

Vital Signs is featuring introductions to many of the new faculty members and chief residents who joined us in the 2019-2020 academic year. 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

Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care

  • Majid Afshar, MD
  • William Alward, MD
  • Iliya Amaza, MBBS
  • William Ehlenbach, MD, MS
  • Laura Frye, MD
  • Amy Jaeger, MD
  • Melissa MacDonald, MD
  • Lynn Schnapp, MD
  • Samir Sultan, MD
  • Carole Wilson, PhD

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Ruben Alexanian, MD
  • William Bradham, MS, MD, PhD
  • Barrett Kenny, MD, MS
  • Evan Klein, MD
  • Chris Konstantinou, MD
  • Daniel Modaff, MD
  • Jane Pearson, MD
  • Gregory Tester, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

  • Rowan Karaman, MD

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

General Internal Medicine

  • Robert Boyle, MD
  • Megan Mirkes, MD

Geriatrics and Gerontology

  • Lindsay Clark, PhD
  • Mariana Pehar, PhD
  • Victoria Williams, PhD

Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care

Hospital Medicine

Infectious Disease



  • Sancia Ferguson, MD, MPH


Banner image, people take in a sunset view of Lake Mendota near the Memorial Union Terrace (photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)