Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Medicine. I am tremendously proud of our department and its vital contributions to the overall mission of UW Health and the School of Medicine and Public Health. I trust that this site will provide valuable information about our clinical, educational and research programs.

At the very core of our mission is the health of patients. All care is provided by faculty physicians in the School of Medicine and Public Health lending our clinical activities the expertise of those at the leading edge of each discipline. Prevention is emphasized in our extensive primary care activities, complemented by a full range of state-of-the-art services provided by specialists in our twelve clinical areas. Whether a patient is being seen for a routine physical exam or is being treated for advanced heart disease, diabetes, or even cancer, we provide world-class modern care with a commitment to quality and service.

Our educational programs extend to all levels, including undergraduate, School of Medicine & Public Health, post graduate, continuing medical education and allied health professional education. Led by experienced educators, each area is charged to maintain a curriculum that prepares the health care providers of the future. Our education programs enjoy an excellent reputation; among these, our residency program has been recognized as an ACGME Education Innovation Project site. Our fellowship programs draw from a pool of top applicants and cover a full spectrum of specialized clinical and research training. Educational and training opportunities are enhanced by clinical rotations at both UW Health facilities and the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Medical Center. Throughout our educational programs we are committed to professionalism at the highest level and preparation of our students and trainees to become leaders in their fields of endeavor.

The University of Wisconsin is known for its strong research environment, and the Department of Medicine has a rich history of academic achievement. Our substantial extramural funding provides support for a wide range of activity including basic, translational, clinical and population studies. This research is integrated with our clinical and educational missions. We are also committed to integrating departmental scholarly efforts with colleagues throughout the School of Medicine and Public Health and other schools on campus. Some examples of these combined efforts are the federally funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Cardiovascular Center, the Institute on Aging, an asthma program (integrated with pediatrics, biomolecular chemistry and genetics), and the federally funded Medical Education in the 21st Century program.

In summary, the Department of Medicine integrates primary and hospital care with medical specialties that serve our three-part mission of clinical service, education and research. This is accomplished with an emphasis on excellence, equity, inclusiveness and professionalism. Thank you for visiting with us.

Richard L. Page, MD
George R. and Elaine Love Professor
Chair, Department of Medicine