University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Welcome from the Chair

I am absolutely delighted and honored to join the Department of Medicine team as its ninth chair, and to be a part of the world-class School of Medicine and Public Health and University of Wisconsin–Madison. 

Founded in 1924, the department has grown into the largest department in the University of Wisconsin System, with approximately 1,500 faculty, learners and staff and 11 subspecialty divisions. Our unwavering commitment to our core values has helped propel us forward as a national leader in high-quality patient-centered care, transformational research and innovative education programs.

I am deeply proud to join a department that excels across all mission areas. 

  • We are recognized nationally for outstanding care, with University of Wisconsin Hospitals ranked in the top 20 nationwide and seven subspecialties within our department ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Our exceptionally robust research program totaled $109 million in FY19, and in 2020 was ranked 21st in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. 
  • Our internal medicine residency program boasts a three-year 100 percent board pass rate, and our 22 subspecialty fellowships have a two-year 100 percent board pass rate. 

Professionalism, patient-centeredness, discovery, innovation, scholarship, commitment to diversity and inclusion, dedication to teamwork, and wise stewardship of our resources: these are the core values of the department and they deeply resonate with my own personal beliefs.  

While the future undoubtedly holds changes, these core values will remain our compass for success. To try new things, embrace new opportunities, and address new challenges will make our department more resilient, innovative, and dynamic. I am particularly passionate about fostering an environment that is inclusive, transparent and emphasizes engagement at all levels. Our workplace is a richer environment when we embrace and engage diverse and eclectic points of view. 

During the coming months, I plan to meet with as many of you as possible to get to know the incredible individuals who form the heart and soul of the department. I want to hear your insights, input and ideas as we navigate an ever-changing healthcare landscape together.  

I would also like to extend my deepest gratitude to Dr. Betsy Trowbridge for her outstanding stewardship of the department as interim chair. Under her tutelage, the department has continued to flourish. Dr. Trowbridge served with grace and grit as a strong and effective advocate for the department.  I am excited to continue to partner with her as we continue to advance the health of our communities.

My leadership philosophy is elegantly captured by John Quincy Adams, who once said, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." That is my goal and I am excited to embark on this adventure with all of you as partners. 

On Wisconsin!

Lynn M. Schnapp, MD, ATSF
George R. and Elaine Love Professor
Chair, Department of Medicine
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine