University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Our People

Faculty

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Jeremy Smith, MD

Jeremy Smith, MD, Interim Program Director

Jeremy Smith, MD

Jeremy Smith, MD

Interim Program Director

Director of Education Development and Systematic Literature Review Projects

I have had a passion for medical education ever since I was an intern. There is nothing for me like watching the light bulb go off in a learner in front of me. I feel continually grateful and lucky to have a job where I get to interact with such smart and challenging residents and students.

Christopher Hildebrand, MD

Christopher Hildebrand, MD

Christopher Hildebrand, MD

Associate Program Director

Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care and Education, Veterans Hospital

The practice of medicine is perhaps one of the most demanding vocations, involving dedication and sacrifice for the good of others. Our goal is to help the resident appreciate the joys and manage the challenges for his/her development into the consummate internist.

Robert Holland, MD

Robert Holland, MD

Robert Holland, MD

Associate Program Director

Director of Resident Performance Improvement, QI and Interprofessional Curriculum

At a time when the need for well-trained internal medicine physicians has never been higher, it is rewarding to see engaged residents grow into physician leaders with the opportunities that the program offers. Working with an exciting group of faculty and residents I am reminded daily of how wonderful it is to be with people that continually achieve excellence in healthcare and education, at an institution that embraces innovation and new ideas to allow all of us to reach our full potential.

Kelly Lavin, MD

Kelly Lavin, MD

Kelly Lavin, MD

Associate Program Director

Director, Primary Care Track

I am passionate about preparing our next generation of internists for the ever-changing landscape of primary care, while maintaining meaningful work-life balance. General internal medicine offers the opportunity for meaningful, long-term relationships with patients and patient-care teams while always providing intellectual challenge.

Sean O'Neill, MD

Sean O'Neill, MD

Sean O'Neill, MD

Associate Program Director

Director of Evidence Based Medicine Curriculum

I am passionate about preparing our next generation of internists for the ever-changing landscape of primary care, while maintaining meaningful work-life balance. General internal medicine offers the opportunity for meaningful, long-term relationships with patients and patient-care teams while always providing intellectual challenge.

Andrea Schnell, MD

Andrea Schnell, MD

Andrea Schnell, MD

Associate Program Director

Director of Residency Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

My goal is to foster a culture of inclusivity and create a sense of true belonging for residents from diverse backgrounds. I work to ensure that residents have positive, identity-affirming experiences with faculty, peers, staff, patients, and the Madison community—which further supports skill development, career progression, professional identify formation, and overall wellbeing. Together with my colleagues, I also work to identify and dismantle the barriers that individuals from historically underrepresented background in medicine and other minoritized groups can encounter during residency training.

Amy Zelenski, PhD

Amy Zelenski, PhD

Amy Zelenski, PhD

Associate Program Director

Director of Education Scholarship and TEACH Program

As an educator, I am exhilarated by the complex challenges inherent in teaching and learning in a healthcare setting. My research focuses on teaching physicians how to engage in empathic behaviors with their patients, learners, and interprofessional colleagues. This ability has been proven to increase the quality of patient care; and to also decrease burnout and personal distress for healthcare providers. I am an advocate of relationship-centered care; and personally care deeply about patients and providers alike.

Chief Residents

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Department of Medicine 2021-2022 chief residents

Nimrod Deiss-Yehiely, MD

Nimrod Deiss-Yehiely, MD

Nimrod Deiss-Yehiely, MD

Bridges Family Endowed Chief Resident

I chose to become a chief resident because of teaching, mentorship and this program. I am so excited for this year, and I look forward to improving my teaching skills and developing innovative programs for the residents. I feel honored for the opportunity to give back to the program that helped shape me into the clinician I am today! 

Scott Laurenzo, MD

Scott Laurenzo, MD

Scott Laurenzo, MD

Page Family Endowed Chief Resident

I was drawn to the University of Wisconsin for the wide range of opportunities available to residents in research, clinical education, and professional mentorship. As a Chief Resident, I look forward to fostering the program's collaborative culture, while also teaching and mentoring the residents in the pursuit of their individual goals.

Lindsay Matthews, MD

Lindsay Matthews, MD

Lindsay Matthews, MD

Vogelman/Carnes Family Endowed Chief Resident

I felt immediately welcomed into the residency family at the University of Wisconsin, and benefitted from strong mentorship and tailored educational experiences throughout my time here. For me, becoming a Chief is about supporting our residents on a personal and professional level, and helping them individualize their residency training to reach their unique career goals.

Emily Owen, MD

Emily Owen, MD

Emily Owen, MD

Trowbridge Endowed Primary Care Track Chief Resident

I was drawn to this program for the excellent ambulatory mentorship, the unwavering support to pursue individualized career goals and the comradery that exists among the residents. As a chief resident, I look forward to teaching, mentoring and supporting residents as they pursue their personal and professional goals!

Program Staff

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Vonnie Schoenleber and Michelle Kipp

Michelle Kipp, MS

Michelle Kipp, MS

Michelle Kipp, MS

Internal Medicine Residency Program Manager

The University of Wisconsin at Madison has been a great passion of mine since childhood and I am thrilled at the opportunity to call it home once again. I enjoy watching young professionals find their voices, carve out their passions, and grow into strong, intelligent practitioners. It is an honor to be involved in your lives for the time that you're with us - and for many years after - and I look forward to helping you make the most of your Wisconsin Experience.

Abigail Mapes, MA

Abigail Mapes, MA

Abigail Mapes, MA

Associate Administrative Program Specialist

It is a pleasure to work with the UW Internal Medicine Residency program and coordinate the elective training pathways. Working with our residents and trainees is one of the most rewarding ways to apply my experience in research and global health. My goal is to support the next generation of physicians as they work to achieve their goals and develop into leaders and scientists in their chosen fields!

Kayla Marks

Kayla Marks

Kayla Marks

Residency Program Assistant

I am excited at the great opportunity to be a part of UW Madison’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. Assisting the dedicated team of faculty and staff in the program and helping them bring out the very best in each resident is my goal. I look forward to supporting the residents along their continuing medical education journey.

Vonnie Schoenleber

Vonnie Schoenleber

Vonnie Schoenleber

Residency Project Manager

Assistant to Dr. Jeremy Smith

I enjoy working in a program filled with so many talented and interesting people. Working with residents helps me to remember how important it is to keep learning, to enjoy challenges; and that we help create our own opportunities.