University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Women in Medicine at UW

At the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine, women physicians lead and succeed at every stage of their careers. 

Drs. Amy Kind and Ann Sheehy

Our residents work side-by-side with some of the most influential women in medicine in the nation, including preeminent researchers, influential academic leaders, talented medical educators, and physicians who have established groundbreaking clinical programs.

Collaborative mentors abound, characterized by both Midwestern approachability and a deep commitment to trainees. They're moving the future of medicine forward—and bringing our residents with them.

A Culture of Success

Women physicians find collaboration and success at the UW Department of Medicine. 

  • Many former women residents have been successfully mentored and are now tenured faculty members leading major multidisciplinary research programs. They in turn are now fostering the careers of the next generation of women physicians.
  • Our department is chaired by a woman, as are three of our largest divisions: General Internal Medicine; Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care; and Hospital Medicine.
  • Women in our department direct clinical inpatient and outpatient services, fellowships, key portions of the residency program, including individual resident mentorship and several medical school courses and mentoring programs.
  • Women faculty members in the Department of Medicine hold two of our Vice Chair positions, and two Associate Dean positions at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
  • In FY20, research funding to female principal investigators in the department totaled over $35 million.
  • Since 2010, two thirds of our chief medical residents have been women.
  • In 2020, 11 of the 27 departments in the School of Medicine and Public Health are led by women, exceeding the national average.

Read news articles about achievements by women in the UW Department of Medicine.

Resources for Women in Academic Medicine

Fellowships, Institutes, Programs & Centers

  • Women’s Health Research Fellowship Program: This two-year, full-time fellowship program trains future leaders in academic health sciences, preparing them to engage in research, teaching, and program development that will improve the health of women.
  • Center for Women’s Health Research: The Center trains a diverse cadre of future academic leaders in women’s health, promotes a multidisciplinary agenda in women’s health research including the study of sex and gender differences, and works toward increasing the participation and advancement of women in academic leadership.
  • Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI): Established in 2002, WISELI disseminates best practices in gender equity programming and measurement in higher educational institutions, offering workshops and materials that are in demand by colleges and universities worldwide.
  • Centennial Scholars Program: This UW School of Medicine and Public Health program supports early-career faculty whose diversity enhances the quality of education and research at UW.

Training in Women's Health

There are numerous opportunities for internists who wish to pursue enhanced training in women’s health, facilitated by the strong relationship between the university and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Examples include clinical training at the Women Veterans Health Clinic, ambulatory care training in women’s health at the UW Health West Clinic, and clinical training in outpatient gynecology, high risk obstetrics, student health, osteoporosis management and gastrointestinal disorders in pregnancy.

Faculty Mentors

Angela Byars-Winston, PhD

Angela Byars-Winston, PhD

Area of interest: Cultural influences on academic and career development, especially for women and individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in STEMM fields 

Molly Carnes, MD, MS

Molly Carnes, MD, MS

Area of interest: Bias reduction and how cultural stereotypes perpetuate inequities in STEMM fields

Shobhina Chheda, MD, MPH

Shobhina Chheda, MD, MPH

Area of interest: Medical student curriculum development and assessment; associate dean for medical education, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Dawn Belt Davis, MD, PhD

Dawn Belt Davis, MD, PhD

Area of interest: Pancreatic beta cell biology and its role in obesity, prediabetes, increased demand for insulin during pregnancy, and Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

Narjust Duma, MD

Narjust Duma, MD

Area of interest: Lung cancer in women; health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities and the medically underserved; diversity, equity and inclusion in medical training; gender equity in medicine

Amy Kind, MD, PhD

Amy Kind, MD, PhD

Area of interest: Improving health equity through interdisciplinary research on neighborhood disadvantage, the social determinants of health and Alzheimer’s disease

Noelle LoConte, MD

Noelle LoConte, MD

Area of interest: Cancer prevention and control, gastrointestinal cancer, cancer in the geriatric population

Jane Mahoney, MD

Jane Mahoney, MD

Area of interest: Falls reduction in community-dwelling elderly, dissemination and implementation science

Jeniel Nett, MD, PhD

Jeniel Nett, MD, PhD

Area of interest: Device-associated infections caused by microbial biofilms

Ruth O'Regan, MD

Ruth O'Regan, MD

Area of interest: Breast cancer treatment; novel therapeutic approaches to treat resistant breast cancers, including triple negative breast cancer

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD

Area of interest: Management and prevention of healthcare-associated infections, including Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile 

Sumona Saha, MD, MS

Sumona Saha, MD, MS

Area of interest: Gastroenterology and women's health, including inflammatory bowel disease and GI disorders in pregnancy

Lynn Schnapp, MD, ATSF

Lynn Schnapp, MD, ATSF

Area of interest: acute lung injury, including Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS); mentorship and career development, especially for women and underrepresented minorities in medicine

Christine Seibert, MD, FACP

Christine Seibert, MD, FACP

Area of interest: Curricular opportunities in community engagement, advocacy and health systems improvement for medical students; associate dean for medical student education and services, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Ann Sheehy, MD, MS

Ann Sheehy, MD, MS

Area of interest: Health care policy and its impact on hospitalized patients and health disparities

Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD

Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD

Area of interest: Rheumatoid arthritis and systemic autoimmune disorders; translational research to guide the discovery of better clinical tests and improved treatment

Elizabeth 'Betsy' Trowbridge, MD

Elizabeth "Betsy" Trowbridge, MD

Area of interest: Primary care redesign and compensation models; quality improvement and innovation

Kari Wisinski, MD

Kari Wisinski, MD

Area of interest: Breast cancer screening and risk reduction; research on the use of prognostic and predictive biomarkers for novel breast cancer treatment

 

Laura Zakowski, MD

Laura Zakowski, MD

Area of interest: Medical student and resident education, including innovative approaches to teaching fundamental communication, evidence-based medicine, and behavioral modification skills