University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

Division Welcome

"We are committed to preparing our postdoctoral fellows for academic and/or clinical careers in the discipline of Infectious Disease. We offer a combined clinical/research fellowship that is two (or more) years in duration, including the required two years of combined clinical and research training for ABIM sub-specialty certification and an optional additional year or longer of full-time research supported by NIH T-32 training grants." Read the division head's welcome.

David Andes, MD
Division Head

Mission Statement

To train the next generation of academically-oriented infectious disease specialists by helping fellows to develop diagnostic and management skills as Infectious Disease consultants, conduct patient-oriented research projects, investigate the pathogenesis of infectious disease, and engage in drug discovery and development of anti-infectives.

The Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is devoted to training the world’s top academically-oriented infectious disease specialists, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic by emphasizing telehealth and telemedicine technologies to ensure teaching experiences continue to be first-rate. By combining comprehensive training in the field of infectious diseases with unique opportunities for fellows to focus on their own specific areas of interest, the program provides both a strong foundation and customized learning experiences. Fellows collaborate closely with leading physician-scholars to pursue their clinical, research, and educational goals in a nurturing environment. Trainees in the UW Infectious Disease Fellowship Program have opportunities to:

  • Develop diagnostic and management skills needed as an Infectious Disease consultant
  • Develop knowledge and competency in the latest healthcare innovations
  • Develop and complete patient-oriented research projects
  • Investigate the pathogenesis of infectious diseases
  • Investigate drug discovery and development of anti-infectives

Infectious Disease Training Opportunities

Central to the program is the ability to work side-by-side with faculty and other members of the multidisciplinary care team that include pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical residents, and medical students to cultivate critical clinical skills for the infectious disease profession. We offer pathways and specialized learning experiences to the fellows so they can pursue personal interests in specific areas of infectious disease and customize their fellowship toward their interests. Some areas include infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, transplant medicine, basic and clinical research in infectious diseases, and management of patients living with HIV infection.

About the Program Leaders

Fellowship Program Director 

Dr. Smith grew up in Madison, WI and completed her medical training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After her medical training, she served as an Infectious Disease Transplant physician at the University of Michigan. She later returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Infectious Disease and now is the medical director of Transplant Infectious Disease at UW Hospitals and Clinics, the Infectious Disease Fellowship Director, and works closely with the Infectious Disease curriculum for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. 

Assistant Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Dawd Siraj joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in 2016. He is the Associate Program Director for Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and the Director of the Global Health Pathway in the Department of Medicine. He is the Director of the International Travel Clinic for UW Madison. Previously, he served as the Director for the  Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University. Dr. Siraj’s interests include training fellows to provide long term HIV care and offering residents and fellows training and research opportunities in global health, health equity, and tropical medicine through the Global Health Pathway. He often travels to Ethiopia with UW trainees for clinical service and Global Health education. He is an advisor of the Minister of Health of Ethiopia on COVID-19 issues. 

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Ms. Filipiak has been a member of the infectious disease division since 2016, and also serves as the division administrative program assistant.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and currently is completing her Masters in Healthcare Administration. Her main interests are in professional development, management of workplace change, and healthcare leadership and quality improvement.  She manages the maintenance and reaccreditation activities for the program, provides general program navigation for fellows, and coordinates activities including fellow interviews, orientation, conferences, travel, lectures, and meetings.

Highlights & Outcomes

The UW Infectious Disease Fellowship Program was founded in 1970 and over 100 graduates have successfully completed the program. 

Notable highlights of the program:

  • 100% ABIM Board pass rate

  • Personalized mentorship program 

  • Over 85% hold academic positions in institutions around the world

  • Average of four research publications per fellow during their training period

  • 100% NIH K award success rate

Accreditation and Certification

The UW Infectious Diseases Fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This fellowship fulfills the requirements for infectious disease training as stated by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Fellows are eligible to take the American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty examination in infectious diseases upon completion of their fellowship. 

Contact Us

If you have specific questions regarding our program, please send an email to infectiousdisease@medicine.wisc.edu