Getting to know you: Q&As with new faculty joining the Department of Medicine in 2021-22

Francisco Alvarado, Pharm D, PhD, assistant professor, in the lab

Vital Signs is featuring introductions to many of the new faculty members who joined us over the past year. Each has been invited to tell us a little more about what drew them to the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine, as well as their primary professional focus, first-year hopes and dreams, hobbies and interests, and their favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure.

We are pleased to welcome:

Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Cardiovascular Medicine

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

General Internal Medicine

  • Parisa Amleshi, MD, associate visiting professor
  • Abigail Bales, MD, associate visiting professor
  • Adrienne Johnson, PhD, assistant professor
  • Thomas Piasecki, PhD, MS, professor
  • Gina Utrie, MD, associate visiting professor

Geriatrics and Gerontology

  • Nimira Jina, MD, assistant clinical professor
  • Sophie Kramer, MD, FACP, assistant clinical professor
  • Katherine Wang, MD, associate visiting professor

Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care

Hospital Medicine

  • Abdul Wahab Arif, MD, assistant clinical professor
  • Trent Bailey, MD, assistant clinical professor
  • Jessica Beier, MD, assistant clinical professor
  • Rohan Bodapati, MD, assistant clinical professor
  • Muhammad Usman, MD, assistant clinical professor
  • Sara Westergaard, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor
  • Maryam Zamanian, MD, MSC, assistant clinical professor

Infectious Disease


  • Trevor McKown, MD, assistant professor