New faculty Q&A with Allexa Hammond, MD

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Allexa Hammond, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Cardiovascular Medicine

What is your primary professional focus as it relates to our mission areas (clinical, research and/or medical education)?
I am interested in women’s cardiovascular health, with a particular focus on the care and management of patients who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant with increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease, or who are already known to have a cardiovascular condition. This is a rapidly developing field known as “cardio-obstetrics.”

What drew you to UW–Madison and the Department of Medicine? 
The culture of the UW–Madison community is one I have found to be very welcoming and supportive in helping to achieve one's professional goals. It is important to have an atmosphere that fosters collaboration and values the diverse perspectives each individual adds to the provision of patient care, which ultimately strengthens the community as a whole.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role? 
Establishing a cardio-obstetrics clinic! I am very much looking forward to treating patients in need of cardiovascular care as a part of their pre-conception, antepartum and postpartum journeys.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love being outdoors, especially exploring the various trails that can be found in the parks and conservancies in and around Madison.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
"Keep an open mind!" I love this saying and it has always held true; you'll never know what experiences you could learn and grow from if you never try them!