New faculty Q&A with Christopher Purtell, MD

Christopher Purtell, MD

Chris Purtell, 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)?  
My primary professional focus is on the diagnosis and management of complex arrhythmia disorders using a variety of noninvasive and invasive strategies. I also have a keen interest in medical education, especially for advanced trainees and fellows.

What drew you to UW–Madison and the Department of Medicine?   
I was drawn back to UW-Madison after time away for my electrophysiology training as a former cardiovascular medicine (CVM) fellow. I had excellent mentors as a CVM fellow and wanted the chance to work with them again. We also have strong family ties to the area.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?  
I am most excited about growing my skills in teaching fellows inside and outside of the EP lab.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?  
I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two young daughters. I also enjoy endurance activities such as running and triathlon.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?  
Always take time to do try to do things right the first time.