New faculty Q&A with Ebba Hjertstedt, MD, MS

Ebba Hjertstedt, MD, MSEbba Hjertstedt, MD, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Hospital Medicine

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI (Internal Medicine and Pediatrics)
Graduate School: Master's in Global Health, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Joined the Department of Medicine as a faculty member: November 2018

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
My primary focus is clinical medicine and patient care, but I am equally interested in medical education. Within medical education, I am excited to be teaming up with mentors and colleagues to be a part of the growth and development of the global health track program in the Department of Medicine.

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
Having gone to medical school here, I was drawn back to working in an environment with learners at different levels as well as experts in various subspecialties.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
I am most excited about developing as a clinician and getting to know my colleagues from other departments in efforts to better work as a team for my patients.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy being active outdoors with my family. In warmer months, I run and road bike; in the winter, I enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
No one piece of advice comes to mind, though I do hear, "Just play with me mamma" (or a version of this), frequently. My children remind me daily to focus my attention on what is in front of me and on what I am doing in the moment. I try to follow this mantra and give my full attention and efforts to whatever I am doing whether at work, at home or elsewhere.