University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

New faculty Q&A with Jessica Musto, MD

Jessica Musto, MD

Assistant Professor
Gastroenterology and Hepatology

What is your primary professional focus as it relates to our mission areas (clinical, research and/or medical education)?
Over the past few years my primary professional focus has been in alcohol-associated liver disease and early liver transplant for alcohol-associated liver disease. More recently, I've developed an interest in the early involvement of palliative care for end-stage liver disease and I'm hoping to expand on this focus as a new faculty member.

What drew you to UW–Madison and the Department of Medicine? 
I received my undergraduate degree from UW–Madison and I come from an entire family of Badgers! I was very excited to return as a gastroenterology/hepatology fellow and the faculty here are some of the most supportive and collegial I have ever met.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role? 
I am excited to continue working with the palliative care [team] to better integrate palliative care medicine into the care of patients with end-stage liver disease.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Madison is a wonderful place to raise a family. I love getting out and enjoying all this city has to offer with my husband, two daughters and our dog.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
My residency program director encouraged us to find joy in the little things we do every day. I think this has helped me appreciate even the smallest of clinical interactions and find my passion in medicine and liver transplant.