New faculty Q&A with Luke Zurbriggen, MD

Luke Zurbriggen, MDLuke Zurbriggen, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
I am a clinical hematologist with a focus in benign/classical hematology.

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
I have been at the university now for the better part of 11 years. This Department has simply felt like the right fit at the right time with each successive step. The faculty, fellows, APPs, RNs, and support staff are second to none.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
I am most excited to work with our fellows in a clinical setting to expose them to a different practice pattern of clinical hematology and oncology.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I spend most of my free time with my wife and two sons. We enjoy exploring Madison, especially the Henry Vilas Zoo. My wife and I also enjoy cooking together and traveling to see our extended families.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
A common piece of advice from my mentor at UW and my father who was an internist was “treat the patient, not the number.” An easy lesson to lose when starting training as a medical student and resident but the imperative becomes very clear as you progress in the field.