New faculty Q&A with Peter Kleinschmidt, MD

Peter Kleinschmidt, MD

Peter Kleinschmidt, MDAssistant Professor (CHS)
Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
Chief Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
Joined the Department of Medicine as a faculty member: September, 2018

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
I am in the division of General Internal Medicine and have a primary care practice at Union Corners. I also supervise a continuity clinic at Union Corners for our Internal Medicine residents. My research focus is in healthcare IT and I currently am collaborating on several projects which focus on evaluating and improving the electronic health record.

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
As a "Lifer" of the University of Wisconsin completing my undergraduate, medical school, and residency training here, Madison has long been the place I've called home. During my time here, I have seen faculty in Department of Medicine as some of the stand-out role models in teaching, research, and clinical excellence. I'm excited to join these incredible individuals within the department as I continue to grow in my career.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
I have already had a chance to begin to form ties in the department as a resident and chief resident. I am excited as faculty to strengthen these connections and make new ones as I pursue scholarship and medical education opportunities in the department.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy spending most of my free time these days with my wife, Sarah, and son, August. I also love to make music - my wife and I have sang together in a community ensemble, the Madison Chamber Choir, for many years.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
Never stop asking "Why?"