New faculty Q&A with Samantha Pabich, MD

Samantha Pabich, MD, MPHSamantha Pabich, MD

Instructor (CHS)
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL
Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI (Internal Medicine)
Fellowship: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI (Endocrinology)

Joined the Department of Medicine as a faculty member: July 2019

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
I'm interested in a combination of clinic-building and research: I focus on treatment of medical obesity, which is a relatively new field, so lots of research in treatment efficacy is needed!

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
I came here for residency, and stayed for fellowship. I've looked into moving other places, but I found myself drawn to the city of Madison and the camaraderie within the department.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role? I'm looking forward to officially launching the UW Health Comprehensive Weight Management Program. We are working on expanding the multidisciplinary bariatric surgery clinic to include a medical component.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love exploring the world with my husband and daughter. At 14 months, my daughter enjoys bottle-feeding goats, riding bikes, boating, hiking, stargazing, taking bites from random fruits and vegetables at the farmers market (and making her mom pay for them), holding the dog's leash while the dog rides in her stroller and she walks, and naming body parts. And I love watching her!

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
"In medicine, keep yourself grounded: reflect regularly on what's going on in your life, what makes you laugh, and what you're learning."
—Tom Shiffler