New faculty Q&A with Sarah Maria Donohue, MD

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Sarah Maria Donohue, MD

Assistant Professor   

What is your primary professional focus as it relates to our mission areas (clinical, research and/or medical education)?   
As an academic rheumatologist I have a particular interest in reproductive health in rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions. As a clinician educator I look forward to working with medical students, residents and fellows. Combining these two passions, my career focus is to educate the future generation and work toward addressing racial and gender inequities in medicine and our community.

What drew you to UW–Madison and the Department of Medicine?    
The Wisconsin Idea that research and education should focus on the direct needs of fellow Wisconsinites is a powerful message that has resonated with me since my time as an undergraduate at UW. I found excellent mentors within the Department of Medicine who allowed me to clinically problem solve, explore career options and provided me with the skillset needed to become an early clinician educator.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?    
Serving as a Faculty Advisor for the department's Women in Leadership and Development (WILD) certificate program, mentoring residents and fellows, and adjusting to my new role as an attending physician. 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?   
Spending time with my husband, son and our golden retriever. I also enjoy all things Bravo TV, spicy food, cycling and strength classes with Peloton and pretending to be on House Hunters Renovation in the role of project manager.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?   
“There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others.” - Michelle Obama, Becoming