New faculty Q&A with Swapnil Lanjewar, MD

Swapnil Lanjewar, MDSwapnil Lanjewar, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Infectious Disease

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
I enjoy taking care of the sick and helping them heal. Patient care and clinical medicine are thus my primary focus and my passion. I am also engaged in medical education and love teaching during rounds. Research-wise, I am actively engaged in projects related to medical education and infection control.

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
The primary reason I was drawn to an Infectious Disease fellowship and subsequently a job at UW was the amazing faculty here. Everyone is so nice and collegial. A physician’s job is tough to begin with. Having supportive colleagues makes life and work so much better.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
I am excited to have the opportunity to stay back as an attending here and ultimately become colleagues with my mentors!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
In my free time, I enjoy playing table tennis. Both I and my wife are avid hikers and love spending time outdoors with our 2 boys.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
“Never be afraid of asking for help” was one of the best pieces of advice I ever got. Being an independent physician is daunting and my program director shared this wonderful advice with me. I still reach out to her for difficult cases.