University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health


  • University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin – MD  
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics – Residency in Internal Medicine
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington – Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • University of Washington – MS in Epidemiology

Professional Activities

Dr. Ehlenbach is a faculty member in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine within the Department of Medicine. He is a member of a number of professional societies, including the American College of Chest Physicians and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In 2013, was a recipient of a UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award for ranking in the top 5% of UW Health physicians for patient satisfaction assessments, and in 2016 he received a UW Health Rising Star Clinical Excellence Award, which honors outstanding clinicians and educators who have demonstrated exceptional and measurable contributions to clinical practice.

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Ehlenbach’s clinical interests include lung disease in the elderly, COPD, bronchiectasis, sepsis, and the evaluation and management of patients with multiple chronic diseases. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine.

Research Interests

Dr. Ehlenbach's research program aims to improve understanding of long-term outcomes among survivors of critical illness, particularly cognitive and other functional outcomes among older persons. His clinical and health services research program seeks to identify specific aspects of critical illnesses and the therapies used to treat them that may be associated with chronic cognitive impairment. Additional research interests include in-hospital cardiac arrest among older patients and the delivery of palliative care in the intensive care unit.