The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison is committed to improving the health of Wisconsin and beyond through service, scholarship, science and social responsibility. We are developing new approaches for preventing, diagnosing and treating illness by uniting the principles and power of traditional medicine and public health. Learn more about our mission and vision

The future needs us now
We are Wisconsin Medicine, a philanthropic partnership between the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Health, and donors like you, determined to make a difference.

We train tomorrow's health care leaders

The School of Medicine and Public Health seeks the very best students who will care for patients with compassion and empathy, work to improve the health and well-being of populations and fearlessly push the boundaries of scientific inquiry.

Paradigm-changing discoveries

From the development of SPF ratings to finding new ways to treat cancer, our researchers have established a legacy of translating laboratory discoveries into clinical treatments. Here are just a few of our paradigm-changing innovations.

1958

Joshua Lederberg awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on bacteria reproduction and antibiotic resistance.

1975

Howard Temin is named co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering reverse transcriptase, the enzyme that explains how retroviruses cause cancer and AIDS.

1998

James Thomson and his research team become the first in the world to derive a human embryonic stem cell line.
Today's advances, tomorrow's cures
From the tiniest cells to Big Data, our investigators are making key discoveries that lead to better treatments. Elizabeth Burnside, MD, MPH, is using computer technology and a growing collection of clinical data to develop computer-based decision making tools for breast imaging to enhance breast cancer screening and diagnosis.
The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity, both as an end in itself, and as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities.

Latest news

Wisconsin Partnership Program announces 2022 Collaborative Health Sciences Program grant recipients

06/28/2022

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced three new awards to interdisciplinary research teams through its Collaborative Health Sciences Grant Program. The new awards support novel approaches an...

UW School of Medicine and Public Health response to U.S. Supreme Court decision

06/24/2022

The following statement comes from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert N. Golden, MD.

Nine UW School of Medicine and Public Health faculty honored with university awards, fellowships

06/22/2022

Nine faculty members in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health received awards, fellowships, and research funding from the university for the 2021-2022 academic year.

UW eye research uncovers how stem cell photoreceptors reach their targets

06/15/2022

A new study reveals how photoreceptors grown from stem cells might extend biological wires, known as axons, to contact existing neurons.

Dr. Ellen M. Hartenbach, a gynecologic oncologist, will become the next chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

06/14/2022

Dr. Ellen M. Hartenbach, a gynecologic oncologist and expert in gynecologic cancer clinical trials, will become the next chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Black patients in Wisconsin 50% less likely to be treated for pancreatic cancer

06/10/2022

Black patients with pancreatic cancer have lower survival rates than white patients, and a new study suggests why: They are much less likely to receive life-extending treatments.

Manish Shah to become chair of Emergency Medicine

06/09/2022

Dr. Manish N. Shah, a pioneer in the field of geriatric emergency medicine, will be the next chair of the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Laura Knoll assumes role as associate dean for basic research training

06/08/2022

Laura Knoll, PhD, has been named the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s associate dean for basic research training

Longer is better when treating opioid addiction with medication

06/02/2022

A large study of Medicaid patients found that the longer they take medication to treat their opioid use disorder, the less likely they are to overdose.

The future of cell therapy: Novel study tests treatment for radiation-induced dry mouth

05/31/2022

For certain side effects of complex and lifesaving medical procedures, care teams can be left with limited and risky treatment options, but a program at UW Health is changing that using patients’ own cells as “living therapeutics.”

Embracing the Wisconsin Idea

Our school's engagement extends across the entire state. We are deeply committed to improving the health of the people of Wisconsin, and in doing so, creating innovative models for the rest of the country. Through our academic campuses, our faculty and students participate in statewide education and research, with an emphasis on underserved rural and urban populations.