Mary McSweeney, MD, is the associate dean for admissions at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She leads the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program’s Office of Admissions.

McSweeney provides direction and guidance to the MD Office of Admissions throughout every stage of the student admissions process, including pathway programs, recruitment, enrollment management, strategic planning, and quality improvement.

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Mary McSweeney, MD

She utilizes enrollment management strategies to ensure appropriate class size and a balance of student characteristics based on the mission and priorities of the School of Medicine and Public Health. She also ensures the office adheres to all necessary legal requirements and accreditation standards.

McSweeney received her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, followed by her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 1991. She completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia, both at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

She has been a faculty member in the Department of Anesthesiology since 1998, and her special interests include cardiothoracic anesthesia and transesophageal echocardiography.

From 2017 to 2022, McSweeney served as assistant dean for admissions. She has published research in the field of anesthesia, particularly as it relates to organ transplantation, as well as on evidence-based strategies for recruitment of medical school classes inclusive of populations historically under-represented in medicine. Among other awards, she has received the Children Matter Award from American Family Children's Hospital for outstanding dedication and commitment to patients and their families.