Robert Dempsey, MD, chair of neurological surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is a skilled clinician, distinguished researcher and dedicated teacher and mentor.

His career has exemplified the Wisconsin idea, as he has positively influenced the careers of doctors within the state and around the world. He is a three-time winner of Clinical Teaching Awards as voted by students. He has been inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2014 and in 2015 was named the “Best Clinical Teacher Across the Statewide Campuses” for outstanding teaching and mentorship.

In 2018, the Society of Neurological Surgeons recognized his lifelong teaching and worldwide humanitarian efforts by honoring him with the Medical Student Teaching Award.

Robert Golden, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, said of Dempsey in a UW System faculty spotlight, “In academic medicine, we refer to the proverbial triple threat: an outstanding clinician also excels at teaching and research. Bob is not only a paragon of this ideal, but in fact is a quadruple threat. He’s also a gifted and dedicated administrative leader.”