UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health: UW med students honor physician-teachers from across state

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Aurora, Gundersen, Marshfield doctors selected

MADISON, Wis. — The UW School of Medicine and Public Health class of 2015 has spoken, and they have selected one Wisconsin physician at each of the five UW teaching locations as outstanding mentors to future doctors.

This year’s winners are:

-At Aurora BayCare Medical Center: Dr. Ashwani Bhatia (Green Bay)

-At Gundersen Health System: Dr. Stephen B. Shapiro (La Crosse)

-At Marshfield Clinic: Dr. Amy Herbst (Marshfield)

-At Aurora St. Luke’s: Dr. Vani Ray (Milwaukee)

-At UW Hospital and Clinics: Dr. Robert Dempsey (Madison)

The Clinical Science Teaching Awards, nominated and selected by fourth-year medical students, recognize a physician-teacher from each major teaching location for their work in mentoring students in their efforts to become effective physicians themselves.

Medical students in their third and fourth years complete required and elective clinical rotations at sites throughout Wisconsin, learning about and experiencing firsthand the many aspects of medicine and public health in outpatient, inpatient, community-based, rural and inner-city settings.

Bhatia specializes in hospital and internal medicine at the Aurora Health Center in Green Bay. He is currently the associate director of hospital medicine and the internal medicine clerkship director of the UW’s Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine Program at Aurora BayCare. His special interests include sleep medicine and hypertension, and managing resistant hypertension.

Shapiro is a general surgeon at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He received his medical degree from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) and completed his residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dempsey, the Manucher Javid Professor and chairman of neurological surgery at UWSMPH, specializes in cerebrovascular surgery. He is an educator and mentor of medical students, residents and fellows worldwide. This is Dempsey’s third Clinical Science Teaching Award selected by UW medical students.

Herbst, a pediatrician at Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph Hospital, earned her medical degree from the UWSMPH and completed her residency in pediatrics at UW Hospital and Clinics. She is board certified in pediatrics. Herbst also serves as clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at UWSMPH.

Ray, department chair of psychiatry and medical director for both Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry Services and Outpatient Health Psychiatry Clinic at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, worked as clerkship director for psychiatry at the Milwaukee site, and has been actively involved in medical student and resident teaching the past two decades.