A Message from the Director

There is a national shortage of physician-scientists who can care for patients and conduct state-of-the-art research. Our MD-PhD Program was established in 1983 and our mission is to support medical and research training culminating in the receipt of both an MD and a PhD degree while assisting to reduce the cost associated with your training experience. We have the honored designation as being an NIH-supported Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Our community of trainees is approximately 50 strong. Our students have diverse backgrounds with undergraduate majors from physics to psychology. Their experiences and research interests are varied as well, but all share a common goal…to achieve excellence as physician scientists. Our Program will assist your training in a supportive environment. Take a look at the careers of our Alumni and you will see our success in action!

We welcome all applicants, including those with an international background, underrepresented minorities, those with disabilities and students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. MCW-MSTP not only supports, but daily lives out, the NIGMS Diversity Statement where “diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams.” Our MD-PhD Program embraces trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences who bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. We believe in the benefits of a diverse scientific and medical workforce, which fosters scientific and medical innovation, contributes to robust learning environments, improves the quality of researchers and physicians, and leads to benefit of health research and patient care to enhance public trust.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is one of the largest private medical schools in the United States. We are located in a suburb of Milwaukee and close proximity to both urban and suburban living. As a research center, the Medical College of Wisconsin invested $225.3 million in research, teaching, training and related purposes in FY 2016. MCW received greater than $90 million in NIH funding and ranked in the top one-third among all medical schools in the country for NIH research funding. If you possess a passion for research, a love for humanity and a strong work ethic, we invite you to join us!

Joseph Barbieri, PhD

Joseph T. Barbieri, PhD

Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Professor and Interim Chair of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Research Focus: Microbial Pathogenesis

PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Gilbert C. White, II, MD

Gilbert C. White, II, MD

Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Executive Vice President for Research, Blood Research Institute
Director, Blood Research Institute
Richard H. and Sara E. Aster Chair for Medical Research, BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Professor, Medicine, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology & Toxicology
Associate Dean for Research, Medical College of Wisconsin

Research Focus: Vascular Diseases

MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Calvin B. Williams, MD, PhD

Calvin B. Williams, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Medical College of Wisconsin

Chief Scientific Officer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute
Chief, Pediatric Rheumatology
Vice Chair, Research, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Dean of Research

Research Focus: T cell development, Regulatory T cell biology, Mucosal tolerance

MD PhD, University of California, Irvine, Biology and Medicine

Nita A. Salzman, MD, PhD

Nita A. Salzman, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
CRI Research Unit Leader for Infection, Inflammation and Immunology Research Unit
Director, GI Clinical Laboratory

Research Focus: Antimicrobial Peptides, host-microbe interactions in the GI tract, microbiota in health and disease

MD, PhD, New York University School of Medicine, Pharmacology