Med-Peds Program Leadership

Heather Toth, MDHeather Toth, MD - Program Director

Dr. Toth received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and joined the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics combined residency program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee in 2001. During residency, Dr. Toth served as President for the National Med-Peds Residents' Association (NMPRA) and enjoyed working with other Med-Peds physicians across the nation. Dr. Toth served an additional year as a 5th year Chief Resident for the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at MCW. Since then, Dr. Toth has remained at the Medical College of Wisconsin in both the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics as an Associate Professor and a Hospitalist for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. "I truly enjoy my career and feel that Med-Peds is well-suited for optimal patient care and endless opportunities!"

Steve Malcom, MDSteve Malcom, MD - Associate Program Director

Dr. Malcom was born in Chicago, a South Sider and lifelong White Sox fan. He completed his undergraduate education at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. Work experiences throughout high school and college in a variety of hospital-based jobs -- janitor, groundskeeper, phlebotomist, physical therapy aide -- helped Dr. Malcom confirm that he loves working with patients. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Looking for a place with excellent training in an academic setting as well as a supportive community for his family, Dr. Malcom went from knowing very little about MCW in the interview season of 2006 to making the program his top choice on Match Day 2007. Dr. Malcom's four years as a med-peds resident and his time as Chief Resident confirmed his initial impression of the program. "At MCW, I learn from with dedicated physicians who are leaders in primary care as well as sub-specialties in both internal medicine and pediatrics. Despite these credentials, the faculty as a group are very down-to-earth. They take the time to ask how I am doing, as well as my wife and children. MCW has a culture that emphasizes professional improvement balanced with personal fulfillment."

Michael Girolami, MD, Chief ResidentMichael Girolami, MD - Chief Resident

Dr. Girolami was born in Tomah, Wisconsin and raised in Billings, Montana. He returned to Wisconsin and completed undergraduate BS in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Biology at Marquette University. He attended the Medical College of Wisconsin where he was a co-founder of the Homeless Outreach in Medical Education (HOME) project. He discovered Med-Peds during his third year of medical school and after working with several of the Med/Peds residents and faculty decided that MCW was where he wanted to train. He has interest in preventative care and planning to pursue a career in outpatient medicine. When not in the hospital he can probably be found hanging out with his wife and dog, running, biking, or hiking.

Shannon Byrne Irwin, MSEd, Program CoordinatorShannon Byrne Irwin, MSEd - Program Coordinator

Shannon was born and raised in northern Illinois but loves to now be able to call Wisconsin home. Shannon completed her undergraduate BS degree in Environmental Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. While in college, Shannon fell in love with the college environment and decided to pursue a graduate program in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington where she earned her MSEd. Shannon’s higher education experience at various universities includes working within residence life and orientation, supporting adult learners as an academic advisor and more recently supporting high achieving students in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for seven years. Shannon has been with Pediatric Medical Education at MCW since 2015 supporting medical simulation, faculty development, primary care initiatives and other special projects. Shannon joined the Med-Peds program in 2017 and very much looks forward to supporting the needs of the Med-Peds Residency program and learners in any way possible. Shannon lives in Franklin with her husband and two children. When not at MCW, Shannon enjoys watching all types of sports, traveling, golfing and spending time with family and friends. Shannon especially enjoys being a tourist within her own state and exploring all the wonderful things Wisconsin, and especially southeast Wisconsin has to offer.