James W. Findling, MD, FACP

Clinical Professor of Medicine and Surgery


  • Froedtert Hospital
  • Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital
  • Waukesha Memorial Hospital
  • St. Agnes Hospital
  • North Hills Health Center - Specialty Clinics


  • Endocrinology


  • English

Contact Information

General Interests

Pituitary-Adrenal Disorders


  • MD - Doctor of Medicine
  • FACP-Fellow of the American College of Physicians


Dr. James Findling is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his internal medicine training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and his post-doctoral fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of California-San Francisco. He started his endocrinology practice at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee in 1982 and he started the Endocrine-Diabetes Center at St. Luke's in 1987. Dr. Findling joined the full-time faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2008.

He has over 100 publications and book chapters and is considered an international expert on clinical disorders of pituitary and adrenal function. He discovered the importance of inferior petrosal sinus sampling for the differential diagnosis of Cushing syndrome in the early 1980s and then introduced late-night salivary cortisol as a simple screening test for Cushing syndrome in the 1990s. He has served as visiting professor at many institutions including the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins, and the Cleveland Clinic.


  • BS, University of Notre Dame
  • MD, Northwestern University
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Medical College of Wisconsin Endocrinology
  • Fellowship, University of California-San Francisco

Leadership Positions


  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the Endocrine Society
  • Member, Board of Directors, Cushing's Support and Research Foundation

Research Interests

  • Diagnosis and management of Cushing syndrome and adrenal insufficiency
  • Evaluation of adrenal hypertension particularly primary aldosteronism
  • Assessment of adrenal nodular disease