Wendy L. Peltier, MD

Associate Professor


  • Froedtert Hospital


  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine


  • English

Inpatient Only (Hospital Based)


  • MD - Doctor of Medicine



Associate Professor, Neurology and Medicine

Section Head, Palliative Care Program, Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Specialties and Subspecialties

Palliative Care
Palliative Care in serious illness including lung cancer, brain injury and advanced heart failure

Dr. Peltier is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Section Head of the Palliative Care Program in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. She has extensive background in medical education, leadership and neuromuscular neurology. She brings these skills to palliative care in the areas of clinical pathways and teaching communication skills. Her research interests are in quality improvement and the development of models for 'upstream' palliative care in serious illness including lung cancer, brain injury and advanced heart failure.


Internal Medicine Internship, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1991 - 1992

Neurology Residency, University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI, 1992 - 1995

Neuromuscular Fellowship, University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI, 1995-1996


American Academy of Neurology (AAN), 1992
American Medical Association, 1993
American Academy of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, 1994
Wisconsin State Medical Society, 1996
Medical Society of Milwaukee County, 1996
ALS Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, 2000
Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) -- Task Force on GME Core Competencies, 2000
Chair, AAN Neurology Program Consortium, 2001

Ongoing Palliative Medicine Clinical and Scholarship Projects

  • Embedded neurology-based outpatient palliative care clinic
  • Embedded Palliative care clinic for patients with advanced heart failure
  • Palliative Care Screening Assessment QI Project for the Neuro-ICU at Froedtert Hospital
  • Co-designer, Virtual Inpatient Hospice Program at Froedtert Hospital
  • Developer, business plan to develop an Inpatient Hospice Unit at Froedtert
  • Site investigator for a randomized controlled trial investigating effectiveness of standardized outpatient palliative care involvement for non-colorectal GI malignancies

Honors and Awards

Community Health Award, Rush Medical College, 1988
Resident Teaching Award, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, 1992
Community Recognition Award "40 under 40: Business Leaders for the New Millennium", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1997
Edward J. Lennon Endowed Clinical Teaching Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1999

Research Interests

Mitochondrial Myopathy, Inflammatory Nerve and Muscle Disease, Medical Education