Jane N. Wainaina, MD, FACP

Vice Chair for Quality, Associate Professor


  • Froedtert Hospital
  • Infectious Disease Clinic - Froedtert Hospital


  • Infectious Disease


  • English, Swahili

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


Dr. Wainaina joined the Department of Medicine in July 2012 with dual appointments as Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Section of Perioperative Medicine within the Division of General Internal Medicine. She obtained her medical training at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and internal medicine residency training at St. Francis Hospital, Evanston which is affiliated with the University of Illinois, Chicago. During residency training she was awarded the 2006 Harry Kurz Memorial Award for excellence in teaching by an internal medicine resident. She went on to serve as chief resident for a year then took up a Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin hospitalist position between 2007 and 2010, after which she transitioned into infectious disease fellowship training at MCW. During her fellowship, she was selected as one of the American Society for Microbiology’s George McCracken Infectious Disease fellows for 2012 and presented her work on Clostridium difficile testing at the 52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Dr. Wainaina’s clinical practice in perioperative medicine includes medical risk assessment, stratification and mitigation prior to surgery, as well as management of medical conditions after surgery with the goal of avoiding, or quickly correcting, any medical complications that may arise. This is always carried out in close partnership with patients’ surgeons, anesthesiologists and any other specialists whose expertise may be required. In addition, Dr. Wainaina also holds administrative responsibility for the Froedtert Hospital Pre-operative clinic as the medical director.

Within the division of infectious disease, Dr. Wainaina cares for patients with a wide range of infections that are difficult to treat, including HIV, bloodstream, post-surgical, orthopedic-device related and other bone and joint infections, among others. She applies a team-based approach that includes nurses, social workers, and an infectious disease pharmacist to provide care within the hospital and outside, ensuring that treatment arrangements are appropriate to each patient’s situation, effectively and safely delivered. She is also the medical director for the Froedtert Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship program in which she works with a team of infectious disease pharmacists to optimize the outcomes of patients in the hospital by advising on and facilitating use of the most appropriate antibiotic according to individual patient diagnosis.

Training the next generation of medical providers is a priority for Dr. Wainaina. She is involved in teaching at all levels and has received the Outstanding Medical Student Teacher award multiple times.