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Medical Scientist Training Program

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 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. We also welcome international students to apply who have completed their bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited college or university located in the United States or Canada.

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!

Meet Our Team


Joseph T. Barbieri, PhD

Professor; Director, Medical Scientist Training Program

(414) 955-8412

Microbial Pathogenesis


Gilbert C. White, II, MD

Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program; Executive Vice President for Research and Director, Versiti Blood Research Institute; Richard H. and Sara E. Aster Chair for Medical Research, Blood Center of Wisconsin; Professor, Medicine, Biochemistry and Pharmacology and Toxicology; Associate Dean for Research, Medical College of Wisconsin

(414) 937-3866

Vascular Diseases


Calvin B. Williams, MD, PhD

Professor, Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology; Associate Dean of Research; Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program; Chief Scientific Officer, Children's Wisconsin Research Institute; Chief, Pediatric Rheumatology; Vice Chair, Research, Pediatrics

(414) 955-8641

T cell development, Regulatory T cell biology, Mucosal tolerance


Nita H. Salzman, MD, PhD

Professor, Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology; Director, Center for Microbiome Research; Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program; CRI Research Unit Leader for Infection, Inflammation and Immunology Research Unit; Director, GI Clinical Laboratory

(414) 955-4244

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


Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/Transplantation and Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy; Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program; Associate Investigator, Versiti Blood Research Institute

(414) 937-3841

Stem Cell Biology/Hematopoiesis