April Zehm, MD

Associate Professor


  • Froedtert Hospital
  • 900 N. 92nd St.
  • Milwaukee, WI 53226


  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Inpatient Only (Hospital Based)

My care philosophy involves caring for the whole person (mind, body and spirit) and recognizing that a person's family or other support system is part of our unit of care. A major part of my job is to understand each patient's goals, values and priorities so that the medical team can provide the best care for them, especially as illness evolves. Working to improve the quality of life of patients and families dealing with serious illness has been one of the greatest privileges of my professional career. Every day, I am humbled by patients’ stories, strength, and resiliency—often during the most difficult times of their lives.


Diseases and Conditions

  • Dementia
  • Heart Failure
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Kidney Failure
  • Cancer
  • Liver Failure

Treatments and Services

  • Inpatient Palliative Care
  • Pain Management
  • Hospice Care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Planning Conversations

Patients Ages Seen

  • Adult
  • Senior


  • English

Hospital Affiliations

  • Froedtert Hospital – Milwaukee
  • Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital – Menomonee Falls
  • Froedtert West Bend Hospital – West Bend

Board Certifications

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Clinic Locations

Froedtert Hospital

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April Zehm, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine (hematology and oncology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2011. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics (Madison, WI), followed by a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA). She is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is interested in curriculum development and teaches in a variety of forums for learners across the career continuum, from medical students to practicing clinicians. Her research interests include palliative care education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, specifically about communication skills training.

Education and Training

Doctor of Medicine - University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health - Madison, WI (2011)
Fellowship in Palliative Care - Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School - Boston, MA (2014-2015)