Welcome to the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (UW DFMCH). We provide remarkable patient care; offer outstanding educational programs for medical students, residents and fellows and conduct innovative research.

We are one of the oldest family medicine departments in the nation, with origins dating back to 1970, when family medicine was first designated as a medical specialty.

We are deeply committed to improving the health and well-being of the people of Wisconsin and the nation, a goal fundamentally linked to the mission of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. By working in partnership with physicians, teachers, communities, and hospitals, we provide Wisconsin families with local, accessible health care—every day.

To learn more, view our DEI Anti-Racism Departmental Initiative, key facts, our history, mission and vision, or our annual reports.

Department Leaders


Thanks for visiting the UW DFMCH.

For in-depth information, please explore our residency and medical student education programs, learn more about our prominent research and fellowship opportunities, and see why our patient care and community health efforts are among the best in the nation.

To reach us, search for our faculty and staff in our directory, or use our Contact Us page.

We hope you find our site useful and look forward to hearing from you today.

-David Rakel, MD

Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health