William Schwab, MDWilliam Schwab, MD
Director, Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program

William E. Schwab, MD – is a native of Madison and attended the University of Wisconsin as an undergraduate. He graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and went on to complete his family practice residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. After residency, he worked as a family physician at a community health center in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. Bill joined the DFM faculty in 1985 and was director of the Madison Residency Program from 2002 until 2008. He has served as the DFM’s Vice Chair for Education since 2008 and continues in that role. He was additionally appointed as Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 2019. Bill is a nationally respected clinician, educator and policy consultant about the care of children with special health care needs and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses from a patient- and family-centered perspective. He is a member of the Board of Directors and senior teaching faculty of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Bethesda, Maryland. In conjunction with the UW Waisman Center, he was principal investigator for the National Medical Home Autism Initiative, funded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau from 2004-2008, and of a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control from 2008-2011 to enhance developmental screening by family physicians. Bill was honored as Family Physician of the Year by the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians in 1999 and received the Baldwin Lloyd Teaching Award from Madison Program residents in 1987 and 2008. In 2015 he received the inaugural Humanism in Medicine Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Arnold P Gold Foundation.