Azita Hamedani, MD, MPH, MBA

Credentials: Professor

Phone: (608) 890-9091

Executive Assistant: Therese McHenry


Founding Chair, BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine
The Wisconsin Endowed Chair of Leadership in Emergency Medicine

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Undergraduate: Yale University
Graduate: Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management (MBA)
Graduate: Yale School of Public Health (MPH)
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency – Chief Resident
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Hamedani is the Founding Chair of the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. When she first returned to her home state of Wisconsin in 2006, she took on several leadership roles before being named Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine within the Department of Medicine in 2009. She quickly oversaw the significant growth of the division’s clinical, educational, and research missions, resulting in shepherding the division into an independent academic department.

As Chair, Dr. Hamedani oversaw the doubling of clinical volume, doubling of the emergency department clinical footprint, significant expansion of the residency training program—including the addition of multiple fellowships—and growth of a successful research portfolio. In addition, she oversaw the establishment of a $10 million endowment to support the academic goals of the department. More importantly, many of the faculty she recruited have ascended to significant institutional leadership positions, and others now provide clinical service in the ICUs and on the palliative care service, extending the influence of Emergency Medicine.

In Fall 2022, the Distinguished Wisconsin Endowed Chair of Emergency Medicine, which is always held by the sitting Chair of the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine, was renamed the Azita G. Hamedani Distinguished Chair of Emergency Medicine to honor Dr. Hamedani’s legacy and impact on the department.

Prior to returning to Wisconsin, Dr. Hamedani was faculty at Harvard Medical School and completed a hospital administrative fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, with a focus on quality management. Dr. Hamedani completed her residency/chief residency with the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program (Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital). She has received several degrees from Yale University: BS in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry at Yale College, MD from the Yale School of Medicine, and MPH (health care management track) from the Yale School of Public Health. In addition, shortly after becoming Chair, she received her MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Her expanding lists of interests range from patient flow, quality management, and health care finance reform to disruptive innovation in health care to effective leadership in times of uncertainty.

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