Janis P. Tupesis

Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health


M.D., UW-Madison

Janis Tupesis completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics where he served as the Associate Residency Program Director, a position he held until joining the Emergency Medicine faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. He served as the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Residency Program Director until 2014, overseeing the program’s initial accreditation and expansion to its current form. At the same time, he served as the chairperson of UW Health’s Graduate Medical Education Global Health Committee and one of the Associate Directors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Global Health Institute, positions he continues to hold today.

He is involved in projects involving establishing graduate medical education programs in resource limited settings in both LiberiaEthiopia and South Africa – partnering with multiple other academic institutions. In 2018, he begun work with the World Bank and the Association of African Universities on the Africa Centers of Excellence for Development (ACE Impact) Project, which aims to improve the quality, quantity and development impact of postgraduate education in selected universities through regional specialization and collaboration.

Since 2015, he has been working as a volunteer technical consultant at the Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care Programme within the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention at the World Health Organization. He continues to work as one of the founding faculty members of the newly formed Academic Consortium for Emergency Systems (ACES), a consortium of academic global health programs to support the work of aforementioned WHO Programme.

He serves on multiple international global health education committees, including the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM), African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM), American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine – Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA). In 2018, he was awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by GEMA for his work on emergency care health/education systems development.

Dr. Tupesis’ outside interests include travel, adventure medicine and mountaineering, UW athletics, and spending time with his wife and children!

In the news:

  • Tupesis attends ICEM and discusses his involvement in an IFEM committee on emergency medicine education
  • Tupesis honored for work in emergency medicine and education
  • Tupesis helps link resident training and global health
  • Tupesis helps design global health course for health care learners
  • GHI Seed Grant improves emergency care
  • Liberia: Lack of specialized doctors hamper health sector
  • War, Tech and Health: How medicine under fire prompted an app to improve care
  • Taking it Global: Structuring Global Health Education in Residency Training

See Dr. Tupesis’ Google Scholar Profile here.