Janis P. Tupesis, MD

Associate Director, UW-Madison Global Health Institute

Faculty Co-Advisor, UW International COVID-19 Engagement


  • Undergraduate: George Mason University
  • Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Residency: University of Chicago - Chief Resident


Dr. 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, 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 Liberia, Ethiopia 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 on the Board of Directors for the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM), and with the 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 and education systems development.

Dr. Tupesis also previously served as the Faculty Co-Advisor for UW–Madison’s engagement with the UNDP, Engineers Without Borders, and other partners focusing on facilitating capacity building and systems strengthening work around COVID-19 response in low and middle-income countries. As faculty co-advisor, Dr. Tupesis was responsible for co-chairing a working group of UW faculty, staff, students, and other partners and coordinating engagement with various partner organizations.

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

Visit Dr. Tupesis' profile at the UW-Madison Global Health Institute