Jessica Schmidt, MD, MPH

Director, Global Health

Assistant Professor (CHS)


  • Undergraduate: Grinnell College
  • Graduate: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Fellowship: Denver Health Medical Center


Dr. Jessica Schmidt serves as the director of global health at the University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine, as well as the assistant director for clinical ultrasound at The American Center and assistant director of ultrasound for medical student education. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. While in Baltimore, she completed a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on epidemiology and biostatistics. Dr. Schmidt completed her emergency medicine residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She then chose to focus on ultrasound and global health by completing an ultrasound fellowship at Denver Health Medical Center.

Dr. Schmidt is currently partnering with physicians at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and the Mbale Clinical Research Institute, along with Atlas International, an NGO dedicated to improving health for children in Eastern Africa. The project is focused on creating a training and research program in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in Mbale. In 2021, Dr. Schmidt helped to develop and implement a web-based toolkit to provide education and resources for point-of-care ultrasound in low-resource settings (Global Point of Care Ultrasound: A Technical Guide).

Dr. Schmidt's academic interests include emergency ultrasound, international medicine and resident education. She has studied, taught or worked in Nepal, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Peru, Thailand, Mali, Senegal, Belgium, and France.

Recent Accolades & Service

2019 Woman Leader in Global Health-Midwest
ACEP Chair, Section of Emergency Ultrasound Global Subcommittee (2019-current)