Training Rural Doctors for Rural People

Dr. Joseph Holt New WARM Director

From Christie Seibert, MD, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Medical Student Education and Services, UW School of Medicine and Public Health . . .

I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Joseph Holt has accepted the position of Director of the Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine (WARM) program.  He will replace the inaugural Director of the WARM program, Dr. Byron Crouse, who will be retiring in May.

Dr. Joseph Holt grew up in Kentucky but began his connection to Wisconsin when he enrolled at UW-Madison and earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology.  He went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency also at the University of Louisville.  After searching for a practice opportunity in a rural area, he settled in northern Wisconsin in Rusk County and practiced for 10 years with the Marshfield Clinic-Ladysmith Center.  For the past seven years, Dr. Holt has been an internal medicine hospitalist at the UW Hospital and The American Center.  In addition, Dr. Holt has served as the Clinical Director of Hospital Medicine and Inpatient Care at The American Center over the past four years.

Dr. Holt views a physician’s opportunity to serve patients in an underserved area as a privilege.  He is looking forward to his new role as the Director of the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM), where he is eager to share the positive aspects of a career in rural medicine.