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MADISON (April 8, 2014)— Richard A. Dart, MD, of Marshfield was inaugurated as the 163rd President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the KI Center in Green Bay on April 5. Doctor Dart succeeds Timothy A. McAvoy, MD, of Elm Grove.
In his inaugural speech, Dr. Dart said he looked forward to the challenges and opportunities of the coming year and also talked about the importance of team-based care—a topic he plans to focus on during his presidency.
“There’s a dynamism in medicine today calling upon us to look at new ways to practice. Team-based care has the potential to be more efficient and cost-effective and result in better outcomes,” said Dr. Dart. “With the need for primary care physicians combined with our aging population and numerous patients with complex and chronic conditions, the challenges are many, and the opportunities are also many. It’s our responsibility as physicians to lead caring and compassionate teams that enhance care by providing more continuity and focus.”
Doctor Dart retired from practice in 2007 after 34 years as a nephrologist at Marshfield Clinic. Since his retirement, he has been an Emeritus Research Clinician with the Center for Human Genetics of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Dart trained in both internal medicine and the subspecialty of hypertension and nephrology at the Cleveland Clinic. He is an adjunct clinical professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Marshfield Campus and serves as an attending physician at the St. Vincent Free Clinic in Marshfield. In addition, he has served as a site principal investigator for numerous clinical trials and has been an author, co-author or contributing author on 70 publications and abstracts.
Doctor Dart has served as a member of the Society’s Board of Directors, the Board’s Executive Committee and in several other leadership roles throughout his tenure with the Society.