Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital is the only academic medical center in eastern Wisconsin. Academic medical centers, which represent just 6 percent of America’s hospitals, are partnerships between a medical school and its affiliated teaching hospitals and clinics.

There are fewer than 120 academic medical centers in the country and only two in Wisconsin. Our strong partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin — dedicated to excellence in patient care, research and medical education — has benefited patients, health care professionals and the region since 1980.

In 2023, Froedtert Hospital was nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in urology. Froedtert Hospital is also recognized as high performing in three adult specialties and 16 procedures and conditions.

What Academic Medicine Means to You

Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin play a critical role in contributing to quality of life and health in the region.

For the Smart Choice, It's Academic®

The physicians who practice at Froedtert Hospital are Medical College of Wisconsin faculty members. These physicians — among the top in their specialties — collaborate as teams to provide the highest level of care for patients. They, along with nurses and other clinical and non-clinical staff members, offer patients a higher level of expertise, knowledge and advanced care that only an academic medical center can provide.

This means that patients have more choices, with the latest diagnostic and treatment options, the most advanced medical technology and dozens of specialists and subspecialists. A subspecialist is a physician who works or studies within a narrow field of a specialty, such as oncologist who focuses on cancers of the blood and bone marrow, a vascular surgeon who performs surgery only on blood vessels, or a gastroenterologist who focuses on a particular disorder of the digestive system.

That's why we say, "For the Smart Choice, It's Academic®." It means choices, treatment options and contributing to an important community resource — an academic medical center. 

More doctors in the community choose Froedtert Hospital for their patients than any other facility. Our programs are built around the concept that a multidisciplinary approach — specialists and subspecialists in different fields working together — is the best for patient care and for treating complex diseases. When it comes to specialty care, referring physicians know that Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin physicians are the smart choice for their patients.

Conducting Breakthrough Research

Froedtert & the Medical College physicians conduct clinical research trials and other studies that continually enhance the quality of health care in Wisconsin and beyond. The Medical College of Wisconsin receives a high level of research support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as other government research grants.

Physicians in the Froedtert & MCW health network have been part of many scientific discoveries of new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Patients benefit from new life-saving drugs, medical devices and breakthrough surgical techniques.

Teaching Tomorrow’s Physicians

Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin have a longstanding commitment to teaching the next generation of physicians and other health care professionals. Tomorrow’s doctors are guided by a team of experienced physicians who are themselves world-class researchers, clinicians and educators. At every level of undergraduate and graduate education, future physicians have access to top-notch research facilities, advanced technology and a diverse patient population in an environment that offers many opportunities to pursue advanced education and specialization.

The Academic Medicine Advantage: Leading-Edge Care, Advanced Research and Clinical Trials

Cathy Buck, former president of Froedtert Hospital, and Jonathon Truwit, MD, former chief medical officer, offer insights on why academic medicine is the smart choice for you. Read more.

World-Class Care From Simple to Severe

Many think of Froedtert Hospital as a specialty hospital — and we do receive referrals of many complicated cases.  However, Froedtert Hospital — and all locations in the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network — provides for all of your adult health care needs in one place, whether you need a routine check-up, birthing services, help managing a chronic condition or a second opinion for a serious problem such as cancer or heart disease. Many of our health centers also offer pediatric primary care.

Froedtert Hospital is home to the only adult Level I Trauma Center in eastern Wisconsin — prepared to deal with any critical care need 24 hours, 365 days per year.