Amy Fiedler, MD, selected for the 2020 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars program


Dr Amy Fiedler

The Presidential Leadership Researchers (PLS) announced that Amy Fiedler, MD, cardiac surgeon and assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Surgery, has been selected as one of 60 academics chosen for the sixth class annual program. PLS brings together a diverse network of leaders to study leadership through the prism of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Fellows were selected based on their leadership development potential and their personal leadership endeavors aimed at improving civic engagement or social good by addressing an issue or need in their community.

Over the course of the six months, academics will visit each participating presidential center to learn from past presidents, former administration officials, business and civic leaders, and leading academics.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Class of 2020. My Personal Leadership Project is focused on partnering with the nonprofit organization, Team heart, to develop the first cardiac surgery unit in Rwanda to address the challenges of rheumatic heart disease, ”said Dr Fiedler. “The opportunity to learn from past presidents, administrative leaders and my class cohort is unprecedented. I am delighted to capitalize on this unique experience and bring these leadership skills back to the surgical department.

In addition to being a faculty member in the Faculty of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Fiedler specializes in the care of patients with end-stage heart failure, including mechanical assistance and heart transplant. She has extensive experience in all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery, including coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repair and replacement, endocarditis, and the treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms.

“We are very proud of Dr. Fiedler for his acceptance into the PLS and his continued commitment to the field of global cardiac surgery and surgical education,” said Malcolm DeCamp, MD, president of the cardiothoracic surgery division. “We look forward to learning from his experiences in the program.”

Dr. Fiedler recently celebrated a milestone in transplant surgery with her team on December 30, 2019 with the first donation after a circulatory death heart transplant (DCD) performed at UW Hospital, making it one of the first centers across the country to perform this type of surgery.

She will join a network of 298 academics who will apply lessons learned from the program to create change that benefits communities in the United States and around the world. The program began in Washington, DC on January 28.


Kevin E. Boling

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