Strategic Goals and Vision

In summer and fall of 2019, our faculty, APPs, and clinical and administrative leadership convened for two retreats to reflect on our history and decide who we want to become as a department.

In January 2020, we adopted a new Mission, Vision, and Values statement, and set to work on six Strategic Goals that will guide our faculty leadership for the next several years.

Our Mission (Who We Are)

Our Mission is to heal, to educate, and to discover.

Our Values (How we conduct ourselves)

Our Values are “I CARE”


Do the right thing.


Embrace and shape change for a better future.


Empower collective genius. Communicate openly, directly, and honestly to build trust.


Take ownership and engage in solutions.


Seek diversity and be inclusive. Care for ourselves and our team to better serve our patients.


Eliminate waste to create value for our patients, our learners, and ourselves. Creatively explore technology.

Our Vision (Where We Want To Go)

To be a world leader in academic dermatology, a center for remarkable care, and a vibrant community committed to innovation, education, and inclusion.

Our Strategic Goals (How We Get There)

1. Build a forward-thinking and inclusive community that provides exceptional care with kindness and respect.

Leader: Department Chair Beth Drolet, MD

2. Innovate in Healthcare Delivery and Access.

Leader: Vice Chair for Clinical Operations Dan Bennett, MD

3. Support a culture of life-long learning among faculty, residents, and staff.

Leader: Vice Chair for Education William Aughenbugh, MD

4. Enhance health by expanding research innovations and collaborations.

Leader: Vice Chair for Research Nihal Ahmad, PhD

5. Maximize our financial strength.

Leader: Department Administrator

6. Build our capacity through philanthropy.

Leader: Section Chief for Dermatologic Surgery Juliet Aylward, MD

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

We are committed to living the UW-Madison Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background — people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

To Heal
To Educate
To Discover

Our Mission