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Kinsey joins University Health Services as director of medical services

January 12, 2016 By Ben Vincent

University Health Services is welcoming a new medical director, a specialist in family medicine with a passion for the Wisconsin Idea and a commitment to expanding access to health care.

William Kinsey

William Kinsey

William Kinsey, M.D., M.P.T., joins UHS from Access Community Health Center in Madison, a nonprofit dedicated to improving care for low-income patients, where he has served as medical site director since 2009. He graduated from UW–Madison’s College of Letters & Science in 1985. He began his career as a physical therapist and went on to become a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa, where he managed a rehabilitation department and developed and taught a physical therapy assistant certificate program to Malawian students.

Equipped with the experience and knowledge he gained in Africa, Kinsey returned home for medical training. He earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont in 1999 and came back to UW–Madison for his residency training. He also completed master’s coursework in public health at Harvard University.

As a family medicine physician, he has broad experience providing care for a range of medical conditions as well as managing outpatient medical practices. Kinsey believes a healthy college experience is crucial to students’ academic success and development.

“Dr. Kinsey’s unique background and experience in primary care, public health, physical therapy and integrated health care have prepared him to care for the needs of our students,” says UHS Executive Director Sarah Van Orman. “We are excited to have Dr. Kinsey lead the medical team at UHS.”

Kinsey will direct a team of approximately 60 health care professionals who provide a wide range of care to students and employees, including treatment for illnesses and injuries, immunizations and other preventive care, communicable disease investigation and control and wellness services. He replaces Dr. Gerald Ryan, who retired in March.

“In family medicine, we treat the patient in the context of their individual goals and cultural background, and I believe this translates perfectly to the UHS population,” Kinsey says. “I look forward to promoting the health of the student population as they negotiate their unique educational journey and promote a lifelong approach to healthy lifestyles.”