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Adjunct Professor of Population Health Sciences and Pediatrics, Jeffrey P. Davis, passes away

Dr. Jeff Davis died on January 16, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital at the age of 73.

Jeff was the Chief Medical Officer for Communicable Diseases and the State Epidemiologist for the State of Wisconsin for over 40 years, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health Sciences at the SMPH. An alumnus of UW Madison, he went on to study at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of Florida and his Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

Jeff was passionate about public health, especially the health of the people of Wisconsin. His contributions to the fields of Infectious Disease, Epidemiology and Public Health include identifying the connection between toxic shock syndrome and tampons, and being part of the team who found the infectious agent transmitted by ticks that causes Lyme disease. Dr. Davis led numerous significant public health investigations of outbreaks in Wisconsin including that of the 1993 Milwaukee Cryptosporidium outbreak in the water supply, affecting over 800,000 residents. This was the largest waterborne disease outbreak in documented United States history.

Dr. Davis mentored many students of public health and the following statement was made by his colleague and friend Dr. Pat Remington and the PHS Department meeting following Jeff’s death:

“Dr. Jeffrey P. Davis was a consummate teacher and public health physician who for more than four decades, generously volunteered his time and talents as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health. He mentored and inspired countless students with his high energy, curiosity, and keen intellect—and personified the Wisconsin Idea, that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom.”

Link to Obituary:,-MD/