Dr. Art Walaszek is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, completed psychiatry training at the University of Washington in Seattle, and completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. Walaszek is Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development, and Director of Psychiatry Residency Training at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry. He oversees medical education in Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, including the Integrated Neurosciences course for second-year medical students. He chairs the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC). His educational work has been recognized with a UWSMPH Dean's Teach Award and an ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award, both in 2014.
Nationally, he is the President-Elect of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training, and he chaired the organization's 2014 Annual Meeting. Dr. Walaszek also chaired the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP), and is former editor of its Bulletin. He serves as an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Representative for Maintenance of Certification (MOC), sits on the American Psychiatric Association's Council on Medical Education and Life-Long Learning, and is on the Editorial Board of the journal Academic Psychiatry.
Dr. Walaszek works with the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, where he is Co-Leader of the Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core. His mission is to improve the care of people with Alzheimer's disease through education of medical students, residents, and clinicians in practice.
As a member of the Wisconsin Geriatric Psychiatry Initiative, Dr. Walaszek speaks extensively on geriatric topics in various medical and non-medical settings across the state. He has co-authored articles and book chapters on late-life emotional and behavioral problems, anxiety disorders in long-term care, late-life depression and ethical issues in late life. His clinical practice involves caring for primarily older adults with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and dementia, and their families. Madison Magazine, based on a survey of Madison-area physicians, named Dr. Walaszek to its 2010, 2012 and 2014 lists of Top Docs.