Living its brand, Powered by Physicians, Compelled by Community, Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC) physicians voluntarily step forward to provide health care in the field to those affected by hunger, the opioid crisis and homelessness, conditions referred to as health determinants.

Presently, MSMC is implementing a multi-year strategic plan to address Housing as Health.

“Physicians have a unique voice and expertise in the community, witnessing every day the effects that poor housing has on their patients in emergency departments and clinics,” said Dr. Amar Ambardekar, President, Medical Society of Milwaukee Board of Directors.  “We live in a world of 15-minute patient visits, not only does the physician need to address the patient’s physical concerns but may also be told by the patient that he or she doesn’t have a place to stay.  Our multi-year strategic plan is helping to support our vision to eliminate homelessness as a contributor to poor health,” he said.

Here are some of the ways we’re achieving that goal:

Partnership with Milwaukee County Housing First

On March 9, 2019, the Medical Society of Milwaukee County made history by endowing $100,000 to the Milwaukee County Housing First program to fund two Housing as Health navigators. The milestone gift, representing the Medical Society of Milwaukee’s largest donation is significant beyond its monetary value.

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Pictured left to right:  MSMC President Dr. Amar Ambardekar, MSMC Executive Director Kathy Schmitz, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, MSMC Past President Dr. Michelle Graham

In the News:

Medical Society leadership discuss its $100,000 Housing First donation and helping the homeless with the area media.  Pictured here:  Dr. Amar Ambardekar, Dr. Michelle Graham, and Kathy Schmitz with WTMJ-TV Morning Blend Hosts Molly Fay and Tiffany Ogle. Learn More.

2019 Awards Dinner

Community Impact Award presented to Bob Burmeister, founder, Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge.

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Raised more than $18,000 during the live auction for Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge.

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Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge

The Medical Society of Milwaukee is proud to be a major sponsor of Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge new Shower Trailer for the homeless - providing dignity to those in need.

Special thanks to Dr. Amar Ambardekar, MSMC President, who spoke at the public unveiling of the shower trailer on September 6, 2019.

Partnership with Habitat for Humanity – Sponsorship of Dr. Megan Sandel Visit to Milwaukee on April 11, 2019

After providing opening remarks Dr. Amar Ambardekar greets Dr. Sandel before speaking to a crowd at the Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church on April 11, 2019.
On April 11, 2019 Dr. Michelle Graham, MSMC Past President, provides opening remarks to a crowd at Bader Philanthropies featuring a talk by Dr. Sandel.
Volunteer Opportunities

MSMC physicians and medical students volunteer their time on Saturday mornings to help Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge and the homeless at Kosciuszko Park on Milwaukee’s south side.

Pictured left to right:  MSMC Board Member Dr. Rob Riepenhoff, MSMC Executive Director Kathy Schmitz, Bob Burmeister, MSMC Past President Dr. Michelle Graham, Medical Student Anna Uhing.


MSMC physicians and staff volunteer to help sort clothing for Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge at Advent Lutheran Church.

Pictured left to right: Board Member Dr. Cory Wilson, Dr. Nisha Shah, Board President Dr. Amar Ambardekar, Bob Burmeister, Board Members/Medical Students Aishu Ramamurthi and Tim Corwin.

The MSMC Housing as Health initiative is in full action! Special thanks to all of the physicians and medical students who volunteered to serve with Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge on Saturday, June 15th.

Pictured left to right:  Dr. Mary Cronin, Medical Students Bryce Toburen and Anna Uhing, Dr. Deyanna Boston, Bob Burmeister, Dr. Amar Ambardekar, Dr. Nisha Shah, Dr. Michelle Graham, Dr. Bilal Abid, and Kathy Schmitz.


Medical Society of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity Day Saturday, July 13, 2019 Fun with power tools today at the Medical Society Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity Day! Special thanks to Dr. Michelle Graham, Dr. George "Chip" Morris, Dr. Michael McNett and all of the medical students (Leilani Hernandez, Peter Nguyen, Bradley Uyemura, Armaan Zare, Malek Ayoub) and other volunteers for helping us and Habitat ensure that everyone has a safe, healthy place to live. Proud to say we're all drywall experts now!

Street Outreach
August 13, 2019
Special opportunity overnight with Dr. Michelle Graham, Medical Society of Milwaukee Past President, to ride along with Milwaukee County Housing First Street Outreach to visit the homeless - such kind people who have run into difficult circumstances in their lives. Very special thanks to Luke and Damir for hosting our ride along and treating everyone with such dignity and respect.


Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Pictured left to right: Medical Students Santiago Rolon, Jessica Kim, Aishu Ramamurthi, Dr. Deyanna Boston, Dr. Marek Cierny, Kathy Schmitz


Medical Society leadership provide written testimony to the State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance to support funding for Milwaukee’s homeless

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