Ann Sheehy, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor; Faculty Member and Division Head, Hospital Medicine
University of Wisconsin

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2021-2022
Fellowship Placement: Speaker of the House of Representatives Pelosi (D-CA)
Sponsoring Institution: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Discipline / Profession: Internal Medicine


Ann Sheehy is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she serves as division head of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine. In this role, she leads a division of approximately 70 physician and advanced practice providers in delivering acute inpatient care at UW Health, including care for the majority of hospitalized UW Health patients with COVID-19 during the pandemic. In addition to her administrative and clinical roles, Sheehy conducts policy research on Medicare hospital outpatient (observation) status. In particular, her research focuses on how observation legislation and regulation may impact the most disadvantaged Medicare beneficiaries. She serves as the Associate Director for Health Policy Research at the University of Wisconsin Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR).

Due to her perspective as a clinician and a researcher, she has provided testimony in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on short-stay hospitalization issues in the Medicare program. Most recently, she served as pro bono expert witness for the plaintiffs in Alexander v. Azar, a federal case advocating for Medicare beneficiary rights to appeal when hospitalized in outpatient (observation) status. She has also served as president of the medical staff at UW, board chair of Agrace Hospice, and chair of the Society of Hospital Medicine Public Policy Committee, and she has represented the University of Wisconsin as faculty athletics representative to the NCAA and Big Ten Conference.

Sheehy received her BA in human biology from Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California, followed by her medical degree and master’s in clinical research from Mayo Medical School and Mayo Graduate School, respectively, in Rochester, Minnesota. She completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, prior to returning to her home state of Wisconsin to join UW as faculty physician. She is board certified in internal medicine with a focused practice in hospital medicine.