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Tiffany Schwasinger-Schmidt

Early Career Achievement in Medicine Alumna

Tiffany Schwasinger-Schmidt, PhD, MD’14, R’17, FACP

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine – Wichita
Director of the KU Clinical and Translational Science Institute Frontiers Clinical Trials Unit
KU School of Medicine-Wichita
University of Kansas Medical Center

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When Tiffany Schwasinger-Schmidt’s grandfather was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, there were few available treatments and little was known about the disease. Her grandfather decided to participate in one of the early clinical trials for the disease. The treatment in the trial did not improve his symptoms, but it made a lasting impression on his granddaughter.

“He helped advance medicine so others in the future could benefit from the knowledge gained from those first trials,” said Schwasinger-Schmidt, noting that multiple sclerosis has gone from a terminal diagnosis in her grandfather’s time to a disease that can be managed with medications today. “This inspired me not only to become a physician to help treat illness, but also to work in clinical trials research.”

After completing her doctorate in genetics, genomics and bioinformatics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010, the Goodland, Kansas native went on to medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, graduating in 2014. She then completed a residency in Internal Medicine on the Wichita campus in 2017.

Dr. Schwasinger-Schmidt is director of the KU Clinical and Translational Science Institute Frontiers Clinical Trials Unit in Wichita. She has been a principal investigator on 20 clinical trials across multiple specialties as well as four educational grants. An associate professor at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, she also serves as the neurology clerkship director for third-year medical students and mentors students and residents at a variety of levels.

A board-certified internist who maintains an ambulatory practice in Wichita, she is already a fellow in the American College of Physicians, and the Kansas chapter recognized her as the Early Career Physician of the Year in 2019. She appeared on TV and radio discussing the COVID-19 vaccine trials and was named a Health Care Hero by the Wichita Business Journal in 2020.

“She is rapidly becoming the ‘face’ of KU Wichita research in the community and beyond,” wrote K. James Kallail, PhD, associate dean for research for KU School of Medicine-Wichita, in his letter nominating Dr. Schwasinger-Schmidt for the Early Career Achievement in Medicine Alumna award.

For Dr. Schwasinger-Schmidt, much of the credit goes to her husband, Brandon, and three children: Brighton, Brayden and Braxton. “Family means everything to me, and my family is the reason for my success,” she said. “Without their support and encouragement, I would not be where I am today.”

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