Sandra Lepinski, M.D.

Faculty Physician



Medical School:
University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1983


Post Graduate Training:
Affiliate University of Wisconsin, Kenosha, 1986


Personal Comments/Philosophy:


I have been part of the faculty of Goppert-Trinity Family Care and the Research Family Medicine Residency Program since January 1993.  I obtained my medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1983, and completed my post-graduate training in FamilyMedicine through the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1986.  After residency, I joined a semi-rural group practice in Illinois for 6  years providing care in the clinic and hospital, assisting in general surgeries, and providing obstetrical care, delivering an average of 50 babies yearly.


However, I missed the academic environment, and had always wanted to be closely involved with medical education.  On meeting the people at this program, it felt like 'home'.  Throughout the time I've been here, it continues to feel like 'home' and 'family'.  Due to the people here, the environment remains very supportive even with the many changes in people and personalities as resident classes come and go.  I hear repeatedly from applicants the observation our residents and faculty clearly enjoy being here.  Our program has always focused on maintaining the best education possible, and an open, sharing environment for questions and ideas by faculty and residents.  We encourage our providers to grow both professionally and personally.


My personal philosophy on teaching and learning involves the necessity of curiosity.  The simple word 'why' is often our most powerful tool in gaining knowledge and skills, in sight into a patient's medical condition, learning about the patient's motivation for behavior, or understanding our own attitudes, behaviors and motivations.  We learn best maintaining adaptability and flexibility, with the realization that learning for both faculty and residents is developmental and life long.


I have special interests in women's health, obstetrics, pediatrics and preventive health and nutrition.


I also greatly enjoy my relationship with my daughter Meagan, who gives me perspective on families and what truly matters in life.  She is bright and creative, and we have fun discussing recipes she researches and creates for her gluten free blog.  With both having under graduate degrees in chemistry, we often share some what 'geeky' conversations on things like nutrition and effects of the microbiome on health.  Outside of work, I also enjoy singing, gardening and a variety music, arts and crafts.