Dr. Douglas Mielke
I am a third-generation physician. My father was one of the founding members of this exact group of physicians. My mom and dad still live in Appleton. I am married and have three grown children (2 daughters and a son) and one grandson.
I practiced interventional cardiology from 1994 until 2017, then transitioned into noninvasive cardiology. Cardiovascular disease is very prevalent so there is a lot of research dedicated to taking care of these patients. This means the rapidly changing landscape with breakthroughs in patient care happens all the time. Therefore, the job never gets boring and we can help many people live much longer high-quality lives. That’s pretty rewarding. I firmly believe in including the patient and his or her primary care physician in goal-setting and care plans.
Now that I’m a grandfather, spending time with my family is especially important to me. I also love my Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. I like to golf, too.
Fun note: I’m something of a green thumb. I like to spend a fair amount of time in my garden.