Dr. Dave Ciske, M.D.

Divine Savior Hospital
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B.S. Genetics, University of Madison
M.S. Genetic Counseling, Minor in Bioethics, University of Minnesota
M.D. University of Wisconsin Medical School
Intern/Resident, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


Divine Savior Hospital
2817 New Pinery Road


“Divine Savior is dedicated to this community. The hospital has a long history of giving to and caring for the people in and around Portage.”

— Dr. Ciske


For Dr. Dave Ciske, the most rewarding part of being a physician is caring for people in a time of need and hopefully making a difficult time somewhat more manageable.

“I think an incredibly important part of what a physician does every day involves communication,” he says. “This includes both listening/hearing and speaking, and of these two, listening/hearing is the most important. I try to provide a space where patients, colleagues and others know they will be heard.”

A native of Eau Claire, Dr. Ciske earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Genetics at UW-Madison and his Master’s in Genetic Counseling at the University of Minnesota. He then worked as a genetic counselor for several years, until his boss at the time encouraged him to consider medical school. He was grateful for the nudge into a new direction and went on to attend medical school at the University of Wisconsin and complete his residency in St. Louis, MO, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ciske returned to Wisconsin to practice medicine, and, over the course of his career, he has been the recipient of several Patient Experience Awards, which are awarded based on feedback provided by patients. In addition, he received the Schilling-Harkness teaching award in 2016 for excellence in teaching medical students on the wards.

Outside of work, Dr. Ciske enjoys spending time with his family, as well as riding any and all kinds of bikes. He also loves to spend time on the water, fishing and kayaking.