New Faculty Focus: Mariana Montero Jaques

Q&A with Mariana Montero Jaques, MD, assistant professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Mariana Montero Jaques, MDHometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Educational/professional background: I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BS in human physiology and a minor in Spanish. I received my medical doctorate from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and also completed my pediatrics residency here.

Previous position (title, institution): Pediatrics resident, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

What is your field of research or area of clinical care, and how did you get into it? I work exclusively in the urgent care setting as a pediatrician at UW Health. I see a wide range of ages, from newborn babies to young adults. My career has involved many decision points that ultimately led me to urgent care pediatrics. In general, I have an utter fascination for human physiology and the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of medical problems and diseases. Specifically relating to urgent care practice, I appreciate the fast pace, narrow focus, and a tendency for the majority of illnesses I diagnose to respond well to treatment.

How would you describe your work to a 5-year-old? I’m a doctor who helps children and their parents figure out why they’re not feeling well and how to make it better.

What attracted you to UW–Madison? I came to UW–Madison because of the wonderful people I met during tours and interviews for medical school. I stuck around for residency and now my faculty position because of the people. I’m grateful to be part of a community of such kind, hard-working, brilliant people at UW–Madison.

What is your favorite thing to do in Madison? Leisurely walks along the lakeside path or downtown followed by good food at local restaurants.

What’s one thing you hope trainees will learn from you and your work? I hope that every trainee I work with leaves feeling a little more comfortable and confident with their pediatric physical exam skills.

Do you feel your work relates to the Wisconsin Idea? If so, please describe how. I learn from colleagues and patients every day. Teaching parents and children important tools to promote and protect their health is one of my main responsibilities in the clinical setting.

What’s something interesting about your area of expertise you can share that will make us sound smarter during video chats and parties? Children often experience a higher frequency of respiratory infections because their immune systems are still developing. On average, a school-aged child is expected to have six to eight respiratory infections each year. Frequent exposure helps build immunity over time.

What are some of your hobbies and other interests? I’m an audiophile — I love listening to podcasts, music, and audiobooks while relaxing or while on the go. I also love trying new restaurants and revisiting my favorites. When the weather is warm, you can find me at community events such as concerts, markets, and festivals in Madison or nearby cities.