University of Wisconsin–Madison

Trista Stankowski-Drengler, MD

General Surgery Resident

Trista is a general surgery resident in her second of two dedicated research years. She is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. Heather Neuman with a research focus on breast cancer outcomes. She is also working toward a master’s degree in clinical investigation. Her clinical interests are in the field of surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, and trauma/critical care.

Originally from central Wisconsin, Trista graduated with a BS in clinical laboratory science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2006. Before attending medical school, Trista worked in a clinical laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, focusing on testing for blood disorders, such as multiple myeloma and amyloidosis.

Trista obtained her medical degree from UWSMPH in 2015, graduating with research honors and elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. She was also selected as the 2015 UWSMPH Houghton Award recipient awarded by the Wisconsin Medical Society to those who demonstrate promise of becoming a “complete physician.” She is expected to complete general surgery residency in 2022.

In her free time, Trista enjoys traveling, running, kayaking, gardening, and spending time with her family.


  • MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 2015