Brian Leitzke, PhD

  • Health Psychology (Inpatient Hospitalist)
  • Pediatric Health Psychology (Inpatient Hospitalist)


Brian Leitzke, PhD, is a UW Health clinical and behavioral health psychologist.

Brian works with both adults and children who are in the hospital with acute (sudden) and chronic (ongoing) medical issues. Many of his patients face difficult diagnoses, such as cancer, heart disease or incurable medical conditions. He also sees patients who are recovering from traumatic injuries.

When talking with patients, Brian helps them discover ways to cope or adjust to their conditions. He supports patients as they make complex medical decisions that may change or impact their quality of life. Brian uses a strengths-based therapy approach, which focuses the conversation on the patient’s inner strength and determination.

Brian’s specialties include psycho-oncology (managing stress and anxiety after a cancer diagnosis) and geropsychology (working with older adults to maintain their overall well-being and quality of life).

During his free time, Brian enjoys being with his family, going outdoors and exploring the Madison area.

I am passionate about helping patients to cope with challenging diagnoses and to live their best possible lives.

Languages spoken
  • English

Education & credentials

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI