Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Joanna C. Zurko, MD

  • Hematology
Joanna Zurko, MD


Joanna Zurko, MD, is a hematologist at UW Health and an assistant professor in hematology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medicine. She specializes in treating both indolent (slow growing) and aggressive lymphomas in adults.

Dr. Zurko cares for her patients through their entire cancer treatment journey. She prescribes chemotherapy and targeted therapies and performs specialized treatments – such as immunotherapy known as CAR T-cell therapy, stem cell transplants and blood and bone marrow transplants – as needed to best address her patients’ individual cancer.

Believing that care works best in partnership, Dr. Zurko meets patients where they are, taking their needs, concerns and resources into consideration when determining treatment.

As a clinical researcher, Dr. Zurko is actively involved in finding new approaches to treating cancer, including the targeted use of cellular immunotherapies to effectively treat patients with aggressive lymphomas.

Beyond work, Dr. Zurko is the proud parent of two small children and an active runner, who can frequently be found enjoying various trails around Madison.

We need to consider the whole patient. It’s crucial to be on the same page when making a treatment plan.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Practice locations

    Education & credentials

    Board certifications
    • Internal Medicine
    Medical School
    • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
    • Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI
    • University of Alabama Hospitals & Clinics, Birmingham, AL