Biography

Biography 2017-05-25T14:15:23+00:00

We moved to a beef farm when I was 5 years old near a small southwestern Wisconsin town called Potosi (area population of less than 1000). After being involved in (by necessity, due to our small class size of 45) a lot of activities, including three sports, band, choir, drama, and 4-H, I graduated from Potosi High School in 1989.

It was somewhere near the end of high school when God began to stir in my life; please see My Story for the details.

College
I attended Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha, WI (near Milwaukee), graduating in 1993 with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. Highlights included meeting my awesome wife, Michelle, growing and leading in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, attending a great church called Elmbrook, having a blast with friends, and playing trombone in the wind ensemble and brass quintet.

Medical School
I went to medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1997. Michelle and I were married after my first year. There was lots of information to cram into my head, and not much spare time. But I did get a chance to play a fair amount of pick up basketball for study breaks and play trombone in our band called (believe it or not) the Arrhythmias (Mustang Sally anyone?).

Residency
I was off to a three year residency in Internal Medicine at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Residency was an incredible time of learning and growth; long hours, but high reward. In addition to tons of hours of church activities helping get a new church plant, Cornerstone Community Church, off the ground, I was able to blow off steam with basketball and our weekly make-up-the-rules-as-you-go resident volleyball games. Lifetime friends were made.

It was during the last year of residency and the first year on medical staff that we had our two awesome daughters!

Medical Staff
We liked our church and community so much that we stayed for a chief resident year, and then joined the medical staff. I had a special interest in vascular disease, and was fortunate enough to be able to bring a new specialty, Vascular Medicine, to the organization and become board certified in both Internal Medicine and Vascular Medicine. A few years later we formed the Vascular Institute, a combination of many specialties that treat vascular disease.

Other professional notables to date include leading the hospital through an electronic medical record conversion from paper records and also helping with the clinic side with our vendor Epic, teaching medical students and residents, as well as a few years as the associate program director of the residency, presenting at local, state and national meetings, doing a bit of research, and serving on the Board of Governors/Trustees and the Finance and Audit committees.

Most recently, I have reconnected with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Carroll University, leading the alumni Advocacy Council. I’m also the Executive Director (volunteer part time) at Cornerstone Community Church, and have just joined the Board at Northern Pines Family Camp on the marketing committee. At work, I am transitioning out of medical informatics after 11 years and now chair our Disease Management program and am starting a new position as the Physician Liaison to Finance.

My public LinkedIn site: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jonzlabek

If I didn’t cover something you’d like to know, I’m pretty much an open book, so please email me: Jon@AnEternalImpact.com.