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“I take great pleasure in caring for patients identified with genetic conditions through newborn screening, thereby preventing serious disability.”​​​

Marshfield Center

1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449

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Provider Bio

​​Dr. Robert Steiner is particularly passionate about newborn screening because it can prevent serious illnesses, disability, and even death from occurring. As a medical geneticist, he treats children with rare, inherited metabolic diseases such as Phenylketonuria (PKU). Some of the conditions in which he is an expert are treatable, but only optimally if caught in the newborn period, he emphasized.

“Take PKU, for example. Before the 1960’s, a child with PKU would go on to be profoundly intellectually disabled, with an IQ less than 20,” he said. “Adults with untreated PKU couldn’t do anything to help care for themselves. Now, with treatments that are effective because of newborn screening, these individuals are healthy and have normal development.”

Dr. Steiner was recruited to Marshfield Clinic to serve as the executive director of Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation. He accepted the position because of the outstanding reputation of the Clinic and the Research Foundation, and the opportunity to return to Wisconsin. He is a native of Milwaukee.

“I’m also continuing to see patients, so I try to stay up-to-date on developing therapies. I have the luxury of being able to spend as much time as needed with my patients,” he noted.

Dr. Steiner earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison. He completed a pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and a fellowship in genetics at University of Washington-Medical Center/Seattle Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

He and his wife, Sandra (Sam), have four children. He enjoys family activities, bicycling and skiing.

If you are interested in learning more about how to support Dr. Steiner’s work, please contact Pete Schmeling, Development officer at or 715-389-3238.​

  • Medical School
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health Madison, WI, United States, M.D. 1987

    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH, United States, Pediatrics 1990

    University of Washington - Medical Center Seattle, WA, United States, Genetics 1992

  • Professional Societies
    American Academy of Pediatrics American Association for the Advancement of Science American College of Medical Genetics American Medical Association American Society of Human Genetics Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders Society for Pediatric Research Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism

    Board Certifications
    Clinical Genetics (M.D.): 1993, recertified 2010 Pediatrics: 1990, recertified 2011

    State Licenses

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