Get to Know Your Physician: Brian Lohrbach, MD

June 01, 2018

We interviewed Dr. Lohrbach on the move. Seriously.

Tell us about your upbringing. 

I was born and raised in Appleton and attended Fox Valley Lutheran. I went to college at UW-Madison (where I became interested in medicine in my freshman year) and to Washington University in St. Louis for medical school. I did my residency at Loyola in Chicago and returned to Appleton to work.

Why did you choose your specialty?

I enjoy solving problems and working with my hands. I appreciate the more immediate impact I have on patients treating them surgically rather than just offering medication or lifestyle changes to solve their health problems.

If you weren’t a physician, what profession would you have chosen? 

Commercial real estate investor/developer.

Tell us about your family. 

Wife: Karen.  She tolerates my idiosyncrasies . . . enough said. Daughter: Olivia, 13.  Daddy’s little girl into dance, swimming, and biking. John: 10. Crazy guy, into his iPad, and tormenting his sister.

What activities do you enjoy outside of work? 

I bike and run, and I’m trying to get back into golf. I enjoy fine wine, and I’m a bit of a “foodie,” which is why I have to bike and run.

Tell us about a memorable vacation. 

Right after I graduated from Medical School, Karen and I road tripped from St. Louis to California and back in three weeks. It was our version of “Summer Vacation” and the ultimate exercise in escapism prior to the rigors of orthopedic residency.

What health recommendations would you leave with our readers? 

Exercise for stress relief. Read incessantly for mental fitness. Avoid red meat and drink red wine.