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Academic Partner Directory

This summary list includes faculty and staff from the Medical College of Wisconsin who have indicated interest in partnering with community organizations to submit proposals to the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.  Each have indicated their fields of expertise and interest that are linked to the Health Improvement Model.  Areas that are not directly defined in the Health Improvement Model but are viable for project development have also been listed as "Other Expertise or Interest." 

Please note that this list is not an exclusive representation of potential academic partners.  Any Medical College of Wisconsin faculty member OR staff member serving in conjunction with faculty is eligible to serve as a partner.

We encourage you to review this information and initiate communication with potential academic partners. Staff at the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program are available to assist you in establishing contact with potential partners.  If you would like assistance, please email us with a brief description of the proposed project and ideas for the role of the academic partner. 

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Piero Antuono, MD
Professor
Department of Neurology
414.805.5224
antuono@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Mental health and mental disorders; Seniors
Areas of Interest: Social and economic factors that influence health
Other Expertise or Interest: Alzheimer's Disease. Development of minority clinics to address the issue of dementia/Alzheimer disease and education of the community based MD for diagnosis and behavior management.

Tom P. Aufderheide, MD
Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
414.805.6452
taufderh@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Heart Disease; Community health improvement processes
Areas of Interest: Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Seniors; Men; Women; Urban
Other Expertise or Interest: Cardiac arrest with public access defibrillation programs; Cardiovascular disease. Dissemination of Public Access Defibrillation Programs throughout the Milwaukee area to improve outcomes from cardiac arrest and traumatic shock.

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Karen J. Brasel, MD, MPH
Professor
Division of Trauma/Critical Care
Department of Surgery
414.805.8624
kbrasel@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise:  Intentional and unintentional injuries; Nutrition; Social and economic factors that influence health; Seniors; Men; Women; Urban; Uninsured
Areas of Interest: Environmental and occupational health hazards; Racial and ethnic populations; Rural; Disabled; Community health improvement processes; Sufficient and competent workforce; Public health leadership and policy.  Community consent for a clinical trial of different resuscitation fluids and strategies for trauma patients.

Suzanne F. Brixey, MD
Assistant  Professor
Department of Pediatrics
414.277.8900
sbrixey@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Intentional and unintentional injuries; Children and adolescents; Specialization in motor vehicle passenger safety, with specific attention to the promotion of car seats and booster seats.
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Social and economic factors that influence health; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Uninsured; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy

Fredrik Broekhuizen, MD
Professor
Medical Director, Planned Parenthood
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
414.456.6624
fbroekhu@mcw.edu
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; High risk sexual behavior; Social and economic factors that influence health; Substance abuse and addiction; Women; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Cancer; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy
Other Expertise or Interest:  Project related to cervical cancer/HPV prevention, teen age sexuality/teen pregnancy and infant mortality.

Ulrich Broeckel, MD
Professor
Division of Genomic Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
broeckel@mcw.edu
Areas of Expertise: Community health improvement processes for urban men and women; particularly emphasis in genetics and heart disease.  Looking to expand the promotion of heart health in the community, especially within the minority populations throughout Wisconsin.

Edith A. Burns, MD
Professor
Division of Geriatrics
Department of Medicine
414.384.2000  ext. 42775
eaburns@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; Mental health and mental disorders; Nutrition; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Seniors; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations
Areas of Interest: Social and economic factors that influence health; Heart disease; Cancer; Stroke; Community health improvement processes;Sufficient and competent workforce
Other Expertise or Interest: Self management of chronic disease; Diabetes. To explore reasons why current guidelines for control of diabetes are not followed when managing older adults - discontinuity between what is recommended by guidelines and what physicians are telling patients (or what patients perceive they are being told) in terms of how well-controlled their disease is.

Sharon L. Busey, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
414.277.8900
sbusey@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Intentional and unintentional injuries; Children and adolescents; Urban
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Nutrition; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Community health improvement processes

Dennis J. Butler, PhD
Professor
Director of Behavioral Science
Department of Family & Community Medicine
414.267.6533
dbutler@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional
Areas of Expertise: Access to mental health services; Intentional and unintentional injuries; Mental health and mental disorders; Primary care and mental health
Other Expertise or Interest: Interested in projects which lessen the impact of traumatic events such as natural disasters, homicide & other crimes; injuries and loss due to community accidents and disasters; community efforts to reduce depression and prevent suicide.

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Edward P. Callahan, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
414.805.6455
callahan@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Interest: Intentional and unintentional injuries; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Social and economic factors that influence health; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Uninsured; Heart disease; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Community health improvement processes; Sufficient and competent workforce
Other Expertise or Interest:  Obesity and lack of activity. Interested in developing a cultural awareness education module, teaching emergency medicine residents how to interact with patients and community clinics, from the perspective of the patient and community providers. This would benefit patients through improved care and impact a greater population through better trained residents.

Bruce H. Campbell, MD
Professor
Department of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences
414.805.5583
bcampbel@mcw.edu
Areas of Expertise:  Head and neck cancer

Philip S. Clifford, PhD
Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
414.384.2000 ext. 41584
pcliff@mcw.edu
Areas of Expertise: Heart Disease; Overweight, obesity and lack of physical activity

Mary E. Cohan, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Senior Health Program
414.456.7070/7074
mcohan@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Seniors
Areas of Interest: Intentional and unintentional injuries; Community and health improvement processes; Social and economic factors that influence health
Other Expertise or Interest: Dementia. A project that links medical students with older adults to teach interviewing skills, physical exam, and helps develop positive attitudes toward aging.

 

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Beth A. Damitz, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency
414.527.8737
badamitz@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Diabetes
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Children and adolescents;  Women; Heart disease; Community health improvement processes; Obstetrics
Other Expertise or Interest: Diabetes

Alan K. David, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine
414.456.4243
akdavid@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Mental health and mental disorders; Social and economic factors that influence health; Substance abuse and addiction; Tobacco use and exposure; Men; Women; Rural; Urban; Uninsured; Heart disease; Cancer; Intentional and unintentional injuries; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Community health improvement processes; Sufficient and competent workforce; Public health leadership and policy

Kathryn M. Denson, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Geriatrics
Department of Medicine
414.384.2000  ext. 42775
kdenson@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; Social and economic factors that influence health; Seniors; Disabled; Sufficient and competent workforce
Areas of Interest: Public health leadership; Community health improvement processes
Other Expertise or Interest: Prevention of institutionalization; Homebound frail elderly; Community-based geriatrics care/home care. Interested in partnering with  a community based home care agency in the greater Milwaukee area who would partner with us to increase education of both physicians and home care providers. The partner would bring a knowledge of home care processes, patients, and its clinical providers and patient base. We would bring knowledge of inpatient/outpatient clinic and physician roles. The community partner would also provide a location for expanded involvement in student education, with opportunities for student physicians, nurses, and social workers to participate in the care of frail elderly patients in the home setting. The end goal of the project would be a community of home-bound elders who would receive excellent, coordinated care from physicians and home care agency providers in our area. 

Beth A. Drolet, MD
Professor
Department of Dermatology and Pediatrics
414.805.5304
drolet@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide
Areas of Interest: Children and adolescents; Women
Other Expertise or Interest: Hemangioma of infancy in preterm infants. Interested in partnerships studying associations with preterm labor or outcomes of multiple gestation and in-vitro fertilization.

Edmund H. Duthie, MD
Professor and Chief
Division of Geriatrics
Department of Medicine
414.384.2000  ext. 42775
eduthie@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Falls; Seniors; Disabled; Sufficient and competent workforce; Medical education; Public health leadership and policy
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Social and economic factors that influence health; Men; Women; Heart disease
Other Expertise or Interest: Other institutionalized, especially senior nursing facility residents; Geriatric syndromes, dementia, delirium, falls, incontinence.

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Charles E. Edmiston, PhD
Professor
Division of Vascular Surgery
Department of Surgery
414.805.5739
edmiston@mcw.edu
Other Expertise or Interest: Serves as the department liaison, providing coordination and facilitation for projects and partnerships related to the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Wendi G. Ehrman, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Adolescent Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Milwaukee Adolescent Health Program
414.277.8910
wehrman@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: High risk sexual behavior; Substance abuse and addiction; Children and adolescents; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations
Areas of Interest: Communicable diseases; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Substance abuse and addiction; Tobacco use and exposure; Uninsured; Heart disease
Other Expertise or Interest: Sexually transmitted diseases; Risky behaviors in adolescents. Interested in broadening scope of STD testing, substance abuse screening and treatment among high-risk adolescent populations.  Interested in working with pregnant teens to improve health outcomes and services and preventing initial and secondary pregnancies.

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Rose Franco, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
414.456.7040
rfranco@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Regional/Local area
Area of Expertise: Intentional and unintentional injuries; Seniors; Men; Women
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Children and adolescents; Heart disease; Stroke; Community health improvement processes; Sufficient and competent workforce; Public health leadership and policy
Other Expertise or Interest: Sleep disorders.  To partner with community support programs in increasing public awareness of sleep disorders and thereby foster improved detection and treatment rates among primary care and specialty care physicians.

Ken D. Friedman, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
414.937.6494
ken.friedman@bcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Blood related disorders
Other Expertise or Interest: Hematology, bleeding, clotting; Venous Thrombosis

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Ileen Gilbert, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine
414.456.4194/4161
igilbert@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; Social and economic factors that influence health; Tobacco use and exposure; Children and adolescents; Seniors; Men; Women; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Uninsured; Disabled; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Community health improvement processes; Sufficient and competent workforce
Other Expertise or Interest: Asthma and obstructive lung disease prevention and education for patients and their healthcare providers; Healthcare providers; Interested in partnering with practice sites or healthcare systems that wish to develop or expand partnership programs aimed at reducing morbidity from obstructive lung disease through preventive clinical practices and patient and provider education

Joan C. Gill, MD
Professor
Departments of Pediatrics
414.257.2424
Joan.Gill@bcw.edu or coxgillj@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; Children and adolescents; Men; Women; Community health improvement processes
Other Expertise or Interest: Bleeding and clotting disorders

John B. Gordon, MD
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
414.266.3375
jgordon@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional
Areas of Expertise: Children with special health care needs - care coordination
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Rural; Urban; Uninsured; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy.

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L. Kevin Hamberger, PhD
Professor
Department of Family & Community Medicine
414.527.8458
kevinh@mcw.edu 
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise:  Intentional and unintentional injuries; Mental health and mental disorders; Men; Women; Urban; Uninsured; Community health improvement processes; Sufficient and competent workforce
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Rural; Seniors; Racial and ethnic populations; Public health leadership and policy
Other Expertise or Interest: Intimate partner violence as a health care issue. Collaborating with community-based domestic violence programs to enhance training of primary care resident physicians to more effectively provide primary and secondary domestic violence prevention services to patients.

Stephen W. Hargarten, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Director Injury Research Center, MCW
Director, Firearm Injury Center
414.805.6454
hargart@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Intentional and unintentional injuries; All at risk populations. Rural; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Public health leadership and policy; health care service leadership and policy.
Areas of Interest: Social and economic factors that influence health
Other Expertise or Interest:  Serves as the department co-liaison (with Mary-Beth Phelan), providing coordination and facilitation for projects and partnerships related to the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program. Agencies and organizations interested in policies and programs to reduce unintentional and violent injuries, alcohol related injuries and deaths.

Raymond G. Hoffmann, PhD
Professor
Division of Quantitative Health Sciences
Department of Pediatrics
414.955.7634
rhoffmann@mcw.edu 
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide
Areas of Expertise: Evaluation; Design and statistical analysis; Behavioral interventions; Social and economic factors that influence health; Substance abuse and addiction; Tobacco use and exposure; Disease clusters and spatial analysis; Comparative studies; Intervention studies; Community health improvement processes; Generalized pain syndromes; Statistical genetics
Areas of Interest: Children and adolescent studies; Access to primary and preventive health services; Communicable diseases; Intentional and unintentional injuries; Rural versus Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Policy evaluation; Cost effectiveness
Other Expertise or Interest: Experienced biostatistician, also certified by the American College of Epidemiology with expertise in evaluation of the effectiveness of community programs and evaluating behavioral and medical interventions.  

Karen A. Hulbert, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
414.955.4365
khulbert@mcw.edu
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; High risk sexual behavior; Nutrition; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Children and adolescents; Women
Areas of Interest: Communicable diseases;  Social and economic factors that influence health; Rural; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Uninsured; Heart disease; Intentional and Unintentional injuries; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy; Foster care system / mandated reporting

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Moriah A. Iverson, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator II
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
414.805.7341
miverson@mcw.edu
Areas of Expertise:  Disabled; Stroke
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Intentional and unintentional injuries; Children and adolescents; Seniors; Heart disease; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy 
Other Expertise or Interest: Rehabilitation after injury or disease; Serves as the department liaison, providing coordination and facilitation for projects and partnerships related to the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Kevin D. Izard, MD
Assistant Professor
St. Michael Family Practice Program
Department of Family and Community Medicine
414.374.8890
kizard@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; Social and economic factors that influence health; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Uninsured; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy
Areas of Interest: Communicable diseases; High risk sexual behavior; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Children and adolescents;
Other Expertise or Interest: Diabetes

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George R. Jacobson, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
414.456.8950
grjpsych@mcw.edu
Areas of Expertise: Mental health and mental disorders; Substance abuse and addiction; Tobacco use and exposure
Areas of Interest: Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Children and adolescents; Seniors; Men; Women; Rural; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Uninsured; Disabled; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy
Other Expertise or Interest: Smoking cessation; Alcohol and tobacco-related illnesses

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Joseph E. Kerschner, MD
Dean and Executive Vice President
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
414.266.6486
kersch@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; Environmental and occupational health hazards; Social and economic factors that influence health; Children and adolescents; Men; Women; Urban  
Areas of Interest: Community health improvement processes
Other Expertise or Interest: Otitis Media; Health risk factor modification

Judy E. Kim, MD
Professor
Department of Ophthalmology
414.456.7875
judykim@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Environmental and occupational health hazards; Intentional and unintentional injuries; Children and adolescents; Seniors; Men; Women; Rural; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Intentional and unintentional injuries; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy
Other Expertise or Interest:  Interested in working with a community partner on a diabetic retinopathy screening project or other risks related to eye disease.

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Colleen A. Lawton, MD
Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
414.805.4472
clawton@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Men; Racial and ethnic populations; Cancer
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Communicable diseases; Tobacco use and exposure; Seniors; Rural; Urban; Uninsured; Public health leadership and policy

Peter Layde, MD
Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
414.456.8762
playde@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise:  Intentional and unintentional injuries; Sufficient and competent workforce; Public health leadership and policy
Areas of Interest: Evidence-driven, community-based injury prevention coalitions

David W. Lillich, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine 
414.456.8189
dlillich@mcw.edu
Areas of Expertise: Seniors; Community health improvement processes
Areas of Interest:  Access to primary and preventive health services; Heart disease; Stroke

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Michael F. Mazzone, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
262.548.6907
Michael.mazzone@phci.org
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Uninsured
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Social and economic factors that influence health; Substance abuse and addiction; Seniors; Community health improvement processes
Other Expertise or Interest: Unintended/unwanted pregnancy

Marlene D. Melzer-Lange, MD
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
414.266.2647
mmelzer@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area, regional, state-wide
Areas of Expertise: Intentional and unintentional injuries; Violence prevention; Mental health and mental disorders; Social and economic factors that influence health; Children and adolescents;  Racial and ethnic populations; Community health improvement processes
Areas of Interest: Injury Prevention; Adolescence; Health Promotion; Emergency Services

John R. Meurer, MD, MBA
Professor and Director
Institute for Health and Society
414.955.8029
jmeurer@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide
Expertise and Interests: population health management; quality improvement and outcomes research; asthma, obesity and diabetes; health policy

Linda N. Meurer, MD, MPH
Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
414.955.5724
lmeurer@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Nutrition; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Children and adolescents; Women; Community health improvement processes; Sufficient and competent workforce
Areas of Interest:  Access to primary and preventive health services; Intentional and unintentional injuries; Racial and ethnic populations; Urban

Jeffrey A. Morzinski, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
414.456.4985
jmorzins@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Mental health and mental disorders; Public health leadership and policy
Areas of Interest:  Intentional and unintentional injuries; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Social and economic factors that influence health; Children; Seniors; Men; Women; Heart disease; Stroke; Sufficient and competent workforce

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Mary Beth Phelan, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
414.805.6452
mbphelan@mcw.edu
Other Expertise or Interest: Serves as the department co-liaison (with Stephen Hargarten), providing coordination and facilitation for projects and partnerships related to the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Frank A Pintar, PhD
Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
VAMC Research-151, 5000 W. National Ave, Milwaukee, 53295
414.384.2000 ext. 41534
fpintar@mcw.edu
Areas of Expertise:  Post-crash vehicle extrication techniques; Intentional and unintentional injuries; Children and adolescents; Seniors; Men; Women
Other Expertise or Interest:  Providing research and laboratory expertise to seek innovative techniques of occupant extrication after motor vehicle trauma.  Would like to partner with a community organization that incorporates driver education and/or programming to help young drivers understand crash dynamics and the benefit of wearing seatbelts.

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John S. Rhee, MD, MPH
Professor and Chairman
Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
414.805.5527
jrhee@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Intentional and unintentional injuries; Children and adolescents; Cancer
Other Expertise or Interest: Virtual surgical simulation

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Svapna Sabnis, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
414.277.8900
ssabnis@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Regional
Areas of Expertise: Children and adolescents
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Community health improvement processes;Childhood and adolescent immunization; Missed opportunities for immunization; Improving immunization rates. 

James D. Sanders, MD, MPH
Associate Professor and Director Community Medicine Track
Department of Family and Community Medicine
414.267.6540
jsanders@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Local area
Areas of Expertise: Community health improvement processes
Areas of Interest:  Access to primary and preventive health services; Environmental and occupational health hazards; High risk sexual behavior; Mental health and mental disorders; Nutrition; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Social and economic factors that influence health; Substance abuse and addiction; Tobacco use and exposure; Children and adolescents; Seniors; Men; Women; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Uninsured; Disabled

Ken G. Schellhase, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Director of Research
Department of Family & Community Medicine
414.456.4723
kschel@mcw.edu
Areas of expertise: research design/methods; disparities in health outcomes and healthcare delivery; quality of care for survivors of cancer; cancer screening and prevention; caring for underserved populations.
Areas of interest: universal access to medical care; care of uninsured/underinsured populations; improvement of racial/ethnic/socioeconomic disparities in health and healthcare; health policy, especially universal health insurance; the interface between primary care and cancer specialists in caring for cancer survivors; access to oral health care for poor/uninsured patients.

Timothy R. Schum, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
414.277.8909
tschum@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise:  Children and adolescents; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Uninsured; Disabled; Intentional and unintentional injuries; Sufficient and competent workforce
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Mental health and mental disorders; overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Social and economic factors that influence health; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy
Other Expertise or Interest: Immunizations

William A. See, MD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Urologic Surgery
414.456.7058
wsee@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Men; Cancer
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity

Mark D. Simms, MD, MPH
Professor
Division of child Development
Department of Pediatrics
414.266.2924
msimms@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise:  Mental health and mental disorders; Children and adolescents; Public health leadership and policy
Other Expertise or Interest: Children in the foster care system

James G. Slawson, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
414.527.8488
jslawson@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Interest: Patient Centered Medical Home; Access to primary and preventive health services; Social and economic factors that influence health; Heart disease; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy
Other Expertise or Interest: Chronic  Disease Management, Spina Bifida

Janette F. Strasburger, MD
Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Pediatrics - Neenah / Fox Valley
920.969.7982
jstrasbu@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Regional
Areas of Expertise: Nutrition; Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Tobacco use and exposure; Children and adolescents; Women; Rural; Racial and ethnic populations; Heart disease; Community health improvement processes
Other Expertise or Interest: Sudden death prevention

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Dian Wang, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
414.805.4496
dwang@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; Environmental and occupational health hazards; Tobacco use and exposure; Cancer
Areas of Interest: Nutrition; Men; Women; Urban; Rural; Racial and ethnic populations; Community health improvement processes; Sufficient and competent workforce; Public health leadership and policy

Jo M. Weis, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
414.456.8916
jmweis@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Mental health and mental disorders; Tobacco use and exposure; Men; Women; Urban
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Cancer; Stroke; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Community health improvement processes
Other Expertise or Interest: Psychosocial oncology

Jeff Whittle, MD, MPH
Professor
Staff Physician, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine - Medical College of Wisconsin

414.384.2000 ext. 46444
jeffrey.whittle@va.gov OR jwhittle@mcw.edu
Mailing address: Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Mailstop 00 (PC), 5000 W National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53295
Project Geographic Preference: Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; Social and economic factors that influence health; Seniors; Racial and ethnic populations; Heart disease; Cancer; Stroke; Community health improvement processes
Other Expertise, Partnership experience, or Interest: Former Director of Geriatrics and General Medicine at Kansas University Medical Center. Has worked in partnership with many different veterans groups in Southeastern Wisconsin on projects addressing a variety of chronic conditions including hypertension, obesity, and mental health, as well as improving use of electronic media to support health. Would like to extend these partnerships to other conditions and to veterans in a broader geographic area. In addition, would like to add non-veteran groups to our partnership activities. 

Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH
Kellner Professor in Pediatrics
Director, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children
Department of Pediatrics

Director, Division of Health Equity and Urban Clinical Care Partnerships
Institute for Health and Society

414.456.4177
ewillis@mcw.edu
Other Expertise or Interest: Serves as the department liaison, providing coordination and facilitation for projects and partnerships related to the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Marie E. Wolff, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Healthy Communities
Department of Family and Community Medicine
414.456.4726
mwolff@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Statewide/Regional/Local area
Areas of Expertise: Access to primary and preventive health services; Social and economic factors that influence health; Community health improvement processes; Public health leadership and policy
Other Expertise or Interest: Health policy and advocacy; Health disparities. Partnership experience includes working with local and government agencies to improve community health and quality  of life, partnering with GAMP to evaluate a safety net system and quality of care, and partnering with community based programs to develop and implement curriculum in community health, domestic violence and geriatrics.

B. Tucker Woodson, MD
Professor
Department of Otolaryngology and Human Communications
414.805.7667
bwoodson@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Regional
Areas of Interest: Overweight, obesity, and lack of physical activity; Community health improvement processes; Sufficient and competent workforce, Public health leadership and policy
Other Expertise or Interest: Sleep disorders; Sleep apnea 

 

 

Staci A. Young, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
414.456.8868
syoung@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Urban
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services; Nutrition; Social and economic factors that influence health; Urban; Racial and ethnic populations; Uninsured; Heart disease; Intentional and unintentional injuries; Community health improvement processes; Sufficient and competent workforce
Other Expertise or Interest:Worked extensively on partnerships focused on health in public housing and faith-based communities. These have included diverse organizational partners, medical students and other health professions students.
 

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Lisa W. Zetley, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
414.277.8900
lwzetley@mcw.edu
Project Geographic Preference: Regional/Local Area
Areas of Expertise: Children and adolescents; Urban; Community health improvement processes
Areas of Interest: Access to primary and preventive health services for children in foster care
Other Expertise or Interest: Children in foster care; Developmental delays; Medical neglect

 

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