Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS)

Collaborative for Healthcare Delivery Science (CHDS)

The overarching goal of the Collaborative is to improve the value delivered to patients in Wisconsin while improving care globally through the intersection of healthcare operations, improvement methodology, and health services research.

Where Value and Innovation Meet

Professionals from multiple disciplines joined together in 2017 to form the Collaborative for Healthcare Delivery Science (CHDS) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in partnership with Froedtert Hospital, Inception Health, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

This partnership between healthcare leaders and researchers is designed to measurably improve the way healthcare is provided. Challenges are taken from the clinical front lines and interventions are co-designed with researchers experienced in implementation science, heath services research, economics and informatics. Along with an implementation and evaluation plan, findings are then disseminated with partners, through academic publications and white papers, and industry presentations.



CHDS Process Overview

Clinical & Operational Problems

Clinical & Operational Problems

Clinical leaders define challenges that patients and clinicians encounter in the healthcare system. Their frontline perspective helps prioritize projects, while ensuring a connection between clinical impact and delivery science.



Researchers experienced in delivery science co-design implementation and evaluation plans with clinical leaders and frontline staff. Clinical leaders and frontline staff assess the feasibility and impact of proposed solutions and identify and manage operational details.

Data Scientists & Statisticians

Data Scientists & Statisticians

This team uses data from the EHR, ancillary systems, and prospective data collection to assess process and outcome measures.



CHDS provides resources for the rigorous evaluation of projects, including clinical, quality, and cost outcomes.



CHDS faculty and staff work with clinical leadership to publish and disseminate learnings.

CHDS Program Details

Project Selection Process

CHDS Project Selection Process (PDF)


Ann B. Nattinger, MD, MPH, MACP
Associate Provost for Research
Lady Riders Professor for Breast Cancer Research

Liliana E. Pezzin, PhD, JD
Professor of Economics and Health Policy

Siddhartha Singh, MD, MS
Chief Quality Officer, Medical College Physicians & Froedtert Hospital
Associate Dean for Quality
Associate Professor of Medicine

David C. Brousseau, MD, MS
Professor of Pediatrics
Jon E. Vice Endowed Chair for Emergency Medicine
Chief, Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Laura D. Cassidy, PhD
Professor and Director of Epidemiology
Director, PhD Program in Public & Community Health, Institute for Health & Equity

Bradley H. Crotty, MD, MPH, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director for Digital Engagement, Inception Health

Kathlyn E. Fletcher, MD, MA
Professor and Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Research

Purushottam W. Laud, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board acts as a sounding board for our Executive Committee, bringing forward community concerns that may be addressed by CHDS. The members ensure the relevance of project initiatives for improving healthcare delivery and value, advise on the strategic direction of projects, and assist in communicating and promoting the Collaborative’s mission and programs.


  • Michael Anderes, MBA, Chief Innovation and Digital Officer, Froedtert Health: President, Inception Health
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Brenner, MBA, MCW Board of Trustees, Former Publisher of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Lila Rutten, PhD, MPH, Professor of Health Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Jonathon Truwit, MD, MBA, Enterprise CMO, Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Scott Turner, MHA, COO, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Executive Vice President, Children’s Hospital and Health System

Our staff provides project support in the areas of data analytics, communication, design, IRB protocol development, reporting, and coordination.

  • Ryan Hanson, MS, Data Scientist
  • Emily McGinley, MS, MPH, Biostatistician
  • Annie Penlesky, MPH, Project Manager
  • Jeanne Tyszka, MA, Program Coordinator


  • Silvia Muñoz-Price, MD, PhD
  • Rahul Sudhir Nanchal, MD
  • Andrew Resnick, MD, MBA
  • Michael Uhing, MD

CHDS Educational Programs

Education Overview

The CHDS Educational Programs provide an instructional framework for trainees, starting with foundational knowledge for summer medical students and progressing to applied, independent healthcare delivery projects. We expect learners to develop projects that focus on the care patients receive, that seek to improve safety, quality, and/or patient experience, and that will improve patient outcomes for the same or lower cost. Educational Partners include the Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) and the Medical Student Summer Quality Improvement Program (MSSQIP).

Fellowship Program

The CHDS faculty are looking forward to the start of their one-year fellowship program, beginning in July 2019. These Healthcare Delivery Science fellows will join teams working on larger projects and lead smaller projects. Through these experiential activities and accompanying didactic curricular activities fellows will gain the skills needed to lead future work in the science of healthcare delivery.

The Fellowship will combine classes and experiential learning with a focus on finding innovative solutions to problems in healthcare delivery.

Key Dates & Deadlines

October 1, 2018 | Announce opportunity

October 15-November 9, 2018 | Preliminary interest survey open

  • Provide concise descriptions of your prior experience with research, quality improvement, why this fellowship interests you, and how it would support your career goals
  • Complete preliminary interest survey
  • Semi-finalists will be selected by CHDS Education Committee

November 13, 2018 | Invitations will be sent to semi-finalists to complete the full application

Full application will include:

  • CV
  • Letter of intent (1-2 pages; why CHDS Fellowship would advance your career)
  • Types of healthcare delivery science projects of interest to you / Project you may wish to lead
  • Identify individual(s) with whom you hope to work during fellowship
  • 2 LORs (one from PD if you are still in residency)

December 5, 2018 | Applications close

Mid-December 2018 | Finalist selection and interviews

Mid- to late-December 2018 | Fellowship award issued

July 1, 2019 | Anticipated Start Date


  • Doctoral degree (e.g. MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, PsyD, Informatics, Economics, or other relevant field) by June 2019
  • Includes Residents or subspecialty fellows, Pharmacy school residents, and PhD candidates who will graduate in June 2019
  • Includes Residents or subspecialty fellows who have a research year between July 2019-Jun 2020 and would like to use it for HDS research
  • Includes Fellows or practicing physicians who are interested in dedicating a year to studying HDS

What does the fellowship year look like?

  • Initial preparatory work during 6 months prior to start of fellowship
  • Coursework
  • Practice-level or Hospital-level project with a senior mentor
  • Personal project as leader
  • Mentorship in leadership

Email with any questions.

Contact Us

Collaborative for Healthcare Delivery Science (CHDS)
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-7431
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