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Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research

CHCR ImageWe aim to prepare future leaders in academic primary care, with a vision to improve access to high quality primary health care, reduce health disparities and improve the health of our citizens and communities.

Our 2-3 year, full-time postdoctoral fellowship prepares residency-trained primary care physicians, pharmacists, advanced practice nurses and social scientists from complementary health-related fields for successful and rewarding careers in academic medicine, with a focus on primary care and community engaged research. We integrate the three pillars of academic success: Research, Education, and Leadership; and blend them with necessary career management skills and on-going clinical and community-based experiences, in a resource-rich and supportive environment.

Funded by the U.S. Health Services and Resources Administration since 1998, this program includes opportunities for interprofessional learning and research to explore new models of team-based care delivery. Fellows work with expert faculty mentors with emphasis areas in patient-centered care, community-engagement, educational excellence, population health management, chronic disease self-management, behavioral health, and more.

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Academic Fellowship Core Faculty

Program Director and Co-Directors

Linda N. Meurer, MD, MPH: Fellowship Program Director, Professor, Director of Research and Technology in Faculty Development; health disparities, meta-analysis, primary care workforce, faculty development, elder abuse and neglect, CBPR

John Meurer, MD, MBA: Program Co-Director IHS; Director and Professor, Institute for Health & Equity; health services research, chronic conditions

Constance Gundacker MD, MPH: Program Co-Director, Pediatrics; Health Disparities, health policy, CBPR

Dr. Kajua B. Lor, PharmD, BCACP: Chair, Associate Professor, Clinical Sciences Department; complementary health approaches, health disparities, health literacy, medication adherence

Joni Williams MD, MPH:
 Director, General Internal Medicine; Health disparities, Behavioral Research, and Disease self-management

Steering Committee Members

David A. Nelson, PhD, MS: CBPR Curriculum Director; Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine; community partnerships, health literacy, childhood obesity, worksite wellness, physical activity, diabetes and policy change

Laura Cassidy, PhD: Professor, Director of Epidemiology, and the PhD Program in Public and Community Health, Institute for Health & equity; pediatric research for surgical services and trauma, study design, statistical analysis 

Jeffrey Whittle, MD: Associate Professor, Research Faculty - VAMC; Community-based research in cardiovascular disease

Geroge E MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh: Dean Pharmacy School of MCW; Injury prevention, patient safety, epidemiology

Zeno Franco, PhD: Assistant Professor DFCM, Center for Healthy Communities and Research (program graduate); healthcare and mental services for veterans, caregiver support for families with Alzheimer's and dementia, applying smart technologies to mental health

Leslie Ruffalo PhD, MS: Associate Professor, Co-Director, Division of Medical Student Education

Staci Young, PhD (DFCM, CHCR): Director of Center for Healthy Communities and Research, Interim Director of the Office of Community Engagement, and Interim Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement

Jeffrey Jackson, MD, MPH: Program Co-Director; Professor, Medicine; Director, General Medicine Division, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

Additional Research Faculty

Courtney Barry

Rebecca Bernstein

Kirsten Beyer, PhD (IHS, Epi Data Cntr)
Health geographer, public health, disease mapping, social epidemiology, women’s environmental health, intimate partner and domestic violence

Ruta Brazauskas, PhD (IHS- Biostats)
Biostatistics, survival analysis, competing risks  

Art Derse, MD, JD (IHS - Bioethics)
Bioethics and law

Edmund Duthie, MD (IM-Geriatrics)
Injurious falls, quality improvement, patient safety

Leonard Egede

Kathryn Flynn, PhD (GIM, PCOR)
Qualitative analysis, decision making, infertility

Joseph Gravel, Jr, MD, FAAFP (DFCM Chair) 

Thomas Heinreich, MD (Psychiatry/Family Medicine)
Primary care and behavioral health integration

Katinka Hooyer

Geoffrey C Lamb, MD (GIM)
Patient safety, Quality Improvement, Transitions in Care

Brent Logan, PhD (IHS, Biostats)
Biostatistics, collaborative teams

Cheryl Maurana, PhD (VP Academic Outreach, Director AHW Endowment)
Public health research, community-academic partnerships, multidisciplinary education, consensus building

Marlene Melzer Lange, MD (PEDS)
Pediatric/adolescent emergency medicine, inter-personal violence, domestic violence in pediatrics

Ann B. Nattinger, MD, MPH (GIM)
Health services research, care patterns and outcomes in early stage breast cancer

Joan M. Neuner, MD, MPH (GIM, PCOR)
Osteoporosis screening, clinical epidemiology, quality of care for women with fractures, fracture risk factors, and breast cancer survivors 

James Sanders, MD (DFCM, CSM Residency)
CBPR, Community-based chronic disease management

Lynn Sheets, MD (PEDS), Child Protection Center
Child physical and sexual abuse, child neglect, domestic violence and childhood injuries

Pippa Simpson, PhD (Biostatistics, QHS)
Biostatistics, community health, Pharmacogenetics, cardiology, gastroenterology

Rodney Sparapani, PhD (Biostatistics, IHS)
Biostatistics, methodological research, treatment and outcomes for cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease

Ryan Spellecy, PhD (Bioethics, IHS)
Research ethics, informed consent, ethics in psychiatry, community involvement in research

Melinda Stolley, PhD, MA (GIM)
Cancer prevention and control, community engaged research, health behavior change, obesity

Marie Wolff, PhD (DFCM, CHCR)
Sociology, qualitative methods

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Carletta Rhodes, MBA, Education Program Coordinator II
(414) 955-8291 |

Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226