Jennifer Weiss Appointed to AGA Ethics Committee

Dr. Jennifer Weiss was recently appointed to the American Gastroenterological Association’s Ethics Committee, whose mission is to support the AGA Institute’s core value to promote the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the field of gastroenterology. The committee is currently working on clinical vignettes to promote discussion around ethical issues in gastroenterology, and will… Read more »


Ann Sheehy Testifies Before Congress on 2-Midnight Rule

Dr. Ann Sheehy testified at the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommitee on Health hearing on current hospital issues in the Medicare program last week. She spoke about the clinical impact of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “2-midnight rule,” which classifies most hospital encounters of less than 2 midnights… Read more »


Dr. Nasia Safdar Wins Excellence in Patient Engagement Award

Dr. Nasia Safdar recently won the John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement. This award recognizes individuals and healthcare provider institutions that are changing the face of healthcare by using innovative programs and approaches that increase patient and family engagement. Read more about the award and Dr. Safdar’s innovative approach to involving patients… Read more »


5-Year Randomized Controlled Trial of C-TraC Funded by NIA

The NIH-National Institute on Aging has just funded a 5 year Project (Project PI: Dr. Amy Kind) for a prospective, single-blind randomized controlled trial of the Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) program. The primary goal of this study is to determine C-TraC’s impact on 30-day rehospitalizations, caregiver stress, and the patient-centered post-hospital outcomes of delirium prevention/resolution, functional… Read more »


Brock Polnaszek Selected for MSTAR Award

Brock Polnaszek was selected as one of the national recipients of the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) awards sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research and the National Institutes on Aging. His study, under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Kind and Dr. Sanjay Asthana, will aim to deternine the accuracy of written… Read more »


Dr. Amy Kind Invited to Participate on CMS Technical Expert Panel

Dr. Amy Kind has been invited to participate on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panel on re-evaluating hospital-level measures of 30-day post-discharge care transitions for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), and pneumonia. This panel will re-evaluate three measures that are currently endorsed by the National Quality… Read more »


High Blood Pressure Undertreated in Young Adults

A recent study by Dr. Heather Johnson et al. found that only 34% of 18-39 year old adults with hypertension started antihypertensive medications or achieved blood pressure control within a mean follow-up period of 20 months. The article was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and featured in US News & World Report(link is external), MedPage Today, Health Magazine,, and the Tomah Journal.


Nancy Pandhi and Gretchen Schwarze Receive WPP New Investigator Awards

Dr. Nancy Pandhi and Dr. Gretchen Schwarze have been selected to receive New Investigator awards from the Wisconsin Partnership Program for their projects, “Aligning Preferences in Older Adults with Decision for High Risk Surgery” and “The Effectiveness of an Integrated Mental Health and Primary Care Model for Wisconsin Patients with Severe Mental Illness,” respectively.  Read more about the… Read more »


Elizabeth Cox Re-Appointed to Serve on PCORI Advisory Panel

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Population Health Sciences, has been re-appointed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to serve on their Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems (IHS). The Advisory Panel on IHS is one of four panels to provide expertise and feedback on scientific and technical… Read more »