Asma Ali, Pharm D, PhDAsma Ali, Pharm D, PhD
Primary Care Research Fellowship

View Fall 2021 Symposium presentation – “Med Use and Self-Management Behavior in Muslim Patients w/ Type 2 Diabetes

Asma Ali, Pharm D, PhD, is a Palestinian American who grew up in Jordan. She received her Pharm D from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, and her PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy from the University of Georgia. Asma enjoyed working closely with patients at a hospital pharmacy in Jordan, counseling them, and helping improve their use of medications. This direct encounter with patients helped her understand the importance of examining patient-reported outcomes to improve the quality of care. As a Palestinian refugee who lived in Jordan, Asma is well aware of how scarce healthcare resources could impact health outcomes. Consequently, her research in the PhD program focused on studying health services and outcomes in underserved communities. Asma’s dissertation work assessed factors that may impact health outcomes and access to prescription medications in patients with diabetes receiving care at Federally Qualified Health Centers. During her fellowship, Asma plans to expand on her doctorate research by evaluating health services and their implementation in underserved communities. While Asma’s ongoing goal is to help improve health outcomes in the United States, her long-term goal is to utilize her expertise to help communities all over the world including the Middle East and Africa regions. Outside of research, Asma enjoys creating Palestinian cross-stitch embroidery “Tatreez” pieces, hiking, camping, and cycling.

Sara Brady, PA-CSara Brady, PA-C
Academic Integrative Health Fellowship

A native of Grand Rapids, MI, Sara Brady PA-C earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. She later moved to North Chicago, IL where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine Science. After starting her career in Seattle, she moved to Madison in 2019 and began working in the Integrative Family Medicine clinic at UW Health. Sara enjoys family medicine because she appreciates the longitudinal relationships that are built with patients and their families. She found that an Integrative approach to health is truly the best “medicine,” leading her to pursue further knowledge and treatment modalities via fellowship. Outside of medicine, Sara lives to travel the world, try new recipes with her husband, and spend as much time outside as possible.

Alyssa Bruehlman, MDAlyssa Bruehlman, MD
Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Alyssa Bruehlman received her B.A. from Emory University, her M.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed her family medicine residency followed by a yearlong academic fellowship at University of Wisconsin in Madison. She is excited to be expanding her knowledge and skillset as a fellow within the UW Addiction Medicine Program. She is specifically interested in integrated addiction and perinatal care as a unique opportunity to support families and to engage pregnant patients in treatment and recovery. She also practices part-time at Wingra Family Medical Center and hopes to provide integrated addiction and primary care services at an FQHC or community health center in her eventual career after fellowship. In her life away from work, Alyssa enjoys sharing meals with family, spending time outdoors, and making fledgling attempts at baking and gardening.

Tana Chongsuwat, MDTana Chongsuwat, MD
Primary Care Research Fellowship

View Fall 2021 Symposium presentation – “Cervical Cancer Health Facility Assessments in Gulu, Uganda

Tana Chongsuwat, MD grew up in Chicago, earned a bachelor’s from Loyola University Chicago, a medical degree from Avalon University School of Medicine in Curacao and finished her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Oklahoma, completing a global health track and serving as chief resident. After residency, she joined the University of Oklahoma as a clinical assistant professor in the outpatient setting while also providing inpatient care in rural communities and telehealth urgent care. She joins the Primary Care Research Fellowship to focus on the evaluation and implementation of a cervical cancer prevention, screening, and early treatment program in low-resource settings while also evaluating the educational aspects of global health training for bi-directional learners. Throughout her education and career, Dr. Chongsuwat has committed her work to underserved and disadvantaged populations, particularly in global communities. Dr. Chongsuwat works with students from the undergraduate to residency level on creating global partnerships to empower communities through collaboration and education.

Muhammad Daud, MDMuhammad Daud, MD
LGBTQ+ Health Fellowship

Muhammad Daud (he/him) grew up in Pakistan where he received his medical education at the National University of Sciences and Technology. He recently completed his residency in Family Medicine at the UC Davis-affiliated San Joaquin General Hospital Family Medicine Program in Northern California.

Before starting residency, Muhammad completed a Global Health Fellowship with Global Health Corps where he worked with New York City’s Health Department to improve and expand HIV prevention and care services across the city as part of its wider efforts to end the HIV epidemic. During his residency he led the establishment of LGBTQ and HIV care services in San Joaquin County in partnership with local legislators and the San Joaquin Pride Center. Muhammad’s long-term goal is to work at the intersection of clinical medicine and public health and to become a more insightful and confident advocate for LGBTQ acceptance and health equity globally.

Outside work, Muhammad enjoys boardgames, reading, and staying active, whether at the gym or on an occasional bike ride or hike. More recently he has been learning how to ski—one fall at a time.

Jane Evered, PhD, RNJane Evered, PhD, RN
Primary Care Research Fellowship

View Fall 2021 Symposium presentation – “Experiences of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in Acute and Long COVID

Jane Evered, PhD, RN is a registered nurse and nurse scientist passionate about relational care and qualitative approaches to inquiry. She completed her undergraduate studies in Human Biology at Stanford University where she studied the educational experiences of youth who manage chronic illnesses. Moving to Philadelphia, she pursued an accelerated bachelor’s in nursing program and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation. Dr. Evered’s program of research has centered on end-of-life experiences of adolescents and young adults with life-limiting illnesses and injuries, with a particular focus on social experiences. During the Primary Care Research Fellowship, Dr. Evered strives to pursue research and advocacy collaborations that work towards improving person, family, friend, and clinician experiences of health & healthcare.

Margaretta Gergen, DOMargaretta Gergen, DO
LGBTQ+ Health Fellowship

Margaretta Gergen, DO, (she/her) grew up outside of Washington D.C, but spent many holidays visiting family in Beaver Dam and Madison. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnomusicology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and received her Osteopathic Medical Degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. Margaretta’s professional aspirations are to be a part of a health care system that provides empowering and equitable care to communities historically discriminated against by the health care system. She has particular passions in inclusive obstetrics and gynecological care, HIV prevention/treatment, gender affirming care, addiction medicine, and homeless medicine.

Outside of work, Margaretta enjoys cuddling with her geriatric dogs, watching documentaries, and traveling. She is excited to be a part of the first LGBTQ+ fellowship class and to spend time with her extended family here in Madison.

Brenna Gibbons, MDBrenna Gibbons, MD
Academic Fellowship

Brenna Gibbons grew up in the tiny town of Coon Valley, WI, nestled in the Driftless area. Brenna moved to Decorah, IA to earn her degree in biology. While in Decorah, she coached collegiate basketball, volunteered with Iowa Hospice and a free clinic, and gained an appreciation for tightly knit communities. Brenna returned to Wisconsin to attend medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. While in Madison, Brenna co-founded the Alumnus Project, a non-profit organization promoting cycling in the Madison area and encouraging kids to ride bikes. She stayed in Madison to complete her Family Medicine Residency with UW and served as a chief resident at the Belleville Clinic her third year. She is particularly interested in hospital medicine, geriatric and palliative care, addiction medicine, and medical ethics. During fellowship, she will focus on helping residents employ bioethics principles in patient care and foster expert communication with patients and families. Additionally, she aspires to develop simulation opportunities for residents to improve readiness for rapid responses in the hospital. In her free time, Brenna enjoys singing and playing with her family band, competitive cycling, running, fishing, coaching youth athletics, and writing.

Rebecca Kellum, MDRebecca Kellum, MD
Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Rebecca Kellum, MD, grew up in Caribou, a small town in northern Maine, and spent her high school and college years in Chicagoland. She earned her medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed her internal medicine residency training at John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Rebecca was drawn to the field of addiction medicine after beginning to prescribe buprenorphine in her primary care practice with SSM Dean in Madison. In addition to finding the clinical work very rewarding, she valued being able to engage as a physician in advocacy around health care equity. She brings to the Addiction Medicine Fellowship specific interests in health care for people who are incarcerated; the complex social medicine of chronic pain management; processes for dismantling stigma within healthcare settings; and engagement in collaborative, non-reformist reform within public health. Rebecca’s non-working hours are generally filled with reading, gardening, canoeing, running, Argentine Tango, and hanging out with her three kids.

Julie Kirsch, PhDJulie Kirsch, PhD
Primary Care Research Fellowship

View Fall 2021 Symposium presentation – “Smoking and Contextual Social Determinants of COVID-19 Disease Severity…

Julie Kirsch, PhD, is a northern Minnesota native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and later moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for her MS degree in Experimental Psychology from Western Washington University. Returning to her midwestern roots, she completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Supported by pre-doctoral fellowships through the Institute on Aging and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging, her program of research focused on the interplay between psychosocial factors and the economic impacts of the 2008 Great Recession in relation to health inequities. With the Primary Care Research Fellowship, Dr. Kirsch will work with the University of Wisconsin Center of Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) to address inequities in smoking. Following a team-science approach, she aims to study the effectiveness of community and primary care based interventions in reducing barriers to quitting smoking and the impacts of social and economic stressors on smoking and health inequities. Outside of research, she engages in science communication and outreach, including debunking wellness fads that that have both obvious and hidden harms to health and well-being. To destress, she enjoys science fiction reading binges and weight-lifting.

David Mallinson, PhDDavid Mallinson, PhD
Primary Care Research Fellowship

David Mallinson is an epidemiologist and health services researcher who uses administrative health care data to investigate a broad range of questions in maternal and child health. His substantive areas of research include estimating the harms of adverse birth outcomes on early-life development and evaluating the impact of prenatal care interventions on families’ health and health care. His methodological areas of research include developing strategies to estimate health-related spillover effects within families and validating birth record data. David earned his PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2021. Before starting the Primary Care Research Fellowship, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas-Austin Population Research Center. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, bike riding, cooking, and going to museums.

Adam Pfaller, MDAdam Pfaller, MD
Sports Medicine Fellowship

Adam Pfaller was born and raised in West Allis, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for college where he graduated with a degree in Kinesiology-Exercise and Movement Science. After college, he coached youth football and high school track and field as well as worked doing concussion and low back pain research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He returned to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin-School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school, while also doing research during medical school. He completed his family medicine residency at Ohio State University and now will be returning again to the University of Wisconsin for fellowship. He is excited to return to Madison, learn from and work with the outstanding faculty, resume research, and work with the UW athletes. Outside of work, He enjoys exercising, hiking, traveling and spending time with his family.

Virgnia Richey, DOVirgnia Richey, DO
Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Virginia Richey completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from The University of Colorado and her medical degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She then returned to Colorado to pursue her Family Medicine residency training at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. For the past decade, Virginia has been a family medicine physician and a community preceptor in the Denver area. She brings to the fellowship a longstanding interest in treating substance use disorders, and she is particularly interested in working to bridge the gap between primary care and SUD treatment. She is passionate about challenging the stigma associated with addiction and empowering patients to ask for and access quality, evidence-based, longitudinal care. She also hopes that fellowship training will help her serve as a strong resource for other primary care physicians and healthcare providers who are seeking to integrate addiction medicine into their practices. Some of Virginia’s additional professional interests include harm reduction, variability in recovery pathways, and MAT and SUD treatment in the criminal justice system. Outside of work, Virginia’s interests include road biking, hiking, camping, backpacking, stand-up paddle boarding, gardening, cooking, reading, travel, music, history, podcasts, mandalas, storytelling, and dogs.

Jeremiah Shaw, MDJeremiah Shaw, MD
Academic Integrative Health Fellowship

For Jeremiah Shaw family medicine is a responsibility to deliver equitable care such that health becomes accessible for all. Jeremiah is from Yellow Springs, OH. He earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical science with a minor in integrative health and his medical degree from The Ohio State University. In medical school, Jeremiah chaired the Columbus Free Clinic steering committee which allowed him to advocate beyond basic healthcare for the underserved to addressing deep barriers to health. He completed residency through UW Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health with a focus in Integrative Health. During residency he co-founded the Antiracism Education and Advocacy group (AREA) to educate and promote an antiracist culture within the residency as well as pursue projects with community partners. The group worked to expand voter registration to UW clinics, build antiracism into the residency education structure, and create community health promotion projects. Jeremiah also became certified as an instructor in Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics (ALSO) and completed OMT4MD which began his training in osteopathic manipulation. Integrative health and the comprehensive care of the whole person has been a lifelong pursuit for Jeremiah. He has sought to understand this model from a minor in undergrad, to leading the Students for Integrative Medicine in medical school, to the integrative health track in residency, and now this fellowship. He has sought to care for his colleagues in medicine as well as his patients at every level. To him, the mind, body, and spirit must be in balance to achieve wellness. He hopes to gain more skills and further develop this model for patient care in this fellowship. His medical interests also include community medicine, obstetrics, women’s health, advocacy, antiracism, decolonization, and more. Jeremiah enjoys outdoor activities, running, yoga, hiking, meditation, piano, and anything that keeps him inspired and imaginative.

Nicholas Sullivan, DONicholas Sullivan, DO
Academic Fellowship

Nick grew up in Naperville, IL in the southwest suburbs of Chicago after having lived in Sun Prairie as a toddler. He completed his undergraduate degree in exercise science and Spanish at Creighton University. Following his undergraduate education, he worked as a patient advocate and interpreter in a federally qualified health center where he learned that quality healthcare is more than just physical health and was driven to pursue a career as a physician. Nick attended medical school at Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned a Master of Arts in bioethics as well as his medical degree. Nick spent a fellowship year teaching junior medical students physical exam skills, clinical medicine, and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) while developing skills in teaching methods and studying adult learning theory. Nick participated in medical trips to the Dominican Republic and Guatemala, where his Spanish improved and he developed a passion for caring for Hispanic and Latino communities, and he continues as a bilingual provider today. He completed his residency here in Madison and continues to enjoy the breadth, continuity, and comprehensive nature of family medicine. His specific interests include OB, newborn, and pediatric care, nutrition and wellness, academic medicine, addiction medicine, and bioethics. Nick enjoys running, biking, golf, basketball, tennis, board and card games, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers and the Creighton Bluejays. He also enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and sampling coffees.

Taylor Watterson, Pharm D, PhDTaylor Watterson, Pharm D, PhD
Primary Care Research Fellowship

Taylor Watterson, PharmD, PhD is a licensed pharmacist and health services researcher whose goal is to promote patient medication safety and healthcare professional well-being. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 with a concentration in Community Leadership and Innovation in Practice. She received her Master of Science (2018) and Doctor of Philosophy (2022) degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, Health Services Research in Pharmacy program with a PhD minor in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Taylor’s dissertation research assessed occupational fatigue and burnout in Wisconsin community pharmacists. Throughout her graduate training, she also evaluated the role of novel health information technology to improve communication between ambulatory clinics and outpatient community pharmacies and its ability to enhance patient safety. During her fellowship, Taylor will collaborate with primary care clinicians, pharmacists, human factors experts, and health services researchers to evaluate the role of technology in supporting communication and collaboration between clinics and pharmacies. In addition to academic and research roles, Taylor also practices at several independent community pharmacies throughout the Madison area and enjoys spoiling her two calico kittens.

Justin B. Williams, DrPH, MSPHJustin B. Williams, DrPH, MSPH
Primary Care Research Fellowship

Justin B. Williams’ background includes a BS in Chemistry from Morehouse College, MSPH in Tropical Medicine from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a DrPH in Biostatistics/Epidemiology from Florida A&M University Institute of Public Health.  He is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow/Research Associate continuing his ongoing research on the correlation between North American correctional facilities and HIV infectivity among African American males. He theorized that constructing preventative measures to isolate and suppress the viral load of each HIV infected prisoner before released the infection rate of African American women (thus the entire Black community) could/should be significantly reduced.

TMichael Williams, MDMichael Williams, MD
Academic Integrative Health Fellowship

Michael Williams earned his medical degree at the University of Colorado. He completed residency in family medicine at McKay-Dee Family Medicine Residency in Ogden, Utah. Following residency, he enjoyed practicing full-spectrum rural family medicine in Shawano, Wisconsin for sixteen years. He is passionate about preventive health and partnering with patients to develop lifestyles that optimize the health of their mind, body, and spirit. Mike has had an interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine since studying Chinese and living in China during his undergraduate education. During Medical School, he studied Guolin Qigong in an integrative cancer treatment program in Beijing, China. He has also completed training in acupuncture. Mike is pursuing further training with the Integrative Health Fellowship in part because of his interest in creating equitable models of care that better address the whole health of individuals and communities. In addition to participating in the Integrative Health Fellowship, he will also be working in the Yahara Integrative Family Medicine Clinic. Outside of medicine, Mike enjoys spending time with family, traveling, windsurfing, sailing and mountain biking.

Investing in the Future

The UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is consistently ranked as one of the top family medicine departments in the country. The Department is committed to developing and maintaining exemplary family medicine educational programs for medical students, resident physicians, physician assistants, and other allied health professionals.

Fellowship Programs

The Department sponsors several fellowship programs designed to assist physicians further meet their career goals. The program currently includes training opportunities in:

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