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.

Megan Bartz, MDMegan Bartz, MD
Academic Integrative Health Fellowship

Megan Bartz enjoys family medicine because it provides longitudinal care, fosters strong relationships with patients, and cares for all people. She is a native Wisconsinite and grew up in Eau Claire, WI. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse and her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her family medicne residency with the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Her special interests in medicine include women’s health and integrative health. She appreciates the ability to care for the whole person and to help her patients along on their own health journeys. Outside of medicine, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and their three dogs.

Taylor Boland, MDTaylor Boland, MD
Academic Fellowship

Taylor Boland views family medicine as more than just patient care. She has a wide variety of interests within family medicine, both inside and outside of the clinic walls; she plans to focus on Addiction Medicine and advocacy during her Academic fellowship. Taylor is from rural Stoddard, WI (near La Crosse). She received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. Taylor returned to Wisconsin to earn her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her residency here at the University of Wisconsin Family Medicine Residency Program in the Rural Health Equity Track. She will continue to see patients at the Belleville Clinic during her fellowship year. Taylor has been involved with several professional medical societies throughout residency, advocating for a variety of policies such as advanced directives and opioid use disorder. She has met with legislators on several occasions to discuss upcoming bills and how they impact the healthcare system. She will focus on introducing residents to organized medicine and local advocacy, as well as engaging them in the policy-making process. Her interest in Addiction Medicine started in medical school and has grown throughout residency. She hopes to expand access to treatment for opioid use disorder within the residency program and improve access to treatment for all patients throughout the state. Taylor can often be found outdoors running, hunting, cheering on any Wisconsin sports team, or hanging out with her family and young daughter.

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.

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.

KJ Hansmann, MD, MPHKJ Hansmann, MD, MPH
Primary Care Research Fellowship

View Fall 2021 Symposium presentation – “Neighborhood Walkability and Social Isolation Among Older Adults

After completing her Family Medicine Residency with the DFMCH, KJ Hansmann joined the Primary Care Research Fellowship to evaluate population health interventions that address social determinants of health. Her medical education and career have been greatly informed by a desire to make positive change in the communities where patients live. As an undergraduate, Dr. Hansmann’s political advocacy and community organizing efforts taught her that health begins where people live, learn, work, and play. As a medical student and Family Medicine resident, Dr. Hansmann participated in multiple projects outside of clinical duties that aimed to create safe spaces for people to live healthy, active lives. Dr. Hansmann continues to partner with Lake View Elementary School and local advocacy organizations near her home clinic, Northeast Family Medical Center, and strives to integrate her interest in community-based projects with her research goals during the fellowship.

Tom Harris, MDTom Harris, MD
Sports Medicine Fellowship

Tom Harris, MD grew up in Davenport, IA and graduated with a biology degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, where he also participated in cross country and track. After college, he worked as a medical scribe for one year in an emergency room before attending the University of Iowa for medical school. He just finished up his residency in pediatrics here at the University of Wisconsin and is excited to stay here for fellowship as well. He is looking forward to practicing in both the sports medicine field and primary care and is interested in research that blends the two. He is also excited to get experience working with the Badger athletes. Outside of work, he enjoys running and exploring the trails and parks around Madison and Wisconsin with his wife and dog.

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 Leinweber, MDDavid Leinweber, MD
Addiction Medicine Fellowship

A Wisconsin native, David Leinweber completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison before earning his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He then went on to complete his residency training at the Waukesha Family Medicine Residency Program. David is passionate about addiction medicine and also hopes to incorporate teaching into his career. He plans to bring the training he gains during fellowship to a practice in the Madison area. In his spare time, David enjoys road and mountain biking.

Maria Mora Pinzon, MD, MSMaria Mora Pinzon, MD, MS
Primary Care Research Fellowship

View Fall 2021 Symposium presentation – “Using Social Media to Disseminate Culturally Appropriate COVID Information

Maria Mora Pinzon is a physician-scientist with a background in health services research, health equity research, and preventive medicine. After earning her medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Dr. Mora Pinzon gained an MS in Clinical Research from Rush University. Dr. Mora Pinzon joined the Primary Care Research Fellowship following a research position at the Community-Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN) in Madison. Through her work in preventive medicine, Dr. Mora Pinzon seeks to promote voices from underrepresented communities and to encourage organizations to take necessary steps to be inclusive in ways that resonate with cultural values and account for the diversity that exists within communities of color. Dr. Mora Pinzon’s current research aims to increase understanding of barriers that Hispanic/Latino and African American communities experience when seeking care for geriatric conditions. Through understanding these barriers, she hopes to develop research approaches that will improve early diagnosis and build community trust in researchers and their institutions.

Laurel Rabson, MDLaurel Rabson, MD
VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addictions Treatment

Laurel Rabson is an internal medicine MD in the VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the William S Middleton Memorial VA in Madison, WI. She earned her BS in microbiology at Cornell University and her MD at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.  She  completed her internal medicine residency at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI. She spent the next 24 years in general internal medicine practice at the Dean Medical Center in Madison,  specializing in complex medical management of geriatric patients. As she began to see more patients with substance use disorders, she  decided to pursue further training in addiction medicine thru the VA Fellowship.  Her clinical interests are in increasing recognition and treatment of substance use disorders within the primary care setting and increasing use of medications for treatment of alcohol use disorder.  She is involved in expanding education on SUDs for medical trainees and medical teams, to promote improved care for patients with SUDs as they interact with the medical system.

Phil Sasser, MD, MScPhil Sasser, MD, MSc
Sports Medicine Fellowship

Phil Sasser, MD, MSc was raised in Fredericksburg, VA. Dr. Sasser earned an undergraduate degree in Environmental Chemistry from Colorado College prior to completing his Masters in Physiology from Georgetown University. Dr. Sasser attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA and completed his Family Medicine residency at the University of Virginia (UVA). Dr. Sasser’s research interests in sports medicine include concussion prevention, identification and management, heat strokes, and early sport specialization. Primary care procedures are also of significant interest for Dr. Sasser; he has experience leading the development of an online library of primary care procedure videos for learning purposes. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Sasser’s interests include wilderness medicine, mountain biking, fishing, and farming. Dr. Sasser plans to continue high level clinical coverage of sports teams in an academic position either immediately following fellowship or after time in small group Family Medicine or Orthopedics practice.

Anna Wijatyk, MDAnna Wijatyk, MD
Academic Integrative Health Fellowship

Anna Wijatyk, MD grew up between Vancouver, British Columbia and Phoenix, Arizona. She completed her undergraduate work at Southern Adventist University, earning a bachelor of science in biochemistry with honors. Before medical school, she spent a year in Chad, Africa as a hospital and public health volunteer, which was formative to her journey into medicine. She obtained her medical degree from Loma Linda School of Medicine, and continued on at Loma Linda to complete her training in Family Medicine. She joins the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at UW to pursue her passion to merge integrative medicine and primary care, ultimately treating the “root cause” of disease. She wants to offer her patients multi-modal interventions for chronic health conditions including acupuncture, mind-body-medicine, and herbal medicine. Outside of work, Anna enjoys spending time with her dog, tending to her houseplants, cooking, hiking, weight training, and traveling.

Larry Wu, MDLarry Wu, MD
Academic Integrative Health Fellowship

Larry Wu has spent most of his life in the Midwest, living in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Athens, Ohio before earning his bachelor’s in biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. He then completed both medical school and residency in family medicine at the University of Toledo. He chose family medicine because he wanted to see and treat some of everything, as well as really get to know his patients and families. He pursued further training in the integrative medicine fellowship as its approach to healing the patient aligned with his values and desired approach to medicine. He hopes to incorporate acupuncture and osteopathic manipulative treatment as additional healing modalities in his future practice. Outside of medicine, Larry enjoys playing tennis and cooking.

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