WREN was founded in 1987, and is one of the oldest and most respected practice-based research networks in the United States. Over the years, WREN has drawn on the experience and insight of practicing clinicians to conduct quality improvement and research projects using rigorous research methods.


Historic WREN logos starting at left with the first logo from 1987.

Future Directions

WREN word cloud

Created by WREN Advisory Council on January 19, 2022

Wisconsin Research & Education Network (WREN)

WREN Directors

  • John Beasley, MD (Founder) 1987 – 2001
  • Mike Fleming, MD, PhD (Interim) 2001
  • Jon Temte, MD, PhD 2001 – 2006
  • Paul Smith, MD 2006 – 2012
  • Valerie Gilchrist, MD (Interim) 2012
  • David Hahn, MD, MS (2013-2019)
  • Paul Hunter, MD  2019-2021
  • Sarina Schrager, MD, MS  Present