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Campus Address: 

Room 210-31
800 University Bay Dr
Madison, WI 53705

Campus Phone Number: 
(608) 262-4802

Maureen Smith, MD, MPH, PhD

  • Professor, Departments of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine


Dr. Smith is a Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Departments of Population Health Sciences, and Family Medicine.

Her research program examines the effectiveness of our health care system for aging and chronically ill persons. She is currently examining guideline adherence and short/long-term health outcomes in patients with diabetes (R01 HS018368), the effect of paying for virtual colonoscopy on colorectal cancer screening (R01 CA144835), and improving diabetes quality reports for persons with multiple chronic conditions (R21 HS021899). She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in journals including JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Medical Care, Health Services Research, and Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Her leadership positions include the Director of the UW Health Innovation Program, Director of the Community Academic Partnerships core of the NIH-CTSA funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and Associate Director for Population Sciences at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Her educational activities include teaching two graduate courses in translating research into practice and the quality of healthcare and patient safety, and mentoring and advising clinical faculty, fellows, residents, medical students, and undergraduates. In 2009, she received the AHRQ John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award.

Dr. Smith received MD and MPH degrees from Yale University School of Medicine, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration in 1999.

Courses Taught:
In the Population Health graduate program, Dr. Smith developed and teaches the introductory course in type 2 translational research (PHS 709). She is also the lead instructor in developing a course in quality of healthcare and patient safety (PHS 703) to serve graduate students in both the Population Health program and Industrial Engineering. She also gives lectures on Quality of Care, Patient Safety, and Quantitative Methods in Population Health for students in the Population Health Sciences PhD Program, Masters of Public Health Program, and other graduate programs within the School of Medicine and Public Health.

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  • 2013-Present Professor, Departments of Population Health and Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • 2008-Present Associate Director for Population Sciences, UW Carbone Cancer Center
  • 2008-Present Affiliate Faculty, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin College of Engineering
  • 2008-Present Member of NIH Health Services Organization and Delivery Study Section
  • 2007-Present Director for Community-Academic Partnerships, University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
  • 2006-Present Director, Health Innovation Program, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • 2001-Present Associate Director (2001-2007), Director (2007-present), AHRQ T32 Training Grant in Health Services Research and Quality Improvement
  • 2009-2013 Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health, Family Medicine, and Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • 2006-2009 Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Family Medicine, Universityof Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Recent Honors/Awards

  • 2013 Fellow, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program
  • 2009 AHRQ John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award
  • 2007 Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society – Alumni Recognition
  • 1998 Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society – Student Recognition

Select Publications

Johnson HM, Bartels CM, Thorpe CT, Schumacher JR, Pandhi N, Smith MA. “Differential diagnosis and treatment rates between systolic and diastolic hypertension in young adults: a multi-disciplinary observational study.” J Clin Hypertens (in press).

Ho AK, Thorpe CT, Pandhi N, Palta M, Smith MA, Johnson HM. Association of anxiety and depression with hypertension control: A US multidisciplinary group practice observational study. J Hypertens (in press).

Magnan EM, Gittelson R, Bartels CM, Johnson HM, Pandhi N, Jacobs EA, Smith MA. “Establishing chronic condition concordance and discordance with diabetes: a Delphi study.” BMC Fam Pract 2015;16(1):42.

Holden TR, Smith MA, Bartels CM, Campbell TC, Yu M, Kind AJH. “Hospice enrollment, local hospice utilization patterns, and rehospitalization in Medicare patients. J Palliat Med (in press).

Wallace ML, Magnan EM, Thorpe CT, Schumacher JR, Smith MA, Johnson HM. “Diagnosis and treatment of incident hypertension among patients with diabetes: a U.S. multi-disciplinary group practice observational study.” J Gen Intern Med 2015;30:768-776. PMC Journal – in progress.

Leal TB, Holden T, Cavalcante L, Allen GO, Schumacher JR, Smith MA, Weiss JM, Neuman HB, LoConte NK. “Colon cancer staging in vulnerable older adults: Adherence to national guidelines and impact on survival.” Ann Hematol Oncol 2014;1(3):6.

Bartels CM, Wong JC, Johnson SL, Thorpe CT, Barney NP, Sheibani, N, Smith, MA. “Rheumatoid arthritis and prevalence of diabetic retinopathy.” Rheumatology (In Press).

Magnan EM, Palta M, Johnson HM, Bartels CM, Schumacher JR, Smith MA. "The impact of a patient's concordant and discordant chronic conditions on diabetes care quality measures." J Diabetes Complications 2015;29(2):288-94.

Johnson HM, Olson AG, LaMantia JN, Kind AJH, Pandhi N, Mendonça EA, Craven M, Smith MA. “Documented lifestyle counseling among young adults with incident hypertension.” J Gen Intern Med 2015:30(5):556-64.

Thorpe CT, Johnson HM, Dopp AL, Thorpe JM, Ronk K, Everett CM, Palta M, Mott DA, Chewning BA, Schleiden LJ, Smith MA. “Medication oversupply in patients with diabetes.” Res Social Adm Pharm (in press).

Kind AJH, Jencks S, Brock J, Yu M, Bartels C, Ehlenback W, Greenberg C, Smith MA. “Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and 30 Day Rehospitalizations: An Analysis of Medicare Data.” Ann Intern Med 2014;161(11):765-74.

Schmocker RK, Caretta-Weyer H, Weiss JM, Ronk K, Havlena J, LoConte NK, Decker M, Smith MA, Greenberg CC, Neuman HB. “Determining breast cancer axillary surgery within the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results-Mediare database.” J Surg Oncol 2014;109(8):756-9.

Johnson HM, Thorpe CT, Bartels CM, Schumacher JR, Palta M, Pandhi N, Sheehy AM, Smith MA. “Antihypertensive medication initiation among young adults with regular primary care use.” J Gen Intern Med 2014;39(5):723-31.

Weiss JM, Schumacher J, Allen GO, Neuman H, O’Connor Lange E, LoConte NK, Greenberg CC, Smith MA. “Adjuvant chemotherapy for stage II right- and left-sided colon cancer: Analysis of SEER-Medicare data.” Ann Surg Oncol 2014;21(6):1781-91.

Bartels CM, Johnson H, Voelker KV, Thorpe C, McBride P, Jacobs E, Pandhi N, Smith MA. “Impact of rheumatoid arthritis on receiving a diagnosis of hypertension among patients with regular primary care.” Arthritis Care Res 2014;66(9):1281-8.

Saunders RS, Fernandes-Taylor S, Kind AJH, Engelbert TL, Greenberg CC, Smith MA, Matsumura JS, Kent KC. “Rehospitalization to primary versus different facilities following abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.” J Vasc Surg 2014;59(6):1502-10.
Everett CM, Thorpe CT, Palta M, Carayon P, Gilchrist VJ, Smith MA. “Characterization of primary care PA/NP roles for patients with diabetes.” JAAPA 2014;27(4):45-9.