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Robert Redwood, MD, MPH (2014-2016)

Bobby Redwood, MD, MPH is Chief of Emergency Medicine at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton MA. Bobby has guided the 36,000 visit ED through three waves of COVID while tackling a number of initiatives related to his health systems track at the UW PMR. These include building an ED ultrasound program to decrease iodinizing radiation exposure in ED work-ups; spearheading a system-wide alternatives to opioids pain control initiative; and embarking on a $15 million renovation and expansion of the ED which will be one of the first of its kind to take into account patient flow in light of COVID-relevant infection control principle

“My experience in the Preventive Medicine Residency was great, but the mentorship from Drs. Remington and Pillai was particularly high-yield, especially their emphasis on scholarly work and networking. My favorite rotations included my 3-month stint with the State Health Innovation Plan’s Alternative Payment Model work group and my rotation at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Department of Quality Improvement.”

Karina Atwell, MD, MPH (2014-2016)

Karina Atwell, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor, at the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She continue to explore more teaching roles within the medical school curriculum, most recently as a Quality Improvement Coach for med student teams completing their primary care clinical rotations and associated QI projects, and facilitating PaCE (Patient Centered Education) case-based learning groups. Her Community Health Curriculum team has collaborated with a doctoral candidate student from the School of Education on a large curriculum evaluation of our residency Community and Population Health Curriculum, aiming to blaze new trails in approaches on how we can best evaluate the academic-community partner environment for both faculty and learner collaborations.

“Preventive Medicine has naturally supplemented my clinical care and teaching responsibilities as co-director of our residency Community and Population Health Curriculum. I am better able to collaborate with community and public health partners and advocate for these skills in our Family Medicine residents and medical student learners thanks to my PM training.”

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Elizabeth Stein, MD, MS (2015-2017)

Elizabeth Stein, MD, MS is an Occupational Medicine Physician for the US Bureau of Prisons. Following my training at UW in Preventive Medicine, I worked for four years as a clinical Occupational Medicine physician for a private practice, seeing patients with work injuries and performing evaluations for employees for fitness for duty, pre-employment exams, and Department of Transportation exams. These clinical skills, combined with epidemiological and population health background that I obtained at the UW Preventive Medicine residency program, has prepared her in her current role.

As an occupational medicine physician for the federal Bureau of Prisons, she works with a team that includes other occupational medicine physicians and industrial hygienists.  They oversee the occupational health of the agency’s 36,000 employees and maintain safe labor practices for inmates working in the federal prison system.

“My residency training taught me to apply a broad public health perspective, making a difference in the health of many through policy development and environmental interventions in the workplace. Also, during residency I obtained strong research skills in epidemiology and plan to continue to publish in my field.  I truly enjoy my career and would not be where I am without the mentorship and experiences that I had through the UW Preventive Medicine program.”

 

Maria Mora Pinzon, MD, MS (2015-2017)

Dr. Mora Pinzon received her MD from the Universidad Central de Venezuela – Escuela Jose Maria Vargas, a master’s degree in Clinical Research from Rush University (Chicago, IL), and completed Preventive Medicine Residency at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW-Madison) in 2017. She is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health and is currently a primary care research fellow at the UW-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and a scientist with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. She is working in health equity and its intersection with dissemination and implementation science in Latinx and African American communities, particularly for geriatric topics: falls, management of chronic diseases, and healthcare access for patients living with dementias and their caregivers.

“My preventive medicine training allowed me to explore multiple types of research and health systems initiatives that can be used to promote health in communities. It was an opportunity to explore my interests and learn from multiple experts in the field how to connect my work with my passions.”

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Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH (2016-2018)

Dr. Zapata is the Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Community Health at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and an Assistant Professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health She is also an award-winning author, public health strategist, researcher, and physician. Her focus is on utilizing innovative, community-centered, and system shifting strategies to impact health outcomes for children and families in a radical way. She is double-board certified in the fields of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and works as a UW Newborn Nursery Hospitalist practicing at Meriter Hospital. She is also an assistant professor at the University of WI School of Medicine and Public Health where she is a Centennial scholar and serves in a variety of clinical, research, teaching and leadership roles aimed at increasing diversity in medicine and achieving maternal child health equity locally and nationally. Outside of the hospital, she is passionate about youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship, book writing, singing, playing volleyball and spending time with family. Her ultimate mission in life is to use her infectious energy, gifts, and passions to “heal, uplift and inspire”.

“The Preventive Medicine training I received is so valuable because it has provided me with program planning skills, deep community connections, a health equity lens for all my work, research experience, public health experience, credibility in my field, excellent mentorship and endless career opportunities.”

Diego Tamez, MD, MPH (2016-2018)

Diego Tamez, MD, MPH is from Ponce, PR. He attended medical school at The University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and completed an internship and PGY-2 at the University of South Florida in Internal Medicine. During that time he realized he wanted to pivot from a heavily hospital based program towards one that offered a preventive focus. He spent one year as a general practitioner, when he found preventive medicine, and it became clear that it was a path which he could follow to fulfill his career. After graduating from the UW Preventive Medicine Residency, he became a full time staff physician in Primary Care at the Indian Health Services Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center in Oregon. He is now a Primary Care Physician at the South East Community Based Outpatient Clinic, within the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, AZ.

“Preventive medicine gave me a set of analytical skills that worked to fine tune my ability to understand complex data sets in medical literature. Also, it gave me a broader perspective of the application of epidemiology in clinical medicine as a way of disease prevention. Such tools are helpful when dealing with large panel of patients in primary care, which can improve effectiveness in prevention of the complications of chronic diseases in vulnerable populations.”

Lia Kostiuk, MD, MPH (2017-2019)

Lia graduated medical school from Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela. Before starting her residency training at the University of Wisconsin, she worked in industry clinical trials at William Beaumont Hospital. She was also part of the nutrition department of WHO where she worked in systematic reviews in nutrition for global policy making. She joined Otsuka pharmaceutical in 2019 as part of the ACPM – Otsuka collaboration program as a safety physician. She was recently promoted to Associate Director and supports products in both cardio renal and infectious disease therapeutic areas. She also participates in the Otsuka Medical Advisory Committee (OMAC) and the COVID-19 task force, part of the company’s efforts to provide evidence-based input for company responses to COVID-19 and the return to work initiatives.

“My preventive medicine training has been extremely valuable. I apply my training in preventive medicine and public health daily while working on patient safety and surveillance in pharmacovigilance.”

Odilichi Ezenwanne, MD, MPH (2017-2019)

Odilichi Ezenwanne, MD, MPH is a Clinical Coordinator/Primary care Physician at the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services in Tunica, MS. After medical school, he was a medical officer providing community health services to a number of hard-to-reach underserved rural settlements in Nigeria. After a few years in this position, an intense desire to improve the quality and range of services he was providing eventually led him to the University of Connecticut where he completed two years of preliminary surgical training. He returned to Nigeria where he took an appointment as a manager and clinical provider at a private practice with a bias for preventive medicine located in Abuja. He also spent time as a volunteer with a faith-based organization providing free medical counseling and conducting medical outreach programs to underserved communities around the Abuja metropolis. It was at this time that he discovered the Preventive Medicine Residency program and has not looked back since.

“The preventive medicine training has transformed the way I provide clinical care into a more comprehensive approach, at the individual level I have increased the attention I pay to the diverse social determinants that impact my patients’ health outside of clinical care, while at the population level, I incorporate data-driven evidence-based strategies to engage the community with a goal of improving their aggregate health.”

Margaret Nolan, MD, MS (2018-2020)

Margaret Nolan, MD, MS is a physician-scientist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is also Assistant Director of the UW Preventive Medicine Residency Program, mentoring residents in the cancer prevention and control track. Maggie’s background is in Social Epidemiology and Family Medicine. Prior to coming to the University of Wisconsin, she was a Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic, focusing on peri-operative smoking cessation research and intervention programs. She has a particular interest in clinical tobacco dependence treatment in cancer patients and traditionally hard-to-reach populations.

“I’m using it every day, especially in the age of Covid-19 and as an assistant editor for AJPM. Social epidemiology, outbreak investigation, epidemiologic and clinical research, biostatistics. I never expected to use my training to such a degree– I saw myself specializing in one or two areas, but the breadth of my training and experience is being put to the test daily. I am so grateful for it, and have to continue expanding it.”

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Richard Crawford, MD, MPH (2018-2020)

Rich Crawford, MD, MPH is the Medical Director of Oregon Occupational Medicine, a practice with three clinic sites in Hillsboro, Tualatin, and Portland. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from UC Berkeley and began working at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where he advanced techniques in the acquisition and analysis of neuroimaging data to identify networks anchoring degenerative disorders. He then worked with the Coalition of Community Health Clinics to provide support to 16 safety-net clinics throughout the Portland-metro area through assessing community needs and program implementation and evaluation. While completing medical school at the George Washington University, he participated in the health policy track examining CHIPRA pediatric quality measures and their association with expenditures and care delivery models. Following two years of training in psychiatry at Georgetown he completed the preventive medicine residency program at UW-Madison to more comprehensively address the morbidity of mental illness and addiction.

Collin Pitts, MD, MPH (2019-2021)

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Collin Pitts MD, MPH accepted an Associate Professor position within University of Wisconsin-Madison University Health Services (UHS) as Associate Director of Campus Health.  This included a variety of campus health initiatives and responses such as active TB cases, meningococcal diseases, and COVID-19 response evolution while also maintaining a leadership position within UHS sexual health, environmental health, and travel health departments.  In addition, Collin maintained a busy sexual health clinic within UHS.  Prior to residency training, Collin served in the United States Navy for five years serving as Medical Officer, Battalion Surgeon, and Regimental Surgeon within various United States Marine Corps units.  However, due to the unrelenting challenges with COVID-19 with two young children, Collin decided to step back from the UHS position in January 2022.  Currently, Collin can be found chasing his two children and supporting his wife, Jen, while she wraps up her residency training.

 

“UW Preventive Medicine Program provided excellent training, opportunities and networking.  I am well prepared for adaptability and changing medical landscapes.  With the residency program, I feel I can shape my future career in a variety of ways.”

Sabrina Murphy, MD, MPH (2019-2021)

After graduating from medical school, Sabrina matched into a pediatric residency and enjoyed working with children and their families but came to realize that she could do more for her patients by focusing on changing the social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to disease or illness. This realization led her to pursuing and obtaining her Master of Public Health at George Washington University and then to completing my preventive medicine residency at University of Wisconsin. She currently resides in Janesville, WI.