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Campus Address: 

Room 210-31
800 University Bay Drive
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 & Community Health.

Dr. Smith has a long-standing interest in improving the quality of care in our healthcare delivery system. Her research evaluates the impact of health system changes on access to and quality of medical care for aging and chronically ill persons. Her current PCORI grant is a multi-site collaborative study with Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, and the University of Iowa (HSD 1603-35039) to evaluate case management programs in healthcare systems across the country. She is also collaborating with the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and the Collaborative Center for Health Equity to measure and publicly report disparities in the quality of care for health systems across the state of Wisconsin. Recent federally-funded studies have examined the quality of primary care delivery including cancer screening (R01 CA144835) and diabetes care (R01 HS18368) as well as the public reporting of quality in persons with multiple chronic conditions (R21 HS021899).

Dr. Smith has received over $15 million in funding from federal granting agencies and has over 130 peer-reviewed publications in journals including JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Medical Care, Health Services Research, and Quality and Safety in Healthcare. In 2014, she received the AAMC Learning Health System Research Champion Award.

Her leadership positions include the Director of the UW Health Innovation Program and Director of the Community Academic Partnerships core of the NIH-CTSA funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. In these roles, she is responsible for coordinating the development of new resources for community-partnered research across UW schools, colleges, departments, and centers.

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.

Research Weblinks:


  • 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

Smith MA, Weiss JM, Potvien A, Schumacher JR, Gangnon RE, Weeth-Feinstein LA, Pickhardt PJ. Insurance coverage of CT colonography for colorectal cancer screening: a retrospective cohort study. Radiol 2017 Sep;284(3):717-724.

Patterson BW, Smith MA, Repplinger M, Pulia MS, Svenson JE, Kim MK, Shah M. "Using chief complaint in addition to diagnosis codes to identify falls in the emergency department." J Am Geriatr Soc (in press).

Neuman HB, Schumacher JR, Schneider DF, Winslow ER, Busch RA, Tucholka JL, Smith MA, Greenberg CC. "Variation in the Types of Providers Participating in Breast Cancer Follow-up Care: a SEER-Medicare Analysis." Ann Surg Oncol 2017;24(3):683-91.

Smith MA, Bednarz L, Nordby PA, Fink J, Greenlee RT, Bolt D, Magnan EM. "Increasing consumer engagement by tailoring a public reporting website on the quality of diabetes care." J Med Internet Res 2016;18(12):e332. 

Jung D, Palta M, Smith M, DuGoff E. "Differences in Receipt of Three Preventive Health Care Services by Race/Ethnicity in Medicare Advantage Plans: Tracking the Impact of Pay for Performance, 2010 and 2013." Prev Chronic Dis 2016;13:E125.

DuGoff EH, Walden E, Ronk K, Smith MA. Can Claims Data Algorithms Identify the Physician of Record? Med Care (in press).

Magnan EM, Bolt DM, Greenlee RT, Fink JT, Smith MA. Stratifying Patients with Diabetes into Clinically-Relevant Groups by Combination of Chronic Conditions to Identify Gaps in Quality of Care. Health Serv Res (in press).

Wiseman JT, Fernandes-Taylor S, Saha S, Havlena J, Rathouz PJ, Smith MA, Kent KC. Endovascular Versus Open Revascularization for Peripheral Arterial Disease. Ann Surg 2017; 265(2): 424-30.

Nabozny MJ, Barnato AE, Rathouz PJ, Havlena JA, Kind AJ, Ehlenbach WJ, Zhao Q, Ronk K, Smith MA, Greenberg CC, Schwarze ML. Trajectories and Prognosis of Older Patients Who Have Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation After High-Risk Surgery. Crit Care Med 2016; 44(6): 1091-7.

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.

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.

Kind AJH, Jencks S, Brock J, Yu M, Bartels C, Ehlenbach W, Greenberg C, Smith MA. Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and 30-day Rehospitalization: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Ann Intern Med 2014; 161(11): 765-74.

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; 29(5): 723-31.

Lamb GC, Smith MA, Weeks WB, Queram C. Publicly Reported Quality-of-Care Measures Influenced Wisconsin Physician Groups to Improve Performance. Health Affairs 2013; 32(3): 536-43.

Everett C, Thorpe C, Palta M, Carayon P, Bartels C, Smith MA. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners Perform Effective Roles on Teams Caring for Medicare Patients with Diabetes. Health Affairs 2013; 32(11): 1942-8.

Kind AJH, Jensen L, Barczi S, Bridges A, Kordahl B, Smith MA, Asthana S. Low-Cost Transitional Care with Nurse Managers Making Mostly Phone Contact with Patients Cut Rehospitalization at a VA Hospital. Health Affairs 2012; 31(12): 2659-68.

Smith MA, Wright A, Queram C, Lamb GC. Public Reporting Helped Drive Quality Improvement in Outpatient Diabetes Care Among Wisconsin Physician Groups and Clinics. Health Affairs 2012; 31(3): 570-7.

Pandhi N, DeVoe JE, Schumacher JR, Bartels C, Thorpe CT, Thorpe JM, Smith MA. Number of First-Contact Access Components Required to Improve Preventive Service Receipt in Primary Care Homes. J Gen Intern Med 2012; 27(6): 677-84.

Weiss JM, Pfau P, O’Connor E, King J, LoConte N, Kennedy G, Smith M. Mortality by Stage for Right- vs. Left-Sided Colon Cancer: Analysis of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare Data. J Clin Oncol 2011; 29(33): 4401-9.

Thorpe CT, Flood GE, Kraft SA, Everett CM, Smith MA. Effect of Patient Selection Method on Provider Group Performance Estimates. Med Care 2011; 49(8): 780-5.

O’Connor ES, Greenblatt DY, LoConte N, Gangnon R, Liou J, Heise CP, Smith MA. Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Stage II Colon Cancer with Poor Prognostic Features. J Clin Oncol 2011; 29(25): 3381-8.

Kind AJH, Bartels C, Mell M, Mullahy J, Smith M. For-Profit Hospital Status and Rehospitalizations to Different Hospitals: An Analysis of Medicare Data. Ann Intern Med 2010; 153(11): 718-727.

Schumacher J, Smith M, Liou J, Pandhi N. Insurance Disruption Due to Spousal Medicare Transitions: Implications for Access to Care and Health Care Utilization for Women Approaching Age 65. Health Serv Res 2009; 44(3): 946-964.

Smith MA, Bartell JM. Changes in Usual Source of Care and Perceptions of Health Care Access, Quality and Use. Med Care 2004; 42: 975-984.

Smith MA, Atherly AJ, Kane RLs, Pacala JT. Peer Review of the Quality of Care: Reliability and Sources of Variability for Outcome and Process Assessments. JAMA 1997; 278: 1573-1578.

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