Maureen Smith

Credentials: MD, MPH, PhD

Position title: Professor of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine


Phone: (608) 262-4802

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

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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’s research has contributed substantially to improving the quality of care in our healthcare delivery system. She has designed, implemented, and evaluated 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 for high-need high-cost patients 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 $34 million in funding from federal granting agencies and has over 160 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 one graduate course on 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:
Health Innovation Program
Community-Academic Partnerships Research (CAP), UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)

• 2013-Present Professor, Departments of Population Health and Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
• 2008-2018 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
• 2008-2012 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
• 2001-2014 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, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Recent Honors/Awards
• 2019 Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication
• 2014 AAMC AAMC Learning Health System Research Champion Award
• 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, Vaughan-Sarrazin MS, Yu M, Wang X, Nordby PA, Vogeli C, Jaffery J, Metlay JP. The importance of health insurance claims data in creating learning health systems: evaluating care for high-need high-cost patients using the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORNet). J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2019 Nov 1;26(11):1305-1313.

Donelan K, Barreto EA, Michael CU, Nordby P, Smith M, Metlay JP. Variability in Care Management Programs in Medicare ACOs: A Survey of Medical Directors. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Dec;33(12):2043-2045.

Huling JD, Yu M, Smith M. Fused comparative intervention scoring for heterogeneity of longitudinal intervention effects. Ann Appl Stat. 2019 Jun;13(2):824-847.

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.

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.

Smith MA, Kaufman NJ, Dearlove AJ. External Community Review Committee: A new strategy for engaging community stakeholders in research funding decisions. Prog Community Health Partnersh 2013;7(3):301-12. PMCID: PMC3783962

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, 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.

Flynn KE, Smith MA, Vanness D. A typology of patient preferences for participation in healthcare decision making. Soc Sci Med 2006;63:1158-1169. PMCID: PMC1637042

Flynn KE, Smith MA, Freese J. When do older adults turn to the internet for health information? Findings from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. J Gen Int Med 2006; 21:1295-301. PMCID: PMC1924748

Carayon P, Schoofs-Hundt A, Karsh B-T, Gurses AP, Alvarado CJ, Smith M, Flatley Brennan P. Work system design for patient safety: the SEIPS model. Qual Saf Health Care 2006;15(Suppl 1):i50-i58. PMCID: PMC2464868

Smith MA, Atherly AJ, Kane RL, 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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