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Maureen Smith, MD, MPH, PhD

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Keywords: Type 2 Translational Research, Translational Research, Practice Improvement, Older Patients, Medical Care, Health Care System, Health Care Delivery, Equity, Effectiveness, Diabetes, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Chronically Ill, Cancer, Aging


Professor of Population Health Sciences, of Family Medicine, and of Surgery



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

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 85 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.


2013-Present Professor, Departments of Population Health, Family Medicine, and Surgery, 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
2007     Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society – Alumni Recognition
1998     Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society – Student Recognition

Selected Publications:

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 (in press).

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-Medicare database." J Surg Oncol 2014;109(8):756-9. [Link to abstract]

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. [Link to abstract]

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. [Link to abstract]

Bartels CM, Johnson H, Voelker KV, Thorpe C, Jacobs E, McBride P, 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. [Link to abstract]

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. [Link to abstract]

Everett CM, Thorpe CT, Palta M, Carayon P, Gilchrist VJ, Smith MA. "The roles of primary care PAs and NPs caring for older adults with diabetes." JAAPA 2014;27(4):45-9. [Link to abstract]

Caretta-Weyer H, Greenberg CC, Wilke LG, Weiss J, LoConte NK, Decker M, Steffens NM, Smith MA, Neuman HB. "Impact of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) Z0011 trial on clinical management of the axilla in older breast cancer patients: a SEER-Medicare analysis." Ann Surg Oncol 2013;20(13):4145-52. [Link to abstract]

Johnson HM, Thorpe CT, Bartels CM, Schumacher JR, Palta M, Pandhi N, Sheehy AM, Smith MA. "Undiagnosed hypertension among young adults with regular primary care." J Hypertens 2014;32(1):65-74. [Link to abstract]

Everett CM, Thorpe CT, 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 Aff 2013;32(11):1942-8. [Link to abstract]

Neuman HB, Weiss JM, Schrag D, Ronk K, Havlena J, LoConte NK, Smith MA, Greenberg CC. "Patient demographic and tumor characteristics influencing oncologist follow-up frequency in older breast cancer survivors." Ann Surg Oncol 2013;20(13):4128-36. [Link to abstract]

Everett CM, Thorpe CT, Palta M, Carayon P, Gilchrist VJ, Smith MA. "Division of primary care services between physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners for older patients with diabetes." Med Care Res Rev 2013;70(5):531-41. [Link to abstract]

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. [Link to abstract]

Weiss JM, Smith MA, Pickhardt PJ, Kraft SA, Flood GE, Kim DH, Strutz E, Pfau PR. "Predictors of colorectal cancer screening variation among primary care providers and clinics." Am J Gastroenterol 2013;108(7):1159-67. [Link to abstract]

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. [Link to abstract]

Neuman HB, Weiss JM, Leverson G, O'Connor ES, Greenblatt DY, LoConte NK, Greenberg CC, Smith MA. "Predictors of short-term post-operative survival after elective colectomy in colon cancer patients >=80 years of age." Ann Surg Oncol 2013;20(5):1427-35. [Link to abstract]

Neuman HB, O'Connor ES, Weiss J, LoConte NK, Greenblatt DY, Greenberg CC, Smith MA. "Surgical treatment of colon cancer in patients eighty years of age and older: Analysis of 31,574 patients in the SEER-Medicare database." Cancer 2013;119(3):639-47. [Link to abstract]

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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Contact Information:

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

Phone: 608-262-4802, 608-262-1301
Fax: 888-263-2864


Updated On: 
Mon, 09/15/2014