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Dr. Kathlyn Fletcher is an associate professor of Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee VAMC. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from DePauw University. She then attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, where she graduated with Honors in 1996. She stayed at the University of Chicago Hospitals for Internal Medicine residency training. She completed a health services research fellowship at the University of Michigan in the Robert Wood Johnson/VA Clinical Scholars Program. While she was there, she also received an MA in Higher Education Administration from the School of Education. She joined the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Department of Medicine in 2003.
Dr. Fletcher is a hospitalist at the Milwaukee VAMC. As an associate program director in the Internal Medicine residency program, her main role is to promote and facilitate research scholarship for the residents. She is also the faculty mentor for the VA’s Chief Resident for Quality and Safety.
Dr. Fletcher loves research and mentoring. She has been funded by VA HSRD, the ACGME and AHRQ. She has mentored many students, residents and faculty members in their pursuit of scholarship. The focus of Dr. Fletcher’s own research has been the interaction between graduate medical education and patient care. Topics of her work include patient perceptions of bedside rounds, the impact of discontinuity on patient outcomes, and how best to measure and allocate work between physicians. She has published more than 50 papers on these topics.
Dr. Press is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago. Her work primarily focuses on improving patient-centered education for underserved patients with chronic disease and limited health literacy through novel interventions in the community and hospital settings targeted at both patients and clinicians. Dr. Press earned degrees in public health and medicine from the University of Michigan, and completed her residency in the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics program at the University of Chicago. During her Hospitalist Scholars fellowship, Dr. Press led the development and implementation of the Chicago Breathe Project that provided inhaler education for 5 Chicago residency programs and 2 community sites serving minority patients with funding from the American College of Physicians Foundation. As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Finding Answers Disparities Research for Change project, she led a systematic review of interventions that aim to improve health disparities and care for minority populations with asthma. She completed work funded by an institutional KM1 on the comparative effectiveness of educational strategies (intensive “Teach to Goal” vs. brief in-person or video education) designed to improve hospitalized patients' ability to self-manage their asthma and COPD through promoting correct use of respiratory inhalers. She has since received an NIH K23 to continue this work and expand it to examine the utility of video module education for inhaler use. In addition to this work, Dr. Press is also conducting health literacy work, in which she has found that a non-trivial number of patients have poor vision, a risk that is increased in older patients, which also increases risk of worse self-management of chronic disease.
Dr. David James Pinato is an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Medical Oncology working within the Division of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College, London. Since graduating in Medicine with highest honors at the University of Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogadro" in Novara, Italy, David devoted his research efforts to study the role of inflammation as a molecular mechanism underlying the pathogenesis and progression of Hepatocellular Carcinoma(HCC), the most frequently occurring primary liver tumor that currently ranks 5th by incidence and 3rd by mortality on a global scale. His studies, supported by international collaborations, eventually led to the qualification of novel prognostic and predictive biomarkers in HCC.
Miriam Bar-on, MD has been a medical educator for over 30 years, where she currently serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, DIO, as a professor of pediatrics and as the program director for pediatrics at the new UNLV School of Medicine. She is actively involved mentoring junior faculty both within pediatrics and externally – those in residency program leadership positions. She serves as past chair of the AAMC GRA steering committee and was the co-chair of the Academic Pediatric Association's Faculty Development SIG. Dr. Bar-on regularly presents faculty development sessions at local, regional, national and international meetings.
Dr. Jazayeri has a background in biomedical engineering and received his BS summa cum laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He subsequently earned his MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He currently serves as a fellow at the Cardiovascular Research Institute housed at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy. His research interests include utilization of hand-carried ultrasound, atrial fibrillation management, left atrial appendage closure, and cardiac resynchronization therapy.
I received my Master of Science degree in Immunology from the University of Akron and Doctor of Philosophy degree in PsychoNeuroImmunology from Kent State University. I am currently the Director of Research at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron OH. Additionally, I am an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and a 2010 graduate of the Fellowship in Academic Medicine program at NEOMED. I have eight years of bench/animal science research experience and 13 years of clinical research experience, and have spent the last 20 years educating medical/nursing/pharmacy students, resident and attending physicians, nurses, and pharmacotherapists on all aspects of research methodology.