Andrea Schmick

Amy Zelenski, PhD, assistant professor, General Internal Medicine, is known in the department for bringing her theater training—and specific skills like improvisation, storytelling, spontaneity and observation—to spark resident learning. Now, in her new role as the Department of Medicine’s inaugural director of education innovation and scholarship, Zelenski will use those...
Thanks to leadership from Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, and colleagues, the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital will join a national network of VA medical centers dedicated to strengthening clinical research at those centers. The Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES) currently consists of 10 VA medical...
In critical care, the first step in improving patient outcomes is identifying what drives mortality. Often these drivers are a complex mix of individual patient factors and systems factors, both of which may vary across hospitals, regions and countries. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging data has shown...
Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, received a three-year, $5.6M contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Safety and Healthcare Epidemiology Prevention Research Development (SHEPheRD) Program for the project, “Assessment of the dynamic change of population immunity and susceptibility to emerging influenza antigenic variants in the...
Akel MA, Carey KA, Winslow CJ, Churpek MM, Edelson DP. Less is More: Detecting Clinical Deterioration in the Hospital with Machine Learning Using Only Age, Heart Rate, and Respiratory Rate. Resuscitation. 2021. Beathard GA, Jennings WC, Wasse H, Shenoy S, Falk A, Urbanes A, Ross J, Nassar G, Hentschel DM...
A pair of studies recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine report that therapeutic-dose anticoagulation with heparin appears to improve outcomes for non-critically ill patients hospitalized with COVID-19, but not for critically ill patients hospitalized with the disease. The studies are the result of an international, multiplatform, randomized...
The Department of Medicine is proud to honor Thomas Puchner, MD, clinical assistant professor, Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, who will retire on July 19, 2021. Dr. Puchner joined the Department of Medicine in 2000. He is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and...
Long-time faculty member, former Department of Medicine chair, and nationally recognized leader in asthma and allergy research William Busse, MD, professor, Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, will retire on July 2, 2021. A Badger through and through, Busse joined the department in 1974 after completing his undergraduate degree, medical...
Lynn Schnapp, MD, ATSF, George R. and Elaine Love professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, began her term as president of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) on May 18, 2021, at the Society's annual conference. Dr. Schnapp’s presidency is the culmination of four years of service on the...
In 2001, UW Health endocrinology nurse Ruth Diaz de Leon, NP, began managing blood glucose levels for a handful of hospitalized patients with diabetes on the cardiology, vascular surgery, and cardiac surgery services at University Hospital. She was the first clinician to staff the UW Health Diabetes Management Service (DMS)...