Meet Our Current Centennial Scholars and Clinicians

Claudette Adegboro, MD (2021)

Claudette Adegboro headshotClaudette O. Adegboro is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She serves as the Physician Lead for the Periviable Infant Project and the Maternal Fetal Medicine Liaison within the Division. She is also a clinician-researcher. Dr. Adegboro was the first recipient of a BA in Africana Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2006; she obtained her medical degree from Ross University. She completed her pediatric residency at Sinai Children’s Hospital of Chicago and her fellowship in Neonatology at the University of Wisconsin -Madison.

Her clinical interests include advocating for maternal breastfeeding equity among minority women and understanding the black-white disparities in morbidity that exists among neonates. She is passionate about educating others on racial inequality in healthcare and participating in community outreach for children from underrepresented backgrounds.

Dr. Adegboro’s research is focused on the study of neonatal brain injury among preterm and term neonates. Her current projects include the development of a hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy risk calculator, and identifying chronic changes in cerebral tissue oxygenation in preterm neonates with intraventricular hemorrhage.

Her long-term goal is to use early warning systems and cerebral tissue oxygenation monitoring tools to identify at-risk neonates, allowing clinicians to direct efforts toward preventive strategies. Dr. Adegboro became a Centennial Scholar in January 2021.

Shenikqua Bouges, MD (2021)

Shenikqua Bouges headshotShenikqua Bouges, MD is an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology within the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Bouges is a member of the American Geriatric Society, the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Bouges earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She then completed an internal medicine & pediatric residency at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Al. This was followed by a geriatric and advanced geriatric fellowship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr Bouges’ research interests include the impact of metabolic dysfunction on cognition, assessing trust in medical researchers and an individual’s willingness to participate in research studies using two community outreach interventions. Her ultimate goal is finding alternative recruitment strategies to increase the participation rate of under-represented populations in dementia research studies.

Fred Ketchum, MD, PHD (2021)

Fred Ketchum headshotFred Ketchum is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He also has a PhD in medical anthropology from the same institution. His previous research was interested in the cultural and ethical dimensions of using medical technologies to improve the function of healthy individuals. He completed his residency in neurology at the University of Wisconsin. Currently, his clinical practice focuses on patients with cognitive impairment. While in the Centennial Scholars Program, he will use qualitative and mixed methods approaches to develop a research program that examines the ethical and social aspects of diagnosing and treating individuals in the preclinical and early stages of cognitive impairment.

Gloria Morel, PsyD (2021)

Gloria Morel headshotGloria M. Morel, PsyD is an Assistant Professor in the Charles G. Matthews Neuropsychology Lab in the Department of Neurology at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Morel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from La Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico, a Master’s of Science degree in Psychology, and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Albizu University in Miami, Florida. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Williams S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital and her post-doctoral training in Neuropsychology at the UW Hospital and Clinics. During her postdoctoral training, she had the opportunity of advancing multicultural services with the development of the Geriatric Multicultural Memory Assessment Clinic. In her brief time as faculty, she has developed the Outpatient Multicultural Clinic that specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Her overarching goal is to continue to advance multicultural services within the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Morel’s research interests are in line with her clinical work. Her current research focuses in the development of normative data for Spanish speaking Latin-American populations inside and outside the United States. She also has a keen interest in populations with epilepsy, dementia, and traumatic brain injury.

Narjust Duma, MD (2020)

Narjust DumaDr. Narjust Duma is a member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care. She graduated first in her medical school class at La Universidad Catolica Nordestana in the Dominican Republic, completed her internal medicine residency at Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School where she was awarded the most scholarly resident award in 2015 and 2016. Dr. Duma completed her hematology and medical oncology fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester and was selected by her peer as one of the 2018-2019 chief hematology and medical oncology fellows.

She has been recognized for her work with numerous awards, including the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award, considered the highest trainee honor in the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education; the Merit Award/ASCO Employees Endowed Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology; and the Next-Generation Innovators Award, HemOnc Today – Healio. She has authored more than 25 professional publications on his research in addition to presentations and book chapters.

Dr. Duma’s clinical interests include the care of women and minorities with lung cancer. Dr. Duma is a compassionate physician and is deeply appreciated by her patients. Dr. Duma’s research is focused on understanding the challenges faced by underrepresented groups in medicine, improving the diversity of our medical workforce and the effects of unconscious bias in medicine and medical education. She is an innovator and the co-founder of the #LatinasinMedicine community, composed of over 2,600 members. The first phase of her project includes a nation-wide study followed by the creation of an online curriculum to improve the inclusion of underrepresented groups in medicine.

Faculty, staff, and trainees are invited and encouraged to attend a free lecture on unconscious bias in medicine on March 9, 2021 at 12:00pm by Narjust Duma, MD. This lecture, titled Who Me Biased? The Reality and the Solutions to Unconscious Bias in Medicine is hosted by the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute and The Alliance of Women Alzheimer’s Researchers in Wisconsin. Register.

Sancia Ferguson, MD, MPH (2020)

Sancia FergusonDr. Sancia Ferguson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the Medical Director for the division. She received a BS in Bacteriology from UW-Madison, her Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology, and Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota. She completed her residency at Tulane University Medical Center, and her fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Ferguson’s research focuses on designing, implementing, and improving rheumatology clinical care delivery. She uses the lenses of implementation science, human centered design, and improvement science to design and improve processes. Her current projects involve redesign of the e-consult process for positive ANA referrals, and optimizing telehealth implementation.

Tiffany L. Green, PhD (2020)

Tiffany L. GreenTiffany Green, PhD is an economist and population health scientist whose area of expertise is understanding the causes and consequences of racial/ethnic and nativity disparities in reproductive health. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Green earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in economics from Florida A&M University.

Dr. Green’s research has focused primarily on understanding the individual-, family-, and structural-level determinants of disparities in women’s health and maternal birth outcomes. She is particularly interested in understanding how and why black women, regardless of nativity or socioeconomic status, experience the worst maternal and child health outcomes of any racial/ethnic group—and what solutions might ameliorate these persistent gaps in health outcomes. Her work has been published widely in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Women’s Health, and Health Services Research.

As a Centennial Scholar, Dr. Green will launch a long-term research agenda on the impacts of institutional-, structural- and individual-level racial discrimination on black-white disparities in maternal health.

Read Dr. Green’s Op Ed in August 2020’s edition of Scientific American on the problem with implicit bias training, and more specifically implicit bias within the medical field. In addition, she discusses examples of meaningful progress at the structural level in different health care organizations.

Reinier Hernandez, PhD (2020)

Reinier HernandezReinier Hernandez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Departments of Medical Physics and Radiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he leads the newly formed Applied Radiochemistry Laboratory (ARL). Dr. Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Florida International University in Miami and a doctoral degree in Medical Physics at UW-Madison. As a graduate student, he received several prestigious fellowships, including the NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship (GRPF) and the NIH Biotechnology Training Program. Dr. Hernandez’s pre-doctoral training in radiochemistry and molecular imaging was focused on the development of antibody, antibody fragment, peptide, and small-molecule radiotracers for PET imaging of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. During his postdoctoral stint, he pioneered the use of radiolabeled alkylphosphocholine (APC) for cancer therapy and immunomodulation of the tumor microenvironment. His contributions to TRT and immunomodulation have been critical to the award of several interdisciplinary grants from the NIH and DoD, including an Early Investigator Award from the Department of Defense. At the ARL, he plans to continue working in several areas of radiochemistry, theranostic molecular imaging, and radio-immuno-oncology. Dr. Hernandez’s scientific accomplishments include more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, several international patents, and two book chapters. He has delivered dozens of oral presentations at leading national and international conferences in the fields of radiochemistry and theranostics, for which he has been awarded numerous awards, including the Berson Yalow award and two young investigator awards from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, and two Eckert and Zeigler best abstract awards from the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, in addition to several travel awards from international meetings. Due to his scholarly achievements, Dr. Hernandez was recognized as one of the “Ones to Watch” for 2020 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, a campaign that recognizes young leaders with the potential to shape the future of precision medicine.

Dr. Hernandez’s research aims to harness the power of radionuclides to solve problems in diverse areas of biomedical research. His areas of focus are the development of novel radiopharmaceuticals for therapy and diagnostics of cancer, and the design of next-generation tumor-selective Boron and Gadolinium compounds for neutron capture therapy. His research group also lab emphasizes benchtop-to-bedside research to translate fundamental discoveries into life-saving technologies.

Mariétou Ouayogodé, PhD (2020)

Mariétou OuayogodéMariétou Ouayogodé, PhD, is an assistant professor of population health sciences in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned a BBA in economics from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and later a MA and PhD in Economics from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Dr. Ouayogodé’s primary interests are in evaluating health care reforms and understanding how and to what extent people and organizations respond to incentives and regulatory changes in the healthcare environment. As a Centennial Scholar her research assesses how the accountable care organization model affects quality of care.

Lisa Jones, MD, MPH, MMCi (2019)

Lisa JonesLisa Jones, MD, MPH, MMCi is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves as the Medical Director of Pelvic floor and Anorectal disorders within the Division.

She received her BA in public health from Johns Hopkins University, her medical degree from Duke University and her Masters of Public Health from The University of North Carolina. She completed her residency at the University of Pennsylvania and gastroenterology fellowship training at Duke University. During fellowship she received a Masters of Management in Clinical Informatics, a degree program aimed at utilizing information technology to improve the design and delivery of patient care.

As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Jones specializes in disorders of the anorectum and pelvic floor.  Her clinical work aims to decrease stigma and awareness of these disorders through delivering innovative high quality care, promoting patient education and increasing provider awareness.

Dr. Jones’ research is focused on improving outcomes for patients with benign anorectal conditions. Her research evaluates the effectiveness of technology-based solutions to improve provider and trainee confidence and knowledge base.  The first phase of the project is a blended digital and clinical curriculum for gastroenterology and non-gastroenterology trainees. Dr. Jones became a Centennial Scholar in November 2019.

Shaneda Warren Andersen, PhD (2019)

Shaneda Warren AndersenShaneda Warren Andersen, PhD, is an assistant professor of population health sciences in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her BS in genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later earned an MS and PhD in population health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Warren Andersen completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center R25 Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer (MAGEC) training program.

As a Centennial Scholar, Dr. Warren Andersen’s research program examines how social determinants, modifiable risk factors and genetic variants influence cancer risk. Her primary interest is in breast and colorectal cancer epidemiology.

Bolanle Famakin, MD (2018)

Bolanle Famakin, MD is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is a stroke neurologist and physician-scientist.

Dr. Famakin earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA. She completed her internship in preliminary medicine, and neurology residency, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. This was followed by a fellowship in cerebrovascular diseases and stroke at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. In addition, she completed a bench research fellowship at the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Famakin’s research is focused on understanding the cellular mechanisms underlying innate immune activation during acute stroke and during stroke recovery. She uses rodent models of experimental cerebral ischemia in her studies and studies inflammatory pathways activated by the innate immune system during tissue injury such as cerebral ischemia.

The long-term goal of Dr. Famakin’s research is to obtain the requisite information needed to develop novel therapeutics to attenuate tissue damage resulting from innate immune activation during acute stroke and therapeutics to potentiate brain repair during stroke recovery.

Héctor Valdivia, MD, PhD (2018)

Dr. Héctor H. Valdivia is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center of the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Valdivia is an Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Bioscience, Circulation Research and Journal of Molecular & Cellular Cardiology and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of ion channels and calcium signaling in the heart.  Dr. Valdivia’s research interests are centered in the field of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and Pharmacology. The long-term goal of his laboratory is to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control the heart beat in normal and pathological settings. His lab has focused efforts on cardiac excitation-contraction coupling, intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis and ryanodine receptors. He uses multidisciplinary approaches at the molecular, cellular and intact animal level for an integral study of physiological and pathophysiological Ca2+ signaling in the heart. His work in general has been cited over 8,500 times!

Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH (2018)

Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPHJasmine Zapata, MD, MPH is a dynamic author, physician, health educator, speaker, youth empowerment specialist, and community leader known both locally and internationally. She is a board certified pediatrician as well as a preventive medicine/public health doctor. Her focus is on ways to get outside the clinic walls to impact health outcomes for children and families on a community based level. Her research and community work focuses on racial inequities in infant mortality, upstream determinants of health, youth resilience, and innovative methods of community engagement and health promotion. She received her BS in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University and her doctorate in Medicine from the University of WI School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH). She also completed her Pediatrics Residency, Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency, and Master’s in Public Health at UWSMPH where she currently works as a clinician, researcher, and Centennial Scholar. Outside of the hospital, she is the founder of the Beyond Beautiful International Girls Empowerment Movement and the Madam Dreamers Online Premed Academy. She is also co-founder of the Madison Inspirational Youth Choir among numerous other community roles. She is a 4-time author and her advocacy and community work has been featured on live national TV outlets, such as the Today Show. She is extremely passionate about mentorship, diversity in medicine, and community capacity building. Her ultimate mission is to use her infectious energy, gifts, and passions to “heal, uplift and inspire”.