Meet Our Current Centennial Scholars and Clinicians

Francisco Alvarado Guillen, Pharm D, PhD (2022)

Dr. FranciPhoto of Francisco Alvarado Guillensco Alvarado Guillen is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine of the Department of Medicine. He received a Pharm D from the University of Costa Rica in 2009 and a PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Michigan in 2017. After graduation, he joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a post-doctoral fellow and ascended through the ranks to Associate Scientist and now Assistant Professor. Dr. Alvarado Guillen has received competitive funding from the American Heart Association and currently holds an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The goals of his research are to understand the mechanisms of heart disease and to develop safe and effective treatments that improve the life of patients. As a Centennial Scholar, Dr. Alvarado Guillen plans to apply his experience in cellular electrophysiology and the vast clinical expertise in the Department of Medicine towards achieving this goal. His primary interest is the regulation of cardiac ion channels with emphasis on diseases arising from their dysfunction, especially calcium-dependent arrhythmias and structural cardiomyopathies. Current projects in his laboratory take advantage of animal models to explore the mechanisms of disease and perform pre-clinical testing of potential therapeutic strategies.

 

Shannon Cannon, MD (2022)

Shannon Cannon

Dr. Shannon Cannon is an Assistant Professor of Urology in the Division of Pediatric Urology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  She is the Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Urology.  She is also a co-founder of Urologists for Equity, a grassroots organization aimed at promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in urology through advocacy, sponsorship, scholarship, and engagement.  Dr. Cannon obtained her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2013.  She completed residency in Urology at University of Washington and fellowship in Pediatric Urology at University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital.   There she engaged in research in disparities in access to urologic care and she held leadership roles within University of Washington Graduate Medical Education.

Her clinical interests include hydronephrosis, urologic complex reconstruction, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and pediatric stone disease.  She is actively involved in multidisciplinary clinics in the areas of spina bifida, gender and sexual development, and stone disease. Dr. Cannon’s research focuses on promoting and sustaining diversity and inclusion in the physician workforce through examining the role of debt in the decision to pursue subspecialty medical training, recruitment practices to attract trainees who are underrepresented in medicine to surgical fields, and support for URM trainees in their programs.

Elebeoba E. May, PhD (2022)

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Dr. Elebeoba E. May is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and a Wisconsin Institute of Discovery (WID) faculty member. Dr. May earned her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison held appointments at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM), University of Houston, and  served as a National Science Foundation Program Director in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences.

As Director of the Multi-scale Immunobiology Design, Algorithms, and Simulation (MIDAS) Lab, Dr. May’s research focuses on the design of integrated quantitative and empirical platforms for the development of multi-scale, predictive models of biological systems. The emphasis of her work is on the development of engineering solutions to address challenges in the areas of chronic infection and disease, biodefense, and the growing field of biomanufacturing. Additional research thrust areas draw on coding theory, information and communication theory to model and investigate fundamental biological processes such as gene expression and microbial communication-enabled adaptation.

Dr. May is a recipient of an NIH/NHLBI K25 Quantitative Research Career Development Award, the NSF Directors Award for Superior Accomplishment, and Women of Color Research Sciences and Technology Award. Her research has been supported by grants from the DoE, DTRA, NIH, and NSF.

Melisa Carrasco McCaul, MD (2022)

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Dr. Melisa Carrasco McCaul is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She serves as Director of Neonatal Neurology within the division of Pediatric Neurology and also oversees patients within the University of Wisconsin Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Dr. Carrasco McCaul received a  B.S. Intensive degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University in 2005. She completed her M.D. at the University of Rochester (2014), and a Neuroscience Ph.D. at the University of Michigan (2012).

Dr. Carrasco McCaul is an accomplished clinician-scientist within the area of early childhood neurodevelopmental disability and perinatal brain injury. Her early research focused on the study of repetitive behavior and anxiety among children with autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She previously pursued research on neonatal cerebral autoregulation and the use of diffusion tensor imaging for better understanding brain injury in patients following neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.

For her clinical achievements, Dr. Carrasco McCaul was previously the recipient of the Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence (Johns Hopkins Hospital, Div. Pediatric Neurology) in 2019.

As a Centennial Clinician, Dr. Carrasco McCaul’s research program will examine cognitive development in patients with an early perinatal neurocritical condition, including neonatal seizures.

Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, RN (2022)

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Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she also serves as Associate Vice Chair for Research. Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi also serves as Deputy Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR) and Informatics Lead for the University of Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) Care Research Core.

Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi leads a funded program of research focused on promoting effective, meaningful, and equitable care and research for people living with and at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Her goal is to identify and effectively intervene upon structural and health system barriers to optimal ADRD-specific care and patient/caregiver-centered outcomes. Much of her research has focused on addressing these priorities among vulnerable populations at high-risk points in the health and care continuum, such as during and after emergency department care and hospitalization and in advanced disease stages. Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi has led advances in ADRD health services research that have stewarded new areas of investigation surrounding ADRD-specific care delivery patterns and outcomes and established frameworks to advance research equity and inclusion. Her recent work focuses on identifying and characterizing episodes of paradoxical lucidity in people living with advanced ADRD near end of life.

Erica Knavel Koepsel, MD (2021)

Headshot of Erica Knavel KoepselErica Knavel Koepsel, MD is an assistant professor of radiology in the division of Interventional Radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Knavel Koepsel obtained her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2007. She completed a preliminary year in General Surgery followed by residency in Diagnostic Radiology and fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology all at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. After completing her training, she was a senior associate consultant with promotion to full consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Dr. Knavel Koepsel’s clinical interests include MRI-guided interventions (prostate and vascular malformation ablation), thermal tumor ablation, complex IVC filter retrieval, uterine artery embolization and lymphangiography. Other professional interests include venous reconstruction and treatment of venous insufficiency. Her research interests focus on her work in ablation and developing the MRI interventions program at UW.

Ivan Rosado-Mendez, PhD (2021)

Headshot of Ivan Rosado-MendezDr. Ivan M. Rosado-Mendez is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Physics, with a joint appointment in the Department of Radiology. He received his B.S. degree in engineering physics from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, his M.S. degree in medical physics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and his Ph.D. degree in medical physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After graduating in 2014, he stayed at UW-Madison as a postdoctoral fellow and then as an assistant scientist. From 2017 to 2021, he was an assistant professor at UNAM’s Institute of Physics.

His research is centered on developing quantitative methods for medical imaging. As part of his master’s studies, he investigated the quantitative potential of contrast-enhanced digital mammography, which complements conventional mammography with functional images of tumor vascularization. His work led to the implementation of this technique at the National Institute of Cancerology in Mexico City, where it continues to be used today. As part of his doctoral studies, he developed quantitative ultrasound imaging techniques based on the analysis of coherent and incoherent acoustic scattering to be used as biomarkers for changes in tissue microstructure. As part of a continuing collaboration with the Quantitative Ultrasound Lab (QUL) at UW-Madison, his group at UNAM assessed changes in the viscoelastic properties of the uterine cervix during pregnancy in a Rhesus Macaque model using shear wave elasticity imaging. Also, collaborating with the QUL and the Department of Neurology, he has contributed to demonstrating the potential of quantitative ultrasound to detect structural changes in the thalamus of non-human primate neonates associated with anesthesia-induced apoptosis. For this work, in 2018 he received the New Investigator Award of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). He is also interested in the standardization and clinical translation of quantitative ultrasound, which has led him to co-chair the Pulse-Echo Quantitative Ultrasound biomarker committee of the Quantitative Imaging Biomarker Alliance and be an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the AIUM. As faculty at UW-Madison, Dr. Rosado-Mendez will expand his research to include quantitative ultrasound biomarkers of tissue function, with a focus on vascular processes. He is enthusiastic about the immense potential of this bimodal (structural and functional) approach to quantitative ultrasound which, combined with the widespread use of ultrasound imaging, could lead to exciting new venues for personalized medicine.

Christine Sharkey, MD (2021)

Headshot of Christine SharkeyChristine D. Sharkey, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology within the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Sharkey is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and Alliance for the Academy of Internal Medicine.  She is involved in local community groups with the Lupus Foundation chapter in WI and the Association of Women in Rheumatology.

Dr. Sharkey earned her medical degree from the University of Texas-Houston. She became a commissioned officer and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center, at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. She was discharged honorably after serving in leadership at William Beaumont Army hospital as core faculty in the internal medicine training program and serving overseas for Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was then recruited to a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH). She has over seven years of rheumatology clinical practice experience and thoroughly enjoys patient care.

Dr. Sharkey is passionate about her role at UW SMPH as a Clinician Educator with interests in education and mentorship from medical students through faculty.  She is currently a member of the Department of Medicine Education Committee and a mentor with the Building Equitable Access to Mentorship Program (BEAM). Her ultimate goal is finding strategies to increase the representation of underrepresented populations in health care.

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 BougesShenikqua 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.

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.