We work at the intersection of medicine, equity, wellness, & disability.
Lisa Meeks, PhD, MA
Lisa is the lead investigator in Meeks Research Group and is passionate about equal access to education and healthcare for persons with disabilities and is an expert in disabilities in medical education. As an administrative leader and researcher, Meeks has co-authored several articles and books on the subject of disability in medical education, helping to inform policy and best practice in the area of disability services. She also consults with leading health science programs, colleges, and universities on a myriad of disability related issues.
Meeks' research interests include: Improving access to medical education for learners with disabilities, medical student and resident well-being, disability curriculum in medical education, reducing health care disparities in patients with disabilities, and the performance and trajectory of learners and physicians with disabilities. Her work as been featured recently on NPR, the Washington Post, CNBC, in Slate, cleveland.com, Bloomberg Law, the Chicago Tribune and in The New Physician magazine from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).
Dr. Meeks is the co-founder and past President of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education, co-developer of both the AAMC Disability Webinar Series and the UCSF Disability Training Series for Faculty and Administrators, co-editor and author of the seminal text on disability in health science The Guide to Assisting Students With Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education and co-PI and lead author of the AAMC Special Report: Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education: Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians with Disabilities and co-creator of the social media campaign #DocsWithDisabilities.
Ben Case, MPH
Ben is the researcher manager and co-investigator for the Meeks Research Group. He is a public health professional who serves in study coordination and research administration. His interest in disability-related topics originates from his own disability, and has led to his involvement in several relevant projects, publications, and presentations. With a bevy of experience ranging from basic science research to global health work, Ben seeks to leverage it to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in research, education, informed healthcare practice, and community engagement.
Christopher Moreland MD, MPH
PI, DHOH Pipeline Barriers Project
As a hospitalist, associate professor of medicine, and internal medicine residency associate program director, Chris explores interests in medical education, healthcare communication, health disparities (particularly for the deaf and limited English proficient), and diversity among healthcare professionals. Chris maintains a strong interest in interprofessional medical education and communication. Other academic interests include health disparities (particularly for the deaf and limited English proficient), healthcare interpretation services, and diversity among healthcare professionals.
Micheal Kim, MD
Co-PI, The Pathway Project
Dr. Michael Kim joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics as a hospitalist after completing his bachelor’s degree, Medical School, and residency training at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, Dr. Kim did his residency at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Programs. From 2005-2006, Dr. Kim served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Kim also has extensive international experience having completed a global health course in tropical medicine at the University of Minnesota, and an elective rotation in internal medicine and pediatrics at Chiang Mai University Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Dr. Kim is a Pediatric hospitalist at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and will work with Dr. Abe Jacob on improving inpatient care delivery and building the general pediatric inpatient service.
Bonnie Swenor, PhD, MPH
PI, Pipeline to Biomedical workforce
Co-I: Prevelance Project
Bonnielin is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Elizabeth Viglianti, MD, MSc, MPH
Co-I, Sexual Harrassment Study
Liz is a pulmonary/critical care fellow interested in medical education and a harrassment free workplace.
Docs With Disabilities Podcast
Swathi is a native New Yorker and a recent college graduate from The City College of New York where she studied anthropology. Her academic interests include medical anthropology, disability studies, and classics. Swathi is an aspiring physician and a strong advocate for health and social justice and cultural literacy through the use of narratives.
Research Assistant, Legal Trends Study
Sarah is a student at the University of Florida, where she studies English, Criminology, and Disability Studies. She became interested in disability when she developed a disability herself and now works at the Disability Resource Center for the University of Florida. Sarah hopes to attend law school where she wants to study disability law. She has created a group of student ambassadors at the University of Florida to represent the Disability Resource Center. Her organization works on fostering an environment of inclusion, accessibility, and acceptance.
Maher S. Budron is a UPenn PREP scholar investigating molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases under the tutelage of Dr. Kelly Jordan-Sciutto. After earning a B.S. at DePaul University in Chicago, he completed a two-year NIH IRTA fellowship at in the neurogenetics branch in Dr. Kenneth Fischbeck’s lab. Maher is committed to serving students, patients, and people with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds through research and advocacy. To this end Maher also conducts research with Dr. Lisa Meeks on disability health education research. One of these projects involves identifying, cataloging, and interpreting OCR complaints and legal cases relevant to disabilities in medical education in an effort to shape and inform disability policy and practice. From mentoring inner-city youth to leading efforts to increase access for students with disabilities, he is working towards becoming a physician-scientist that hopes to build a more equitable environment where patients, students, and communities can thrive.
Producer & Research Assistant
Docs With Disabilities Podcast
Kate is working to help bring the stories of providers with disabilities to those in the pipeline of health science education as a mechanism of asynchronous mentoring. Kate is a 2018 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied bioengineering, learned American Sign Language, and conducted research on neuroregeneration. After graduating, she moved to rural Ghana for one year and led research on disease prevalence for a nonprofit called Cocoa360. Upon relocating to Ann Arbor and completing the Summer 2019 MDisability Internship Program, Kate now works as a disability health research assistant for the University of Michigan's Department of Family Medicine and will enter medical school in 2020.
Kristina H Petersen, PHD
Co-I on the Institutional and Individual Impact Study
Dr. Petersen was inducted into AOA in 2018 and has won awards for teaching, mentoring, and contributing to student life during her five years at New York Medical College. She oversees accommodations for all health science programs at NYMC and is currently working on several research studies that measure the impact of various factors on learning outcomes for medical students with and without institutional and/or NBME accommodations.
Neera Jain, MS, CRC
Co-PI, Lived Experience Project
Neera is the co-PI on the Lived Experience project with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and her current work explores explores how inclusion of students with disabilities is enacted at US Medical Schools.
Kurt Herzer, MD, PHD, MSc
Co-I: Prevelance Project
Kurt is the Sr. Physician Scientist at Oscar Health, a high-tech health plan headquartered in New York City where he oversees clinical strategy and analytics. He has co-authored over two dozen journal papers and spoken or presented at numerous national or international conferences and meetings related to health care, patient safety, and disabilities.
Zoie Sheets, MPH
Research Assistant, Docs With Disabilities Podcast
Zoie recently obtained her Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused on health policy, disability, and healthcare access for people with disabilities. She originally became interested in disability justice when she began advocating for increased access to higher education for disabled students in her university, and this interest grew as her own disability identity deepened. As a public health professional and medical student, Zoie is interested primarily in physician attitudes toward people with disabilities— both their colleagues and their patients.
Ligia Fragoso, MA
Research Assistant, Rapid Review of accommodating learners with psychological disabilities
Ligia is an MD-ScM student at Alpert Medical School's Primary Care-Population Medicine program. Her interests lie in socially-accountable medical education, as well as anti-oppression in biomedicine with an emphasis on mental health, race-based medicine, and addiction. She also volunteers for several organizations providing wrap-around services for Latinx communities and individuals experiencing homelessness. She will pursue Family Medicine or Fam Med-Psychiatry training with the goal of practicing community-based medicine.
Zina Jawadi, BS, MS
Decision Analytics Associate at ZS Associates
Zina Jawadi is a Decision Analytics Associate at ZS Associates, an international management consulting company that provides services in health care. Zina obtained a BS in 2018 and MS in 2019 both from Stanford University. Zina has been serving on the Hearing Loss Association of America Board of Directors since 2019. Previously, she served as trustee (2013-2019), secretary (2013-4), vice president (2014-5), and president (2015-19) of the Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association.