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Team Collaborators

Lisa Meeks, PhD

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 PostCNBC, in Slatecleveland.comBloomberg Law, the Chicago Tribune and in The New Physician magazine from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).


Dr. Meeks is the co-founder and current 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.

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As an internal medicine residency associate program director and co-director of the residents' teaching elective, 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.  Website

PI, DHOH Pipeline Barriers Project

Christopher Moreland MD

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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.

Co-PI, Performance and Trajectory Project 

Micheal Kim, MD

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Bonnielin  is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Website

PI, Pipeline to Biomedical workforce

Co-I: Prevelance Project

Bonnie Swenor, PhD, MPH

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Liz is a pulmonary/critical care fellow interested in medical education and a harrassment free workplace. 

Co-I, Sexual Harrassment Study

Elizabeth Viglianti, MD, MSc


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,

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Swathi Mettela 


Sarah Panico

Research Assistant, Legal Trends Study
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Maher S Budron, BS

Research Assistant, Legal Trends Study
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Sarah is a junior at the University of Florida. She is working towards a double major in English and Criminology with a minor in Disability Studies. She works with various disability organizations in Florida and founded an organization on her campus that promotes disability advocacy. Sarah hopes to go to law school to practice disability law


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.

Producer & Research Assistant 

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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.

Co-I on the Institutional and Individual Impact Study 


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. Website

Co-PI, Lived Experience Project

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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. Publications

Co-I: Prevelance Project


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. 

Research Assistant, Docs With Disabilities Podcast


Ligia E. Fragoso (she/her/hers) studies at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is in her 4th year of the Md-ScM Primary Care-Population Medicine program. Her interests lie in anti-oppression within biomedicine, with emphasis on racism, mental health, and addiction. During medical school she has organized and supported initiatives to make medical education more socially accountable and focused on praxis at every training level. She also supports community organizations that improve access and care provision for Latinx communities and individuals/families experiencing homelessness as an interpreter, advocate, and clinical volunteer. She will pursue a residency in Family Medicine/FM-Psychiatry with the goal of working in a community health center and organizer. In her spare time, Ligia enjoys cooking, reading, live music, and playing with her dog. 

Rapid Review of Accommodating Learners with Psychological Disabilities 

Kate Panzer