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Alan Baptist, M.D., M.P.H., receives $2.5 million NIH grant to study asthma

September 28, 2021

Alan Baptist, M.D., M.P.H., has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study asthma in young Black adults, a population disproportionately impacted by asthma but under-represented in research. The research collaboration with Wayne State University will examine the use of mobile asthma management, nursing support, text messages and physical activity monitors to decrease asthma exacerbations and reduce health disparities. Baptist is an associate professor of allergy and immunology at Michigan Medicine. He currently serves as director of the University of Michigan Asthma Program.

May, Voepel-Lewis selected for American Academy of Nursing Class of 2021 Fellows

September 28, 2021

The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) announced that Michigan Medicine’s Chief Nurse Executive Nancy May, D.N.P., RN-BC, NEA-BC and Terri Voepel-Lewis, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor of the U-M School of Nursing and Department of Anesthesiology, are among the 2021 Class of New Fellows. May and Voepel-Lewis will be recognized during the academy’s annual policy conference set for Oct. 7-9, in Washington D.C., and virtually. The duo was selected during a rigorous and competitive process. This year, May and Voepel-Lewis will be inducted with over 220 nursing leaders and scholars from around the world. May has led as the chief nurse…

East Ann Arbor General Medicine completes successful Patient–Centered Medical Home program survey!

September 28, 2021

Congratulations to the East Ann Arbor General Medicine team, which recently completed a successful survey visit with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) for the Patient–Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program!  This program recognizes and supports Primary Care and Specialist Clinic teams that have made substantial progress implementing and using patient-centered clinical and operational processes and tools, resulting in the delivery of more coordinated, efficient and effective health care. Each year, BCBSM randomly selects 1-2 Michigan Medicine primary care (Medical Home) and 1-2 specialty (Neighborhood) sites to participate in this survey process. The sites spend significant time preparing for these visits.…

Friese appointed to National Cancer Advisory Board

September 17, 2021

President Joe Biden named Christopher Friese, Ph.D., R.N., among seven new members of the National Cancer Advisory Board. Friese is the Elizabeth Tone Hosmer Professor of Nursing, Health Management & Policy at U-M and associate director for cancer control and population sciences at the Rogel Cancer Center. Friese is a national expert in the analyses of claims data to study care quality and has executed large surveys of ambulatory oncology nurses. He leads an interdisciplinary research program to study the quality of care delivered in understudied ambulatory oncology settings from the perspectives of patients and clinicians. The National Cancer Advisory Board is an elite…

Dee E. Fenner, M.D., named 41st president of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

September 13, 2021

Dee E. Fenner, M.D., was named the 41st president of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS) on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the AGOS 2021 virtual annual meeting. AGOS advances the health of women by providing dedicated leadership and promoting excellence in research, education and medical practice. As the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Bates Professor of Diseases of Women and Children at U-M, Fenner is nationally recognized as an expert in defecation disorders, surgical education and reconstructive surgery. Additionally, she has dedicated her career to the advancement of women in medicine. She also holds…

Congratulations September work anniversaries!

September 10, 2021

Congratulations to the Michigan Medicine employees celebrating their work anniversaries in the month of September. Thank you for your continued dedication to your work, your colleagues and your patients.  55 YearsDaniel Green 50 YearsRichard HarrisonAnn Okkerse 40 YearsRobert AckermannMargaret BrandimoreWilliam CostelloJames DonnerAndrew FlintBarbara FredalNed KirschSusan LadhaWilliam McCuneRandy RothCarl SchneiderDavid ShareDenise SpicerKatherine Whitney 35 YearsJana BeltranDerrick BeverlyBonnie BrownJoy ChristensenThomas DalySharon De St AubinTina DoeringN EnglebergCatherine GaluraDaniel GoldmanHerman Hawkins Jr.Francis JudgePamela KnaflCheryl KolbBarbara MichaelLaura NitzbergMary RocheTimothy RutterDaniel SinclairKimberly SmithDenise TatePamela Turnage 30 YearsRicardo BartelmeDavid BurkeDebra BurrumCatherine ButlerLisa ByrdSusan CutlerMatthew DickersonAnne EggersAmy HarmsPaula HillerJeffrey InnisPatricia MccloudAnn MehringerJohn Sdao 25 YearsKeith AaronsonAnn Marie Deslauriers-CoxMarta…

Michael Barner earns Simon Margolis Fellow Award

August 11, 2021

Michael Barner, administrative director for Michigan Medicine’s Wheelchair Seating Service, was awarded the 2020 Simon Margolis Fellow Award. The award was presented by the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS) advisory board. According to, “The award recognizes members who have made long-standing and significant contributions to NRRTS, the CRT profession, and the seating and wheeled mobility community.” As a NRRTS member, Barner currently serves on their advisory board and has also previously served as president. Barner is a passionate advocate for the CRT community. His continued advocacy for clinical practice, community awareness and legislation prove his dedication to…

Julie Ziobro, M.D., earns epilepsy research training fellowship

August 2, 2021

Julie Ziobro, M.D., has been awarded a PCHD19 Alliance/AES Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians from the American Epilepsy Society with support from the PCDH19 Alliance, for her work entitled Mechanisms of PCDH19 clustering epilepsy. Ziobro’s award is part of $1.06 million in research grants and fellowships recently given out by AES. She was one of only five to receive the research training fellowship for clinicians. Ziobro is a clinical lecturer in child neurology at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Her research mentor is Jack Parent, M.D. Congratulations to Ziobro for this impressive honor! Click here for more information.


July 30, 2021

August 2021 Congratulations to the Michigan Medicine employees celebrating their work anniversaries in the month of August. Thank you for your continued dedication to your work, your colleagues and your patients.  50 Years Pauli Francis   45 Years Richard Burney Carl Haas II Vickie Thompson   40 Years Thomas Annesley Lucinda Cooke Cynthia Dreffs Susan Kellogg Margaret Netti Annunciata Porterfield Jean Swiney Belainesh Tedla Roger Wiggins    35 Years Paul Archer Frederic Blow Alice Boyd Margaret Carver Ruth Dunkle Carolyn Dymond Veronica Glatfelter Mary Lemanski A Picklesimer Burgunda Sweet Sheron Tyler Sharon Vaughters    30 Years Kevin Coffman Hope Haefner…