Adjunct Faculty & Staff

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Robert Batt  – Assistant Professor, Operations and Information Management

University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Business

Dr. Batt joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as adjunct faculty in March 2014. His research focuses on healthcare delivery operations, with an emphasis on Emergency Medicine. He has published in Annals of Emergency Medicine and American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Batt received his PhD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. He also holds an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (2006) as well as engineering degrees from Dartmouth College (2001) and Wheaton College (2000). Prior to entering academia, Dr. Batt worked as a manufacturing engineer (Hypertherm, Inc.) and as a research assistant (Dartmouth College). Dr. Batt will work closely with Dr. Brian Patterson to study patient flow and operational efficiency in the emergency department. 


Dr. Laura McLay – Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Engineering

Laura A. McLay is an Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are in the field of operations research, with a particular focus on discrete optimization with application to homeland security and emergency response problems. Dr. McLay’s research has been supported by NSF, DHS, and the Department of the Army, Sandia National Laboratory, and she has been awarded an NSF CAREER award. She has authored or co-authored 39 publications in archival journals and refereed proceedings. Her research has been awarded several honors, including four best paper awards. Dr. McLay is the President of Women in OR/MS (WORMS), a forum of INFORMS, and President-Elect of the INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs (SPPSN).  She is a Department Editor for IIE Transactions, an Area Editor for Risk Analysis, and is an Associate Editor for International Transactions on Operational Research. Dr. McLay is a member of INFORMS, IIE, the Society for Risk Analysis, Tau Beta Pi, and Alpha Pi Mu.  She is the author of the blog “Punk Rock Operations Research.” You can find her on twitter at @lauramclay.  Dr. McLay is working with Dr. Brian Patterson to assimilate improved operational pathways within the emergency department as well as optimize patient experiences.


Kathleen Walsh, DO, MS  – Clinical Assistant Professor

Kathleen E. Walsh, DO, MS, joined Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health after graduating from our own residency program.  She is also with the Division of Cardiology and Geriatric Medicine.  Dr. Walsh completed her first residency in Internal Medicine at UW followed by a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at UCLA.  She worked in a busy community emergency department for eight years prior to entering the UW Emergency Medicine Residency program.  She holds a master’s degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois and earned her medical degree from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine.

Her current teaching and research interests include geriatric emergency medicine, trauma, falls and syncope. Dr. Walsh was awarded the "Ambulatory Teaching Award" by the UW Department of Medicine in 2010. She currently serves on the ACEP Academic Affairs Committee, ACEP Geriatric Emergency Medicine Committee, SAEM Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine Section and the UW EM Education Committee.