Research: Who We Are
Manish N. Shah, MD, MPH is a Professor in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he also serves as the Vice Chair of Research and holds the John & Tashia Morgridge Chair for Emergency Medicine Research. Dr. Shah also serves as Co-Lead of the Care Research Core at the University of Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC). At an institutional level, Dr. Shah is the Director of the NIH-funded KL2 Program at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, serving to train junior faculty researchers from various disciplines.
Dr. Shah has developed an independently-funded research program dedicated to improving acute illness care for older adults, with a specific focus on developing and testing innovative models of care for acutely ill older adults. His recent work has been focused on improving the care of patients with dementia, especially using advanced technology and community health resources. His work has been funded through NIH early-career and mid-career development awards, including R01/U01 level grants from NIH, AHRQ, CDC, and the ADRC.
Dr. Shah has a deep commitment to training researchers and is increasingly dedicating his efforts to developing the next generation of independent scientists. He has personally mentored many undergraduate, graduate, and medical students; residents; fellows; and faculty. Many are now independent, grant-funded researchers who have had a profound influence within their own fields. His recently awarded NIH Mid-Career Investigator Award (K24) is allowing him to build the pipeline of geriatric emergency medicine researchers.
Dr. Patterson focuses on health services research with a specific interest in using informatics approaches to improve the care of older adults in collaboration with investigators from the business and engineering schools. His current work focuses on informatics based approaches to identify patients at risk for falling and developing interventions to prevent future falls.
Dr. Patterson has also taken on the inaugural role as the physician informatics director of predictive analytics for the BerbeeWalsh Emergency Department at UW Health. In this role, Dr. Patterson works with department leadership to best use information technology to support clinical, educational, and research priorities. He advises on a range of issues, including optimizing the design, implementation, dissemination, evaluation and routine use of clinical data and information systems to improve healthcare quality, operational efficiency, educational programs, and research. Among other roles, he functions as a liaison between clinicians and health IT staff within the department and hospital, and provides input into implementation of new IT-related workflows in the department.
Dr. Michael Pulia leads a health services research program focused on improving antimicrobial stewardship in the emergency department. In 2015, Dr. Pulia received a New Investigator Program Award from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is currently using the award for a project aimed at improving antibiotic stewardship for residents of long-term care facilities. Dr. Pulia was then awarded a Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in 2016. This award supports his research examining the use of systems engineering principles to design antibiotic stewardship interventions for the emergency setting.
In 2015, Dr. Pulia was awarded the Barry M. Farr MD Humanitarian Award from the MRSA Survivors Network in recognition of his efforts to raise public awareness of bacterial resistance related to the overuse of antibiotics. He currently serves in a national leadership role as chair of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s (AAEM) Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force.
Dr. Repplinger’s research focuses on developing, validating, and disseminating radiation-free imaging technologies, particularly magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in order to reduce patients' exposure to ionizing radiation in the emergency department setting. His collaborative efforts have led to the routine clinical use of MR-pulmonary angiography to detect pulmonary embolism at the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Repplinger's research team has also completed a prospective efficacy trial of contrast-enhanced MR to diagnose appendicitis in the general population, which was published in Radiology in 2018. Other current endeavors include evaluating the effectiveness of MR to diagnose pulmonary embolism and appendicitis in the community hospital setting and assessing barriers to the implementation of novel imaging algorithms for pulmonary embolism and appendicitis.
Dr. Repplinger graduated from the inaugural class of the BerbeeWalsh Emergency Medicine Residency Program, in which he served as Chief Resident. He also completed the Doctoral Program in Clinical Investigation offered by the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and was recently award the Wisconsin Medical Society's 2020 Viste Young Physician Leadership Award.
Dr. Ward completed both his undergraduate degree and medical school training here at UW. He was one of the first students to be awarded the Darren Bean Emergency Medicine Scholarship. He then moved on to Chicago to complete his residency at the University of Chicago. Upon graduation, he stayed on as faculty at the University of Chicago and returned to Madison in 2017.
Dr. Ward's main research focus is in acute fluid resuscitation for septic patients, including potentially fluid volume sensitive patients.