Jennifer Weiss

Position title: Current KL2 Scholar

Jennifer Weiss, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor at the UW-Madison Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed her internship, residency, and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She then completed her fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics while also receiving a master’s degree in Population Health Sciences from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Her next two years, prior to joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor, were spent on a T32 training grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Health Services Research and Healthcare Quality Improvement. Her clinical interest is colorectal cancer screening, with a focus on hereditary colon cancer syndromes. Her research interest is improving colorectal cancer screening programs for both average-risk and high-risk individuals through healthcare system redesign.

Weiss is conducting a mixed methods study using both quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine the impact of interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening rates and learn how to optimize these interventions by identifying barriers to completing screening and strategies to mitigate these barriers. The ultimate goal of this research is to identify key elements for a toolkit to help guide other healthcare systems across Wisconsin in their colorectal cancer screening program design efforts.

Weiss’s mentors are Maureen Smith, MD, PhD, MPH (Departments of Population Health Sciences, Family Medicine, and Surgery), Pascale Carayon, PhD (Departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Population Health Sciences), and Elizabeth Jacob, MD, MAPP (Departments of Medicine and Population Health Sciences).

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