Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group


Dennis BaumgardnerDennis J. Baumgardner, MD

Director of Research, Aurora University of Wisconsin (UW) Medical Group

Dennis received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and his medical degree from the University of Illinois – Urbana. He completed his specialty training at the University of Illinois - Rockford Family Practice Residency Program. Dr. Baumgardner is professor of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He originally joined the St. Luke's (Aurora) Family Medicine Residency faculty in 1986 as assistant director, serving as obstetrics coordinator and research director; then residency director for seven years. He then served as associate chair and campus director for the University of Wisconsin, Department of Family Medicine, Milwaukee Clinical Campus for five years. Dennis is now director of Research and Promotions for Aurora UW Medical Group, associate director at the Center for Urban Population Health, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, and a chair of the Aurora Institutional Review Board.

Dennis BaumgardnerKaren Blanchard

Administrative Assistant, Senior

Karen is Administrative Assistant Senior for the Aurora UW Medical Group's Research Core, supporting Dr. Dennis Baumgardner in his role as Research Director, along with other research staff. She assists with University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's Clinical Adjunct academic appointments and promotions for the Aurora Health Care teaching faculty, as well as Aurora Scientific Day. Karen has been with Aurora for over 20 years, 14 of which were in the Aurora St. Luke's Family Medicine Residency Program.

Danielle Greer, PhD

Biostatistician, Senior

Danielle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Master of Science degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University, and Doctorate in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences with emphases on statistics and estuarine ecology from Texas A&M University. Prior to working at AHC, Dr. Greer dedicated over 16 years to ecological research, studying the behavioral ecology and population dynamics of wildlife species and their associated ecological systems throughout the U.S. More recently, she expanded her professional endeavors to include post-secondary teaching, focusing on such topics as ecology, environmental science, animal and human nutrition, population dynamics, biotechnology, and study design and statistics. Danielle joined Aurora’s team in 2014. As a biostatistician, she serves as an internal consultant, providing statistical support for improvement programs and projects used to achieve AUWMG, Center, system-wide, and community-based goals. She also assists principal investigators (e.g., physicians, research associates) in conducting scientific studies by providing expertise in and performing tasks related to study design, sampling and statistical methodology, and reporting. While working at AHC, Dr. Greer contributes to evaluations and studies in public health, cancer, perinatology, and quality improvement.

Jessica J. F. Kram, MPH

Research Associate Senior, Center for Urban Population Health, Aurora UW Medical Group

Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. She joined Aurora's team in 2014, collaborating with investigators, residents, students, health care providers in the planning of studies, conducting projects and disseminating of findings. She plays an integral role in the design, development, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, implementation and dissemination of the investigator initiated research studies of AUWMG faculty and resident physicians. She serves as a principal developer of research protocols, assists with data collection and analysis, and is involved in abstract and/or manuscript writing. Jessica provides primary research support for the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, but promotes and strengthens research in departments throughout Aurora Sinai Medical Center (ASMC) and Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center (ASLMC).

Karen Pankowski

Administrative Assistant, Senior

Karen assists Dr. Dennis Baumgardner as part of the Editorial Staff for the Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews and supports Dr. Michael Farrell in his role of Associate Research Director, Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group.

Karen is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience with Aurora Health Care. most recently from Aurora Pharmacy Systems, where Karen was copy editor for the Pharmacy Capsule and Aurora Pharmacy Tablet weekly listserv publications, along with management of the Pharmacy Services website. Karen also worked in Aurora Graduate Medical Education as the Institutional Coordinator/Sr. Administrative Assistant overseeing Graduate Medical Education regulatory requirements and assisting the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) institutional site reviews.