Center for Urban Population Health


Ron CislerRon A. Cisler, PhD

Director of the Center for Urban Population Health

Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professor of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Cisler's primary research interests are in population disparities in behavioral health risk factors and translating clinical outcomes of health services research to urban community populations. He is nationally and internationally known for his particular expertise in examining innovative approaches in assessing recovery outcomes of alcoholism treatment clinical trials. His program of research has been or is currently funded by numerous grants and contracts from various organizations including federal, pharmaceutical companies, statewide academic-community partnership health foundations and local foundations. Dr. Cisler teaches graduate courses on clinical research methods, population health, health outcomes assessment, and epidemiology at the UW–Milwaukee (UWM). He is associate editor for the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research and field reviewer for numerous other professional journals targeting both broad health issues and clinical and public health alcohol research. He is currently co-authoring a handbook series on brief assessment measures in health research and practice targeting behavioral disorders including substance use and eating disorders. Dr. Cisler recently received the 2005 Dean's Research Award at the UWM College of Health Sciences. Curriculum Vitae

Dennis BaumgardnerDennis J. Baumgardner, MD

Associate director for Health Services Research at the Center for Urban Population Health

Director of Campus Research for Aurora UW Medical Group

Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Baumgardner completed his medical training at the University of Illinois and the Rockford Family Practice Residency Program. He originally joined the St. Luke's Family Medicine Residency faculty in 1986 as assistant director, later assuming additional duties as obstetrics coordinator and research director. He later served as residency director for seven years. He then served as associate chair and campus director for the UW Department of Family Medicine, Milwaukee Clinical Campus. Dr. Baumgardner, who has received the Teacher of the Year Award from St. Luke's residents six times, focuses his instruction time on teaching research concepts and applications, staffing residents and teaching obstetrics. He received the Wisconsin Academy of Family Practice 1993 Educator of the Year Award; the Pickles Research Award from the Wisconsin Research Network in 2001; and the Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership and the William Scheckler Award for Best Faculty Research Project, both from the UW Department of Family Medicine in 2004. His research and publication focus is the fungal disease, blastomycosis, and geographic determinants of disease. Curriculum Vitae