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Maryn Lewallen, MPH

Research Associate

Maryn joined CBSSM in June 2018. She works with Dr. Susan Goold and community partners to evaluate impacts of Michigan's expanded Medicaid program. She also uses deliberative methods to engage community members in setting priorities for community health.

Maryn received her BA in Russian Literature and Women's Studies from Beloit College and her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining CBSSM, she worked as a qualitative Research Associate for various projects across the university.

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CBSSM faculty, Andrew Shuman (PI), Susan Goold, Janice Firn, and Reshma Jagsi (Co-Is) recently received a BCBSM Foundation Investigator Initiated Research Grant. Their proposed research aims to examine how hospitals in Michigan currently handle drug shortages, to find and describe best practices, and to propose a resource for real-time communication and collaboration across statewide institutions in order to most effectively provide care when resources are strained.

Tom Valley was recently awarded an NIH/NHLBI K23 Career Development Award. Dr. Valley’s award seeks to prevent avoidable deaths from pneumonia by improving the use of the ICU. Each year, 10,000 Americans die from pneumonia, yet might not if they had received care in the ICU. With this award, Dr. Valley will receive training to become a decision scientist aiming to improve clinical decision-making in the ICU. His mentors for this award are Jack Iwashyna, Angie Fagerlin, and Colin Cooke.

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Sacha Montas, JD, MD


Dr. Montas is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Montas holds a law and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the University of Michigan Adult Ethics Committee since 2009. His research interest is in the intersection of Law and Medicine, and Bioethics, with a focus on the influence of the legal system and legal norms on patient-physician communication and decision making.

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Thu, July 26, 2018

A new study published in Cancer by Reshma Jagsi and colleagues found that many patients experience a heavy financial impact from their diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, and that they feel their doctors’ offices aren’t adequately addressing these concerns. Dr. Jagsi was also interviewed by Michigan Radio about this study. CBSSM faculty Sarah Hawley was also an author on this study.

IHPI Seminar: Helping Patients in High-Deductible Health Plans Get the Care They Need at a Price They Can Afford (Kullgren)

Thu, September 20, 2018, 4:00pm
Building 10, Research Auditorium

Helping Patients in High-Deductible Health Plans Get the Care They Need at a Price They Can Afford

Presenter: Jeffrey T. Kullgren, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

This presentation will review challenges faced by the growing number of Americans who are enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) and identify new opportunities to help HDHP enrollees be more discerning health care consumers.

CMEs available. Networking reception to immediately follow.

Patient Experience Learning Forum "Ethics and the Patient Experience"

Thu, September 27, 2018, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Danto Auditorium, Frankel Cardiovascular Center

Patient Experience Learning Forum
“Ethics and the Patient Experience”

Katie Feder, MS MD Candidate, University of Michigan Medical School
Sally Salari, MS MD Candidate, University of Michigan Medical School Pre-doctoral Clinical Ethics Fellow, UM Center of Bioethics and Social Science in Medicine
Janice Firn, PhD, LMSW Clinical Ethicist, Michigan Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Learning Health Sciences, UM Medical School

Join us for an engaging presentation and discussion about the role of ethics consultation and services to improve patient care and patient experience at Michigan Medicine.


Tue, September 04, 2018

A new study lead by Michelle Moniz, MD, MSc found that 1/3 of women of reproductive age reported better ability to access birth control and family planning services through the Healthy Michigan Plan compared with before enrollment. This finding suggests that Medicaid expansion is associated with improved access to family planning services, which may enable low-income women to maintain optimal reproductive health. CBSSM-affiliated faculty Susan Goold and Jeffrey Kullgren were co-authors.

Mon, October 08, 2018

Michele Gornick, PhD is lead author on study that finds that a decision support tool "iCanDecide" boosts genetic testing knowledge in breast cancer patients. Co-authors include CBSSM's Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil and Sarah Hawley, PhD, MPH.

CBSSM Seminar: Scott Roberts, PhD

Tue, November 06, 2018, 3:00pm
NCRC, Building 16, 266C

J.  Scott Roberts, PhD
Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education

Title: Ethical Issues in Predictive Testing for Alzheimer’s Disease

Abstract: Over 5 million people in the US have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or a related dementia, and their relatives are increasingly seeking out disease risk information through modalities such as direct-to-consumer genetic testing and amyloid neuroimaging. This session will explore ethical issues involved in the provision and regulation of predictive testing for AD, including a review of empirical research on its benefits and harms.