April 22, 2017

#ThankAScientist Saturday

Today, scientists, researchers, and supporters of science in over 500 cities will gather in March for Science rallies around the world. See some of our featured clinical researchers promoting evidence-based practice and innovative scientific methods in family medicine research.


Sign from 2017 March for Science that reads Never Stop Questioning
Sign at 2017 March for Science, London, photo credit @kraymerr



A leader, mentor, and disease prevention and physical activity researcher

Caroline R. Richardson, M.D.
Caroline R. Richardson, M.D., the Dr. Max and Buena Lichter Research Professor of Family Medicine

 Dr. Caroline Richardson is a diabetes prevention and health systems researcher, who has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications in physical activity, disease prevention, behavioral health, veterans health, and health informatics. Dr. Richardson has several leadership positions, including serving as: the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Family Medicine,  co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at U-M and IHPI Clinician Scholars Program, member of the Institute Leadership Team at the University of Michigan Institute for Health Policy and Innovation (IHPI), and associate editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In 2016, Dr. Richardson was a recipient of the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award


image of moving boxes with quote At the last minute, there was a need to review the statistics...the day she moving into a new home.   Despite a hectic day, Dr. Richardson sat with me for two hours in her new home, amidst the chaos of many people transpo
Read more on Dr. Richardson's outstanding role as a clinical and research mentor 



Compassionate clinician and researcher of perinatal loss and mental health stigma

Katherine (Katy) J. Gold, M.D., M.S.W., M.S.
Katherine J. Gold, M.D., M.S.W., M.S., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology

 Dr. Katherine Gold studies the  impact of poor obstetrical outcomes on parents, families, and providers with particular interest in mental and physical health outcomes and health behaviors in subsequent pregnancies. She is interested in racial disparities in perinatal loss, risk factors stillbirth and neonatal death, physician communication training in death and bereavement, reduction of tobacco use during pregnancy, and mental health in the perinatal period. She has a special interest in stillbirth prevention in Africa and other low-income countries. She also researches physician wellness, mental health, and suicide. Her research has been featured recently in the Washington PostSTAT, and the White House. She has trained clinicians in Africa, leads the residency research training program in the department of family medicine, and currently volunteers as medical director of Luke Project 52 Clinic, which offers free prenatal, maternal, and infant health care. Dr. Gold also serves as a faculty associate and mentor for the GlobalREACH program at the U-M Medical School.



A methodologist contributing to the support of refugees, virtual reality, and the scientific method

Dr. Timothy Guetterman is an applied research methodologist who specializes in mixed methods and enhancing health communication through technology. Dr. Guetterman is the newest member of the research faculty and contributes to research across the department and the medical school at the University of Michigan.

His recent work reflects the breadth of his impact. Dr. Guetterman has recently worked with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and family physician Claire Ankuda on a mixed methods study of at-home palliative care, with medical resident researcher and professor of internal medicine Michele Heisler M.D., M.P.A., on a study at the intersections of law and medicine that highlighted the role of trained physicians and provisions of medical affidavits in the legal process of international asylum seekers in the United States. Dr. Guetterman continues to work on several projects with faculty in the Emergency Medicine, including developing new research methods in adaptive clinical trials. A 2016 Clinical Trials paper, co-authored by Dr. Guetterman, was recently part of a discussion in Science, on federal support for adaptive drug trials. Another recent paper co-authored by Dr. Guetterman, introduced a new virtual reality medical education project, MPathic-VR. Dr. Guetterman is currently researching how MPathic-VR can support empathetic learning in medical education, along with fellow investigators Frederick Kron, M.D., adjunct research investigstor, and Michael D. Fetter, M.D., M.P.H., professor.

Dr. Guetterman also provides leadership for two mixed methods research training programs including the Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program and an NIH-funded Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Science Program (MMRTP), in collaboration with Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.


Read more on the Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program workshop series



Thank you to all of our research faculty and clinicians for their contributions to science, medical discovery, and improved care!