Program in Medicine, Social Science and Humanities (MeSH)

Current Students and Alumni

Current Students

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Recent Graduates

Jennifer Karlin, MD, PhD, graduated from the MeSH program in 2015. She earned a PhD from the Committee on Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science, where her research focused on the access of publicly funded patients to advanced care in underserved settings. She is now a resident in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Fred Ketchum, MD, PhD, graduated from the MeSH program in 2016 with a PhD in Anthropology. His research focused on concepts of wellness and the use of medical enhancements. Dr. Ketchum is now a Neurology resident at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Sam Kingsley, MD, PhD, completed both his MD and surgery residency at UC. While finishing his residency, Dr. Kingsley enrolled in the PhD program at the Booth School of Business, where his research focused on optimizing the value of surgical innovations. Dr. Kingsley completed his PhD in 2015 and is now a trauma surgeon at Cook County Stroger Hospital. 

Cindy Yuan, MD, PhD, graduated from the MeSH program in 2015 with a PhD in Economics. Her thesis focused on the effects of comorbid illness on the use of preventative care. After a preliminary year in internal medicine, Cindy will return to UC to complete her residency in radiology. 

Notable Alumni

David Meltzer, MD, PhD, received his PhD in Economics in 1992. In addition to serving as the Director of the MeSH program, he is Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the CHeSS, Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science, and Professor in the Department of Medicine, Department of Economics and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University. His research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of care, especially in teaching hospitals.

William Dale, MD, PhD, received his PhD from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies in 1998. He is currently the Assistant Director of the MeSH program, Associate Professor of Medicine, Section Chief of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, and Director of the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatrics at UC. His research combines social science and medical research, with a special interest in medical decision making, quality of life, and the development of frailty in older adults.

Ken Langa, MD, PhD, earned his PhD from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies in 1992. Today, Dr. Langa is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Institute for Social Research, a Research Scientist in the Veteran Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, and an Associate Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan. He studies the epidemiology and costs of chronic disease in older adults.

Christopher Masi, MD, PhD, completed medical training at the University of Illinois at Chicago before entering a PhD program at UC’s School of Social Service Administration. Dr. Masi completed his PhD in 2001 and now serves as the Director for Health Services Research at NorthShore University Health System. His research interests include chronic disease management, sociocultural barriers to care, technology-based health interventions, and health disparities.

Anupam Jena, MD, PhD, graduated from the MeSH program in 2009 with a PhD in Economics. Today, Dr. Jena is an Assistant Professor in Health Care Policy and Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His current research focuses on the economics of medical innovation, the economics of cost-effectiveness analysis, the impact of medical treatments on social outcomes, the economics of global public health, and the relationship between medical malpractice and defensive medicine.

Eric Sun, MD, PhD, graduated from the MeSH program in 2008 with a PhD from the Booth School of Business. He studies the effects of malpractice on physician supply and is now an instructor of anesthesiology at Stanford University.