UW Health Celebrates 2014 Patient Experience Physician Champions

Madison, Wisconsin - UW Health recently honored 34 physicians with its third annual Patient Experience Physician Champion Awards.


The awards were presented to providers whose scores on Avatar patient satisfaction surveys ranked among the top 4 percent of the 809 UW Health physicians surveyed in 2013. For the first time, Advance Practice Providers also were included for the awards.


These physicians achieved the highest level of exemplary communication skills as recognized by their clinic patients. Responses from three questions on the Avatar survey determined the award winners:

  • My doctor showed care and sensitivity to my needs
  • I was given the chance by my doctor to provide input to decisions about my health care
  • My doctor explained my illness or treatment in a way I could understand

Nine Primary Care providers were among the award winners: five Family Medicine physicians, two Internal Medicine providers, one Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine physician and one Geriatrician.


Sixteen specialty areas were represented among the other 25 recipients, including five from Hematology/Medical Oncology, three from Cardiovascular Medicine and two apiece from Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Neurosurgery and Transplant Surgery. Two physicians won the award for the second straight year.


The fourth annual Patient Experience Physician Champion Awards will be presented in summer 2015, based on Avatar scores from 2014.


2014 UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award Winners


Primary Care


Dr. Steven Barczi, Geriatrics


Dr. Jennifer Edwards, Family Medicine


Dr. James Giesen, Internal Medicine


Dr. Catherine James, Family Medicine


Dr. Hollis King, Family Medicine (no longer with UW Health)


Dr. Jeffrey McGuire, Family Medicine


Dr. C. Elizabeth Perry, Family Medicine


Dr. Amy Plumb, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine


Dr. Ann Schmidt, Internal Medicine


Specialty Care

Dr. Beverly Aagaard-Kienitz, Neurosurgery


Dr. William Busse, Allergy, Asthma and Immunology


Dr. Natalie Callander, Hematology/Medical Oncology*


Dr. Dustin Deming, Hematology/Medical Oncology


Dr. Robert Dempsey, Neurosurgery


Dr. Carol Diamond, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


Dr. Tracy Downs, Urology


Dr. Dolores Emspak, Obstetrics and Gynecology


Dr. Justin Gottlieb, Eye Care Services (Ophthalmology)


Dr. Christopher Healy, Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology


Dr. David Hei, Hematology/Medical Oncology


Dr. John Hokanson, Pediatric Cardiovascular Medicine


Dr. Annie Kelly, Cardiovascular Medicine


Dr. Miguel Leal, Cardiovascular Medicine


Dr. Walter Longo, Hematology/Medical Oncology


Dr. Kathleen Maginot, Pediatric Cardiovascular Medicine


Dr. Deborah McLeish, Rehabilitation Medicine*


Dr. Joshua Mezrich, Transplant Surgery


Dr. Daniel Mulkerin, Hematology/Medical Oncology


Dr. Wayne Eugene Musser Jr., Cardiovascular Medicine


Dr. Jon Odorico, Transplant Surgery


Dr. Ann O'Rourke, General Surgery


Dr. Thomas Puchner, Allergy, Asthma and Immunology


Dr. Steven Tyska, Urgent Care


Dr. Charles Weber, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


* - Also honored in 2013


2014 UW Health Patient Experience Advance Practice Provider Award Winners


Sarah Affeldt, PA-C, Infectious Disease


Diana DuPont, PA-C, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


Catherine Hubbard, APNP, Obstetrics and Gynecology


Heidi Hughes, PA-C, Internal Medicine


Kellie Mack, NP, Sleep Medicine


Heidi Smedal, AuD, CCC-A, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT, Otolaryngology)


Beth Van Den Langenberg, APNP, MS, Pediatric Endocrinology


Victoria Wattiaux, PA-C, Urgent Care

Date Published: 08/11/2014

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