Ann Sheehy Named Deputy Director for the Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR)

Dr. Sheehy expands her role with CHDR, joining deputy directors Barbara Bendlin, Andrea Gilmore Bykovskyi, and director Amy Kind as a member of the Center’s senior leadership team.

Professional headshot of CHDR Deputy Director Dr. Ann Sheehy against a grey background.
Deputy Director Ann Sheehy, MD, MS

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ann Sheehy, MD, MS as deputy director.

As the Associate Director for Health Policy Research and a founding member of the CHDR executive committee, Dr. Sheehy has lent a multi-disciplinary perspective, professional insight, and compassionate leadership to CHDR since its inception. Reflecting her commitment to the Center’s vision and purpose, Dr. Sheehy notes,

It is incredibly exciting to see CHDR’s work used in federal and local health policy initiatives aimed at advancing health equity. Through data-driven, policy relevant scientific research, CHDR’s expert multidisciplinary team has the ability to truly improve the health of our most vulnerable Americans.

Across clinical, research, and public health policy domains, Dr. Sheehy has often been lauded for her dedication and expertise. As the UW Health Senior Medical Director of Population Health, President of UW Health Accountable Care Organization (ACO), and a 2021–2022 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, Dr. Sheehy brings to the role a breadth of knowledge and leadership experience that embodies CHDR’s core values and aligns with the Center’s mission:

  • catalyze research, clinical innovation, and educational activities in health disparities research;
  • grow and nurture the health disparities research and practice community; and
  • bring the benefits of multi-level mechanistic health disparities research to all in Wisconsin and beyond.

The appointment of Dr. Sheehy to her role as deputy director marks an exciting chapter in CHDR’s journey, reflecting a period of vibrant growth and ensuring excellence at the highest levels and across all operations. We are excited and honored to welcome her as we strive, together, to advance science, policy, and practice toward the elimination of health disparities.