Mary Sesto is an associate professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the in the Department of Medicine and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She holds affiliate appointments in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. She is also core faculty in the Wisconsin Institute for Health Systems Engineering.
Sesto received a B.S. in Physical Therapy, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering-Human Factors from the University of Wisconsin. Her training as a physical therapist and human factors engineer provides her unique abilities to translate and apply human factors engineering theory and research methods in health care.
Sesto has performed clinical research and information technology research working collaboratively with engineers and clinicians for more than 15 years. Her research interests include cancer survivorship, health systems and human factors engineering, and health information technology design. Sesto instructs PT 640: Scientific Inquiry in Physical Therapy, PT 641: Current Issues in Rehabilitation Research I and PT 643: Current Issues in Rehabilitation Research II. She also co-instructs PT 521: Physical Agents.
She is a federally-funded researcher and has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications.