Join Mini Med School “deans” Laurel W. Rice, MD, and Rebecca Minter, MD, in welcoming our featured speakers. This session's topic is "Preventing falls: life in balance."

Featured speakers

Ann O'Rourke

Ann P. O’Rourke

Ann P. O’Rourke, MD, MPH, FACS, is the Trauma Medical Director and an Associate Professor of Surgery and the Trauma Medical Director at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. O’Rourke, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, received her undergraduate degree at Emory University. She attended the UW-Madison for both her MPH and her MD. She completed her surgical residency at the UW-Madison and then spent a year in Memphis, Tennessee for her Trauma and Surgical Critical Care fellowship. She’s been an associate professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin since 2016. Dr. O’Rourke is the current Director of Medical Student Surgical Education as well as serves on the board of directors for the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.

Laura Guse

Laura Guse

Laura Guse, PT, DPT, NCS practices Physical Therapy at the UW Health Rehabilitation Clinic. Her area of practice is in neuro rehabilitation, working with people who have neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and balance and vestibular issues. She has a special interest in helping people regain functional mobility after a life changing incident such as a stroke or spinal cord injury. Laura holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, and is Board Certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist.

Kathleen Walsh

Kathleen Walsh

Kathleen Walsh, DO, is the associate director of the University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Faint and Fall Clinic. She completed her first residency in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin followed by a geriatric medicine clinical research fellowship at UCLA. After returning from California, she completed a second residency in emergency medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Walsh and her colleagues in the Faint and Fall clinic work closely with the emergency department, hospital and outpatient clinics to ensure evaluation and management of patients with syncope and falls. Her current teaching and research interests include falls, syncope and clinical pharmacology in the geriatric patient.

Jane Mahoney

Jane Mahoney

Jane Mahoney, MD, is a Professor in the UW Division of Geriatrics, and the Principal Investigator of the Community - Academic Aging Research Network. She is Associate Director for Implementation Science for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Institute for Clinical and Translational Research – Community Academic Programs, and directs the institute’s Dissemination and Implementation Launchpad. She is also an Affiliate Faculty of the UW Institute on Aging. Dr. Mahoney received her medical degree at the University of California-San Francisco, and completed her medical residency and geriatric fellowship training at the UW. She is nationally recognized for her pioneering research in falls after hospitalization and novel interventions to reduce the incidence of falls in community-dwelling elderly. She has conducted dissemination and implementation research to translate evidence based falls and healthy aging programs for the community setting, resulting in broad uptake of the Stepping on Falls Prevention Program across the United States. Dr. Mahoney's research is supported by several peer-reviewed grants from the Centers for Disease Control, NIH and AHRQ.