Join Mini Med School “deans” Richard L. Page, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine, and Laurel Wysong Rice, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in welcoming our featured speakers. This session's topic is "improving digestive health."

Featured speakers

Michael Lucey

Michael Lucey, MD

Michael Lucey, MD is a professor and head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine. After medical school at the University of Dublin in Ireland, he completed residency training in Dublin and fellowship training at Saint Bartholomew's Hospital and Kings College Hospital in London. As a liver specialist (hepatologist), Dr. Lucey’s research interests include alcoholic liver disease, viral hepatitis, and care of patients before and after liver transplantation. He is co-medical director of the UW Health Digestive Health Center

Richard Halberg

Richard Halberg, PhD

Richard Halberg, PhD, is an associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine. After completing his PhD in biochemistry at Michigan State University, Dr. Halberg conducted molecular genetics research as a postdoctoral fellow at UW-Madison. Dr. Halberg’s research focuses on how and why intestinal tumors are heterogeneous with respect to many of their features, and how this heterogeneity affects cancer prevention and treatments.

Nasia Safdar

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, is an associate professor in the Division of Infections Disease and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine. She also serves as Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Dr. Safdar completed her medical degree at Aga Khan University in Pakistan and her residency and fellowship training at UW-Madison. Her research focuses on healthcare-associated infections, particularly in hospital settings.

Freddy Caldera

Freddy Caldera, DO

Freddy Caldera, DO, is an assistant professor (CHS) in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine. After completing medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa, he completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Dr. Caldera’s clinical research focuses on immunological aspects of inflammatory bowel diseases. He has led studies to identify optimal immunization approaches for people living with these diseases.

John Rice

John Rice, MD

John Rice, MD, is an assistant professor (CHS) in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska, and did his residency training at Northwestern University and fellowships at UW-Madison. Dr. Rice cares for patients before and after liver transplantation. His clinical research interests include hepatitis C treatment, antibody-mediated rejection in liver transplant recipients, and alcoholic liver disease.