University of Wisconsin–Madison

Doris Duke Clinical Research Continuum: High School to College

The Doris Duke Clinical Research Continuum (funded through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation) offers minority high school students the opportunity to participate in a six-week clinical research experience.  This year 10 students from around Wisconsin were partnered into research teams to work research a qualitative research question. Additionally, they were assigned a clinical mentor to learn more about surgical diseases, treatment, and procedures. The students also had the opportunity to learn more about careers in health care through time in the Simulation Center, clinical shadowing, and weekly lectures. The students have been able to explore different aspects of the healthcare system including the chance to talk to professionals across UW Health about careers in medicine, leadership, and scholarship. Our students and mentors are:

High School Students

Tanner Johnson – Hayward High School, Hayward WI
Clinical Research Topic: Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
Clinical Mentor: Luke Funk, MD, MPH
Research Mentor: Sarah Jung, PhD

Danielle Bunch – Sun Prairie High School, Sun Prairie WI
Clinical Research Topic: Benign and Malignant Diseases of the Breast
Clinical Mentor: Lee Wilke, MD
Research Mentor: Sarah Jung, PhD

Shreya Godishala – Middleton High School, Middleton WI
Clinical Research Topic: Ventricular Septal Defect in Neonatal Patients
Clinical Mentor: Jonathan Kohler, MD
Research Mentor: Sarah Jung, PhD

Sai Likhith Mallannagari – Middleton High School, Middleton WI
Clinical Research Topic: Mechanical Thrombectomy and treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke
Clinical Mentor: Joshua Medow, MD, PhD
Research Mentor: Sarah Jung, PhD

Rachel Temozihui Navarro – East High School, Madison WI
Clinical Research Topic: Racial Disparity Outcomes in Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
Clinical Mentor: Amy Fiedler, MD
Research Mentor: John Scarborough, MD

Alexandra Chan – LaFollete High School, Madison WI
Clinical Research Topic: Angioplasty with stent placement
Clinical Mentor: Courtney Morgan, MD
Research Mentor: John Scarborough, MD

Arhat Dwa – Verona Area High School, Verona WI
Clinical Research Topic: Peripheral Vascular Disease – Deep Vein Thrombosis
Clinical Mentor: John Rectenwald, MD
Research Mentor: Sarah Jung, PhD

Faiza Ahmed – James Madison Memorial High School, Madison WI
Clinical Research Topic: Treatment of Infants and Children with Cleft Lip
Clinical Mentor: Catharine Garland, MD
Research Mentor: John Scarborough, MD

Omar Kanan – James Madison Memorial High School, Madison WI
Clinical Research Topic: Open Adrenalectomy
Clinical Mentor: David Schneider, MD, MS
Research Mentor: John Scarborough, MD

Zafirah Kamal – James Madison Memorial High School
Clinical Research Topic: Thyroidectomy Focused on US and Africa Treatment Disparities
Clinical Mentor: Kristin Long, MD, MPH
Research Mentor: John Scarborough, MD