Michele Heisler, MD, MPA
Chronic Disease Peer Support Expert
Michele Heisler, MD, MPA is a Professor of Medicine in the Medical School and of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is also a Research Scientist, VA Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor VA. She has been a co-Director of UM’s RWJF Clinical Scholars Program since 2008 and also serves as Associate Director of Global REACH. Since 2016, she is co-Director of the Peer Support Core of the NIDDK-funded Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research. She came to medicine after serving as a Program Officer in charge of Human Rights and Poverty programming in Latin America for the Ford Foundation and working on community health programs in Latin America for Catholic Relief Services. Her main research focus is to develop and test innovative primary care-based interventions in low-resource communities that incorporate evidence-based behavioral theories to help adults prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes. In particular, she has developed and evaluated different peer support, community health worker, and combined peer support and e-Health interventions to extend support beyond face-to-face clinic visits. She has completed multiple large-scale pragmatic clinical trials and implementation studies. She has published over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals presenting findings from these and other of her investigations.