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Megan Huisingh-Scheetz

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentMedicine-Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    As a Geriatrician with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology, I have an abiding interest in understanding the role of technology in understanding and managing frailty in older adults. My work targets two areas of technology: wearable sensors and smart voice. I study how accelerometry-based mobility patterns relate to frailty and aging biomarkers and whether these devices can improve our understanding of frailty and enhance the frailty assessment. Through my work, I apply and analyze accelerometry data to assess and trend activity patterns, both as markers of frailty and to inform frailty activity interventions. I use data from the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey as well as longitudinal, primary accelerometry and frailty data I collect in predominantly African-American older adults around the University of Chicago South Shore Senior Center (n=157). As a clinician, I established a novel frailty evaluation clinic in 2011, the Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation™ (SAFE) clinic, in which I assess and manage frailty in all referred patients and support their caregivers. This clinical experience has informed my “in the trenches” perspective on the value of and remaining challenges to frailty measurement in practice. This clinic also serves as a recruitment site for frail adults for many collaborative research projects. My clinical work motivated me to co-develop a new technology-based program called “EngAGE” that leverages smart voice (e.g., Alexa) to deliver long-term mobility and socialization support to older adults while empowering their caregivers, a project that was conducted with a partnership I established with Orbita, Inc.


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    Butler University, Indianapolis, IndianaBS05/2001Biology
    University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, ILMD05/2006Medicine
    University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, ILMPH05/2007Epidemiology
    University of Chicago, Chicago, ILResidency06/2010Internal Medicine
    University of Chicago , Chicago, ILFellowship06/2011Clinical Geriatrics
    University of Chicago, Chicago, ILFellowship01/2012Advanced Geriatrics Research

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    1. Bandeen-Roche K, Gross AL, Varadhan R, Buta B, Carlson MC, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Mcadams-Demarco M, Piggott DA, Brown TT, Hasan RK, Kalyani RR, Seplaki CL, Walston JD, Xue QL. Principles and Issues for Physical Frailty Measurement and Its Clinical Application. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2020 May 22; 75(6):1107-1112. PMID: 31287490.
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    2. Hawkley L, Zheng B, Hedberg EC, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Waite L. Cognitive limitations in older adults receiving care reduces well-being among spouse caregivers. Psychol Aging. 2020 Feb; 35(1):28-40. PMID: 31985247.
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    3. Rubin DS, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Hung A, Ward RP, Nagele P, Arena R, Hedeker D. Accuracy of Physical Function Questions to Predict Moderate-Vigorous Physical Activity as Measured by Hip Accelerometry. Anesthesiology. 2019 11; 131(5):992-1003. PMID: 31490293.
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    4. Huisingh-Scheetz M, Martinchek M, Becker Y, Ferguson MK, Thompson K. Translating Frailty Research Into Clinical Practice: Insights From the Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation Clinic. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 06; 20(6):672-678. PMID: 30737166.
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    5. Ferguson MK, Wroblewski K, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Thompson K, Farnan J. Physician Gender Differences in Processing Surgical Risk Features in Videos of Standardized Patients. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 04; 107(4):1248-1252. PMID: 30557541.
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    6. Ferguson MK, Farnan J, Wroblewski K, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Thompson K. Do Estimates of Treatment Risk Based on Clinical Vignettes Differ by Physician Gender? Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 12; 106(6):1868-1872. PMID: 30205117.
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    7. Ho EC, Hawkley L, Dale W, Waite L, Huisingh-Scheetz M. Social capital predicts accelerometry-measured physical activity among older adults in the U.S.: a cross-sectional study in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project. BMC Public Health. 2018 06 27; 18(1):804. PMID: 29945588.
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    8. Ferguson MK, Demchuk C, Wroblewski K, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Thompson K, Farnan J, Acevedo J. Does Race Influence Risk Assessment and Recommendations for Lung Resection? A Randomized Trial. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 10; 106(4):1013-1017. PMID: 29902464.
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    9. Huisingh-Scheetz M, Wroblewski K, Kocherginsky M, Huang E, Dale W, Waite L, Schumm LP. The Relationship Between Physical Activity and Frailty Among U.S. Older Adults Based on Hourly Accelerometry Data. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2018 04 17; 73(5):622-629. PMID: 29106478.
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    10. Pinto JM, Wroblewski KE, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Correia C, Lopez KJ, Chen RC, Kern DW, Schumm PL, Dale W, McClintock MK. Global Sensory Impairment Predicts Morbidity and Mortality in Older U.S. Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Dec; 65(12):2587-2595. PMID: 28942611.
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    11. Ferguson MK, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Thompson K, Wroblewski K, Farnan J, Acevedo J. The Influence of Physician and Patient Gender on Risk Assessment for Lung Cancer Resection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jul; 104(1):284-289. PMID: 28410637.
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    12. Kocherginsky M, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Dale W, Lauderdale DS, Waite L. Correction: Measuring Physical Activity with Hip Accelerometry among U.S. Older Adults: How Many Days Are Enough? PLoS One. 2017; 12(3):e0174739. PMID: 28329025.
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    13. Kocherginsky M, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Dale W, Lauderdale DS, Waite L. Measuring Physical Activity with Hip Accelerometry among U.S. Older Adults: How Many Days Are Enough? PLoS One. 2017; 12(1):e0170082. PMID: 28081249.
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    14. Beckert AK, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Thompson K, Celauro AD, Williams J, Pachwicewicz P, Ferguson MK. Screening for Frailty in Thoracic Surgical Patients. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Mar; 103(3):956-961. PMID: 27720368.
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    15. Huisingh-Scheetz M, Walston J. How should older adults with cancer be evaluated for frailty? J Geriatr Oncol. 2017 01; 8(1):8-15. PMID: 27318797.
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    16. Shah T, Press VG, Huisingh-Scheetz M, White SR. COPD Readmissions: Addressing COPD in the Era of Value-based Health Care. Chest. 2016 Oct; 150(4):916-926. PMID: 27167208.
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    17. Huisingh-Scheetz M, Kocherginsky M, Dugas L, Payne C, Dale W, Conroy DE, Waite L. Wrist Accelerometry in the Health, Functional, and Social Assessment of Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Apr; 64(4):889-91. PMID: 27100590.
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    18. Correia C, Lopez KJ, Wroblewski KE, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Kern DW, Chen RC, Schumm LP, Dale W, McClintock MK, Pinto JM. Global Sensory Impairment in Older Adults in the United States. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Feb; 64(2):306-313. PMID: 26889840.
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    19. Kotwal AA, Schumm P, Kern DW, McClintock MK, Waite LJ, Shega JW, Huisingh-Scheetz MJ, Dale W. Evaluation of a Brief Survey Instrument for Assessing Subtle Differences in Cognitive Function Among Older Adults. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2015 Oct-Dec; 29(4):317-24. PMID: 25390883.
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    20. Huisingh-Scheetz MJ, Kocherginsky M, Magett E, Rush P, Dale W, Waite L. Relating wrist accelerometry measures to disability in older adults. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2016 Jan-Feb; 62:68-74. PMID: 26452423.
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    21. Ferguson MK, Thompson K, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Farnan J, Hemmerich J, Acevedo J, Small S. The Impact of a Frailty Education Module on Surgical Resident Estimates of Lobectomy Risk. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jul; 100(1):235-41. PMID: 26004924.
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    22. Vasilopoulos T, Kotwal A, Huisingh-Scheetz MJ, Waite LJ, McClintock MK, Dale W. Comorbidity and chronic conditions in the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), Wave 2. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2014 Nov; 69 Suppl 2:S154-65. PMID: 25360017.
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    23. Huisingh-Scheetz M, Kocherginsky M, Schumm PL, Engelman M, McClintock MK, Dale W, Magett E, Rush P, Waite L. Geriatric syndromes and functional status in NSHAP: rationale, measurement, and preliminary findings. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2014 Nov; 69 Suppl 2:S177-90. PMID: 25360019.
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    24. Ferguson MK, Thompson K, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Farnan J, Hemmerich JA, Slawinski K, Acevedo J, Lee SM, Rojnica M, Small S. Thoracic surgeons' perception of frail behavior in videos of standardized patients. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e98654. PMID: 24892734.
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    25. Huisingh-Scheetz MJ, Bilir SP, Rush P, Burnet D, Dale W. The independent effect of body mass index on health-related quality of life among racial and ethnic subgroups. Qual Life Res. 2013 Sep; 22(7):1565-75. PMID: 23124532.
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