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Megan J. Huisingh-Scheetz

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentMedicine-Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
AddressChicago IL 60637
Phone+1 (773) 702-8311
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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. 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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    1997 - 2001Summa Cum Laude, Butler University
    1997 - 2001High Honors in Biology, Butler University
    2001William Yates Award for dedication to a professional program, Butler University
    2005Gold Humanism Honor Society Membership, UIC College of Medicine
    2007Third Place, Regional ACP Meeting Resident Poster Competition, University of Chicago
    2011Presidential Posters (2011, 2013-15, 2017, 2020...), American Geriatrics Society
    2013Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging Associate, University of Chicago
    2015DOM Recognition for Exemplary Education of Residents/Fellows in 2013-2014 Academic Year, University of Chicago
    2017Biological Sciences Division Distinguished Leader in Program Innovation for the Successful Aging and, University of Chicago
    2018DOM Janet Rowley Research Day Faculty Abstract Winner of the Clinical Research Award, University of Chicago
    2019DOM Leif B. Sorensen Faculty Research Award ("Rising star" in the conduct of translational research), University of Chicago
    2021Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation Scholar, University of Chicago
    2021Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators Focused on the Care of Older Adults, American Geriatrics Society

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    L30 AG040791     (Huisingh-Scheetz)Jul 1, 2011 - Jun 30, 2016
    NIH
    NIH Loan Repayment Program (4 years awarded)

    K23AG049106     (HUISINGH-SCHEETZ, MEGAN J)Jun 1, 2016 - May 31, 2021
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    Early Frailty Biomarkers: Patterns of Activity and Energy Expenditure
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Leung V, Wroblewski K, Schumm LP, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Huang ES. Reexamining the Classification of Older Adults With Diabetes by Comorbidities and Exploring Relationships With Frailty, Disability, and 5-year Mortality. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2021 Oct 13; 76(11):2071-2079. PMID: 34003280.
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    2. Huisingh-Scheetz MJ, Li L, Wroblewski KE, Schumm LP, McClintock MK, Pinto JM. Exploring Shared Effects of Multisensory Impairment, Physical Dysfunction, and Cognitive Impairment on Physical Activity: An Observational Study in a National Sample. J Aging Phys Act. 2021 Oct 05; 1-9. PMID: 34611055.
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    3. Huisingh-Scheetz M, Wroblewski K, Waite L, Huang ES, Schumm LP, Hedeker D. Variability in Hourly Activity Levels: Statistical Noise or Insight Into Older Adult Frailty? J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2021 Aug 13; 76(9):1608-1618. PMID: 33049032.
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    4. Rubin DS, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Ferguson MK, Nagele P, Peden CJ, Lauderdale DS. U.S. trends in elective and emergent major abdominal surgical procedures from 2002 to 2014 in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 08; 69(8):2220-2230. PMID: 33969889.
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    5. Witt LJ, Spacht WA, Carey KA, Arora VM, White SR, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Press VG. Weak Handgrip at Index Admission for Acute Exacerbation of COPD Predicts All-Cause 30-Day Readmission. Front Med (Lausanne). 2021; 8:611989. PMID: 33898475.
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    6. Beiting KJ, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Walker J, Graupner J, Martinchek M, Thompson K, Levine S, Gleason LJ. Management and outcomes of a COVID-19 outbreak in a nursing home with predominantly Black residents. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 05; 69(5):1155-1165. PMID: 33739444.
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    7. Zeytinoglu M, Wroblewski KE, Vokes TJ, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Hawkley LC, Huang ES. Association of Loneliness With Falls: A Study of Older US Adults Using the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project. Gerontol Geriatr Med. 2021 Jan-Dec; 7:2333721421989217. PMID: 33614830.
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    8. Press VG, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Oyler J. #SheForShe: Increasing Nominations Significantly Increased Institutional Awards for Deserving Academic Women. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Sep; 36(9):2865-2866. PMID: 33501541.
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    9. Martinchek M, Beiting KJ, Walker J, Graupner J, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Thompson K, Gleason LJ, Levine S. Weight Loss in COVID-19-Positive Nursing Home Residents. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 Feb; 22(2):257-258. PMID: 33352194.
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    10. Collison M, Beiting KJ, Walker J, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Pisano J, Chia S, Marrs R, Landon E, Levine S, Gleason LJ. Three-Tiered COVID-19 Cohorting Strategy and Implications for Memory-Care. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 11; 21(11):1560-1562. PMID: 33138937.
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    11. 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 05 22; 75(6):1107-1112. PMID: 31287490.
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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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    25. 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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    26. 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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    27. 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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    28. 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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    29. 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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    30. 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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    31. 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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    32. 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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    33. 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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    34. 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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    35. 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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