Essential Evidence Update Faculty

Meet the speakers:


Henry C. Barry, MD, MS is a professor emeritus of Family Medicine in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. After graduating from the University of Maryland, he completed his family medicine residency at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, Michigan and completed a master’s in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. For 25 years, as one of the original “POETs,” he and colleagues have generated over 6000 POEMs – Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters – short critical summaries of original research on topics relevant to primary care physicians.

Mark H. Ebell MD, MS is a Professor in the College of Public Health at The University of Georgia. Dr. Ebell is Deputy Editor of American Family Physician and Editor-in-Chief of Essential Evidence. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, a former RWJ Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar, and is former editor of the Journal of Family Practice. Dr. Ebell is author of 7 books and over 300 peer reviewed articles. From 2012 to 2016 he was a member of the USPSTF.

Gary Ferenchick, MD, MS is Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where he practices general internal medicine and is deeply involved in MSU-CHM major curriculum renovation. He earned his master’s degree in human nutrition and medical degree from Michigan State University and completed his residency training in internal medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where he has been a faculty member for over 25 year. Dr. Ferenchick is a Past-President of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine. His research interest is the interface between medical education and information technology.

John Hickner, MD, MS is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Practice and Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. After receiving his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his family medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and received a master’s degree in Biostatistics and Research Design from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He was the Cleveland Clinic Chair of Family Medicine from 2009 to 2014 and Head of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2013 to 2018. Dr. Hickner has practiced Family Medicine for over 40 years. He has taught evidence-based medicine courses to physicians and medical students for more than 25 years.

Kate Rowland, MD, MS is a core faculty member at the Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency and an associate professor at Rush University.  She is also an associate medical editor for the American Academy of Family Physician’s FP Essentials series and a former editor of the Priority Updates from the Research Literature series. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College and completed post-graduate training at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Family Medicine residency and the University of Chicago primary care research fellowship. She is a regular speaker at the AAFP annual meeting, FMX, and other live CME courses.

Santina Wheat MD, MPH is the Program Director for the McGaw Northwestern Family Medicine Residency Erie Humboldt Park and an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.   She earned her medical degree at University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine and her Masters of Public Health at University of Illinois School of Public Health.  She completed a family medicine residency at McGaw Northwestern Family Medicine Residency Humboldt Park.   She currently primarily provides full primary care primarily to patients living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.  She also runs an outpatient procedure clinic with the residents in her program and is part of the maternity care team.  Dr Wheat has a strong interest in reproductive health, social determinants of health and health equity.