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Ed Dismuke

Dean Dismuke       

   Ed Dismuke, MD, MSPH
Visiting Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy
   Contact information:
   Telephone: 901-678-4130
   Fax: 901-678-0383
   Robinson Hall 136A
   Curriculum Vitae


  • AB, Biology, Brown University
  • MD, Medicine, University of Tennessee College of Medicine
  • MSPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina School of Public Health

Research Interests:

  • Community Health Improvment and Population Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • New Models of Healthcare Delivery
  • Student Education in Population Health and Health Promotion/Disease Prevention

Recent Publications & Presentations:

  • Chesser, A, Ahlers-Schmidt,C, Utah, C, Assi, M, Dismuke, SE. Health of the Public: Rate of publications
    Based on modification of program structure. Medical Teacher, in press 2011.
  • Wetta-Hall R, Copas, GM, Dismuke, SE. Help on the line: Telephone-triage use, outcomes and satisfaction within an uninsured population. Evaluation and the Health Professions, December 2005; 28:414-427.
  • Fredrickson DD, Jones TL, Molgaard CA, Carman CG, Schukman J, Dismuke SE, Ablah E. Optimal design features for surveying low-income populations. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2005 Nov;16(4):677-90
  • Golbeck,AL, Ahlers-Schmidt, C, Paschal AM, Dismuke SE. A definition and
    operational framework for health numeracy. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2005 Nov;29(4):375-6
  • Ducatuman A, Vanderploeg JM, Johnson M, Rubin J, Harber P, Harmon RG, Rumm P, Nilson E, Batalden P, Merchant G, Krauss M, Sokas R, Goldberg R, Valdez M, Dismuke, SE, Wagner G, Leniek K, Rosenthal J. Residency training in preventive medicine: Challenges and opportunities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2005 Oct;29(3):242
  • Wetta-Hall R, Dismuke SE, Molgaard C, Fredrickson D, Ablah E, Berry, M. Emergency Department use by people on low income. Emergency Nurse, 2005; 13(3), 14-20.
  • Dismuke SE (editorial). The growing mandate for clinical preventive medicine. American Family Physician 2003; 68:2348-2350.
  • Fredrickson DD, Molgaard CA, Dismuke SE, Schukman JS, Walling A. Understandingfrequent emergency room use by medicaid-insured children with asthma: a combined quantitative and qualitative study. J Am Board Fam Pract 2004 Mar-Apr; 17(2):96-100.
  • Frisch L, Dismuke SE. Education for Population Health. Am J Prev Med 2002 Jan 22:1 69-70.
  • Dismuke SE, Ellerbeck E. Commentary: Research Training in Population Health. Medical Education 2001; 35:524-525.
  • Moranetz CA, Hammig BJ, Moore WP, Miller JW, Turkmani DF, Young BD, Anthony AK, Mosier MC, Dismuke SE. The Community Health Project: An Effective Service Learning Experience. Health Education and Behavior, Vol. 28, No. 2, 128-129, April 2001.
  • Dismuke SE, Sherman L. Identifying population health faculty in U.S. medical schools. Am J Prev Med 2001; 20(2): 113-117.
  • Dismuke SE, Burns BW, Moranetz CA, Ellerbeck E. Curriculum assessment for prevention topics and the population perspective. Am J Prev Med 2001; 20(4): 286-290.
  • Dismuke SE, McClary A. Putting It All Together: Building a Four-Year Curriculum. Acad Med 2000; 75, July Supplement: S90--S92.
  • Dismuke SE, Roberts D, Potsic SR. Academia, Public Health and a Private Foundation Join Forces in Kansas. The Link: Quarterly Bulletin of The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice 1993; 4:1-3.
  • Dismuke SE, McClary AM, McCall JW, Runyan JW. Integrating an educational program in health promotion and disease prevention into a medical school: The University of Tennessee, Memphis Am J of Health Promotion 1992; 6:372-379.
  • Rosenthal TL, Miller ST, Rosenthal RH, Shadish WR, Fogleman BS, Dismuke SE. Assessing Emotional Distress at the Internist's Office. Behaviour Research and Therapy 1991; 29:249-252.
  • Dismuke SE, Wagner EH. Pulmonary embolism as a cause of death. JAMA 1986; 255:2039‑2042.
  • Applegate WB, Dismuke SE, Runyan JW. Hypertension and the elderly. J Amer Ger Soc 1984; Vol 32:21‑23.
  • Dismuke SE, Miller ST. Why not share the secrets of good health? The physician's role in health promotion. JAMA 1983; 249:3181‑3183.
  • Applegate WB, Vander Zwaag R, Dismuke SE, et al. Control of systolic blood pressure in elderly black patients. J Amer Ger Soc 1983; Vol 30:391‑396.
  • Applegate WB, Vander Zwaag R, Dismuke SE, et al. Control of systolic blood pressure in elderly black patients. J Amer Ger Soc 1983; Vol 30:391‑396.
  • Garcia‑Kutzback A, Dismuke SE, Masi AT. Gonococcal arthritis: Clinical features and results of penicillin therapy. Journal Rheum 1974; 1:210‑ 221.

Dr Dismuke spent 14 years on the faculty of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee in the departments of preventive medicine and internal medicine. He directed the courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral science and public health for medical students. Practicing general internal medicine, preventive medicine and preventive cardiology half time he also taught medical students in the hospital and in the clinic. His research focused on health promotion/disease prevention and preventive cardiology. Among other research activities he was heavily involved in NIH risk factor reduction clinical trials with his colleagues, Bill Applegate, Steve Miller and Robert Klesges. He also obtained a $3 M grant from the WK Kellogg foundation to change the balance of medical education to give significant weight to health promotion/disease prevention.

In 1991, Dr. Dismuke became Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Kansas in both Kansas City and Wichita. He built the department from 5 faculty to over 30 on two campuses with annual extramural funding of over $3 million. He has helped lead an effort to develop a Statewide MPH degree program which is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health. The program is ranked among the best graduate MPH programs in community health in the country by US News and World Report magazine.

In Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Dismuke has led a Community Health Assessment Process and developed a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for the community. He has also helped the community develop an award winning program for providing medical care to the uninsured through physician volunteers (500+) and other donated services (hospital care, pharmacy service, etc). (This project won the national Mary Gates Award for United Way of America). From October 1998 until July 2001, he was the Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Professor in Public Health.

From July 2001 until September 2008, Dr. Dismuke was the dean of the regional medical school campus in Wichita, Kansas. The school educates 110 medical students in their third and fourth years of school (but now has all four years). Wichita also oversees 14 residency programs and 270 residents and has a nationally ranked MPH degree program. The campus has an annual budget of >$60 million per year and employs 600 people.

Dr. Dismuke has held leadership roles in multiple local and national health care organizations, including the national academic preventive medicine organization, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the national organization of regional medical campuses, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the United Way of the Plains (past Board Chair). In February, 2009, Dr Dismuke received the Duncan Clark Award from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research(APTR). APTR represents academic preventive medicine and the Duncan Clark award is the organization's highest honor. He is well published and has been very successful obtaining extramural research funding.

In August 2012 Dr Dismuke became a Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis. He is also serving as the interim director of the division of health systems management and policy.

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