John R Meurer, MD,MBA

Director, Downtown Health Center
Professor, the Medical College of Wisconsin

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Best Doctors 2013I love helping children, families, and the Milwaukee community to be healthy and well. I also enjoy teaching and mentoring medical and graduate students and resident physicians to serve the vulnerable in society. I have led efforts to prevent childhood obesity and to control pediatric asthma and adult diabetes. I have worked at Downtown Health Center since 1994. I direct the Institute for Health and Society which aims to improve health and advance equity through partnerships. Our epidemiologists, biostatisticians, bioethicists, and community-engaged researchers and educators work to integrate medicine with public and community health. My wife Linda Meurer is a professor of family and community medicine at MCW and leads educational programs for medical students and doctors. My three teenage children give me pride and joy.

Areas of Interest
  • Pediatrics

Education & Awards

  • 1986, University of Wisconsin (PNP), MD
  • 1989, Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX)
  • Best Doctors in America, 2009-13
  • Pediatrician of the Year, Wisconsin Academy of Pediatrics, 2005
  • Outstanding Medical Student Teacher Awards for health policy and urban community health pathway, 2008-2013
  • Special Achievement Award for Distinguished Service and Dedication, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006 and 2009
  • Best Doctors in America, Business Journal and Milwaukee Magazine, 2009-2014

Research & Publications

  • Childhood asthma surveillance by community coalitions.
  • Controlling asthma in American cities.
  • Urban and community health pathway: preparing socially responsive physicians through community-engaged learning. 
  • Chronic care model as a framework to improve diabetes care at an academic internal medicine faculty-resident practice. 
  • Asthma coalition effects on vulnerable sub-groups of children: the most frequent users of health care and the youngest.
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