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Trained as an oculofacial reconstructive surgeon, I spent the first 25 years of my career caring for patients, teaching and performing basic and clinical science research.  Along the way I was given increasing responsibilities for clinical quality improvement and realized the importance of clinicians' involvement in this activity.  I served in multiple leadership positions in Aurora Health Care including Chair of Department, Co-Chair of the Quality Council and elected Chief of Staff at St. Luke’s Medical Center. In 2000 I was recruited as Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin where I continued clinical work as well as serving as Director of Clinical Quality and Resident Education.  I served in multiple national positions such as Secretary of Education for the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Section Editor for the Basic and Clinical Science Course of the American Academy of Ophthalmology  and was appointed a Technical Advisor to the National Quality Forum.

In 2006, changes in my professional trajectory led me to obtain a master's degree in medical management from USC.  Soon afterwards I was introduced to complexity science and non-linear systems dynamics.  Since, my major academic thrust has been applying the tools of systems and complexity sciences to understanding performance, particularly in health care. I was recruited to Arizona State University and currently serve as a Research Professor studying determinants of population health, health disparities and organizational performance.  I believe it is imperative to introduce the next generation of health care professionals to these tools and concepts.  That is the basis for my excitement with my work with the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery at ASU.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

1.Gonnering, RS: The seductive allure of “Best Practice”.  E:CO 2012;13(4)104-111. Working paper available at:  http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1753308

2.Gonnering, RS: Healthcare can’t afford to wait to innovate.  Physician Exec J 2012;38:30-32.

3.Gonnering, RS: Intellectual box canyons. Physician Lead J 2014;1(2):40-41.

4.Gonnering, RS: Fostering Innovation. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg 2014;30(6):449.

5.Gonnering, RS: The Opportunity of Variability: Invited Commentary on “High Inter-Reader Variability of Orbital Floor Fractures. JAMA-Ophth, 2015: 133:3816.

6.Gonnering RS: Upper Blepharoplasy, in Tse D (ed) Wright KW (ed in chief) Ryan SJ (consult), Color Atlas of Oculoplastic Surgery, Second Edition, JB Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2011, pp. 102-110.

7.Gonnering, RS, Ogawa, GSH, Bursell, SE, Horton, MB:  Complexity of structure in electronic medical record systems, in Youngman PA, Hadzikadic M (eds):  Complexity and the Human Experience, Pan Stanford, Singapore, 2014, Chapter 10 pp 203-219.

8.Gonnering RS: Ten Steps to Making Ptosis Surgery More Predictable, in Hartstein M, Holds J, Massry G (eds): Pearls and Pitfalls in Oculoplastic Cosmetic Surgery, Second Edition, Springer, New York, 2015, Chapter 182 pp 631-632.

9.Gonnering RS, Logan D: Agent-Based Modelling of Organizational Performance, in Sturmberg JP (ed): The Value of Systems and Complexity Sciences for Healthcare, Springer International, Switzerland, 2016, Chapter 16, pp 197-204.

10. Gonnering RS, Logan D: “Epimemetic” Landscape-Relationship of Organizational Culture, Performance and Compliance vs Engagement, in Qudrat-Ullah H, (ed):  Innovative Health Systems for the 21st Century, Springer International Publishing AG, 2017, pp 249-262.

11. Gonnering, R, Riley, W: The Complex Relationship Between Health Outcomes and Health Factors in the Pacific Northwest. Putting Systems and Complexity Sciences into Practice, Springer International Publishing AG, in press.

12. Gonnering, R, Riley, W: The Paradoxical "Hispanic Paradox": The Dark Side of Acculturation, E:CO,  in press.

13. Gonnering, RS, Hadzikadic, M, Riley, W, Love, K, Whitmeyer, J: Nonlinear Relationship Between Health Factors and Health Outcomes, Prodeedings of the 2017 Annual Meeting, Computational Social Science Society of the Americas, in press.

13. Gonnering, R, Riley, W, Love, K: Relationship Between Health Outcomes and Health Factors: Analysis of 2016 RWJF Arizona Data, in preparation.

14. Gonnering, RS:  Positive Deviance Leads to Counterintuitive Findings in Native American Health Disparities, in preparation.

15. Gonnering, RS: Patterns of Response to Botulinum Toxin Treatment of Functional Facial Movement Disorders: A Process Mining Approach, in preparation.

16.  Gonnering, RS: Complexity Science in Oculofacial Surgery, in preparation.

 

 

 

 

Education

Boston College: AB (cum laude), history
The Medical College of Wisconsin: MD
St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee: Internship
The Medical College of Wisconsin: residency in Ophthalmology and research associate in Physiology
The  University of Wisconsin: Fellowship, Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery
Marshall School of Business, the University of Southern California: Master of Medical Management

 

Research Interests

agent-based modeling; computational social science research; complexity and systems sciences; organizational culture and performance; transfer of knowledge; medical and health care education; health disparities.

Presentations

Last 30:

 

Diba R, Gonnering R, Prieto VG, Saadati HG, Ahmadi MA, Shepler TR, Hawes MJ, Karcioglu Z, Esmaeli B:  Growth Factor Reception Expression in Orbital Lymphangioma: Therapeutic Implications.  Annual Meeting, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, April, 2004.

 

Giangiacomo A, Gonnering R, Harris G:  The Incidence of Temporal Arteritis at the Eye Institute.  Residents Day Presentations, Joint MCW/UW Meeting, June, 2004.

 

Wells T, Gonnering R, Harris G: Infrabrow Incision Blepharoplasty Technique Revisited.  Residents Day Presentations, Joint MCW/UW Meeting, June, 2004.

 

Gonnering RS:  Invited Discussion of “Modified Hughes Flap: Division at 7 Days”, I Leibovitch, D Selva, Annual Meeting, American Academy of Ophthalmology, New Orleans, October, 2004.

 

Gonnering RS:  Entropion and Ectropion: Secrets Revealed at Last.  Wisconsin Eye MD Symposium. Madison, WI, April, 2005.

 

Mancini R, Hong S, Gonnering RS: Digital Image Processing of the Eyelids.  Residents Day Presentations, Joint MCW/UW Meeting, Madison, WI, June, 2005.

 

Gonnering R: Hero or Villain? The Oculoplast and the Second Curve.  Spring Meeting, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Jackson Hole, June, 2005.

 

Mantravadi A, Sheth B, Gonnering, R: Surrogate Decision Making in Elective Surgery.  Residents Day Presentations, Joint MCW/UW Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, June, 2006.

 

Mantravadi A, Sheth B, Gonnering R, Covert D:  The Accuracy of Surrogate Decision Making in Elective Surgery.  American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Symposium, San Diego, CA, April, 2007.

 

Hendee J, Sheth B, Gonnering R:  Resident Cataract Surgery Outcomes.  Residents Day presentations, Joint MCW/UW Meeting, Madison, WI,  June, 2007.

 

Gonnering R: Value Chain Analysis in Oculofacial Surgery.  Spring Meeting.  American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Key Largo, FL, June, 2007.

 

Gonnering R: Beyond Pay for Performance: The Value Equation in Surgery.  Milwaukee Surgical Society, Milwaukee, WI, November, 2008.

 

Gonnering R: Oculofacial Surgery 2010: A New Art, A New Science. 41st Wendell Hughes Memorial Lecture.  Annual Meeting, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Chicago, IL, October, 2010.

 

Gonnering R: Ophthalmology 2010: Changes, Challenges and Choices.  Grand Rounds, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, October, 2010.

 

Gonnering, R: Leadership isn’t Rocket Science. The Gatherings, Santa Fe, NM, September, 2011.

 

Gonnering, R: Fostering Capability in Medical Education. The University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK, February 2012.

 

Gonnering, R, Ogawa GSH, Bursell S, Horton, MB: Complexity and the Electronic Medical Record: The Medium and the Message.  First Annual Conference on Complexity and Human Experience: Modeling Complexity in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The University of North Carolina-Charlotte, June, 2012.

 

Gonnering, R: Modeling the spread of a “Cultural Meme” Through an Organization.  Annual Meeting, Computational Social Science Society of the Americas, Santa Fe, NM, September, 2012.

 

Gonnering, R, Telford, G: Healthcare Professionals’ Perception of EMR: Pathway to Success? Annual Meeting, Association of VA Surgeons, Milwaukee, WI, April, 2013.

 

Gonnering, R, Logan, D:  Modeling Organizational Culture, Values and Productivity.  Annual Meeting, Computational Social Science Society of the Americas, Santa Fe, NM, August, 2013.

 

Gonnering, R: The Other Guy’s Toolbox. Annual Meeting, American College of Physician Executives, Chicago, April, 2014.

 

Gonnering, R, Logan, D:  Modeling the Interrelationship of Organizational Culture, Intellectual Capital and Innovation.  SwarmFest 2014, Notre Dame, IN, June, 2014

 

Gonnering, R, Logan, D:  Agent-Based Modeling of Organizational Productivity., 24th Annual International Conference of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences, Milwaukee, July, 2014.

 

Gonnering, R: The Dark Side of EMR.  Grand Rounds, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, October, 2014.

 

Gonnering, R, Logan, D:  Agent-Based Modeling of Organizational Performance, First International Conference on Systems and Complexity Sciences in Healthcare, Washington, DC, November, 2014.

 

Gonnering, R: From Complexity to Clarity: Symbolic Dynamic Pattern Analysis for the Physician Leader.  Annual Meeting, American Association for Physician Leadership, Las Vegas, NV, April, 2015.

 

Gonnering, R, Logan, D: Epimemetics: Agent-Based Modeling of Distributed Cognition and Performance in Organizations.  Collective Intelligence 2015, Santa Clara, CA, June, 2015.

 

Gonnering, R, Lein JK: Political Speech: Poem, Preaching, Performance? A Pilot Computational Study.  Computational Social Science Society of the Americas, Santa Fe, NM, October, 2015.

 

 

Gonnering, R, Riley, W: The Complex Relationship Between Health Outcomes and Health Factors in the Pacific Northwest. Putting Systems and Complexity Sciences into Practice, the Billings Clinic, November, 2016.

 

Gonnering, R:  Positive Deviance Leads to Counterintuitive Findings in Native American Health Disparities, accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting, Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, Cincinnati, OH, August 2017.

 

 

 

Honors / Awards

Marvin H. Quickert Award, The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1982; Research Award, The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1982; Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1990, Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2001; Honorary Fellow, The Louisiana-Mississippi Ophthalmological and Otolaryngological Society, 1991; A. D. Ruedemann Lecturer, American Academy of Ophthalmology/American Society of Ocularists, 1994;  Director’s Citation, Medical Society of Milwaukee County, 1994; George Kambara Award, Department of Ophthalmology, the University of Wisconsin, 1997; Wisdom Award of Honor, The Wisdom Society, 1999; Merril Reeh Pathology Award, The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1999; Wendell Hughes Lecturer, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2010;  Biographical Inclusions :  Marquis Who's Who in the World  1995-present; Who’s Who in Science and Engineering  1996-present;  Who's Who in Health Care 1997 -present;  Naifeh and Smith The Best Doctors in America, (National Edition) 1992-present; Milwaukee Magazine Best Doctors, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004 (Hall of Fame); Milwaukee Business Journal, Best Doctors SE Wisconsin, 2006; M Magazine Best Doctors, 2008.

2010-2015: Advisory Council, Children’s Brain Development Institute (Children’s Eye Foundation)

2010: Co-Chair, Vanguard Group Educational Committee, American College of Physician Executives​

2010: Moderator, healthcare presentations, World Conference on Quality and Improvement, American Society for Quality.

2006-2009: Appointed Member, Eye Care Technology Panel, National Quality Forum.

​2005-2007: Co-Chair, Pay for Performance Committee, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

1997-1999: Secretary of Education, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

1988-1992: Chair, Section 9 (Oculoplastics), Basic & Clinical Science Course, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Editorships
  • 2015-2017: Language Editor, Translational Surgery
  • 1987 -1998: Editorial board of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Raven Press.
  •  Reviewer, Archives of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of Surgical Education, Journal of Ophthalmology and Clinical Research, Open Access Surgery, Advances in Medical Education and Practice, MOJ Clinical & Medical Case Reports.