Paul Uhlig, MD, MPA, FACS

University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Wesley Medical Center 
Wichita, Kansas

Phone: (316) 858-0186
Fax: (316) 239-6747

Paul Uhlig, MD, MPA, FACS, a cardiothoracic surgeon, is associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and medical director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. 

Dr. Uhlig is internationally recognized for practice and study of high reliability health care teamwork and patient/family centered care. The cardiac care team he led while on the faculty at Dartmouth Medical School received the Eisenberg Patient Safety Award, the highest award in patient safety given by the Joint Commission and National Quality forum. This award was for developing the Concord Collaborative Care Model, a novel approach to interprofessional care with active involvement of patients and families, which is now known as the Social Process Model of Collaborative Teamwork.

Dr. Uhlig’s professional interests concern transforming health care practice culture to better meet the evolving needs of patients and society. He and Taos Associate Dr. Ellen Raboin work as partners applying principles of social construction in health care. He has given invited addresses on health care teamwork and patient safety at major academic health centers and health systems across the US and internationally, including the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh where he was awarded a King James IV professorship.

Dr. Uhlig has a life long interest in aviation. He holds a commercial pilot’s license with instrument and multiengine ratings and is studying for his flight instructor certificate. He flies a restored 1945 Piper Cub and an aerobatic biplane, and is patiently building an open cockpit biplane in a workshop at his home. Dr. Uhlig and his wife Anna Nelson Uhlig, a musician and music therapist, live in Wichita, Kansas, and have four sons.

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