University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Mary Sesto, PhD

Associate Professor


MADISON, WI 53706-1510

(608) 263-5697


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI – PhD in Industrial Engineering

Professional Activities

Dr. Mary Sesto is a faculty member in the Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care within the Department of Medicine. She holds affiliate appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. She is also core faculty in the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement and a member of the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety. Dr. Sesto’s training as a physical therapist and human factors engineer provides her unique abilities to translate and apply human factors engineering theory and research methods in health care. Dr. Sesto has performed clinical research and information technology research working collaboratively with engineers and clinicians for more than 15 years.

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Sesto’s clinical interests focus on rehabilitation and ergonomic consulting to reduce work-related injuries and work disability and to improve the life of people with chronic illness.

Research Interests

Dr. Sesto's research interests include evaluation, design and implementation of information technology and decision support systems to improve care coordination, quality of care, and health outcomes of patients with chronic health conditions. Her current research focuses on improving outcomes and post-treatment life of cancer survivors and bone marrow transplant recipients.