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Two accept research leadership posts

​​​Tw​o veteran researchers have accepted new leadership roles at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MCRI).


Robert Haws, M.D., Robert Haws, M.D.
Director for the Clinical
Research Center


 Peggy Peissig, Ph.D., MBA Peggy Peissig, Ph.D., MBA
Interim director of the
Biomedical Informatics
​ Research Center

Robert Haws, M.D., Pediatric Nephrology, Marshfield Center, is the new director for the Clinical Research Center. Peggy Peissig, Ph.D., MBA, is the interim director of the Biomedical Informatics Research Center (BIRC).

The Clinical Research Center conducts biomedical research, with a focus on improving human health by continually advancing disease knowledge and new therapies. It provides centralized comprehensive services, ensuring quality and efficiency in conducting studies investigating the safety and effectiveness of new medical treatments, including drugs, devices and biotechnology.

Clinical Research aligns resources from grant development to study completion through publication for investigator initiated studies, industry funded clinical trials, and federal and non-federal funded foundation grants and contracts.

Dr. Haws came to Marshfield Clinic in 2004 after completing fellowship training in pediatric nephrology at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. He completed a pediatrics residency at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

He is an experienced researcher, with more than 18 publications. He initiated the Clinical Registry Investigating Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, the world's first rare disease registry for BBS, and has received attention from the National Institutes of Health as a model for rare disease registries. Dr. Haws will build on Marshfield Clinic's outstanding record of carrying out state-of-the-art clinical trials, giving patients the benefit of choosing to participate in ground-breaking research.

Dr. Peissig has served in a variety of research and information systems roles since coming to Marshfield Clinic in 1990. She earned a Ph.D. degree in clinical investigation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

In Marshfield, she has served as:

  • Associate research scientist in the Center for Human Genetics, MCRI.
  • Director of health informatics for Security Health Plan
  • Associate director of the Biomedical Informatics Research Center, MCRI
  • Director of informatics and decision support for Marshfield Clinic Information Systems, where she also performed a number of administrative functions. 

She is an outstanding researcher with a growing national reputation and has authored or co-authored 45 scientific publications.


“It is critical to support Marshfield Clinic and Marshfield ClinicResearch Foundation. In clinical medicine, we are fortunate to havea continuous and daily peer review process from our fellow colleagues,which translates into a quality of care for all of our patients.”– Dr. Jim and Carol Opitz  
It is critical to support Marshfield Clinic and Marshfield Clinic Research Institute​​. In clinical medicine, we are fortunate to have a continuous and daily peer review process from our fellow colleagues, which translates into a quality of care for all of our patients.” – Dr. Jim and Carol Opitz