Van Sickle

I am the co-founder and CEO of Propeller Health, a Madison- and San Francisco-based company working to measurably improve life with chronic respiratory disease. As of January 2019, we're a part of ResMed (RMD).

I received my PhD in medical anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2004. My dissertation research, funded by the National Science Foundation, examined the rising prevalence of asthma and allergy in India, a topic I previously studied in communities in Alaska, Arizona and New Mexico. From 2006 to 2009, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In 2010, I was named a Champion of Change by the Obama administration for my work on innovation.

Between 2004-6, I was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. As part of the Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch, I provided epidemiological support to the National Asthma Control Program, and investigated the health effects of a variety of environmental exposures. I also helped establish emergency illness and injury surveillance in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.