Research Seminars

Catching Up with Healthcare’s Future: EHRs in the Era of Precision Medicine

Justin B Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI
August 12, 2020
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Bio: Dr. Starren is founding Chief of the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics, Deputy Director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) and Director of the Feinberg Center for Data Science and Informatics (CDSI). He also leads the doctoral programs in Health and Biomedical Informatics, serves on the university Big Data Taskforce and oversees a variety of informatics, research computing, and data sciences activities.

Supporting Clinical and Translational Researchers with Electronic Patient Data

Thomas Campion, MS, PhD
September 22, 2020
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Bio: Thomas R. Campion, Jr., Ph.D. leads Weill Cornell Medicine’s efforts to support clinical and translational investigators with electronic patient data, especially through the secondary use of electronic health record (EHR) data. Dr. Campion is Associate Professor of Research in Population Health Sciences in the Division of Health Informatics. As Director, Research Informatics in the Information Technologies & Services Department (ITS) and Director, Biomedical Informatics in the Clinical & Translational Science Center (CTSC), he leads the Architecture for Research Computing in Health (ARCH) program, which matches scientists with tools and services for obtaining electronic patient data. His research interests include electronic infrastructure to support clinical and translational scientists, measurement of the biomedical research enterprise, computable phenotyping, clinical decision support, health information exchange, and organizational issues in informatics. He earned a master of science and doctor of philosophy in biomedical informatics from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor of arts in organizational studies and German from the University of Michigan.

Data science: Approaches to secondary data structure and analysis

Fadia Tohme Shaya, Ph.D., M.P.H
October 22, 2020
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Bio:  Fadia T. Shaya is Professor at the University of Maryland Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, and Director of Informatics at Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Maryland Baltimore. Dr. Fadia T. Shaya also serves as Director, Center on Drugs and Public Policy and Executive Director, Behavioral Health Research Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore. She serves as adjunct faculty at the American University of Beirut and has held appointments at the Health Planning Commission in Paris, France.

Dr. Fadia T. Shaya leads digital transformation in health services research, and has built research and training capacity to support all stages of drug and medical device development, evaluation and policy, from pre-clinical trials to post-marketing surveillance. She develops comparative effectiveness, clinical, economic, policy, decision analytic and budget impact models. Working with Medicare and Medicaid programs and commercial plans; she helps inform safety and effectiveness assessments and coverage decisions. Her extra-mural research is supported by federal, state, commercial and foundation grants and contracts. She keeps a balance of interests in research, policy, academic and government affairs, serving on the Faculty Senate, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Editorial Advisory Boards, and as referee for peer-reviewed journals, with over 500 papers reviewed, and over 200 published.

HIT Burnout

Philip J Kroth, MD, MSc
November 30, 2020
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Bio: Philip J Kroth, MD, MSc, received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1987, his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Ohio in 1995, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1999. He completed a research fellowship in biomedical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute at the Indiana University Medical Center where he also earned an M.S. in clinical research in 2003. In his previous position at the University of New Mexico, in addition to practicing as a general internist, he founded and directed both a post-doctoral research fellowship in biomedical informatics as well as a ACGME-accredited clinical informatics fellowship for physicians.

Dr. Kroth was the elected national chair of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Academic Forum for 2015. His areas of research focus include adapting clinical records for research, the promotion of open access publication, and assessing the impact of health information technology (HIT) on user physician burnout and fatigue

Biomedical Informatics Year in Review

James J. Cimino, MD
December 15, 2020
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Bio: Dr. James J. Cimino, is a physician-scientist and biomedical informatician elected in 1992 to the American College of Medical Informatics and in 2014 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. He pioneered the theory and formalisms of medical concept representation underpinning the use of controlled medical vocabularies in electronic medical records in support of clinical decision-making. Training under Octo Barnett at Harvard University, he also contributed to the initiation of the Unified Medical Language System. In addition, he actively practices medicine as an internist and has devoted many years to develop and innovate clinical information systems that have been integrated in the New York–Presbyterian Hospital, and the Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Cimino is the inaugural director of the Informatics Institute in the School of Medicine and co-director of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Previously, Dr. Cimino was Chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development at the NIH Clinical Center, and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University (2002-2007).