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Welcome, Dr. Shen!

I would like to welcome to the IHI and the Biomedical Informatics Program of the CTSI, Steven Shen, MD, PhD who joins as Research Professor of Health Informatics and Director of Translational Bioinformatics Services at the Best Practices Integrative Informatics Consulting and Collaborative Science Core (BPIC) of the CTSI. BPIC is the upcoming successor to the ICS in the CTSI Informatics roadmap for 2016-2020.

Dr. Shen has extensive training in Health Sciences and Bioinformatics combined with many years of experience in top-tier institutions. He earned his MD and completed specialty training in Internal Medicine in Nantong Medical College (China) and earned his Ph.D. in Neuro-Immunology from Suzhou Medical College (China). He completed a 2 year Research Fellowship in Neuro-oncology, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and continued with a 3-year postdoctoral training in Molecular Immunology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. From 2000 to 2007 he was Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Cancer Research. From 2007 to 2008 he was Senior Research Scientist at Helicos Bioscience Inc., Cambridge, MA. He has held faculty positions in Boston University School of Medicine (2009-2010) and NYU (2010-2016). At NYU he held the rank since 2010 of Associate Professor in Informatics and has been Director of Bioinformatics at the NYU Genome Technology Center of NYU’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Shen will be a key contributor to our efforts to expand the scope and added value of the informatics consulting and collaborative science services for the benefit of all AHC researchers who need help designing experiments and generating high throughput molecular data of all types, integrating genomic with clinical data, exploring precision medicine projects, and in general conducting sophisticated design, generation, modeling and analyses of deep DNA sequencing and other omics data. He will connect such researchers with IHI and other AHC faculty, design efficient workflows and Best Practices for complex scientific bioinformatics consulting, prepare Bioinformatics components of grant proposals, and document the lifecycle of consulting engagements and their outcomes. Dr. Shen will join in mid-June; until the end of summer, he will work toward hiring and training new Bioinformatics staff, installing bioinformatics analysis pipelines, and creating workflows, training materials, and services for the pilot roll out of BPIC Translational Bioinformatics Services in Fall of 2016.

Please join me in welcoming Steven to the IHI and CTSI informatics family.

Constantin Aliferis,
CRIO and IHI Director

Welcome, Dr. Simon!

I would like to welcome to the IHI and the Biomedical Informatics Program of the CTSI, Gyorgy Simon, PhD who joins us on June 1 as Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Health Informatics with a partial appointment and tenure home in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Simon earned BS and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Statistics. Prior to his present appointments he held the position of Senior Software Engineer - Yahoo!; Instructor of Biostatistics - Mayo Clinic College of Medicine; Clinical Assistant Professor – IHI; and Assistant Professor of Informatics - Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Simon’s methodological interests are: Data Mining, Machine Learning and Statistical Analyses in Health Care; Analysis of Electronic Health Records, including image and genomic data; Big data analytics /Data science; Clinical Decision Support; Phenotype Discovery and Subpopulation Mining; Temporal Modeling and Disease Trajectory Mining; and claims and clinical data integration.

Application domains include: Quantifying the effects of interventions (nursing guidelines, medications) in EHR data; Diabetes prevention and management through subpopulation data mining; Typical and atypical diabetes trajectories; Interaction among diseases of the metabolic syndrome; Risk models for bacteremia, sepsis and septic shock; and Alzheimer’s Disease progression in the brain from sMRI data.

He has published 20 peer-reviewed papers in his areas of expertise and is the PI of the NIH RO1 project “Mining Typical and Atypical Diabetes Trajectories from Multi-Site EHR Data” (2015-19).

Dr. Simon was jointly recruited between IHI and the DoM, and he will be devoting 25% of his time working with DoM faculty assisting them in the mining of clinical records and other modeling-heavy explorations of complex medical datasets. In addition, Dr. Simon will participate as a consultant in the Best Practices Integrative Informatics Consulting and Collaborative Science Core (BPIC). BPIC is the upcoming successor to the ICS in the CTSI Informatics roadmap for 2016-2020 and will be open to all AHC researchers who need access to clinical data, data integration, and sophisticated modeling and analyses of such data. Finally Dr. Simon will be a participating faculty member of the Big Data Analytics unit for M-Health.

Please join me in welcoming Gyorgy to the IHI and the CTSI informatics family.

Constantin Aliferis,
CRIO and IHI Director

Welcome, Dr. AbuSalah!

I would like to welcome to the IHI and the Biomedical Informatics Program of the CTSI, Dr. Ahmad AbuSalah MSc, PhD who joins as Assistant Professor of Health Informatics and Scientific Coordinator for Clinical Informatics (SCCI) at the Best Practices Integrative Informatics Consulting and Collaborative Science Core (BPIC). BPIC is the upcoming successor to the ICS in the CTSI Informatics roadmap for 2016-2020.

Dr. AbuSalah has graduate degrees in Computer Science and Health Informatics and undergraduate degrees in Management of Information Systems and in Quality, Design and Production Management. He also has substantial experience in the industry (Optum-UnitedHealth Group and Boston Scientific) where he functioned as Assoc. Director & Manager of Healthcare Data Management Solutions and Senior R&D Engineer respectively between 2009 and today.

Dr. AbuSalah will be a key contributor to our efforts to expand the scope and added value of the informatics consulting services for the benefit of all AHC researchers who need access to clinical data, data integration, and sophisticated modeling and analyses of such data. He will connect such researchers with IHI faculty, supervise clinical data extraction and other services, design efficient workflows for complex scientific consulting, and document the life cycle of consulting engagements and their outcomes.  Dr. AbuSalah will succeed Prof. Stuart Speedie as head of the ICS, and will supervise the current ICS staff. In the next months until the end of summer, he will work with Drs. Speedie and Aliferis to engineer enhanced workflows and services for the pilot roll out of BPIC Clinical Informatics Services in Fall of 2016.

In his first 2 years, Dr. AbuSalah will also architect and oversee end-to-end data solutions and other informatics needs as lead informaticist at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NCIPE), directed by Dr. Frank Cerra.

Please join me in welcoming Ahmad to the IHI and CTSI informatics family.

Constantin Aliferis,
CRIO and IHI Director

Faces of AMIA

The IHI's Dr. Genevieve Melton-Meaux was featured in the American Medical Informatics Association's Faces of AMIA. Read the interview to learn more about Dr. Melton-Meaux.

Congratulations, Dr. Melton-Meaux

Please join us in congratulating IHI Core Faculty, Dr. Genevieve Melton-Meaux, for being inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American Medical Informatics Association. ACMI Fellows are recognized for their significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics.

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