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Welcome Dr. Shen!

Welcome Dr. Shen!

<p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Please join me in welcoming Steven to the IHI and CTSI informatics family.</p><p>Constantin Aliferis,<br>CRIO and IHI Director</p>

Welcome Dr. Simon!

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!

Welcome Dr. AbuSalah!

<p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">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. </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">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 &amp; Manager of Healthcare Data Management Solutions and Senior R&amp;D Engineer respectively between 2009 and today. </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000;">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. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></span><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">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.</span></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">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.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Please join me in welcoming Ahmad to the IHI and CTSI informatics family.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Constantin Aliferis,<br>CRIO and IHI Director</span></p>

Congratulations Dr. Melton-Meaux!

Congratulations Dr. Melton-Meaux!

<p>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.</p>

The Faces of AMIA!

The 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.

Health Informatics Invited Speaker Series

Health Informatics Invited Speaker Series

The Institute for Health Informatics is proud to introduce the Health Informatics Invited Speaker Series beginning Thursday, September 3.
Sisi Ma, MSc, MSc, PhD, Research Scientist at NYU's Langone Medical Center, will give our inaugural presentation.
More information

IHI Alumnus joins the International Space Station

IHI Alumnus joins the International Space Station

NLM Fellow and IHI Alumnus, Kjell Lindgren, MD, MHI, MPH, will be working at the International Space Station for the next five months. Congratulations, Kjell!
Read the Washington Post story.
Follow Kjell on Twitter @astro_kjell.

MedInfo2015

MedInfo2015

Congratulations to the IHI students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have been accepted to the MedInfo 2015 World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics in São Paulo, Brazil. We also congratulate Elliot Arsoniadis for being selected as a finalist in the MedInfo student paper competition.

  • Elliot Arsoniadis, Rabindra Tambyraja, Saif Khairat, Cyrus Jahansouz, Daren Scheppmann, Mary R. Kwaan, Gretchen Hultman, Genevieve B. Melton “Characterizing Patient-Generated Clinical Data and Associated Implications for Electronic Health Records”
  • Zhen Hu, Gyorgy Simon, Elliot Arsoniadis, Yan Wang, Mary Kwaan, Genevieve Melton “Automated Detection of Postoperative Surgical Site Infections Using Supervised Methods with Electronic Health Record Data”
  • Nivedha Manohar, Terrence Adam, Serguei V. Pakhomov, Genevieve B. Melton. Rui Zhang “Evaluation of Herbal and Dietary Supplement Resource Term Coverage”
  • David Marc, Rui Zhang, James Beattie, Laël C. Gatewood, Saif S. Khairat “Indexing Publicly Available Health Data with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): An Evaluation of Term Coverage”
  • Ryan H. Sandefer, Saif S. Khairat, David S. Pieczkiewicz, Stuart M. Speedie “Using Publicly Available Data to Characterize Consumers Use of Email to Communicate with Healthcare Providers”

The IHI warmly welcomes Constantin Aliferis, MD PhD, FACMI

The IHI warmly welcomes Constantin Aliferis, MD PhD, FACMI

Dr. Aliferis has accepted the positions of Professor and Chief Informatics Research Officer and Director of IHI at the University of Minnesota. This is a new position and leverages the University’s strong commitment to the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the informatics achievements over the past four years. In bridging the academic with the operational realm, Dr. Aliferis will also build and lead a Big Data Analytics unit for M-Health and carry the title of Chief Analytics Officer.

A summary of Dr. Aliferis’ background follows:
Dr. Constantin Aliferis’ research is focused on high dimensional modeling and analysis designed to transform biomedical data into novel actionable scientific knowledge. His 3 key areas of broad interest are (a) Use of advanced informatics and analytics to accelerate and enhance the sophistication, volume, quality and reproducibility of scientific research; (b) Quality and cost improvements of healthcare using Big Data approaches; and (c) Precision medicine.

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Aliferis has invented and applied methods that include automated protocols and automodeling systems for complex data analytics, Markov Boundary induction, Causal Graph based discovery and modeling, high dimensional feature selection, Support Vector Machines, multi-modal omics analysis, multiplicity modeling, clinical predictive modeling, scientometrics and evidence-driven information retrieval.

Dr. Aliferis has 17 years of formal graduate and post-graduate training in medicine, computer science (specialty area: intelligent systems/machine learning), and biomedical informatics. Following a 2-year appointment as Research Associate in Epidemiology in Athens University Medical School, he held faculty positions in Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Cancer Biology and Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University between 2000 and 2008. During that time, he was the Founding Director of the Vanderbilt MS/PhD Program in Biomedical Informatics in 2000-2001 and Founding Director of Vanderbilt’s Discovery Systems Lab between 2001 and 2008.

In 2008, Dr Aliferis joined NYU as the Founding Director of the New York University Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics which he led between 2008 and 2015. He also served as Director of the Biomedical Informatics Cores of NYU Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the NYU Cancer Center. He also had a number of other academic and leadership roles at NYU: Scientific Director, Best Practices Integrative Informatics Consultation Service (BPIC); Scientific Director, NYULMC High Performance Computing Facility; Founding Director of the NYU PhD Training Program in Biomedical Informatics and of the terminal MS Program in Biomedical Informatics; and Director, Molecular Signatures Laboratory. At NYU, Dr. Aliferis held appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Computational Biology and Data Science.

Dr Aliferis has 90 peer-eviewed full-length papers including in some of the most prestigious and highest impact factor journals in his fields of expertise (i.e., Machine Learning, Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics), as well as in leading biomedical journals including Journal of Machine Learning Research, Machine Learning Journal, Bioinformatics, BMC Bioinformatics, Journal of Computational Biology, JAMIA, Scientometrics, PLOS One, Cancer Research, Cell Host Microbe, PLoS Computational Biology, Nature Scientific Reports, etc. Dr Aliferis has an additional 50 peer-reviewed publications including 21 patents (awarded and pending), 3 software systems, 4 published books, and 5 peer-reviewed tutorials in national and international forums.

Dr. Aliferis has participated in 22 funded research projects (11 as PI, or Core Director, 3 as co-PI, and 9 as Co-investigator) totaling funding provided by the NIH, NSF, the EU and the industry in excess of $120 million in direct funding.

Dr. Aliferis has mentored more than 15 students (including 4 doctoral ones), and 15 faculty members. Several of his students earned national and international awards in informatics including the Lindberg Fellowship, The Medinfo Gold Prize and the AMIA student paper competition first prize. All of his students achieved academic faculty positions in major universities and major positions in the industry. His faculty and staff mentees include 3 active K award winners, an Assistant Dean, a former Commissioner of the NY State, a CMIO with a major health system a VP of Machine Learning for American Express, 3 Directors of Machine Learning for major companies (Ancetry.com, Quantcast, Everyday Health), and several research lab leaders and core directors in major academic and industrial institutions.

The hire of Dr. Aliferis demonstrates the University’s willingness to support informatics work and research in pursuit of academic excellence. In the coming weeks and months, he will be working with the IHI and CTSI informatics community members to establish several new strategic directions and lay the foundations of several exciting and forward-looking projects and initiatives.

IHI Core Faculty receive 2015 Advising and Mentoring Award

IHI Core Faculty receive 2015 Advising and Mentoring Award

Three IHI core faculty members, Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD, PhD and David Pieczkiewicz, PhD, Bonnie Westra, PhD have received the prestigious 2015 Advising and Mentoring Award by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA). Graduate students from across the University nominated faculty and gathered letters of support from students and alumni. GAPSA then chose the top faculty mentors for the award.

David stood out from his peers due to his readiness to answer any questions "even late at night", his multi-disciplinary approach and relatability, and his enthusiasm for mentorship.

Bonnie was chosen because of her ability to identify students' unique talents and connect them with national leaders; her availability and flexibility, "despite having several projects going on simultaneously"; and her exceptional feedback.

Genevieve was selected from among the faculty for her specific attention to female students and students with families, her ability to "create opportunities for career development" and secure funding, and her dedication to students despite her busy surgery schedule.

Please join us in celebrating Bonnie's, Genevieve’s, and David's accomplishment!

Congratulations, NLP/IE group!

Congratulations, NLP/IE group!

Dr. Melton-Meaux and the NLP/IE group recently received more than $1.9 million dollars from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This four year grant will focus on optimizing the use of electronic health record clinical notes for healthcare providers, which will lay a foundation to make clinicians more efficient, improve decision-making, decrease cognitive load, and potentially increase clinician satisfaction associated with using clinical documents in EHR systems.

Congratulations, AMIA representatives!

Congratulations, AMIA representatives!

IHI faculty and students continue to serve in several AMIA positions.

Stuart Speedie- 2014 Academic Forum Executive Committee Member-at-large
Bonnie Westra- 2014 Scientific Program Committee Chair
Saif Khairat- 2015 Education Working Group Chair
Rui Zhang- 2014 Student Working Group Chair
Shauna Overgaard- 2014-2015 Student Working Group Member-at-large for the Doctoral-PhD

Congratulations Dr. Melton-Meaux!

Congratulations Dr. Melton-Meaux!

Dr. Melton-Meaux was named the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Physician of the Year.

AMIA student working group election results

AMIA student working group election results

PhD candidate, Rui Zhang, has been elected to chair the Student Working Group!

Stuart Speedie receives the 2012 AMIA Leadership Award!

Stuart Speedie receives the 2012 AMIA Leadership Award!

IHI Co-Director and Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Stuart Speedie, will receive the award at this year's AMIA symposium. Read more about this high honor.

Congratulations, Dr. Speedie!

Congratulations, Dr. Speedie!

IHI Co-Director, Dr. Stuart Speedie, was named to the JAMIA (Journal of the American Informatics Association) editorial board. Please join us in congratulating him.

Interview with IHI Acting Director, Dean Connie Delaney

Interview with IHI Acting Director, Dean Connie Delaney

Dean Delaney gives an interview with the Institute for Health Technology Transformation(iHT2) about HIT and Nursing Informatics. Click here to see the entire interview.