David Pieczkiewicz, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
Like many in informatics, Dr. David Pieczkiewicz has an unusual academic pedigree. Originally a biological anthropologist by training (and briefly before that, an astrophysicist), his primary interests were in medical anthropology, and specifically the human biocultural response to infectious disease. While working on his master’s thesis, which dealt with the mathematical and computer simulation of epidemics, Dr. Pieczkiewicz became aware of the Health Informatics program at the University of Minnesota, to which he later applied. Early in his degree work at U of M, he became interested in data and information visualization, and this became his dissertation research focus. After completing his doctorate, he entered a postdoctoral fellowship at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While there, his interests expanded further into usability and people's perceptions and attitudes toward health information technology. Throughout, he has kept a human-centered approach to his research and work, and strongly believes that humans are the most important component of health information technology.
A member of the American Medical Informatics Association and the Association for Computing Machinery, Dr. Pieczkiewicz also serves as a member of the Electronic Health Record Workgroup of an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology project to identify and address unintended consequences related to health information technology and health information exchange activities.
While a student at U of M, Dr. Pieczkiewicz was a lecturer and teaching assistant for the introductory informatics courses, lecturing on basic and advanced topics in visualization, decision support, and mathematical modeling and computer simulation, and earning accolades from students and faculty for his instructional work. He is excited to return to his home program as a member of the faculty and resume the teaching work he loved as a student.
Awards & Recognition
- Security Health Plan Fellowship in Interactive Clinical Design
- National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Informatics Training Fellowship
- International Partnership in Health Informatics Education Fellowship
- Madison A. and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship, University of Kansas
Director of Graduate Studies
Clinical Associate Professor, Institute for Health Informatics
NLM Postdoctoral Fellowship, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and University of Wisconsin-Madison (Biomedical Informatics), 2007–2010
PhD, University of Minnesota (Health Informatics), 2007
MA, University of Kansas (Biological Anthropology), 1998
BA, Case Western Reserve University (Anthropology), 1993
- information design and data visualization
- usability and human-computer interaction
- decision support systems
- statistical methods
- mathematical modeling and computer simulation
- epidemiology and public health
- Farri OF, Pakhomov SV, Adam TJ, Pieczkiewicz DS, Melton GB. (to appear) “Information demands and consumption of clinical documents by clinicians in electronic health record systems.” Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium.
- Zhang Y, Monsen KA, Adam TJ, Pieczkiewicz DS, Daman M, Melton GB. (to appear) “Systematic refinement of a health information technology time and motion workflow instrument for inpatient nursing care using a standardized interface terminology.” Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium.
- Lesselroth BJ, Pieczkiewicz DS. (in press) Data Visualization Strategies for the Electronic Health Record. New York: Nova Publishers.
- Plasek JM, Pieczkiewicz DS, Mahnke AN, McCarty CA, Starren JB, Westra BL. (2011) “The role of nonverbal and verbal communication in a multimedia informed consent process.” Applied Clinical Informatics 2: 240-249.
- Pieczkiewicz DS, Patel VL, Kaufman DR, Kushniruk AW, Thyvalikakath TP. (2010) “Usability at the research-production interface: What in situ testing can tell us.” Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium, p. 1397.
- Plasek JM, Pieczkiewicz DS. (2010) “Streams of consumer-filtered health information on Twitter: A web trend map analysis.” Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium, p. 1222.
- Pieczkiewicz DS, Finkelstein SM. (2010) “Evaluating the decision accuracy and speed of clinical data visualizations.” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 17(2): 178-181.
- Pieczkiewicz DS, Siegler PA, Liang H, Belongia EA, Starren JB. (2009) “Patient attitudes toward electronic data entry of symptoms: Survey development and preliminary results.” Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium, p. 1008.
- Pieczkiewicz DS, Rasmussen LV, Starren JB. (2008) “Improved techniques for quantitatively comparing data visualizations.” Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium, p. 1095.
- Plasek JM, Pieczkiewicz DS. (2008) “A Trend Map for e-health information.” Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium, p. 1098.
- Pieczkiewicz DS, Finkelstein SM, Hertz MI. (2007) “Design and evaluation of a web-based interactive visualization system for lung transplant home monitoring data.” Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium, p. 598-602.