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UC San Diego Biomedical Informatics Faculty 

  • Amy M. Sitapati, M.D.

    Amy M. Sitapati, M.D.

    Professor, Interim Division Chief
    Interim Department Chair, UCSD Health
    Chief Medical Information Officer for Population Health, UCSDH

    BMI Research Area(s): EMR and Non-EMR Registries, Quality Informatics, Biomedical Informatics Analytics, Applied AI/ML, Digital Engagement, Equity in Informatics, All of Us Researcher Workbench, EMR Clinical Informatics and Population Health

    BISB Research Area(s): Cohort generation/Registries, Equity

    Research Focus: Registries, Population Health Informatics, NIH All of Us Precision Medicine, Equity in Clinical Informatics, Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics, Learning Health System, Public Health Informatics and Vital Records, Quality Analytics and Informatics, Applied Health System Informatics

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  • Brian Clay, M.D.

    Brian Clay, M.D.

    Professor
    Associate Chief Medical Officer for Inpatient Care

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  • Christian Dameff, M.D.

    Christian Dameff, M.D.

    Assistant Professor, Emergency Medical Services, Biomedical Informatics, & Computer Science Medical Director of Cybersecurity

     BMI Research Area(s): Healthcare Cybersecurity

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  • Christopher Longhurst, M.D., M.S.

    Christopher Longhurst, M.D., M.S.

    Chief Medical Officer & Chief Digital Officer
    Associate Dean & Clinical Professor 
    UC San Diego Health

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  • Cinnamon Bloss, Ph.D.

    Cinnamon Bloss, Ph.D.

    Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health & Human Longevity Science

    Research Focus: Genomicstechnology adoptionfirst-in-human trialsexperimental diagnostics and treatmentsscience and technology policyhealth policyempirical ethicsmobile healthdigital healthgenetic testingrare disease

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  • Cynthia Kuelbs, M.D.

    Cynthia Kuelbs, M.D.

    Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, Chief Medical Information Officer, Rady Children's Hospital

    Research Focus: Informatics, social determinants of health, adverse childhood experiences and mental health trauma

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  • David Gutglass, M.D., MBI

    David Gutglass, M.D., MBI

    Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

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  • Hannah Carter, Ph.D.

    Hannah Carter, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Division of Medical Genetics

    BMI Research Area(s): Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine; Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

    BISB Research Area(s): Genetic and Molecular Networks; Structural Bioinformatics and Systems Pharmacology

    Research Focus: Genomics and systems biology for precision cancer medicine, variant interpretation, network analysis, immunogenomics

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  • James Killeen, M.D.

    James Killeen, M.D.

    Chief Medical Officer, San Diego Health Connect
    UCSD Clinical Informatics Fellowship Director
    Clinical Professor, Emergency Medical Services
    Clinical Professor, Hyperbaric Medicine Department

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  • Jejo David Koola, M.D., M.S.

    Jejo David Koola, M.D., M.S.

    Associate Clinical Professor, School of Medicine

    BMI Research Area(s): Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine; Biomedical Natural Language Processing

    Research Focus: Practicing internist in the field of hospital medicine and clinical informatics. Research focus is on using informatics tools (including predictive analytics, natural language processing, and information visualization) to improve the care of multi-morbid hospital patients.

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  • Kathleen (Kit) Curtius, Ph.D.

    Kathleen (Kit) Curtius, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

     BMI Research Area(s): Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine; Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

    BISB Research Area(s): Quantitative Foundations of Computational Biology; Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control

     Research Focus: Mathematical models of cancer evolution, optimization of cancer screening and surveillance, epigenetic aging, translational risk prediction tools

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  • Lucila Ohno-Machado, M.D., Ph.D, M.B.A.

    Lucila Ohno-Machado, M.D., Ph.D, M.B.A.

    Distinguished Professor

    BMI Research Area(s): Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine; Privacy Technology, Data Sharing, and Big Data Analytics

    BISB Research Area(s): Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control

    Research Focus: Biomedical Informatics, predictive modeling, biomedical data analytics

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  • Marlene Millen, M.D.

    Marlene Millen, M.D.

    Associate Professor

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  • Matteo D'Antonio, Ph.D.

    Matteo D'Antonio, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

     BMI Research Area(s): Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine

    BISB Research Area(s): Comparative and Population Genomics; Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control; and Genetic and Molecular Networks

    Research Focus: Associations between genetic variation, molecular phenotypes, complex traits and disease

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  • Michael Hogarth, M.D.

    Michael Hogarth, M.D.

    Clinical Professor
    Clinical Research Information Officer

    BMI Research Area(s): Data Models and Knowledge Representation; Biomedical Natural Language Processing

    Research Focus: Development of next generation public health information systems, terminology/ontology infrastructure in biomedical informatics, and developing systems that support clinical research at the point of care.

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  • Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D.

    Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D.

    Professor, Joint Appointment with DBMI
    Professor, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine

    Research Focus: Professor Tai-Seale' research investigates the practice of medicine, patient-physician communications, and healthcare economics. She pioneered the use of user action log data in electronic health records to study physician practice and wellbeing. She was also the first to use video and audio recordings of clinical encounters to study time allocation in primary care practices. She publishes original research articles in journals such as JAMA IM, JAMA Network Open, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Medical Care, and Journal of American Geriatrics Society. Her publications on patient-physician communication earned the Article-of-the-Year award from AcademyHealth. A co-authored publication on the practice of medicine in the age of electronic health records was the second most read paper in Health Affairs in 2017. In addition to her faculty appointments at UC San Diego, she is the Director for Outcomes Analysis and Scholarship at the UC San Diego Health and Director for Research and Learning in the Population Health Services Organization at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Tai-Seale earned her Ph.D. in Health Services with a cognate in Economics from UCLA. 

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  • Robert El-Kareh, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.

    Robert El-Kareh, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.

    Clinical Professor

    BMI Research Area(s): Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine; Decision Support Systems

    Research Focus: Clinical informatics, clinical decision support, diagnostic safety, quality improvement, patient safety

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  • Sandip P. Patel, M.D.

    Sandip P. Patel, M.D.

    Clinical Professor
    UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

    Research Focus: Medical Oncology, Immunotherapy, Thoracic Oncology, Phase 1 Clinical Trials, Solid Tumor Cellular Therapy, Cancer Genomics/Biomarkers, Computational Immunopathology

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  • Rodney Gabriel, M.D.

    Rodney Gabriel, M.D.

    Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
    Cheif, Division of Regional Anesthesia, Anesthesiology 
    Clinical Director of Anesthesiology, Koman Outpatient Pavilion, Anesthesiology 
    Director, Dividion of Perioperative Informatics, Anesthesiology

     BMI Research Area(s): Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine

    Research Focus: Perioperative outcomes, pharmacogenomics, machine learning, predictive modeling, regional anesthesia, acute pain.

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  • Sally Baxter, M.D.

    Sally Baxter, M.D.

    Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

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  • Shamim Nemati, Ph.D.

    Shamim Nemati, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Director of the Predictive Health Analytics Program

    BMI Research Area(s): Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine; Decision Support Systems

    BISB Research Area(s): Dynamical Systems, Stochastic Processes, and Biological Circuits

    Research Focus: Signal Processing, Dynamical Systems, Multivariate Time Series, Point Process, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Video Processing, and Natural Language Processing

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  • Siddharth Singh, M.D.

    Siddharth Singh, M.D.

    Assistant Professor

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  • Tiffany Amariuta

    Tiffany Amariuta

    Assistant Professor
    Assistant Professor, Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute

     BMI Research Area(s): Bioinformatics Applications in Human Disease

    BISB Research Area(s): Comparative and Population Genomics; Epigenomics and Gene Expression Control

    Research Focus: We are a statistical genetics lab focusing on developing methods to study complex traits and polygenic diseases in global populations. We are specifically interested in fine-mapping disease genes and their cell types of action, with the goal of finding targets for gene-based therapeutics.

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  • Tsung-Ting Kuo, Ph.D.

    Tsung-Ting Kuo, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    BMI Research Area(s): Predictive Modeling and Personalized Medicine; Privacy Technology, Data Sharing, and Big Data Analytics

    Research Focus: Blockchain Technologies, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing

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  • Vanessa Wertheim, Ph.D., M.B.A., RN, CCRN

    Vanessa Wertheim, Ph.D., M.B.A., RN, CCRN

    Assistant Professor

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