August 8-12, 2016
July 25-29, 2016
NEW FACULTY ANNOUNCEMENT
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Gang Luo will be starting in BIME as an Associate Professor on September 19th. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Between 2004 and 2012, he was a Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson research center. From 2012 to 2016, he was a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Informatics of the School of Medicine at the University of Utah. His research interests include health/clinical informatics (software system design/development and data analytics), big data, information retrieval, database systems, and machine learning with a focus on health applications. He invented the first method for automatically explaining prediction/classification results for any machine learning model without degrading accuracy.
He has also developed the questionnaire-guided intelligent medical search engine iMed, an intelligent personal health record, and SQL and compiler progress indicators. He just had an NIH R21 grant “Predicting Appropriate Admission of Bronchiolitis Patients in the Emergency Room” funded with multiple other grants under review. He was named the Vice President Clinical and Translational Research Scholar at the University of Utah. Dr. Luo has authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers (most as first author as well as senior/corresponding author), and holds over two dozen patents.
Nationally and internationally Dr. Luo has served on scientific review panels for grants, was scientific reviewer for eleven conferences and nineteen journals, served on twenty-four scientific program committees for meetings, and was chair of an international conference. He is associate editor for the journal Network Modeling and Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, is on the editorial board for International Journal of Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine and is on the editorial board for the Springer Health Information Science book series. Dr. Luo enjoys interacting with people from various areas and is interested in combining advanced computing techniques, mathematical theory, and healthcare knowledge to improve the daily lives of people.
July 11-15, 2016
NEW FACULTY ANNOUNCEMENT
We are pleased to announce that after a national search, Pamela Nagasawa, PhD, has accepted a faculty position as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, in the division of Medical Education and Evaluation, effective July 1, 2016.
Dr. Nagasawa received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Chemistry from Westminster College (Salt Lake City, UT) in 1992. She received a Masters of Education (2002) and PhD (2010) in Science Education from the University of Washington College of Education, Curriculum and Instruction. She became an Acting Instructor in BIME in November of 2010, and from July, 2014 until the present she has been an Acting Assistant Professor of BIME, both in the Division of Medical Education and Evaluation.
Dr. Nagasawa will be active in Dentistry RIDE/regional affairs related academic program development, teaching, and evaluation. She will also work with Academic Affairs in Dentistry in the areas of new curriculum evaluation, school-wide longitudinal evaluation, assessment, and faculty development.
Dr. Nagasawa’s areas of interest are in health professional curriculum development and program evaluation, with a focus on the development of rural and underserved workforces and preparation of students to work with diverse patient populations in external community rotations. Projects she has underway utilize both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and include a) examining the climate and culture of learning environments from a student learning and faculty teaching perspective; b) the use of self-reflection in clinical rotations; and c) assessing indicators that influence and inform the professional identity development of students that choose to enter a rural and/or underserved workforce. Her research will support the expansion of the dental school program regionally.
Dr. Nagasawa will serve as Director of Educational Development and Evaluation in Dentistry, a role which is highly synergistic with her teaching roles and her research direction.
Doug Schaad, Professor and Division Head of Medical Education and Evaluation, has been elected to a second two-year term on the University of Washington Faculty Senate. Congratulations, Dr. Schaad!
The Executive Committee of the Academic Forum approved the formation of The Community of Clinical Informatics Program Directors (CCIPD) of the Academic Forum of AMIA at the InSpire conference last week. CCIPD will provide a forum for training programs, aspiring training programs, and other interested parties to exchange information and ideas to support these purposes. BIME Associate Professor Michael Leu, MD, was chosen as Elected Member-At-Large. Congratulations, Dr. Leu!
PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS
Buck Louis G, Backonja U, Schliep K, Sun L, Peterson CM, Chen Z. Women’s Reproductive History Prior to the Diagnosis of Incident Endometriosis. J of Women’s Health. 2016 [ahead of print].
June 13th, 2016
Congratulations to Cheryl Lee!
On June 3, Cheryl Lee successfully defended her dissertation titled, “A Knowledge-based System for Intelligent Support in Pharmacogenomics Evidence Assessment: Ontology-driven Evidence Representation, Retrieval, Classification and Interpretation". Her supervisory committee was chaired by Dr. Peter Tarzcy-Hornoch and included Drs. John Horn, James Brinkley, and Emily Devine. Congratulations, Cheryl!
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Semanik!
Also on June 3, Mike Semanik successfully defended his MS thesis titled, “The Development of a Pediatric Acute Kidney Injury Clinical Phenotype and Its Use as a Predictive Model,” with is supervisory committee chaired by Dr. Meliha Yetisgen. His committee also included Drs. David Crosslin and Sangeeta Hingorani. He will move to the University of Wisconsin in late summer. Congratulations to Mike!
Congratulations to Wen-Wai Yim!
On June 7, Wen-Wai Yim successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Information extraction from clinical and radiology notes for liver cancer staging.” Her supervisory committee was chaired by Dr. Meliha Yetisgen and included Drs. Gina-Anne Levow, Fei Xia, Lucy Vanderwende, and Sharon Kwan. Wen-Wai will soon return to the Bay Area to start a post-doc position at Stanford University. Congratulations, Wen-Wai!
Congratulations to Justin McReynolds!
On June 8, Justin successfully defended his MS thesis titled, “Open-source Computerized Patient-reported Outcomes for Clinical Care: Case Studies Illustrating Fifteen Years of Evolution,”with his supervisory committee chaired by Dr. William Lober. His committee also included Drs. Donna Berry and Heidi Crane.
Justin plans to continue at his work at UW as the ongoing technical lead of cPRO development.
BHI END OF YEAR CELEBRATION
On June 10, the Biomedical and Health Informatics Graduate Program held its annual End of Year Celebration at the University of Washington Husky Union Building (HUB). The celebration included a graduation ceremony for the following students and postdoctoral fellows who successfully completed the BHI program this academic year.
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical and Health Informatics
Chia-Ju (Cheryl) Lee
Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics
Michael Semanik, MD
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical and Health Informatics
Uba Backonja, PhD RN
Andrew D. Miller, PhD
Please join BHI in congratulating the Class of 2016!
Congratulations to Dr. Annie Chen and Dr. Uba Backonja!
The End of Year Celebration also included the presentation of our annual awards. BIME professor Annie Chen, PhD, was honored with the 2015-16 Excellence in Teaching Award in Biomedical and Health Informatics. This award recognized a core BHI instructor who demonstrated excellence in teaching a core course during this academic year and was selected by vote by first-year students who took the core curriculum. Dr. Chen taught BIME 598: Consumer Health and Informatics and BIME 554: Biomedical Information Interactions and Design.
BHI postdoctoral fellow Uba Backonja, PhD RN, was honored with BHI’s inaugural Best Colloquium Award. This award recognized a BHI student or postdoctoral fellow for excellence in organizing, leading, and facilitating a BIME 591 colloquium with faculty sponsorship during this academic year and was also selected by student vote. Uba taught the colloquium “Health Disparities and Informatics” in spring quarter.
Congratulations to our award winners!
Hartzler AL, Weis B, Cahill C, Pratt W, Park A, Backonja U, McDonald D. Design and usability of interactive user profiles for online health communities. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI). 2016;23(3): Article 15. doi:10.1145/2903718
Diane Korngiebel faculty announment
NEW FACULTY ANNOUNCEMENT
We are delighted to announce that Diane Korngiebel, DPhil, has accepted a faculty position as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, effective May 1, 2016.
Dr. Korngiebel is a bioethicist who works at the intersection of bioethics, genomic medicine, and informatics. Dr. Korngiebel received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1997 in History and a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in History from the University of Oxford in 2005. She joined the University of Washington in December, 2010, as an Acting Instructor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME), and from July, 2014, until the present she has been an Acting Assistant Professor of BIME, both appointments in the Division of Medical Education and Evaluation.
Dr. Korngiebel is supported by a K01 Mentored Career Development Award through the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of genomic research (ELSI) program at the National Human Genome Research Institute. The end product of the K award is an electronic clinical decision-support tool for Lynch Syndrome screening. Lynch Syndrome is a heritable condition that confers a high lifetime risk of certain cancers, particularly colorectal and endometrial.
Dr. Korngiebel's future work will continue to explore and address issues related to decision support from the perspectives of key stakeholders, including patients and clinicians. Her focus is on two areas of importance to precision medicine: 1. bringing implementation science into the process of creating and successfully deploying genetic-related precision medicine interventions in clinical practice and 2. incorporating bioethical approaches into the development of clinical and patient decision support with a view to more fully fostering shared decision-making.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Pollack A, Backonja U, Miller AD, Mishra S, Khelifi M, Kendall L, Pratt W. Closing the Gap: Supporting Patients’ Transition to Self-Management after Hospitalization. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’16): 5324-5336. doi:10.1145/2858036.2858240
Sonali R. Mishra, Shefali Haldar, Ari H. Pollack, Logan Kendall, Andrew D. Miller, Maher Khelifi, and Wanda Pratt. 2016. "Not Just a Receiver": Understanding Patient Behavior in the Hospital Environment. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3103-3114. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2858036.2858167
Demiris G. Consumer Health Informatics: Past, Present, and Future of a Rapidly Evolving Domain. Yearb Med Inform. 2016 May 20;25(Suppl. 1). [Epub ahead of print]
Lazar A, Thompson HJ, Demiris G. Design Recommendations for Recreational Systems Involving Older Adults Living With Dementia. J Appl Gerontol. 2016 Apr 22. [Epub ahead of print]
Marie Vrablik, MD MCR; Karl Jablonowski, MS; Steve Mitchell, MD; Tak Watase, MD MBA; Ken Linnau, MD. Time and Workflow Barriers to Obtaining a Spine MRI from the Emergency Department. UW Patient Safety Improvement Program. Poster Presentation. 2016.
Lerouge C, Sayre G, Rubenstein V. L., Frogner B, Snyder C, Sangameswaran S, Strategies to Promote a Healthcare Data Informed Culture to Improve Access. Paper Accepted for Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2016) TREO Talk Session
Backonja U, Robledo CA, Wallace ME, Flores KF, Kiely M. Reproductive health knowledge among African American women enrolled in a clinic-based randomized control trial to reduce psychosocial risk, Project DC-HOPE. Women’s Health Issues 2016. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2016.03.005
BIME Associate Professor Janice Sabin, PhD, has been invited to give the UW 2016 Samuel Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Friday, April 8 from 6-7 p.m. at the http://www.washington.edu/diversity/tribal-relations/intellectual-house/. The title of the lecture is: Hidden Bias in Health Care: A Reflection on 10 Years of Health Care Disparities Research.
The Samuel Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture is held annually. For the first time it will be part of UW parent weekend. http://www.washington.edu/omad/samuel-e-kelly-lecture/. The lecture is free, but advance registration is requested. REGISTER HERE.
Carpenter DM, Geryk LL, Chen AT, Nagler RH, Dieckmann NF, Han PKJ. Conflicting health information: a critical research need. Health Expectations. Forthcoming.
Chen AT, Zhu S-H, Conway M. Using interactive visual analytics to facilitate sense-making about health-related online discussions. Oral presentation accepted to the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) 8th Scientific Meeting 2016; Seattle, WA.
Neal ML, Carlson BE, Thompson CT, James RC, Kim KG, Tran K, Crampin EJ, Cook DL, Gennari JH. Semantics-based composition of integrated cardiomyocyte models motivated by real-world use cases. PLoS One. 2015;10(12):e0145621. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145621. PubMed PMID: 26716837.
BHI student Laura Kneale, MS, was selected for the 2015 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Foundation Doctorate Scholarship. She will be attending the HIMSS Awards & Recognition Gala at HIMSS16 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, where she will be recognized. The HIMSS Foundation annually awards scholarships to HIMSS student members who have achieved academic excellence and have the potential to be future leaders in the healthcare information and management systems industry.
BIME lecturer David Masuda, MD, MS, was nominated for the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology. The award recognizes a current faculty member for improving student learning or engagement through an approach that leverages technology, and is the highest teaching distinction a faculty member can receive at the University.