Dear Faculty, Students, Staff & Alumni -

Another calendar year is ending and despite the challenges, the School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) Community continued to inspire and thrive in 2021. I want to thank each of you for your resilience and commitment to this school, as well as the greater health care community.

I am perpetually in awe of the innovation, collaboration, and advancement that manifests from individuals within the SBMI Community. Amidst the pandemic, your contributions to the field of informatics are increasingly meaningful.

Our students continue to learn about cutting-edge technology and applications to move the industry forward. Our faculty employ new practices to educate future informaticians while also contributing to new research and informatics practices. Our staff has consistently enhanced operations at our school so things function seamlessly. Our alumni work all other the country, and many globally, to improve health care delivery in a wide variety of organizations.

Before 2021 comes to a close, I ask that each of you take time to rest and recharge over the holidays. While we cannot know what 2022 will hold, I hope everyone will enter the new year stronger, wiser, and in anticipation of a bright future.

I look forward to seeing many of you in the 2022. As always, I hope that you, your family, and friends have a safe and joyful holiday season and prosperous New Year.

With the warmest holiday wishes,
Dean Jiajie Zhang, Ph.D.
The Glassell Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Informatics Excellence
UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Jiajie Zhang