Adol Esquivel, MD, PhD

Esquivel obtained a master’s degree in health informatics in 2005 at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics—then known as the School of Health Information Sciences—while conducting and publishing important work to validate the use of digital imagery for diabetic retinopathy screening using telemedicine. Prior to attending SBMI, Esquivel completed his medical training in Mexico and his national social service as a research fellow. In 2008, Esquivel continued his post graduate education at SBMI and earned a doctoral degree in health informatics. His researched focused on characterizing communication between primary care providers and specialists using electronic health records to coordinate outpatient referrals. During his time as a graduate student at SBMI, Esquivel led a variety of health informatics, education and health technology related projects including The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s participation in Apple’s iTunes University initiative. He also graduated from the The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Safety & Effectiveness Education Program in 2007.

In September 2010, Esquivel joined St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System—located in the Texas Medical Center. He currently works at St. Luke's as the director of clinical effectiveness and performance measures, where he oversees the management, integration and coordination of St. Luke's clinical performance measurement systems. He is responsible for quality and statistical analysis of priority populations, clinical abstraction services and clinical databases. Esquivel ensures that analytic methodologies are implemented, which is integral to the development and transmission of internal and external clinical quality performance reports and the creation of hospital and safety trending systems. He facilitates the transition from mostly paper-based and manually collected performance indicators to an automated and electronic environment through the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records and business intelligence tools.

Prior to joining St. Luke's, Esquivel was a research associate at the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry (PSCI) housed at Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence. As a researcher at PSCI, Esquivel expanded on his doctoral topic and published a series of articles aimed at further understanding electronic communication using electronic health records.

Esquivel is also an adjunct faculty member at SBMI. Combining his responsibilities at St. Luke's and his active research agenda, Esquivel hopes that his contributions will provide a real-world perspective on the application of biomedical informatics to solve current health care challenges.

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