Faculty in our programs come from numerous health professions, basic sciences, biomedical sciences, social sciences, cognitive sciences, engineering, bioengineering and computer science backgrounds. The “transdisciplinary” nature of the school's educational and research programs makes them unique and rewarding, and results in breakthrough discoveries. School faculty are involved in making groundbreaking contributions to health care, biomedical discovery and educational research. This includes inventing and evaluating new ways to capture, store, access, and evaluate health care and biomedical research knowledge and information.
Jonathan Ishee, JD, MPH, MS, LLM is an assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics. Jonathan came to SBMI from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) where he focused on the complex issues related to health information exchanges, HITECH-mandated HIPAA modifications, the EHR incentive program and physician payment reform. Ishee was commended by Secretaries Leavitt and Sebelius for his contributions at HHS. Ishee also serves as associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine and is a practicing attorney who regularly counsels physicians, hospitals, and technology clients on health regulatory issues.
Sahiti Myneni, PhD, MSE, joined UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) on March 1, 2014 as an assistant professor of biomedical informatics. In 2009, Myneni came to SBMI as a research fellow and later started her PhD in health informatics, which she completed in the fall of 2013. Her research interests include consumer informatics, health-related social media analytics, data-driven digital health technologies and idea to product translation (mHealth device development and testing). Myneni's research focuses on health-related online social network analysis that builds on qualitative, automated and quantitative methods, which enables the development of novel, informatics-driven solutions in the domains of consumer and population health.
Peter Killoran, MS, MD, holds a dual faculty appointment at UTHealth, serving as an assistant professor of biomedical informatics at SBMI and an assistant professor of anesthesiology at UTHealth Medical School. As an active member of the Memorial Hermann Hospital Medical Informatics Committee, he championed the adoption of an electronic anesthesia information management system across the entire Memorial Hermann Hospital System. At SBMI, Killoran works to improve health care quality and safety through Health IT and biomedical informatics with the goal of achieving a positive impact on clinical decision making. Killoran works on the SHARPC project and collaborates on HIT and informatics projects with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.