Muhammad Walji, PhD, MS, earned both of his graduate degrees from McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston. Currently, he serves as professor and the inaugural Chair of the Department of Clinical and Health Informatics at McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics. He started that role in September of 2023.
Dr. Walji serves as PI on studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that use informatics approaches for improving patient safety, quantifying dental diagnostic failures, measuring dental quality, using mHealth to collect post-operative patient-reported outcomes, and designing interventions to reduce antibiotic prescribing by dentists. In addition, he leads a multi-institutional team that crafted the BigMouth Dental Data Repository; a joint data warehouse that contains partially de-identified dental data from electronic health records of various dental schools. In 2016, he was named a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Dr. Walji has a joint appointment at the UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry where he holds the Endowed Chair in Dental Informatics. Dr. Walji is also the Director of the Texas Center for Oral Healthcare Quality and Safety.