Faculty (Phone: 713.500.3900 / Fax: 713.500.3929)

Elmer Bernstam, MD, MSE
Associate Dean for Research and
Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Information retrieval
  » Consumer informatics
  » Clinical decision support
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Juliana J. Brixey, PhD, MPH, RN
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Patient safety
  » Interruptions in workflow
  » Social media in distance education
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Tiffany Champagne PhD, MBA, RD, LD
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Healthcare management
  » Health policy
  » Health information exchange
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Trevor Cohen, MBChB, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Distributional semantics
  » Information retrieval
  » Knowledge discovery
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Susan Fenton, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Workforce development
  » Data management
  » ICD-10 implementation
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Amy Franklin, PhD
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Psycho-linguistics
  » Conversational negotiation
  » Reduction of medical errors
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Lex Frieden, MA
Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Disability informatics
  » Health care access and costs
  » Rehabilitation technology and robotics
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Yang Gong, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Clinical informatics
  » Medical incident reporting
  » Patient safety
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Jonathan Ishee, JD, MPH, MS, LLM
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Health policy
  » Patient safety
  » Health information exchange
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Peilin Jia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Computational Biology
  » Bioinformatics
  » Systems Biology
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Craig W. Johnson, PhD
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Human learning
  » Health-oriented research
  » Statistics
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Todd Johnson, PhD
Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Medical device usability and safety
  » Patient safety & quality
  » Human factors engineering
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Peter Killoran, MD, MS
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Health IT and clinical decision making
  » Integrating techniques into EMRS
  » Anesthesia emergency room data
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James Langabeer, PhD, MBA
Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Clinical systems of care
  » Cardiovascular quality and analytics
  » Health information exchange
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Robert E. Murphy, MD
Associate Dean for Applied Informatics and Associate Professor
Areas of Expertise
  » Clinical decision support
  » Physician health IT adoption
  » Clinical system implementations
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Sahiti Myneni, PhD, MSE
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Consumer informatics
  » Health-related social media analytics
  » Data-driven digital health technologies
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Angela Ross, DNP, MPH, PMP, PHCNS-BC
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Performance improvement
  » Project management and evaluation
  » System implementation
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Debora Simmons, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Safety
  » Quality
  » Clinical Effectiveness
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Dean F. Sittig, PhD
Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Clinical information systems
  » Design of new features and functions
  » Evaluations and monitoring
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Kimberly Smith, PhD, MT(ASCP)
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Veterinary informatics
  » Workforce development
  » Laboratory and pathology informatics
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Jingchun Sun, PhD
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Bioinformatics
  » Systems biology
  » Network pharmacology
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Cui Tao, PhD
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Ontology generation
  » Conceptual modeling
  » Ontology services
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Hulin Wu, PhD, MS
Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Biostatistics
  » Computational Biology
  » Computational Modeling
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Yonghui Wu, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Natural Language Processing
  » Machine Learning
  » Text/Data Mining
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Hua Xu, PhD
Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Named entity recognition
  » Abbreviation detection
  » Syntactic/semantic parsing
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Jiajie Zhang, PhD
Dean and Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Biomedical informatics
  » Human-centered computing
  » Medical errors
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Zhongming Zhao, PhD, MS
Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Precision Medicine
  » Bioinformatics
  » Pharmacogenomics
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W. Jim Zheng, PhD
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise
  » Bioinformatics
  » Systems biology
  » Genomics
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Staff

Administration (Phone: 713.500.3900 / Fax: 713.500.3907)

NameTitleLocationPhoneEmail
Jiajie Zhang, PhD Dean UCT 600 713.500.3922 Jiajie.Zhang@uth.tmc.edu
Elmer Bernstam, MD, MSE Associate Dean for Research UCT 850 713.500.3927 Elmer.V.Bernstam@uth.tmc.edu
Ryan Bien, MHA Associate Dean for Management UCT 600 713.500.3640 Ryan.L.Bien@uth.tmc.edu
Susan Fenton, PhD Associate Dean for Academic Affairs UCT 690 713.500.3591 SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu
Judy Young, MPH, MBA Director of Special Projects UCT 600 713.500.3901 Judy.E.Young@uth.tmc.edu
Christy Garza Sr. Administrative Officer UCT 600 713.500.3905 Christy.Garza@uth.tmc.edu
Jun Zhang Sr. Financial Analyst UCT 600 713.500.3669 Jun.Zhang@uth.tmc.edu
Susan Rojas Sr. Administrative Coordinator UCT 600 713.500.3654 Susan.R.Rojas@uth.tmc.edu
Tambra Ellison Administrative Coordinator UCT 600 713.500.3628 Tambra.A.Ellison@uth.tmc.edu
Ginny Solt Executive Services Administrator UCT 600 713.500.3909 Virginia.M.Solt@uth.tmc.edu
Yukiko Bryson Sr. Administrative Assistant UCT 600 713.500.3992 Yukiko.Bryson@uth.tmc.edu
Rosalinda Molina Sr. Administrative Assistant UCT 600 713.500.3912 Rosalinda.Molina@uth.tmc.edu
David Hyden Administrative Assistant
UCT 600 713.500.3632 David.Hyden@uth.tmc.edu
Blanca Torres Administrative Assistant UCT 600 713.486.0114 Blanca.Torres@uth.tmc.edu
Hannah M. Nelson, PhD
Technology Licensing Assistant UCT 720 713.500.3399 Hannah.M.Nelson@uth.tmc.edu

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Academic Affairs (Phone: 713.500.3591 / Fax: 713.500.0360)

NameTitleLocationPhoneEmail
Susan Fenton, PhD Associate Dean for Academic Affairs UCT 690 713.500.3931 SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu
Jaime Hargrave Director of Student Affairs UCT 690 713.500.3920 Jaime.N.Hargrave@uth.tmc.edu
Emin Saglamer Director, Educational Technology UCT 650 713.500.3916 Emin.Saglamer@uth.tmc.edu
Chelsea Overstreet Program Manager UCT 650 713.500.3911 Chelsea.E.Overstreet@uth.tmc.edu
Jeanette Broshears Program Manager UT School of Public Health-Brownsville Campus 956.755.0678 Jeanette.L.Broshears@uth.tmc.edu
Robin Cavalier-Brown Business Systems Analyst UCT 650 713.500.3476 Robin.A.Cavalier-Brown@uth.tmc.edu
Tingting Lu, PhD Manager, Distance Education UCT 650 713.500.3475 Tingting.Lu@uth.tmc.edu
Areebah Ajani e-Technologist I UCT 1430 713.500.3413 Areebah.Ajani@uth.tmc.edu
Maria Cruz Instructional Designer UCT 1430 713.500.3414 Maria.F.Cruz@uth.tmc.edu
Marcos Hernandez Web Developer II UCT 1416 713.500.3589 Marcos.Hernandez@uth.tmc.edu
Vicki Lee Web Developer I UCT 865 713.500.3985 Vicki.Lee@uth.tmc.edu
Miranda Hedrick Administrative Coordinator UCT 650 713.500.3914 Miranda.Hedrick@uth.tmc.edu
John Rizkallah Sr. Administrative Assistant UCT 650 713.500.3591 John.Rizkallah@uth.tmc.edu

Research

NameTitleLocationPhoneEmail
Elmer Bernstam, MD, MSE Associate Dean for Research UCT 850 713.500.3927 Elmer.V.Bernstam@uth.tmc.edu
Kiana Epps Director of Research Services UCT 690 713.500.3971 Kiana.Epps@uth.tmc.edu
Angelia Watson Grants & Contracts Specialist UCT 690 713.500.3902 Angelia.H.Watson@uth.tmc.edu
Juanita Williams Sr. Administrative Assistant UCT 690 713.500.3974 Juanita.Williams@uth.tmc.edu

Information Technology (Phone: 713-500-3928)

NameTitleLocationPhoneEmail
David Ha Senior Systems Administrator UCT 630 713.500.3919 Cung.M.Ha@uth.tmc.edu
Henry Chen Systems & Application Specialist I UCT 630 713.500.3932 Henry.H.Chen@uth.tmc.edu
Joe Menchaca Personal Computer Specialist II UCT 630 713.500.3933 Jose.A.Menchaca@uth.tmc.edu

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Adjunct Faculty

Shervin Assassi, MD, MS
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor - Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics, UT McGovern Medical School

Focus Area: Bioinformatics and genomic analysis approaches to conduct rigorous translational research in Rheumatology

Suresh Bhavnani, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Institute of Translational Sciences - UT Medical Branch-Galveston

Focus Area: Translational bioinformatics, network visualization and analysis of biomedical data, with translation to the design of decision-­-support systems.

Eric Boerwinkle, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Professor, Human Genetics - UTHealth School of Public Health

Focus Area: Genetic analysis of common chronic diseases in humans including coronary heart disease, hypertension and Type II diabetes.

Jeffrey Chang, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology & Pharmacology - McGovern Medical School

Focus Area: Cell Signaling Programs in Cancer

Jung-Wei Chen, DDS, MS, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry - Loma Linda University

Focus Area: Pediatric Dentistry

Zhigang Deng, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Computer Science Department - University of Houston

Focus Area: Computer graphics, computer animation, human computer interaction, virtual human modeling and animation, and visual computing for biomedical applications.

Kim Dunn, MD, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Practicing Internal Medicine Physician, K Dunn & Associates - Houston

Focus Area: Telemedicine, outcomes management, adoption of IT in healthcare

Mary Edgerton, MD, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology - UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Focus Area: Mechanisms in cancer genesis and progression, development of mathematical models for computer simulations, methods for the analysis of gene expression array data for pathway discovery.

Adol Esquivel, MD, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Assistant Vice President, Performance, Measurement Systems and Comparative, Effectiveness Research
CHI St. Luke’s Health
Focus Area: Meaningful Use of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Quality Measures, Health Systems Analysis, Implementing and evaluating Health Information Systems. Designing qualitative and quantitative interventions to improve the delivery of care to patients using information technology.

Jorge A. Ferrer, MD, MBA, LSA
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Biomedical Informatician - Veteran’s Health Administration
Focus Area: user-centered design, usability and applied clinical informatics for VA’s Electronic Health Record. Dr. Ferrer is a federal participant in the Office of the National Coordinator SHARP federal steering subcommittee dedicated to patient centered cognitive support which addresses usability of EHRs.

Kevin Fickenscher, MD, CPE, FACPE
Adjunct Professor

Chief Medical Officer and President, Healthcare Division - AMC Health

Focus Area: Healthcare Policy, Informatics

John Frenzel, MD, MS
Adjunct Professor

Chief Medical Information Officer, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-operative Medicine
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Focus Area: Use of electronic medical records related to cost effectiveness and quality of care, big data analysis

Kayo Fujimoto, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Division of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth School of Public Health

Focus Area: Biostatistics and public health informatics

John P. Glaser, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Senior Vice President – Cerner

Focus Area: Federal/state policy and government regulation development, global healthcare information technology solutions, informatics innovation strategies

David Gorenstein, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Deputy Director - The Brown Institute of Molecular Medicine
James T. Willerson Distinguished Chair - McGovern Medical School

Focus Area: Proteomics, drug design, nanotechnology & computational chemistry

James Griffiths, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Executive Director, Clinical Technology - UT Physicians
UTHealth

Focus Area: Clinical technology for clinical practice

Jeffrey Helton, PhD, CMA, CFE, FHFMA
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor - Metropolitan State University of Denver
Focus Area: Operations and financing of safety net delivery systems including community health clinics and FQHC/look-alike providers, critical access hospitals and rural health care delivery systems, health care fraud, impact of technology on operational efficiency in health care, and market variations in the costs and utilization of health care services.

Chiehwen Hsu, MS, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Hsu is currently completing his juris prudence degree.

Focus Area: Public Health Informatics

Robert Hunter, MD, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Professor and Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - McGovern Medical School

Focus Area: Pathology information systems, data analytics, telepathology systems

John Joe, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor

Chief Medical Information Officer - CHI St. Luke’s Health

Focus Area: Health information system design and development, clinical process redesign and systems implementation, HIE design and implementation

Constance Johnson, RN, MS, PhD, FAAN
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor - Duke University School of Nursing

Focus Area: Human-computer interaction, representation and visualization of information, disease prevention and health promotion

Ioannis Kakadiaris, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Professor of Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
University of Houston
Focus Area: Cardiovascular informatics, biomedical image analysis, biometrics, computer vision and pattern recognition

Curtis E. Kennedy, MD, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Critical Care Medicine - Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital

Focus Area: Clinical decision support, prediction modeling, time series analysis, cardiac arrest, pediatric ICU

Brent King, MD, MMM
Adjunct Professor

Chief Medical Officer, Physician in Chief - Nemours/Alfred DuPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, Delaware

Focus Area: Health and wellness strategy, patient safety, and quality improvement

Joseph Kunisch, PhD, RN
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Director, Clinical Quality Review & Electronic Clinical Quality Measures
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Department of Quality Patient Safety & Infection Control

Focus Area: Clinical quality informatics for regulatory performance

Helen Li, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Full Member, Cancer Research Program - Houston Methodist Research Institute

Focus Area: Ophthalmology, ocular oncology, teleophthalmology

Yin Liu, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomy - McGovern Medical School

Focus Area: Statistical models to reconstruct biological networks, signal transduction pathway reconstruction, Bayesian inference and bioinformatics

Sina Madani, MD, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Clinical Informatician - UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Focus Area: Structured Clinical Data Modeling, Clinical Terminology & Standards, Natural Language Processing, Clinical Informatics

Allison McCoy, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics - Tulane University School of Public Health
Focus Area: Biomedical informatics, clinical informatics, public health informatics, health information technology, electronic health records, clinical decision support, computerized provider order entry, healthcare quality improvement, patient safety

Patrick McGinnis, MD, MS, MBA
Adjunct Professor

Director of Medical Informatics - Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Focus Area: Patient safety, medical technology systems, EMRs

Qun Meng, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Director, Center for Health Statistics and Information - National Health & Family Planning Commission
People’s Republic of China

Focus Area: Health care reform, health information standards, national health statistics

Parsa Mirhaji, MD, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Research Informatics - Baylor College of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Focus Area: http://semanticweb.org/wiki/Parsa_Mirhaji

Shoko Miyagawa, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Nursing and Medical Care - Keio University, Japan

Focus Area: Health informatics, network community, information security
http://aisnet.org/members/?id=17882976

Koichi Nobutomo, MD, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Professor Emeritus, Kyushu University - Fukuoka, Japan

CHORD-J, Center for Health Services, Outcomes
Research and Development – Japan

Sachiko Ohta, MD, MS, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Director and Chief Contents Officer - CHORD-J
Center for Health Services, Outcomes Research and Development – Japan
Focus Area: Health informatics, network community, information security
http://aisnet.org/members/?id=17882976

Nnaemeka G. Okafor, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine – McGovern Medical School
Director of Medical Informatics – Acute Care Services, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Focus Area: Clinical informatics, patient safety and healthcare quality improvement

Velma Payne, PhD, MBA
Adjunct Instructor
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
DeBakey VA Medical Center
Focus Area: Diagnostic Errors in Medicine – Enhancing Patient Safety – Reducing Medical Errors, Cognitive Aspects of Medical Decision Making, Impact of Cognitive Heuristics and Biases on Clinical Reasoning. How Cognitive Processes Impact Medical Errors, Use of Metacognition and Feedback to Improve Clinical Reasoning

John Riggs, MD, MS
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - McGovern Medical School
Vice Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology - LBJ Hospital

Focus Area: Clinical informatics, gynecologic surgery

V. Gail Roberson Rose, MBA, BSN, RN-BC
Adjunct Instructor

Director, Clinical Solutions - Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Information Systems Division


Focus Area: Clinical informatics

Mano Selvan, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Research Scientist, Pharmacy Outcomes
Research, Humana
UT Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Quality and Safety
Focus Area: Clinical Informatics, Biostatistics

Michael Shabot, MD, FCS, FCCM, FACMI
Adjunct Professor

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Focus Areas: Clinical indicators, patient safety, quality of care
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelshabot

Ross Shegog, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor - UT Health School of Public Health
Associate Director -Prevention Research Center
Focus Area: Understanding and reducing diagnostic errors, patient safety related to electronic health record implementation and use

Hardeep Singh, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine - Baylor College of Medicine
Chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics - Center for Innovations in Quality Effectiveness and Safety, DeBakey VA Medical Center
Focus Area: Use of health information technology to reduce diagnostic errors, patient safety, electronic health record implementation and use.

Anwar Sirajuddin, MBBS, MS, CPHIMS
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Director of Clinical Informatics - Knowledge & Content, Quality and Clinical Decision Support
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Focus Areas: Clinical Decision Support, Clinical Outcomes, Content Development, Healthcare Quality & Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, Infection Control, Data Analytics

James Turley, RN, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Former Associate Professor - UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics
Retired

Focus Area: Nursing, bioinformatics

Carl V. Vartian, MD, MS
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Chief Medical Information Officer
HCA – Gulf Coast Division

Focus Area: EHR Implementation, Quality, Safety and Meaningful Use

Muhammad Walji, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Technology Services & Informatics
UTHealth School of Dentistry

Focus Area: Patient care quality, safety and efficiency, data analysis, electronic health records

Ryan P. Walsh, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Chief Medical Information Officer
McGovern Medical School

Focus Area: Clinical Informatics

Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, RN
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Nursing Systems
UTHealth School of Nursing

Focus Area: Nursing systems, informatics

William Weems, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Assistant Vice President of Academic Technology - UTHealth
Associate Dean of Information Technology - McGovern Medical School
Focus Area: Informatics as a research tool in the study, characterization and management of complex systems. Useful computational solutions suitable for biomedical applications require a globally integrated set of information systems

Alan M. Weiss, MD, MBA, FACP
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Chief Ambulatory Medical Informatics Officer,
Associate Vice President for Ambulatory Services - Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Focus Area: Clinical informatics

Irmgard Willcockson, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

E-Learning Consultant

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/irmgard-willcockson/10/813/276

Stephen Wong, PhD, PE
Adjunct Professor

Professor and Department Chair, Systems Medicine and Bioengineering - Houston Methodist Research Institute
Focus Area: Biological and medical imaging, bioinformatics and systems biology, drug repositioning and combinations, image-guided therapy, translational bio-photonics, molecular imaging and diagnosis, and mechanisms of cancer and neurological disorders

Ming Zhan, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Chief of Bioinformatics, Department of Systems Medicine & Bioengineering
Houston Methodist Research Institute

Focus Area: Stem cells, cancer, bioinformatics, systems biology, synthetic biology

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