Elmer Bernstam, MD, MSE
Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Internal Medicine and
The Reynolds and Reynolds Professorship in Clinical Informatics
Elmer Bernstam, MD, MSE, holds the joint appointment of professor at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI), where he also serves as associate dean for research, and at McGovern Medical School. Bernstam is also the director of the Biomedical Informatics Group at UTHealth’s Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS). His lab at CCTS created and maintains the UTHealth clinical data warehouse, which contains health data for over 400,000 patients. Bernstam is board-certified in internal medicine and continues to practice. His research focuses on clinical and translational informatics, specifically on information retrieval, consumer informatics and clinical decision support. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics. In 2004, Bernstam received the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award, as voted by the SBMI student body. Bernstam completed a National Library of Medicine fellowship at Stanford Medical Informatics.
“Although (the future of biomedical informatics) is notoriously difficult to predict, I think that we will transition from the goal of computerizing health care to improving health care, using, among other tools, health information technology. Most of health care deals with information including its collection, storage, processing and communication. If we want better, more efficient health care, we need to improve information management – this is the central concern of biomedical informatics.”