Juliana Brixey, PhD, MPH, RN, associate professor of biomedical informatics and nursing at UTHealth, has 30 years of professional experience as a nurse in nursing management and direct patient care, working in general and vascular surgery, in the recovery room and on a renal diabetes unit as a head nurse, administrator on duty, pheresis nurse, assistant head nurse and staff nurse. Her research interests include patient safety, interruptions in workflow and social media in distance education. Brixey was instrumental in creating the applied health informatics graduate program at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and previously served as the director of the program. Brixey became the director of inter-professional education at SBMI in November 2013, and her role with the applied master's program was taken over by the Office of Academic Affairs. Brixey has received awards for her role as an educator, a nurse and an informatician including the 2012 John P. McGovern Teaching Award. The award is given by SBMI students to the professor who they believe best supports student independent thought, develops student confidence in their area of study, and stimulates students’ quest for knowledge and professional development. She also was honored by the Texas Nursing Association District Nine as one of the 20 outstanding nurses of 2012 at the 22nd annual nursing celebration.