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Karima Lalani, PhD, MBA, FACHE, RHIA

Assistant Professor

Karima Lalani, PhD, MBA, FACHE, RHIA is Assistant Professor at SBMI, and the Assistant Director of the Center for Health Systems Analytics. She is responsible for managing the Center’s applied clinical informatics research projects, as well as for creating opportunities and developing partnerships for expanding the Center’s thought leadership on emergency public health challenges, mobile health, healthcare quality and inter-organizational collaborations.

Dr. Lalani received her Ph.D. in Healthcare Management and Policy from UTHealth School of Public Health, where she was the 2018 Doctoral Runner-up in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Dr. Lalani is a seasoned healthcare management professional, with over 15 years of experience, namely in academic medicine, healthcare workforce education and training, strategic planning, and digital health transformation projects. Previously, Dr. Lalani was a Health Information Management educator at Texas State University in San Marcos, where she taught courses on Organizational Management of Health Information Technology, as well as Technical and Legal Aspects of Health Information Management, and was recognized with Excellence in Teaching awards.

Dr. Lalani is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of Texas Health Information Management Association (TxHIMA) and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Dr. Lalani participates on the editorial review panels for “BMJ Health & Care Informatics” and “Perspectives in Health Information Management”, and has given presentations at state, national and international conferences.

“Healthcare management and interprofessional collaboration are vital for providing safe, efficient, equitable patient care, and improving population health outcomes. Health informatics is the key to reaching that optimal state,” said Lalani.


Karima Lalani, PhD, MBA, FACHE, RHIA
Phone: 713-486-2031

Staff Support

 Felicia Davis
Phone: 713-500-3667


  • Ph.D., Healthcare Management and Policy, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health
  • M.B.A., Business Administration, Houston Baptist University
  • B.S., Health Information Management, Texas State University
  • B.B.A. (Honors), Accounting, University of Houston, Honors College

Fellowships and Certifications

  • Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE)
  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
  • TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer for Interprofessional Education in Healthcare
  • Certificate in Online Teaching by Sloan-C Consortium

Areas of Expertise

  • Healthcare Management & Policy
  • Workforce Development
  • Clinical Systems of Care
  • Interprofessional Education / Interprofessional Collaboration

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