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Noriaki Aoki, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

*Dr. Aoki passed away on Jan. 5, 2014. In an effort to commemorate his legacy and contributions to the field of biomedical informatics, SBMI will preserve his faculty page. Read the news announcement.

Noriaki Aoki, MD, PhDNoriaki "Nori" Aoki, MD, PhD, is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Acute Medicine in Japan and a fellow member of the American College of Physician (FACP) and the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine (FJSIM). He is also a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certified by the American College of Physician Executives. He completed his post-doctoral research in decision science and medical informatics at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and joined UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics in 2002.

Aoki has conducted wide-ranging collaborative research locally, nationally and internationally. He has major interests in clinical data analysis to improve process and outcomes of clinical care, which includes data mining, text mining, decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, geographic information systems and various simulations. Aoki has also done extensive research in decision making and decision support systems, especially in extreme environments such as disasters, trauma care and terrorism. He has also started projects related to medical management, health communication, knowledge management and edutainment system development utilizing small handheld devices. Recently, Aoki has been involved in prefecture-level community health care planning in Japan.


  • MBA, 2007, Medical Management, The University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management
  • MS, 2001, Health Informatics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Health Information Sciences
  • PhD, 2000, Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Science, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
  • MD, 1991, Medicine, Sapporo Medical University, Hokkaido, Japan

Areas of Expertise

  • Decision science
  • Clinical decision support
  • Data mining and modeling in healthcare
  • Health care technology assessment
  • Clinical informatics in extreme environments
  • Edutainment (entertainment education)
  • Medical management
  • Quality improvement through information technology
  • Health communication
  • Community health planning

Other Notable Positions

  • President, Center for Health Outcomes Research and Development
  • Japan Adjunct Faculty, Dept. International Health, Tohoku University School of Medicine
  • Japan Adjunct Faculty, Dept. Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Showa University School of Medicine
  • Japan Adjunct Faculty, Dept. Health Informatics, Kyoto University School of Medicine
  • Japan Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health, The University of Tokyo, Japan

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1. Iwasaki Y, Tanaka H, Okamoto RI, Araki Y, Yabushita K, Kobayashi H, Kariyama K, Kawaguchi M, Takaguchi K, Sakata T, Ando M, Sakaguchi K, Aoki N, Shiratori Y. Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of consensus interferon monotherapy with high-dose induction for hepatitis C patients with genotype 2. Scand J Gastroenterol 2010. E-pub.

2. Morimura N, Aruga T, Sakamoto T, Aoki N, Ohta S, Ishihara T, Kushimoto S, Ohta S, Ishikawa H. The impact of an emergency telephone consultation service on the use of ambulance in Tokyo. Emerg Med J 2010. Online First.

3. Aoki N. Heat Stroke. Clinical Practice Guideline Update. Igaku-Shoin. Pp. 825-826. 2010. 

4. Aoki N. Theory for better consumer support in healthcare. KEIO SFC journal 9; 7-10: 2009.

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