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Academic Update

Volume 7, Issue 11
June 22, 2017

Sittig Named to International Informatics Academy

Professor Dean Sittig, Ph.D.Professor Dean Sittig, Ph.D. has been elected to the inaugural class of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI), or the Academy for short.

There are 120 founding Academy members and they represent over 30 nations from across the globe. Only 33 founding members are from the United States, including Sittig. Members of the Academy are deemed as “living leaders in health informatics” according to the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) which established the Academy this year.

For more details on Sittig's election, read the SBMI news story.

Summer 2017 Scholarship Awardees

SBMI would like to congratulate all summer 2017 scholarship recipients and thank all students who took the time to apply.

Dean's Excellence Fund

  • Ram Dixit - Ph.D.

Neuosoft Certificate Scholarship Fund

  • Idorenyin Ossom - Certificate
  • Stephen Simington - Certificate

Doris Ross Scholarship Fund

  • Syeda Fathima - M.S.
  • Victoria Limon - M.S.
  • Vishnupriya Sridharan - M.S.
  • Sicheng Zhou - M.S.

SBMI Bragging Points

  • In May, Cui Tao, Ph.D., associate professor, was invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s 2017 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. The Frontiers of Engineering program assembles a group of emerging engineering leaders to discuss cutting-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal is to bring participants together to collaborate, network, and share ideas. The symposium will take place in East Hartford, Conn. Sept. 25 to 27.
  • Ishee holding his Freedom of City of London awardAssistant Professor Jonathan Ishee, JD, MPH, MS, recently visited London to be awarded The Freedom of the City of London. Ishee was admitted to the Freedom because of his previous presentation by a Livery Company – Freeman to the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. During his visit, Ishee also had dinner at Guildhall with the Lord Mayor of London
  • Professor James Langabeer, Ph.D., MBA, was recently re-appointed as National Chair of the American Heart Association, Ambulatory Quality Improvement Committee.
  • Dr. Langabeer & Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Ph.D. recently had an article accepted into the International Journal of Medical Informatics. The article was written in conjunction with both faculty members and their partners at Texas A&M University. The article is titled “Review of successful hospital readmission reduction strategies and the role of health information exchange.”
  • Assistant Professor Angela Ross, DNP, MPH, PMP recently had a co-authored article published in the AMSUS – The Society of Federal Health Professionals. The article is titled “An Outpatient Performance Improvement Project: A Baseline Assessment of Adherence to Pain Reassessment Standards.”Kimberly Smith and Angela Ross standing in front of their research poster along with Susan Fenton
  • Dr. Ross, along with SBMI Assistant Professor and Alumna Kimberly Smith, Ph.D. recently finished the 18-month UTHealth Health Educators Fellowship Program. Ross and Smith presented their research findings at a poster session on June 9.

If any SBMI alumni or current students want to announce a recent professional accomplishment in a future Academic Update, please share the details with Chelsea Overstreet via email at

Upcoming SBMI Recruiting Events

Several SBMI faculty and staff members will be traveling in the coming months to visit universities and attend conventions to promote our degree programs. We invite any prospective students or alumni in the area to visit us during these events.

SBMI Recruitment


  • Professor James Langabeer, Ph.D., was featured in a story regarding when to call an ambulance.
  • Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Precision Health (CPH), Zhongming Zhao, Ph.D. was featured in a UTHealth news article focused on tools developed at CPH to single out “actionable” cancer-causing mutations.


Save the Date

June 23 Dart-Driven Approaches For Efficient Drug Discovery
Wan Kyu Kim, Ph.D.
CPH Seminar in Precision Medicine at UCT 1412, 3 p.m.
August 14 Summer 2017 Poster Session
UCT 1414, 4 p.m.

Important Dates

July 4 Independence Day - University is closed
July 14 Ph.D. – Last day to defend dissertation
July 17 Fall 2017 registration opens in MyUTH
Aug. 11 Last class day for summer 2017 semester
Aug. 14 & 15 Final exams & evaluations for summer 2017
Aug. 15 Ph.D. – Last day to defend proposal
Aug. 15 Electronic copy of state of the science/capstone or dissertations due to the Office of Academic
Aug. 28 First class day for fall 2017 semester

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