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Jiajie Zhang, PhD

Dean and Professor

The Glassell Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Informatics Excellence
Director, National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making (NCCD)

Contact

Jiajie.Zhang@uth.tmc.edu
7000 Fannin, Suite 600
Phone: 713.500.3922
Fax: 713.500.3929


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Biography

Dr. Zhang's current focus is on strategic thinking about transforming healthcare and biomedical discovery through informatics, data science, and artificial intelligence. He is Dean, Professor, and Glassell Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Informatics Excellence at the School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He is also the Director of the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare and led the ONC SHARPC project on enhancing patient-centered cognitive support in EHR and Health IT. Since appointed as the Dean, he has created a rapid growth for the school, tripling both faculty and student numbers in a few years and secured funding for a new school building. He has more than 30 years of research, education, product development, consulting, and management experience in Human Technology Integration, Usability and Workflow, Cognitive Science, Information Visualization, Decision Making, and Machine Learning. He has authored many publications and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous grants and contracts ($35 million as PI and $100 million as PI/Co-PI). He has trained a large number of PhD students, Master's students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Zhang was a recipient of John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award from UTHealth, a recipient of the George H. W. Bush Award from the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, a Fellow of American College of Medical Informatics (FACMI), a Fellow of American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA), and a Fellow of International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (FIAHSI). Dr. Zhang received his PhD in Cognitive Science (world's first) from the University of California at San Diego and his BS in biological sciences from the University of Science and Technology of China (through the Special Class of Gifted Young).

Education

  • PhD, Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
  • MS, Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
  • BS, Biology, University of Science & Technology of China (Special Class for Gifted Young)

Research Interests

  • Human Technology Integration
  • Usability and Workflows
  • Cognitive Science
  • Information Visualization
  • Decision Making
  • Machine Learning

Honors

  • 2002, John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • 2002, Recognition of Outstanding Leadership as Chair of Faculty Governance Organization, School of Health Information Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • 2003, Elected Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics
  • 2006, Dr. Doris L. Ross Endowed Professorship
  • 2015, President George H. W. Bush Award, Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA)
  • 2015, Glassell Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Informatics Excellence
  • 2019, Elected Fellow, American Medical Informatics Association
  • 2020, Elected Fellow, International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI)

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    Biography

    Dr. Zhang's current focus is on strategic thinking about transforming healthcare and biomedical discovery through informatics, data science, and artificial intelligence. He is Dean, Professor, and Glassell Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Informatics Excellence at the School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He is also the Director of the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare and led the ONC SHARPC project on enhancing patient-centered cognitive support in EHR and Health IT. Since appointed as the Dean, he has created a rapid growth for the school, tripling both faculty and student numbers in a few years and secured funding for a new school building. He has more than 30 years of research, education, product development, consulting, and management experience in Human Technology Integration, Usability and Workflow, Cognitive Science, Information Visualization, Decision Making, and Machine Learning. He has authored many publications and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous grants and contracts ($35 million as PI and $100 million as PI/Co-PI). He has trained a large number of PhD students, Master's students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Zhang was a recipient of John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award from UTHealth, a recipient of the George H. W. Bush Award from the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, a Fellow of American College of Medical Informatics (FACMI), a Fellow of American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA), and a Fellow of International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (FIAHSI). Dr. Zhang received his PhD in Cognitive Science (world's first) from the University of California at San Diego and his BS in biological sciences from the University of Science and Technology of China (through the Special Class of Gifted Young).

    Education

    • PhD, Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
    • MS, Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
    • BS, Biology, University of Science & Technology of China (Special Class for Gifted Young)

    Research Interests

    • Human Technology Integration
    • Usability and Workflows
    • Cognitive Science
    • Information Visualization
    • Decision Making
    • Machine Learning

    Honors

    • 2002, John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    • 2002, Recognition of Outstanding Leadership as Chair of Faculty Governance Organization, School of Health Information Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    • 2003, Elected Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics
    • 2006, Dr. Doris L. Ross Endowed Professorship
    • 2015, President George H. W. Bush Award, Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA)
    • 2015, Glassell Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Informatics Excellence
    • 2019, Elected Fellow, American Medical Informatics Association
    • 2020, Elected Fellow, International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI)

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  • Research

    Research Areas

    Jiajie Zhang’s research has spanned many areas in biomedical informatics, cognitive science, human technology integration, decision making, machine learning, and visualization. His specific research contributions are in the areas of distributed knowledge representation, usability and workflow, medical error and patient safety, and decision making. He has authored 180+ publications. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous grants and contracts ($35 million as PI; $100 million as PI/Co-PI) from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), NASA, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Army, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, the State of Texas and other funding agencies, including as PI a $15 million award for the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare under ONC’s Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program (SHARP) for Patient-Centered Cognitive Support.


    Representative Publications

    1.     Zhang, J., & Norman, D. A. (1994). Representations in distributed cognitive tasks. Cognitive Science, 18, 87-122.

    2.    Zhang, J. (1997). The nature of external representations in problem solving. Cognitive Science, 21, 179-217.

    3.    Middleton, B., Bloomrosen, M., Dente, M. A., Hasmat, B., Koppel, R., Overhage, J. M., Payne, T. H., Rosenbloom, S. T., Weaver, C., & Zhang, J. (2012). Enhancing patient safety and quality of care by improving the usability of electronic health record systems: recommendations from AMIA. Journal of American Medical Informatics Association doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001458.

    4.    Zhang, J., & Walji, M. (2011). TURF: Toward a unified framework of EHR usability. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 44 (6), 1056-1067.

    5.    Zhang, J., Johnson, T. R., Patel, V. L., Paige, D., & Kubose, T. (2003). Using usability heuristics to evaluate patient safety of medical devices. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 36 (1-2), 23-30.


    For complete list of publications, please see Google Scholar.

     



    Grants (selected)

    1 U54 TR002804-0
    NIH/NCATS
    Title: Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS)
    Goal: Establish a center for clinical and translational sciences (3rd cycle)
    Role: Co-PI
    McPherson/Karp 07/01/2019 - 6/30/2024
    $37,290,116
    UL1 TR000371
    NIH/NCATS
    Title: Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS)
    Goal: Establish a center for clinical and translational sciences (2nd cycle)
    Role: Co-PI
    McPherson/Karp 07/01/2012 - 5/31/2019
    $19,806,104

    R01 HS021236
    AHRQ
    Title: Opportunistic Decision Making Information Needs and Workflow in Emergency Care
    Goal: Study information needs for ER clinicians and develop visualization tools to support opportunistic decision making
    Role: PI

    Zhang/Franklin 09/01/2012 - 08/31/2016
    $1,942,271
    ONC 10510592
    Office of National Coordinator for Health IT
    Title: National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare
    Goal: To establish a National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare (NCCD) to lead national effort on EHR usability, workflow, and cognitive support in Health Information Technology (HIT) adoption and meaningful use. This project is called SHARPC as one of the four ONC SHARP programs.
    Role: PI
    Zhang 04/01/2010 - 11/30/2014
    $15,000,000
    ONC REC
    Office of National Coordinator for Health IT
    Title: Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center for Health IT
    Goal: Support the recruitment of primary care physicians to adopt EHR and meaningful use in the Texas Gulf Coast Region.
    Role: PI
    Smith/Dunn/Zhang 04/01/2010 - 05/31/2015
    $15,274,321

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