Jiajie Zhang, PhD, Dean of The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston

Jiajie Zhang, PhD
Dean and Professor

Contact

      Jiajie.Zhang@uth.tmc.edu
      7000 Fannin, Suite 600
      Houston, TX 77030
      Phone: 713.500.3922
      Fax: 713.500.3929

      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, nearly tripling both faculty and student body in five 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, an Machine Learning. He has authored numerous 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 numerous 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) and a Fellow of American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA). 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

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