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Jiajie Zhang, PhD, is the dean and Dr. Doris L. Ross Professor at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI). Zhang has spent the past two decades conducting research in biomedical informatics, cognitive science, human-centered computing, decision making and information visualization. He has served as the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on more than two dozen grants from diverse federal, state and private agencies. Most recently, Zhang has been the PI of a $15 million grant awarded to establish the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare (NCCD) under the aegis of the Office of the Nation Coordinator's Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program for patient-centered cognitive support. As an educator, he has taught courses in human-computer interaction, EHR usability, information visualization and technology-mediated social dynamics. Zhang has supervised or co-supervised nearly twenty PhD students and seventy master’s students. During his tenure as the associate dean for research from 2002 to 2012, he helped the school rapidly increase its research funding and expenditures. Zhang has been instrumental in establishing several research centers at SBMI, including the aforementioned NCCD. In 2003, he was inducted as a fellow to the American College of Medical Informatics, and in 2002, he received the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award as voted by SBMI students. Zhang has written in excess of 150 publications and presented at hundreds of organizations, academic institutions and conferences.
“Biomedical and health informatics is a rapidly growing field,” Zhang said. “Health information technology is one of the few industries that has grown at a double-digit rate, even during a severe recession. There’s a huge and rapidly increasing demand for what we do."