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Peter                          Elkin


Department of Biomedical Informatics

Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics & Professor of Internal Medicine

Professional Summary:

Dr. Elkin serves as Professor and Chair of the UB Department of Biomedical Informatics. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Peter L. Elkin has served as a tenured Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In this capacity he was the Center Director of Biomedical Informatics, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and the Vice-President of Mount Sinai hospital for Biomedical and Translational Informatics. Dr. Elkin has published over 120 peer reviewed publications. He received his Bachelors of Science from Union College and his M.D. from New York Medical College. He did his Internal Medicine residency at the Lahey Clinic and his NIH/NLM sponsored fellowship in Medical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Elkin has been working in Biomedical Informatics since 1981 and has been actively researching health data representation since 1987. He is the primary author of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) national standard on Quality Indicators for Controlled Health Vocabularies ASTM E2087, which has also been approved by ISO TC 215 as a Technical Specification (TS17117). He has chaired Health and Human Service’s HITSP Technical Committee on Population Health. Dr. Elkin served as the co-chair of the AHIC Transition Planning Group. Dr. Elkin is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. Dr. Elkin chairs the International Medical Informatics Associations Working Group on Human Factors Engineering for Health Informatics. Dr. Elkin is the Editor of the Springer Informatics Textbook, Terminology and Terminological Systems. He was awarded the Mayo Department of Medicine’s Laureate Award for 2005. Dr. Elkin is the index recipient of the Homer R. Warner award for outstanding contribution to the field of Medical Informatics.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Internal Medicine, New York Academy of Medicine, Elected to Fellowship (2012)
  • FACP, ACP, Elected to Mastership (2009)
  • Fellowship, Biomedical Informatics, American College of Medical Informatics (2006)
  • Fellowship, Biomedical Informatics, Massachusetts General Hospital (1990)
  • MD, Medicine, New York Medical College (1985)
  • BS, Union College, Cum Laude (1978)
  • Residency, Lahey Clinic
  • Professor and Chair, Biomedical Informatics, University at Buffalo (2013-present)
  • Professor, Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2008–2011)
  • Professor, Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic (2004–2008)
  • Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic (2001–2004)
  • Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic (1996–2001)
Awards and Honors:
  • Fellowship, New York Academy of Medicine (2012)
  • Mastership, American College of Physicians (2009)
  • Master, Royal Danish Society of Health Informatics (2007)
  • Fellowship, American College of Medical Informatics (2006)
  • Mayo Department of Medicine Laureate Award (2005)
  • Mayo Office for the Advancement of Research Award (2001)
  • Homer R Warner Award (1998)
  • Fellowship, American College of Physicians (1998)
  • Worthington Biochemical Grant Award (1983)
  • Putnam Exam Team - Union College (1978)
  • Russell E Elliot Memorial Scholarship (1974)

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 2016–January 2020
    Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA)
    National Institutes of Health
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • August 2015–August 2019
    Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center Clinical and Translational Science Award(CTSA)
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)/National Institutes of Health
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • August 2015–September 2017
    VA and National Cancer Institute
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • July 2014–June 2017
    One Florida Cancer Control Network
    Florida State University
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • September 2015–December 2016
    Natural Language Processing (NLP) to enhance structured data in identifying nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients and their stroke and bleed risk (B0660170)
    Pfizer Inc.
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • September 2015–August 2016
    Big data scientist training enhancement program (BD-STEP): to provide training and research opportunities to enable next-generation patient-centered outcomes research
    Veteran's Administration
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • June 2014–November 2015
    Planning Grant to Produce a Roadmap to the Creation of the SUNY-Wide Centralized 'Big Data' Repository of SUNY Electronic Health Record Data
    Research Foundation for SUNY
    Role: Co-Investigator

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Contact Information

UB Downtown Gateway
77 Goodell
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716 888 4854

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