Department of Pediatrics
Executive Director, Institute for Healthcare Informatics
Chief Medical Informatics Officer, UBMD
General Pediatrics; Pediatrics
I am a physician executive with extensive experience in medical management, medical informatics, financial analysis and computer modeling. I serve as the executive director of the University at Buffalo Institute for Healthcare Informatics (IHI) and as chief medical informatics officer (CMIO) of UBMD, a multispecialty faculty practice of over 500 UB physicians.
The mission of the IHI is to support research at UB and at its partner institutions in the Buffalo Translational Consortium by providing a secure computing environment, analytic and security consulting, and extensive healthcare datasets. The IHI provides a Tier II+ secure data center with a state-of-the-art data repository infrastructure that can be used to generate knowledge that improves the health of the Western New York community, New York State and the nation. My job is to realize the IHI mission and make the facility operational.
As CMIO of UBMD, I am the executive and operational lead for the UBMD Allscripts electronic health record (EHR). My goal is to implement the EHR not only to support the clinical practice of UBMD but also to collect clinical data that can be used for quality improvement and academic research. My vision is to implement and optimize the EHR so that it will collect data that can simultaneously provide clinical decision support, manage patient populations and feed data repositories.
I have served in multiple medical and informatics leadership roles, and my background in clinical, administrative and technological medicine enables me to interface effectively with multiple healthcare environment stakeholders, including physicians, nurses, other clinical and administrative staff, information technology personnel and vendors. As a result, I have been able to lead physician practices through transformative changes, including the adoption of electronic health records.
I have published and presented extensively in the field of informatics; my particular interest is ethical issues in informatics.
I practice general pediatrics in inner-city Buffalo.