Nida Afzal- MS 2 Yr Research
Nida was drawn towards the challenges of using information technology to improve healthcare during her dentistry residency days at a tertiary care hospital. She has chosen prevention and primary care over tertiary care and completed her masters in Health Informatics from Pakistan in 2009. Her research on Hospital Information Systems furthered her interest in research and development of methodologies, processes, and tools to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system. Later she volunteered for the promotion for Information and Communication Technologies and eHealth in Pakistan. Also, she worked for the Born in Bradford birth cohort study to explore the expectations of study participants from their electronic health records to propose a design brief based on their needs. Nida authored several papers in peer reviewed journals. She believes, JHU-Masters in HSI by research will be an ideal launch point for a doctoral degree and a research career in academia.
Akintunde Akinseye – AHSI Online
Tunde is a Survey Statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics. He works on the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey which is a probability survey that assesses ambulatory care utilization at non-federal hospitals in the United States. He has a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from Babcock University (Nigeria), an MSPH in Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases from GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health, and a Certificate in Spatial Analysis in Public Health from the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is interested in data analytics and infectious diseases as they pertain to ambulatory care and public health.
Abdulaziz Alaqeel— MS 2 Yr Research
I have a bachelor’s degree in the field of management information systems, from King Saud University Riyadh – Saudi Arabia. I have gained five years’ experience during my position working as an analyst at SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation). I am excited about pursuing this degree because of the huge opportunity for creativity and innovation that exists in the health informatics field. My goals are focusing on leading medical transformation plan across my country to achieve Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 which targeting to deliver the best quality to our patients. Moreover, I wish to engage in research projects focusing on health applications, Electronic Health Record (EHR), clinical decision support system (CDSS), and how we can benefit from information systems to ensure the safety of patients. Pursuing master of health informatics at Johns Hopkins University will help me to achieve my goals through the academic methods that the program was developed through. Including the seminars where the students learn and discuss emerging technologies topics with well-known guest speakers in the field.
Sean Allen - AHSI Online
Sean Allen is a quality improvement professional for a Medicaid Health Home, overseeing a large network of health care providers across New York’s Hudson Valley. By utilizing technology, Sean looks for opportunities to transform data into knowledge that will improve health outcomes while lowering costs for a high-risk population. Sean brings a rich professional background to the health care sector, with experience in marketing, social work, and finance. Sean earned a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Miami. He additionally holds a Master of Science in Health Care Quality from the George Washington University
Emily Ashby- AHSI Online
Emily grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to San Francisco in 2014 after graduating from Virginia Tech, where she studied Dietetics and Exercise Science. For the last 5 years, she's worked at Salesforce, developing and managing strategic technology partnerships within the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry. She's a certified yoga instructor and an avid skier who loves trying new restaurants and fitness classes, cooking vegetarian dishes, live music, time on the water and long weekend hikes. Emily has raised 50k for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's disease and hopes to continue that fundraising effort into the future.
Haibin Bai- MS 2 Yr Research
Haibin Bai is a graduate student of the Health Informatics Research Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his Master degree in Health Policy and Management from Seoul National University. His research interests are Public Health Informatics and Digital Health.
Anas Belouali- PhD
Anas is an experienced Health Data Scientist with a background in software and data engineering and a demonstrated history of leading and implementing data science projects in healthcare. Prior to joining the PhD program in Health Sciences Informatics at JHU, Anas earned two master’s degrees in computer engineering and systems medicine, and has over 10 years of professional and research experience. He worked as a research faculty at the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics (ICBI) at Georgetown University, where he led research efforts in clinical informatics and health IT, and taught in the Master's program in Health Informatics & Data Science. As a lead data scientist for Georgetown University Medical center, he designed and built clinical research data warehouses and developed predictive models for disease risks, outcomes, and adverse events using EHR, omics, and behavioral data. His work has contributed to publications and proceedings at national level conferences.
Samir Bhalodia- AHSI Online
Dr. Bhalodia received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry (Magna cum laude) from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Doctor of Medicine (MD) from American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. After graduation, he completed his Internal Medicine residency at MedStar Good Samaritan and Union Memorial Hospitals in June 2017. He continued as a Hospitalist upon completion of his residency and took up the role of a Unit Director at Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Bhalodia is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Health Sciences Informatics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. His interest in informatics grew when he experienced his hospitals’ transition to an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Dr. Bhalodia aspires to play a key informatics role in healthcare settings by improving patient quality, safety and health information exchange with the knowledge and skills he learns from his Applied Health Sciences Informatics Masters program.
Justin Brooten- PBCCI
Justin Brooten is a faculty physician at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem North Carolina, with training in palliative and emergency medicine. His primary research interest is the development, implementation, and evaluation of methods to improve palliative care integration in emergency settings. He is particularly focused on methods using electronic health record data to assess short term prognostic markers in critically-ill patients, so that this information can be used to generate patient specific recommendations for palliative care assessment, early in an acute hospitalization, and/or prior to transfer to tertiary medical care.
Cindy Cai- AHSI Online
Cindy X. Cai, M.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Wilmer Eye Institute and specializes in the medical and surgical management of retinal diseases. She obtained her M.D. from Columbia University and completed ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute before finishing a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Duke Eye Center. Dr. Cai is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Health Sciences Informatics. Her research lies at the intersection of ophthalmology, public health, and informatics and is aimed at developing novel strategies that incorporate social determinants of health for the prevention of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.
Xiyu Ding- PhD
Xiyu grew up in Jiangsu, China and graduated from Nanjing University, China with a B.S. in Biology. However, she was not totally satisfied with studying biological problems via pure experimental approaches. She then went to Harvard and completed a M.S. in Computational Biology, where she was able to systematically learn statistical and computational methods with their applications in health-related areas. During her master study, she witnessed the rapid growth of EHR system and how it brought burgeoning opportunities to biomedical research. At Johns Hopkins University, she wants to study and contribute to the technology that drives the development of EHRs system, or more broadly, the digitization of healthcare.
Marissa Fielstein — AHSI online
Marissa Fielstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (“LCSW”) practicing in Suffolk County, NY. At the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, NY, Ms. Fielstein serves Veteran patients hospitalized on two Acute Psychiatric units. She works with Veterans and their families to secure safe housing and effective aftercare treatment, and to promote the Veteran’s functioning in the least restrictive level of care. In the provision of these and other clinical duties, Ms. Fielstein has built significant experience navigating the Veterans Health Administrations’ health record systems (CPRS, VISTA) and interfacing with VA behavioral healthcare programs nationally and across the continuum of care, often via electronic interfacility consults. Collaterally, Ms. Fielstein has engaged in Social Work committees to review and revise Social Work documentation; most recently, she was a part of a work group to redevelop the “SW Continuity of Care Note” template with the goal of increasing its usability and staff utilization of the note. Ms. Fielstein has supervised second year MSW trainees in Social Work’s Graduate Student Training Program, and recently participated in a workgroup to design the recruitment process for this program. She is an avid writer and has authored articles about best practices in Social Work in the Social Work department’s newsletter. In the community sector, Ms. Fielstein has worked as an individual and group psychotherapist in OMH-licensed community clinics, and presently in a private practice group. In these settings, she has worked with children, adults, couples, and families providing evidence-based, behaviorally-oriented psychotherapy. Ms. Fielstein holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Psychology from Binghamton University, and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. As a clinical user of health IT, Ms. Fielstein is highly motivated to pursue the MS degree in Applied Health Science Informatics.
Adrian Florea — AHSI Online
Adrian Florea practices medicine as an Emergency Physician at Saint Mary’s Hospital Centre in Montreal where he focuses on medical education and improvement of health care delivery. As an Assistant Professor at McGill University he leads training of residents and medical students in bedside ultrasound skills and medical simulation. His hospital administrative responsibilities revolve around the design and adoption of clinical decision rules and procedural checklists for the ER department. Adrian obtained his medical degree from McGill University where he pursued graduate training in Family Medicine followed by a fellowship in Emergency Medicine. He is currently an examiner for the Canadian College of Family Physicians.
Heather Foley— AHSI Online
Heather Foley strives to transform information into insights to improve outcomes, equity, and access. Her professional background spans acute care and clinic-based nursing, public health, and veterinary medicine. Throughout her career, Heather has developed and implemented technology-based innovations to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness. Her latest project is a multifunctional public health accreditation dashboard. Heather’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, French, Russian, and Africana Studies from Bryn Mawr College.
Andrea Fourquet- AHSI Online
Andrea Fourquet is an Informatics consultant that has been working in the informatics standards field for over five years. Her main project interests have to do with integrating Emergency Medical Services and electronic health records for a more efficient and informed patient care. Andrea is a board member for the National EMS Information Systems (NEMSIS) working to further reduce the gap between emergency patient records and healthcare records. She has participated in the development of CDC and international standards utilizing Fast Healthcare Information Request (FHIR) and CDA data structures. She has supported the updating and maintenance of the CDC funded HIMSS Immunization Integration Program test plan, and configuration using the NIST Test Case Authoring and Management Tool (TCAMT). Andrea has supported interoperability demonstrations at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase and Public Health Informatics Conference as well as supporting standards testing bodies with ONC certification testing.
Davera Gabriel- PBCCI
Davera Gabriel, R.N. is a Senior Research Terminologist in the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at Johns Hopkins University. Davera has participated in data standards development, led national multi-site observational data harmonization efforts and implementation of data standards supporting clinical, translational and population health research for nearly 3 decades. She currently serves as a member of the Health Level Seven Terminology Authority and Health Information Management System Society Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Committee, as well as an active participant in the American Medical Informatics Association. As a Nurse-Informatician, Davera enjoys applying her standards implementation experience in multidisciplinary teams representing diverse clinical and technical backgrounds that achieve creative data solutions resulting in knowledge discovery and improvements in personal and population health.
Neha Goel— PhD
Neha Goel completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Thadomal Shahani Engineering College at the University of Mumbai and graduated as the Gold Medalist for all round performance. Neha is an entrepreneur, and started her own company while still in college, which introduces new technologies in dentistry into the Oral Health market in India.
Having spent a considerable amount of time travelling to impoverished healthcare settings for volunteer work, she is motivated to bring healthcare technologies to such resource poor environments. As a part of her research work on “Developing a Low Cost Infant Incubator for Developing Countries” she developed a prototype well suited to the challenging healthcare environment of tropical developing countries. She presented this work at the International Conference on Biomedical Signals, Systems and Imaging 2012 at IIT Chennai.
Her interests lie in health IT innovation and entrepreneurship, and particularly in improving the way Primary Healthcare is delivered through developments in the field of Informatics such as Telemedicine & Telehealth, mHealth, eHealth etc.
Anthony Guerrerio – PBCCI
Dr Guerrerio holds a BA and MS from Dartmouth College and competed his medical training and PhD at Johns Hopkins University. His current appointment is in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where his role is to integrate technology into the daily workflow to better coordinate divisional efforts and efficiency
Nadia Haque- PBCCI
Nadia Haque is a pharmacist, currently working as a Biomarker Testing Account Executive at Genentech in the area of precision oncology. Prior to joining Genentech, she served as Senior Content Management Consultant in Pharmacogenomics with Wolters Kluwer, and a strategic consultant to the Henry Ford Medical Group CEO. She has served as the Precision Medicine Director at Henry Ford Health System where she worked on numerous informatics projects, and has held pharmacy management and research positions at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Nadia holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Wayne State University, and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. She has published multiple times in the peer reviewed literature, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Society of Health System Pharmacists. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, and a Fellow of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.
Ting He – PhD
Ting He is currently a research associate at Columbia University.
Ting He received her Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics from Dalian University of Technology, China, and was a visiting student at the University of Calgary, Canada. Her prior research work was in analyzing cancer genome data and frequent itemset mining. Having seen many old Chinese people without the medical background to understand their physical examination reports, she led a team to create an Android application to solve this problem during her sophomore year.
Her goal is to find the intersection between informatics, technology and healthcare, and to improve the unfair distribution of health resources. Her research interests lie in health system management, mHealth, and eHealth.
Stephanie Hong- AHSI Online
Stephanie hails from Baltimore by way of sweet tea (Nashville) and maple syrup (North East). She currently works in Dr. Chute’s lab as a Clinical Data Curator, Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Section, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. Most recently, she has been deeply involved in data ingestion and harmonization effort for the National Covid19 Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Project and CRISP. N3C is the largest COVID19 cohort repository to date with 7.1 billion rows of data, versioned repository available for research. And CRSIP is the State Designated Health Information Exchange (HIE) for Maryland. Previously, she curated EHR data to build research data warehouse repository for secondary use of clinical data at Vanderbilt University. She received BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Maheen Imam – AHSI Online
Dr. Maheen Imam graduated from Dow Medical University of Health and Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan. During her Medical school career she was highly active and participated in symposiums and seminars ranging from safe motherhood to burns care. Each of these endeavors aimed towards community care. After graduation she worked in the government sector as a resident and gained direct clinical exposure as well as experience. Her research study on burns care made her realize how compiling data with the help of technology can play a large and important role in controlling the spread of disease.
After moving to the United States, she worked in hospitals as well as clinic settings obtaining firsthand experience of the United States healthcare system. While working there it made her realize how clinical methods and technology are utilized together, there is a decrease in errors. When they are combined, they also help with managing the health care system so that it may work more efficiently in the west. Her aspiration to improve the healthcare accessibility for the community prompted her to join the health care technology sector. Currently she is working as a Quality Analyst in the IT department for the state of Minnesota in the Department of Human Services (DHS). Her most recent accomplishment is the fact that she was selected to be a speaker for the Government IT Symposium. This is one of the largest educational events in the Midwest for IT professionals. Being a certified software tester her presentation was a mini workshop training that involved the best practices that can be attained in order to lower the number of errors in the field of QA testing and analysis of software systems.
Dr. Imam strives to improve the healthcare system by making it affordable and attainable. She believes in providing the community an effective basic health care service that is easily accessible by using technology as the main component. Her interest is more towards research on artificial intelligence in health care by developing algorithms that could cover a wide array of diseases. She is looking forward to working as a bridge to minimize the gap by managing the two sectors of medical and IT. Being the ideal blend of healthcare and technology in her work. She believes that the M.S Program at John Hopkins, is indeed the right place to start. Having a top tier status among all the medical and research institutions in the world. The education and experience gained here will help her achieve the dream and passion of making difference in people’s lives through this field.
Nauman Islam — AHSI Online
Nauman is an international business leader with experience in Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the USA. He has more than 17 years experience in various roles with increasing responsibility, such as P&L management, sales, marketing and operations. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Roper Industries, GE Oil & Gas, Cameron and Ingersoll Rand. He is founding member and current Chairman of the Board at Innovatel Telepsychiatry founded in 2014 with now over 30 psychiatrists practicing in over 9 states. Nauman completed his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in July 2010. He also holds Bachelor Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in 1997.
Madhu Jalan- AHSI Online
Madhu Jalan is a technologist and entrepreneur with experience in digital health, behavioral health and precision health analytics. She is an Associate of mGlobal Health Initiative, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Madhu has developed normative frameworks for the assessment of digital health applications for leading organizations. She has held leadership roles in strategy, product management, and engineering at high growth companies.
Brock Johnson- AHSI 1 Yr On-Campus
Brock was born and raised in Brighton, CO. He received his BA in Chemistry Pre-Health from UNC (Colorado). Shortly after graduating from UNC he spent time on the mission field in East Asia during 1999 – 2001 with Cru. He received his DDS from the CU School of Dental Medicine, Aurora, CO in 2006. Subsequently he completed a one-year GPR at the VA in Minneapolis, MN. He then became an associate dentist at Yuma Family Dental and later became the majority owner of the same practice. In 2010 CDR Johnson stepped away from private practice and decided to pursue service to his country through the US Navy Dental Corps. CDR Johnson is a Diplomate of the ABOP, a Fellow of the AAOP and is a qualified Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer. He is married to his beautiful wife Kristine and they have two children, daughter Karis (4) and son Bode (2).
John Jordan- AHSI Online
Physician with board certifications in Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Clinical Informatics and over 10 years of experience as a physician leader and executive, who uses health informatics and data science to improve population health, patient experience, and healthcare value. Recent activities focus on population health analytics, health information exchange (HIE) interoperability, data governance, quality improvement, value-based care, developing business plans for health system interventions, and interpreting health policy for over 6 million TRICARE beneficiaries. Public Health experience with state and federal government using clinical epidemiology and public health informatics to investigate infectious disease outbreaks, and managing a large public health region in a diverse community. Experience providing direct patient care in a wide range of clinical settings including academic medical centers, charity clinics, and international disasters.
Joshua Jorvina- AHSI Online
Joshua Jorvina is an RN transplant from the Philippines. He finished his BSN from Far Eastern University with honors (Cum Laude). He currently works as a Chemo Infusion RN at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC and plans to transfer to their nursing informatics or health informatics department in the future.
Aida Kalley – PBCCI
Dr. Kalley received a BS from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and attend Drexel College of Medicine. She completed her training as an Emergency Physician at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and has practiced clinically for over 15 years. She is currently working full time for a small business which focuses the healthcare and IT contracting in the federal space. Her current project uses predictive analytics to enhance the program integrity of the Medicare Claims process and reduce the likelihood of waste, abuse and fraud in this area. She has witnessed the impact of health IT on clinical operations, reporting and management. Aida's interests also include cybersecurity, specifically in regards to healthcare related data. She lives in the Greater Washington DC area and enjoys spending time with her two daughters, reading and visiting local museums.
Thomas Kingsley – AHSI Online
I concurrently received my Medical Degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and my Masters of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. Currently, I am finishing my Internal Medicine residency at New York University and have an academic appointment at Mayo Clinic beginning in July 2017.
I’ve been co-leading a large quality improvement project at NYU that allows for detection of deteriorating patients through our electronic medical record. Additionally, I’ve worked on several other clinical decision support tools that enable doctors to deliver improved care to their patients. Each project has utilized clinical informatics to improve care. Now I plan on joining my fellow classmates at John Hopkins, working towards my Masters in Applied Health Sciences Informatics, and look forward to build on the work and skillset I’ve already achieved.
Robert Kirchoff- AHSI Online
Dr. Robert Kirchoff is physician and researcher at Mayo Clinic, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. He holds board certifications in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kirchoff’s research focus is on inpatient management of withdrawal in medically complex patients.
Robert Koski- AHSI 1 Yr On-Campus
Captain Robert Koski serves in the United States Air Force as a General Dentist. Captain Koski has an interest in using informatics to improve the health outcomes of service members and to increase efficiency in delivering their care. Following completion of the Applied Health Informatics program at Johns Hopkins University, Captain Koski will serve at the Defense Health Agency.
Zehan (Leo) Li – MS 2 Year Research
Leo is an enterprising pragmatist who has the vision of transforming health informatics and data technology for greater universal impact through entrepreneurship. Receiving his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Purdue University and Master of Health Science in Mental Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Leo is dedicated to discovering the best methods and humane approaches to improve quality of life for human on Earth and in space. During his master's training, Leo evaluated current Zambia immunization register system and proposed an innovative e-health solution using OpenSRP to improve vaccination record accuracy and higher level decision making. By the end of the two year program, his goal is to lunch a startup company to mobilize and virtualize mental health services for precision treatment.
Agatha Lin — AHSI Online
Agatha Lin is currently working in the health information department of HKSH Medical Group in Hong Kong, where she contributes to the health record digitalization process and other quality and safety initiatives, such as hospital accreditation. Previously, she served as audit nurse, coordinating clinical audits across various departments. Before joining the Group, she worked for local and international non-profit organizations for managing public health projects, for instance, a national wide maternal, child health project in China.
Agatha holds a bachelor of nursing and a Master of Public Health from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Star Liu- MS 2 Yr Research
Named after the Lone Star State, Star Liu grew up in Shanghai, China. Star graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in Quantitative Sciences (concentration in Biology). He has been very interested in the healthcare and public health informatics sphere and believes this niche is up for big changes and innovations. Thus, Star wanted to equip himself with all the necessary skillset to succeed. In his free time, he enjoys working out, playing basketball, hiking, and cooking among many other things. Finally, he is the biggest fan of Chipotle.
Jessica Malenfant — AHSI Online
Jessica is a Senior Health Informatics Analyst in the Dept. of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School & Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute in Boston, MA. She provides informatics and software development leadership and expertise to support socio-technical platforms used in large-scale research and public health surveillance initiatives. Prior experience includes working as a surveillance epidemiologist at the MA Dept. of Public Health and implementing Electronic Health Records-based tools to help radiologists meet quality measures. She focuses on using public health experience to interpret and apply data, standards, & technologies to projects. Jessica holds an MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health and Certificate in Clinical Informatics from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
John Mannisi — AHSI Online
I am a board certified interventional cardiologist with 30 years full-time experience at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Network, Pennsylvania. I am a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, class 1980 with post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine also at Johns Hopkins. Current clinical interests focus on implementation of pharmacogenomics data into the EMR as a start of a broader precision medicine initiative that will attract funding for a translational clinical research center. Extensive prior experience in strategic planning and programmatic development (initiation of cardiothoracic surgical program; pacemaker-device clinic and anticoagulation clinic).
Anis Kevin Massoudi — AHSI Online
A clinician turned innovation enthusiast with a focus on digital health, Kevin spent his formative years in southern Africa and Australia and completed his medical training in Johannesburg, South Africa. After obtaining an MSc in Management (of innovation) at Imperial College, London, he has held multiple strategic positions for mid and large cap healthcare companies in UK and Switzerland with a focus on innovation, medical devices and technology.
Kevin is currently Program Lead, Digital Health (EMEIA), managing the software portfolio for Varian, a global leader in oncology. He lives in Geneva, Switzerland with his wife and two daughters, enjoys sports, travelling and is determined to transform healthcare in both developed and LMIC – steering towards digitally enabled and value-based healthcare systems.
Anil Mathur– PBCCI
Anil Mathur is a physician, researcher and a health Information Technology professional with 15 plus years of experience working at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Johns Hopkins University. His primary areas of research are the development and utilization of novel radiotracers for nuclear neuroimaging, particularly single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET), for neuropsychiatric disorders. Additionally, he is also part of Precision Medicine (PM) initiative at Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence (CoE) and PM Data Analytical Platform (PMAP) currently working with Alzheimer Disease (AD), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Neurofibromatosis (NF) PMCoEs.
Siddhi Mathur is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Canadian Surgical Fellow in Advanced Pelvic Surgery at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto. Siddhi is a student in the Online Applied Health Science Informatics program. Siddhi's interests and previous work include research into surgical outcomes, curriculum development, surgical coaching, resident teaching and building research capacity.
Obsa Megersa- MS 2 Yr Research
Obsa Amente Megersa is a Health Informatics Research student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds a graduate degree in Public Health from University of South Africa, Pretoria and Master of Science in Health Informatics from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He also has a certificate from European Accreditation Counsel for Continuing Medical Education. His Master’s thesis in Health Informatics dealt with developing a knowledge sharing platform among health professionals working on maternal and child healthcare. Before moving to the United States in 2018, he was a lecturer of Health Informatics at Wollega University in Ethiopia. His main interest is Health Informatics research, a field that lies at the intersection of medicine and Information Technology.
Niru Murali- AHSI Online
Niru Murali graduated from Ohio State in 2018, excited to pursue a career in public health. Her curiosity about health informatics led her to Epic Systems, where she worked as a senior implementation manager for two years. She currently works as an enterprise implementation manager at Updox, a health tech startup in Ohio. She’s committed to improving healthcare access and delivery.
Niru is excited to meet professionals of diverse backgrounds. Eventually, she would like to adopt another dog and pursue a career in research. Specifically, she’s interested in how biases in system design and deployment affect health disparities.
When Niru isn’t working, she enjoys exploring social epidemiology with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, watching Peloton hype videos, gardening, and travelling to the country’s best dog parks with her supermutt puppy.
Clara Ngoh- AHSI Online
Clara Ngoh graduated Edinburgh University, UK, with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery, before going on to receive her Masters in Medicine from the National University Singapore. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians UK, and a fellow of the Academy Medicine Singapore, as a specialist in Renal Medicine. It is her belief that healthcare informatics and big data in the realm of precision preventative medicine, is what ultimately will save many lives in Singapore and globally from developing and suffering devastating effects of kidney failure. In spare time, she enjoys baking, and is an accomplished pianist.
Monica Ngov- AHSI Online
Monica Ngov is a Virginia native (Go Hoos!), Brooklyn-based, Product Manager with over eight years of experience in user-centered product design. Currently, she works on the personal planning software for financial advisors, but she draws inspiration from all industries. It is her belief that cross-pollination is one of the most original paths to innovation. In the future, she aspires to create intuitive, thoughtful, data-driven applications for experienced, subject matter experts in the healthcare and healthtech industry, using the skills and frameworks from the product and design world. She is also interested in the effect of technologies, such as machine learning and blockchain, and increased data interoperability on provider and patient journeys.
Alfred Ouyang is a cybersecurity professional with extensive experience in advising and assisting federal government agencies on the acquisition of health information technology (HIT) systems for their complex healthcare delivery ecosystems. He is a continuous learner. Alfred has received graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. He is a Certified Professional in Health Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS), a Health Care Information Security & Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Natasha Palamuttam – MS 2 Year Research
Natasha Palamuttam graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of California Irvine. As someone that has seen the medical device side of the healthcare industry, she wants to help bridge the gap between the physicians using the tools and the engineers creating the tools. She believes that by pursuing a Masters in Health Sciences Informatics that she can learn how to process the data from these medical devices to provide meaningful metrics for healthcare professionals to use.
Jessica Patricoski- MS 2 Yr Research
Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and is in her second year of the Health Sciences Informatics Research MS program. As an undergraduate Jessica also worked as a Neurosurgical Research Intern and Pediatric Medical Technician, and when time permits, she continues her neurosurgical research remotely. In addition to neuroscience, Jessica also has research in the fields of genomics, pediatric critical care, informatics, and has recently joined the informatics team working on the Johns Hopkins Molecular Tumor Board
Jennifer Peet- AHSI Online
Jennifer Peet is Head of Health Informatics at Avellino Labs, a global genetics and precision medicine company. Prior to Avellino, she worked for UC Irvine Health for over eight years where she designed and managed destination medicine patient programs. Jennifer holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh, and recently completed the MS in Population Health Management from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her professional career also includes 10 years working in the legal field and lecturing in higher education. Jennifer has lived and worked in Brazil and the UK.
Kanimozhi Raja- MS 2 Yr Research
Kanimozhi Raja's firm belief is healthcare innovations are to enhance the quality of everyone’s life. As a healthcare futurist, her vision is to develop or be part of a team that develops next-generation healthcare technologies, devices, and gadgets to change healthcare delivery and disrupt the industry. She is incredibly passionate about research in the areas of data-driven smart care. Her primary focus is to create Precise Data-Driven Digital Care (P3DC) protocols and build a P3DC delivery Platform that can take life-saving healthcare technologies beyond socio-economic and geographical barriers. Her primary objective at Johns Hopkins is to embark on extensive research by teaming up with eminent medical futurists and improve evidence-based practice. During her previous job at HCI Corp, she was part of the team that developed Telth, a next generation blockchain Technology called Embedded Logistics Tunnel for Health care, a private permissioned hybrid blockchain built by utilizing root cloud architecture. Telth ecosystem can use P3DC Protocols for Digital Health Care delivery. A Unique care protocol for precise data-driven care (P3DC) uses TWBAN technology for Remote Patient monitoring/management. Raja's research focus is developing, testing, and commercializing P3DC protocols, further building versatile WBAN gadgets, especially biochip and bio-chip hubs for RPM. She wishes to be part of a social movement that builds a healthy society that chases the ailments before it comes, not to chase treatment. Enhance the quality of life through person-centric affordable primary and preventive care through seamless monitoring with greater affordability through technology-driven superior Smart care. Her other areas of interest are AI in Healthcare and big data. At Johns Hopkins, Raja is hoping to gain exposure to the next-generation disruptive technologies in healthcare.
Molly Redman- AHSI Online
Molly Redman is a first year graduate student pursuing a master’s in the Applied Health Sciences Informatics program. She grew up in a small town located in Northern Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with honors in May 2021. Her degree was in biomedical informatics, with a minor in mathematics. Her undergraduate thesis project surrounded evaluating contraceptive decision support systems for young women. Overall, her academic interests include data analytics and visualization, health management, and public health. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, photography, and going out on hikes!
Peter Savio- AHSI Online
Pete has over 11 years’ experience as an attending Emergency Department physician. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine with Drexel University College of Medicine where he previously earned his medical degree. He finished college at Emory University with a BS in biology and a minor in Mathematics. He is married with 2 children and lives near the C and D Canal in Maryland.
Davood Shahabi- AHSI Online
Davood Shahabi started his early academic education as a Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine. After few years working as a veterinarian at industrial poultry farms, he continued his education with an MBA in Strategic management that led him in the healthcare data analytics field. Davood worked as a data scientist at Kindred Healthcare, the largest post-acute provider in the US. His dual education in biology, and strategic management and vast training in programming helped him to perform as a business intelligence developer to develop ETLs, data models, visualization, and conduct operation and market research to support corporate development and operational growth of rehabilitation services. Davood has be involved in coding, developing, testing, and quality controlling of applications for business purposes. This journey has enabled him to choose Informatics as a fitting direction that encompasses his past education, technical skills, and career experiences in advancing his career and develop of professional competencies.
Mohamed Shahin – AHSI Online
Mohamed Shahin is pursuing his final year of Graduate Medical Education at Boston Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Interventional Radiology. He is board eligible in Diagnostic Radiology and has completed four years of clinical fellowships in Nuclear Radiology, Cardiovascular Imaging, Interventional Radiology and Body Imaging at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Shahin received his undergraduate, Masters and PhD medical degrees from Al-Azhar University in Egypt and completed his Radiology residency training at Al-Azhar University Teaching Hospitals. Shahin also holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from The Weatherhead School of Management of The Case Western Reserve University. He is passionate about Interventional Radiology, Healthcare analytics and AI in Radiology. He is looking forward to pursuing his Masters in Healthcare Informatics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Shahin moved to the United States from Egypt in 2015 and enjoys traveling, cooking and fine French cuisine.
Kerry Smith - MS Online
I graduated with a biology degree from UMass, where I also took some computer science courses. I have spent almost 20 years working in healthcare IT, occupying the space between clinical users and technical resources.
I currently work at the Wilmer Eye Institute as an Epic analyst, ensuring that Epic is integrated into our clinical workflow with minimal disruption and to maximum advantage.
In addition to doing build for various modules, I represent Wilmer in upgrade planning and act as a department liaison for escalation of larger issues or more complex build tasks.
I have recently joined the CCDA at Hopkins and am starting to work on projects involving data retrieval and data warehouse design. I look forward to helping the institution make the most of the data being generated by our clinical and research faculty.
Logan Smith – AHSI Online
Logan Smith is a data analyst for the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and works with hospital and reference laboratories to set up transmission of electronic lab reports (ELR) to Virginia’s electronic disease surveillance system. She has been an ASCP certified Medical Technologist since 1989, and has 17 years of laboratory experience, including bacteriology, chemistry, serology and hematology. She earned a Master of Public Health degree in 2015 from Walden University. She completed her capstone project with VDH, which led to her current position and her interest in informatics. Logan has four grown children and five grandchildren. She and her retired husband share their home with two greyhounds, Sadie and Moe.
Shanshan Song– PhD
Shanshan Song received her bachelor level education in chemistry and German from Zhejiang University and National Tsing Hua University, and pursued a career in health informatics during her master’s study in chemistry/biostatistics/public health at Boston University and Columbia University. Her long-time goal is making a clear and friendly health information environment a possibility for the public, and harmonizing the medical confidentiality and interoperability for better healthcare service. During her spare time, she actively supports advancement of science, and is enthusiastic about (both natural and artificial) language learning.
Bradley Stewart- AHSI Online
Brad is a practicing family doctor working for the Canadian Department of National Defence. He is also their Chief Medical Informatics Officer. He is a veteran of many years in the Canadian Navy and, among his other "former careers" was a naval combat systems engineering officer. He holds degrees in math & physics as well as electrical engineering and business administration. For fun, he races cars and, along with his wife, chases their dogs around.
Joel Sursas – AHSI Online
Joel Sursas is a Medical Doctor with an interest in Health Informatics. As the Head of Clinical Affairs at Biorithm - a Singaporean start-up, he works with engineers to revolutionize obstetric care through telemonitoring. He oversees Clinical IT requirements as well as plans and governs clinical trials which are underway in Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom. He also designs and tests the fidelity of the medical mobile/web applications around our device. Finally, he plans the implementation strategy within hospitals’ local infrastructure and ensures that the hospitals achieve compliance with international and local regulatory standards which govern data protection and protected health information.
Clifford Takemoto –PBCCI
Cliff Takemoto M.D. is currently the Director of the Clinical Division of Hematology at St. Jude Children’s Research hospital. He recently moved from Johns Hopkins University where he was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology. He received his M.D. degree from the University of California at Irvine and completed residency training in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Takemoto then went on to pursue fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. After training, he stayed there as an instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and then joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 1999 until 2018. He now directs the clinical division of Hematology as a Member at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His clinical and research activities are in bleeding and thrombotic disorders in children and he is interested in the development disease risk assessment models.
David Thacker – AHSI Online
David Thacker graduated Cum Laude from Huntingdon College in 2009 with a BS in Business Management. He began working in public health six years ago as a Clinical IT Specialist, dealing directly with the EHR and end-users. Two years ago he was the assistant project manager on an organization-wide EHR migration, which was fast-tracked from pre-live to go-live in just seven months, with a hard launch at nine sites simultaneously. With heavy experience in general and clinical IT systems, including virtualization, SQL, networking, and some HL7 and PACS experience, as well as a background in business, he aims to help drive growth and uptake of public health services throughout his organization's area of service. He believes cultivation and progressive analysis of trends in data, and the development of new plans of care for not just the most clinically ill, but for everyone, will help expand the uptake of programs that are offered beyond medical and dental care, and help re-imagine public health as the modern set of services it truly offers to everyone.
Joan Thul- AHSI Online
Joan Thul has extensive experience since joining the pharmaceutical industry over 15 years ago working with clinical database design, study data analysis and real-world evidence research. Her SAS programming skills have also been applied to real-world data sources such as claims data and electronic health records. She is currently working on CDISC SDTM and ADaM programming for a regulatory submission and has a key role in clinical development and life cycle management programs across multiple therapeutic areas. She is interested in becoming stronger with data analysis in a science-based approach to understanding populations consisting of complex health factors and outcomes, to prevent disease, save and improve lives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University.
Nana Tiwaa- PBCCI
Nana Tiwaa is a health professional who focuses on Quality Improvement. As a problem solver, she has been able to institute innovative ways to enhance the workflow of staff in their usage of clinical decision support for the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children's National Health System. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Health Administration with a concentration in Health Systems Management from George Mason University, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has included the Clinical Informatics program in her academic journey to expand on her insight and knowledge in implementing change to improve quality, understanding the limitations and functionality in informatics , and how to best address it for the overall success in Healthcare.
Phillip Trujillo — PBCCI
Phillip brings a robust record of executive leadership and management of clinical centralized services. Extensive experience developing provider relationships and dynamic patient care teams. He has more than 10 years of practice management and health system experience in private physician and large medical group practices, for-profit and non-profit hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, physician faculty practice plans and ambulatory care networks. As a leader he has broad clinical, managerial, and consulting experience. Phillip has strived to encourage his teams to ensure they place patient experience and quality of service in every encounter. He has worked closely with small and large practices across the country and has experience with a wide variety of practice management and electronic health record (EHR) systems. Phillip has worked with organizations to develop process and tools that focus the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization’s internal goals and strategies for growth. He has provided specialized solutions that increase staff engagement and profitability while improving internal operations, all serving to improve clinically integrated patient populations.
Recent previous employers Ardent/Lovelace Health System, CHRISTUS Health, Santa Fe Medical Group.
Current certification with the American College of Medical Practice Executives, Medical Group Management Association Fellow, Six Sigma Green Belt, Lean Six Sigma Project Management. Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Public Health Administration.
Jared Winoker- PBBCI
Jared Winoker is a urological surgeon at Johns Hopkins specializing in the minimally invasive treatment of kidney stone disease, kidney cancers, and prostate cancer. His academic interests largely parallel those of his clinical practice with particular emphasis on the translation of biomedical innovation and health technology to improve patient outcomes. Jared has a great interest in expanding my knowledge of clinical informatics and tools for leveraging large volumes of health data, as well developing the skills to lead interdisciplinary teams in the adoption of potential health solutions.
Queenie Wong — AHSI Online
Queenie is currently a Systems Analyst at a manufacturing company headquartered in New Jersey. She is responsible for integrating information systems, streamlining operation processes, and conducting performance data analytics. Queenie’s passion is in technology and healthcare. Her goal is to apply her technological knowledge and analytical skills to improve clinical research, enhance patient care, and reduce the cost of healthcare. She believes that Johns Hopkins will offer her the tools and resources to succeed in the healthcare industry.
Currently, she is working with a team of physicians, a data scientist, and a software engineer on her capstone project to improve a Covid-19 vaccine adverse event automated classification system by using a natural language processing hybrid approach that combines rule-based and machine learning techniques.
Alisa Zayas- AHSI Online
Alisa Zayas is a Registered Nurse with ER experience mainly in NYC. She decided to pursue a Masters Degree in Applied Health Informatics to expand on her knowledge base and hopefully contribute to the healthcare industry on a more global level.