Current Students

Anabel Abraham - AHSI Online

Anabel Abraham Portrait

Anabel Abraham graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the Women's Christian College, Madras India and a Masters Degree in Computers from the University of Madras, India. Anabel currently work as a Systems Analyst in Baltimore, Maryland. Anabel believes that the Health Informatics Degree will offer her the tools and resources she needs to leverage her IT experience and her enduring desire to work in the Heath Industry. She enjoys Bible quizzing, music, singing, debating, learning new languages, tennis and cricket.

Tripti Aggarwal - AHSI Campus-based

Tripti Aggarwal Portrait

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Thapar University, Patiala, India. After completion of my undergraduate course in Biotechnology in 2015, I started working as an Analyst for a market research and consulting startup called Roots Analysis. Having served as an Analyst for 1.5 years in the pharmaceutical industry and through several internship experiences at prestigious labs, I got acquainted with the many intricacies of the healthcare market. This motivated me to further my knowledge in the field of Health Informatics. Ten years down the line, I envision myself as a technical officer actively contributing to the digitalization of the healthcare industry in order to make the healthcare experience better for both physicians and patients. I am particularly interested in data science analytics and clinical health informatics as a major area of study. I hope to achieve expertise in the same from the Applied Health Informatics program at Johns Hopkins.

Sean Allen - AHSI Online

Sean Allen Portrait

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

Cassandra Allen - AHSI Online

Cassandra Allen Portrait

Cassandra Allen received her B.S. in University Studies, Management in the Sciences with a minor in Business Administration from East Carolina University. She currently works for RxAnte, a leading predictive analytics company focused on improving patient outcomes, reducing avoidable healthcare costs, and developing strategies to overcome public health challenges, such as prescription opioid misuse.  Ms. Allen is passionate about applying data science and information technology tools to improve public health and inform health policy decisions.  She plans to use the skills and knowledge she gains at Hopkins to develop and implement targeted and proactive intervention strategies for vulnerable patient populations, work with pharma and biotech organizations using predictive analytics to support risk mitigation in clinical trials and value-based contracting with health plans, and advocate for health policy reforms to improve clinician access to critical patient health information.

Adler Archer - AHSI Online

Adler Archer Portrait

Adler Archer is a healthcare advocate and technology entrepreneur with a passion for making the healthcare industry more accessible, adaptable and accountable. Building on nearly two decades of success at DOD, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Allasys, Adler helps public sector organizations operate and communicate at their peak. He has provided strategy and technology solutions to clients ranging from innovative nonprofit start-ups in Brooklyn to European members of parliament in Brussels. Adler is also a proud veteran, having served on active duty in the US Air Force from 2000 – 2004 and the IR from 2004-2008. He has lobbied for important veterans’ causes including “Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery” as well as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. Most recently, Adler launched Warrior Justice 501 (c) (3). This nonprofit brings together medical and legal professionals to help ensure veterans receive comprehensive and collaborative support in alleviating health-harming legal and social issues.

Adler holds a Juris Doctor from New York Law School, a M.Sc. in Mindfulness Neuroscience from Kings College London, an M.P.S. in Organizational Communication from the University of Denver, and a B.A. from Columbia College. Adler has been appointed to the Baltimore City Bar Association’s Health Law Committee, serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, and American Mindfulness Research Association.

Dustin Colegrove – PBCI

Dr Colegrove earned his BS, MBA and DO from Oklahoma State University. He is a Hospitalist in Internal Medicine at the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, WA and will take on the role of informatics specialist.

Gurmehar Singh Deol – AHSI Campus-based

Gurmehar Singh Deol Portrait

Gurmehar Singh Deol worked as a Quality Analyst at Sapient Global Markets, a consulting firm which specializes in applied services, solutions, technology, strategy, and risk management for the Capital, Energy and Commodities Markets. He graduated from Punjab Technical University with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering. In his free time, Gurmehar likes to play squash, is an enthusiastic cyclist and an avid PC gamer.

Ashimiyu Durojaiye

Ashimiyu Durojaiye Portrait

Ashimiyu graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos as a doctor, and has a flair for IT which he pursues concurrently. He worked for major hospitals in Lagos where he saw the need for better health systems and felt IT could make a difference. He went on to complete the Master of Science in Applied Health Sciences Informatics program here at Johns Hopkins University during which he was introduced to the concepts in informatics, it's potentials and promise. He believes informatics is the key to the realization of better, safer and reliable health systems and is seeking a deeper appreciation with the PhD program. His interest areas are in clinical informatics, telemedicine and mHealth. Ashimiyu loves movies and soccer.

Melissa Fannin – AHSI Online

Melissa Fannin Portrait

Melissa Fannin is a seasoned heath care professional with more than 30 years’ experience in various roles and industries.  She started her career at University of MD Hospital Center with more than 12 years as a critical care nurse and trauma nurse and proceeded into management.  Mrs. Fannin assisted with the implementation of the first hospital-based critical care transport program at the University of MD and became the Manager of the overall operation of the program. Mrs. Fannin obtained certifications in Critical Care, Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Nursing.   She then proceeded into the Government Industry where she spent 12 years working at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and then the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  She specialized in health policy, information technology, informatics, program integrity, project management and compliance.  She led major programs and assisted in the implementation of new legislation, i.e. the Medicare Modernization Act and the Deficit Reduction Act.

Mrs. Fannin left the Federal Government and entered into the private sector where she has worked for companies such as Clifton Gunderson, Optum and a big four accounting firm, KPMG for the last 7 years.  She has performed roles in an operational capacity, health care consulting and business development.  She has led teams of people implementing projects for the Federal Government and consulted on the new Affordable Care Act legislation.  Mrs. Fannin has conducted business development and led major initiatives to win new business for these various firms.  She is a dynamic leader with exceptional communication skills and leadership.  Most recently, Mrs. Fannin was the Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations for a large provider in Maryland.  She provided oversight over thousands of clinicians and participated in the strategic planning of the organization from a clinical, policy and health care perspective and assisted with the implementation of their electronic health record.  She is a member on the Board for Child Fatality for the State of MD under Governor Hogan.

Mrs. Fannin holds a Bachelors in Nursing from the University of MD, a Master’s of Science in Health Policy and Law from the University of MD, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University.  Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s in Health Informatics from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine with an expected graduation in spring of 2018.

Jeffrey Ford – AHSI Campus-based

Jeffrey Ford Portrait

My experience in health care careers spans many levels.  Before graduating high school, I entered the Army National Guard and trained as a Dental Assistant.  After secondary school, I worked as a Respiratory Therapy Assistant and Pharmacy Assistant while studying to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (R.R.T.).  I then decided to pursue a life-long goal of becoming a dentist.   So, I continued working in the hospital as an RRT and completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Mississippi College.  Immediately after, I entered the University of Mississippi, School of Dentistry and completed my Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.).  Upon graduation, I entered the United States Air Force as an active duty dentist and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) post-doctorate certificate residency.  Four years later, I was accepted to the Tri-Services Orthodontics Residency Program at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas – Class of 2010.  During my Air Force career and residencies, I have also completed continuing education courses in military leadership, including Air War College.  I am currently a Lt. Colonel, Flight Commander, and practicing Orthodontist in the United States Air Force.

I am excited to combine my eclectic background of medical and dental experience into an augmented career with training in Health Care Informatics.  I enjoy combining technology and information management for an efficient and safe patient care atmosphere.  Clinical decision support and clinical practice guidelines in conjunction with the latest technology available have captured my attention and will be my focus during this next phase of my education.

Vinya George – AHSI Online

Vinya George Portrait

Vinaya George is leading the setup of a Business Intelligence Unit in ZonesCorp, a Government entity in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Vinaya’s experience in the last 10 years revolved around conducting various types of business and data analysis aimed at improving business productivity and increasing profitability.

Vinaya George graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from India. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP from the Project Management Institute) and a certified Professional in Business Intelligence (CPBI from the Villanova University).

Vinaya’s passion for the health care industry is one of the key drivers for her to choose the Informatics Program at John Hopkins University. She believes that the program is uniquely positioned at the cross roads of Data Analytics and the Healthcare Industry and will enable her to contribute to the creation of knowledge-driven healthcare practices.

Neha Goel

Neha Goel Portrait

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 which she presented at the International Conference on Biomedical Signals, Systems and Imaging 2012 at IIT Chennai.

Her interests lie in health IT innovation and entrepreneurship. Her particular area of interest is improving the way Primary Healthcare is delivered through developments in the field of Informatics such as Telemedicine & Telehealth, mHealth, eHealth etc.

Anthony Guerrerio – PBCI

Anthony Guerrerio Portrait

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

Ting He – HSI 2-yr. Research

Ting He Portrait

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.

Sarah Hussain – HSI 2yr. Research

Sarah Hussain Portrait

Dr. Sarah Hussain graduated from Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan. During the five years of her medical education she actively participated in various academic and research projects in the public healthcare system in Pakistan.

Since her graduation, Dr. Sarah has worked both in public and private health care facilities in Pakistan. Her experience in those sectors has convinced her that incorporation of information technology in healthcare industry is necessary to improve the rapidly evolving demographics of disease. She believes that the conventional healthcare standards practiced in developing countries leave valuable research data unutilized. Hence, the lack of a system to comprehensively analyze healthcare statistics is a serious impediment in effective and affordable control of widespread diseases.

At Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Sarah aims to learn the academic, practical and directorial skills necessary to design and deploy EHR Systems and mobile health. She has special interest in designing mobile health programs aimed at providing healthcare consultation to underserved rural populations in low income countries.

Jessica Johnson – AHSI Online

Jessica Johnson Portrait

Jessica Johnson is the Director of Informatics at MedStar Health, where she is responsible for the implementation, training and optimization of the electronic medical record (EMR).  She is a native Marylander who has worked in the healthcare sector for the past 16 years. Jessica graduated from the University of Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration in 2005 and a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus in Healthcare Policy in 2009.  She also completed the Post Bachelorette Certificate in Clinical Informatics program at Johns Hopkins University in 2012.

Jessica is a results-oriented and versatile healthcare leader, who has a proven record of leading healthcare strategies in support of organizational goals and objectives. Most notably in 2016, she had an instrumental role in the implementation of Cerner PowerChart Ambulatory EMR Solution in nearly 500 MedStar Health ambulatory practices in just 4 months.  Cerner reported that this was their largest and fastest EMR implementation to date.

Jessica’s mission is to make a significant positive impact on improving quality of care, reducing costs, and increasing access to healthcare through health informatics. Jessica is pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Health Sciences Informatics to provide her with the education to be competitive in this innovative field and contribute to improvements in the adoption of health information in her community. Moreover, she aspires to be better positioned as a champion of safe and efficient healthcare, with an awareness of how technology and clinical operations intersect at all points of the patient care experience.

Aida Kalley – PBCI

Aida Kalley Portrait

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.

Zubin Khan

Zubin Khan Portrait

Zubin Khan has completed his Bachelors of Engineering in the field of Information Technology from University of Pune, India. He has also successfully completed a diploma course in Computer Engineering.

Zubin has worked at National Institute of Virology (NIV), Department of Health (Government of India) where he was part of the Epidemiology department as a lead IT technician. One of the major project he worked on was – ‘Community based surveillance of Viral diseases/Syndrome in Janta Vasahat Pune City’.

In a developing country like India with huge population the implementation and optimization of the information systems that support clinical practice is a big challenge. Working for almost 2 years at NIV Zubin was able to experience different challenges and problems in health industry. Having background in the field of Information technology he witnessed how application of information technology can help solve those problems.

As Health informatics creates the infrastructure that connects and enables the flow of critical information to and from each person involved in a patient's care, Zubin is very interested in this field esp. eHealth and mHealth. Zubin is also very passionate about entrepreneurship and would like to combine his interest of Health IT and Entrepreneurship in future.

Abraham Kim – AHSI Campus-based

Abraham Kim Portrait

I was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in Mukilteo, Washington. I have been working at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for the past year as a medical scribe. This position made me realize how big of an impact electronic health record systems have on the clinical process. I recently graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a minor in Linguistics. My goal is to become a physician with expertise in clinical informatics.

Thomas Kingsley – AHSI Online

Thomas Kingsley Portrait

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.

Bowen Li

Bowen Li Portrait

Bowen got his Bachelor's degree in Automation from Tsinghua University in China, and is a Master in Science and Engineering in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. The large range of knowledge enables him to look deep into Health Informatics and to integrate more advanced technologies into the field.

He worked as a research assistant in Department of Radiation Oncology at JHMI for a year and developed several software for JPLC and LAP Laser. He hopes to gain more skills and knowledge in medicine field during the Ph.D. training in the division, and will become an entrepreneur after graduation.

Suzan Lowry – AHSI – Campus-based

Suzan Lowry Portrait

I am entering the Master’s Degree program as a Pediatrician who has realized the power of informatics in increasing access and delivery of evidence based healthcare either at the individual or population level.   The tools of scientific process acquired from my undergraduate education in Biochemistry should help in my pursuit of a Master’s degree but as additional measures, I am acquiring bits of computer science from the Great Courses Series, Coursera, and Dummies book series. The greatest contribution that I will make in improving healthcare will be derived from the insights of my Department of Navy digital community and civilian teaching center mentors, combined with the innovative knowledge gained from the faculty, students, and affiliated digital community at JHU.

Xiaomeng Ma – HSI 2-yr. Research

Xiaomeng Ma Portrait

Xiaomeng Ma is an international student from Tsinghua University, China. She studied life science, molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry as well as programming languages C and R, and quantitative analysis with statistical software. She wrote on HPV distribution in China for her undergraduate thesis. Xiaomeng has enjoyed designing procedures for the collection of data and reasoning with statistical models and wants to expand her knowledge in these fields. She is also interested in biological and genetic backgrounds, social and geographical influences for diseases, and how to evaluate their effects in practice. Xiaomeng’s career goal is to learn more about social and biological interactions associated with health outcomes and to alleviate human suffering caused by illness.

Dwi Margarwati – HSI 2yr. Research

Dwi Margarwati Portrait

Dwi Margawati, a USAID PRESTASI Scholarship recipient, graduated with a Diploma of Medical Records and Health Information from Universitas Gadjah Mada and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Ahmad Dahlan in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Currently she is a lecturer at STIKES Jenderal Achmad Yani, a health college in Yogyakarta focusing on Health Information Management and health related fields. Dwi believes that through the pursuit of the Health Informatics Degree, she will be able to fulfill her career and educational goals in Indonesia. Her passion is for research, teaching and educating the next generation of university students, as well as to improve health systems in Indonesia. Her hobbies include painting, sewing, and singing.

Ishita Masand – AHSI Campus-based

Ishita Masand Portrait

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from Modern Dental College and Research Center (DAVV University Indore, India). I have completed a one year internship at the hospital associated with my college and I am currently working on a course in Database Management Systems. In four years at dental school I have worked in various outreach programs organized by the Indian Dental Association that offer dental services to underprivileged sections of society in nearby villages and schools in addition to generating awareness about oral diseases and its implications on overall health and well-being across the country.

Thus I have interacted with a diverse patient population which has inspired my interests in the field of health informatics. I strive to study the application of information technology and areas of clinical informatics aimed at improving the quality of patient care while working towards eradicating the imbalance in the delivery of healthcare in impoverished and otherwise inaccessible places. Also, I am interested in working on research projects pertaining to translational bioinformatics and cancer informatics during my time at Johns Hopkins University.

Joe Mercado – AHSI Online

Joe Mercado Portrait

Joe Mercado serves as a Senior Value Management Advisor in the Advisory Board’s Care Variation vertical.  In this role, Joe works with executive teams within health care organizations to improve quality and reduce cost variation within the inpatient and ambulatory settings under various payment models including risk-based contracts.  Joe has championed a number of projects such as building out customized member dashboards to facilitate physician engagement, identifying clinical data opportunities to address external reporting measure improvement, and analyzing episode condition performance to inform development of chronic condition management programs. Prior to joining the Advisory Board, Joe spent multiple years in the medical device industry, working in a wide variety of roles in cross-functional teams.  He led multiple development teams that launched an Android and iOS mHealth application and a web analytics dashboard.  He also worked with Product Development to launch a number of orthopedic implants and instruments in a regulatory capacity.  Joe holds a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Connecticut School of Business and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

His interests include: Clinical Informatics, Population Health Informatics, Telemedicine and mobile computing informatics.

Umair Mushtaq – AHSI Campus-based

Umair Mushtaq Portrait

I graduated with MBBS degree from CMH Lahore Medical College affiliated with University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. As a medical student I was actively involved in public health and clinical research projects. During my clinical experience at major hospitals in Lahore I frequently dealt with the problem of missing patient information due to incomplete or unavailable patient health records. With training in clinical medicine and longstanding interest in technology I was intrigued by the benefits of health informatics, from providing physicians access to detailed medical history of their patients, increasing the scope and efficiency of clinical research to improving the overall quality of patient care. My areas of interest include clinical informatics, clinical research and public health. In my spare time I enjoy playing chess and cricket.

Nkem Okeke - PBCI

Kerry Smith - PBCI

Kerry Smith Portrait

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.

 

Dan Smith

Dan Smith Portrait

Dan Smith is pursuing his masters in applied health sciences informatics online. In 2009 he graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and he has been working for a small clinical informatics company called Apelon since 2011. Serving has an informatics analyst and project manager, Dan's focus has been on terminology services and software development, providing the tools and guidance needed to map legacy data to international standards, curate quality measures and value sets, and model, maintain, and extend terminologies. Dan is originally from Connecticut and has been living in Washington, DC since 2014. In his spare time he enjoys playing water polo and visiting local breweries.

Steven Stallings – AHSI Online

Steven Stallings Portrait

Steven Stallings graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with a B.S. with a dual major in Biology and Chemistry in 1982. He obtained a D.M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in 1986 and a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 1988. He practiced family dentistry in Savannah, GA from 1988 to 2003.  He joined the U.S. Navy Dental Corps in 2004 and is currently a CDR who finished a Comprehensive Dental Residency at NNMC Bethesda in 2009 and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dentistry and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Currently he is the Navy/Marine Corps Liaison Officer to the Corporate Dental System.

His next duty station will be at BUMED as the Chief Dental Informatics Officer for the U.S. Navy Dental Corps.  The Johns Hopkins Masters in Applied Health Sciences Informatics will allow him to leverage his knowledge of clinical practice with that of digital information analysis of big data to aid in developing new treatment objectives and the use of new EHRs in dentistry and medicine.

Anncy Thomas – PBCI

Anncy Thomas Portrait

Anncy Thomas, DO is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician who currently serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer for Episcopal Health Services, Inc, an academic, not-for-profit health system in Queens, New York. In her role as CMIO, she oversees the strategic design, enhancement, and clinical effectiveness of information systems used throughout the hospital and ambulatory settings.

Dr. Thomas is passionate about transforming healthcare through information technology in collaboration with providers and administrators throughout the patient care continuum. The formal informatics training she will receive through the PBCI program at JHU will enhance her leadership skills to lead change in her current role and beyond.

Iddrisu Tia – AHSI Campus-based

Iddrisu Tia Portrait

Iddrisu Tia is an assistant professor of anatomy at the University of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Antigua, in the West Indies. He also works as an RN at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

After spending more than a decade working as a healthcare provider in multiple companies, Iddrisu knows how crucial medical informatics is to the healthcare industries, especially with the introduction of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Iddrisu’s interest in medical informatics peeked when he took part in the introduction of the EMR, 'EPIC' at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has a working knowledge of computer systems, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and databases such as SQL. He wants to be an expert in developing new computer algorithms that can help clinicians and researchers make sense of vast amounts of medical data.

Iddrisu holds an MD degree from University of Health Sciences Antigua School of Medicine and BS in Math and History of Science from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland.

Kinjel Vyas – AHSI Online

Kinjel Vyas Portrait

My name is Kinjel Vyas and I am currently working at Booz Allen Hamilton as a Healthcare Consultant. Previously, I worked at Maxim Healthcare Services as a Program Coordinator on the administrative team to reduce readmission rates at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson, MD. In May 2016, I attained my B.S in Health Sciences and Psychology minor from Towson University. Currently, I am pursing a Master Certification in Project Management to develop my professional skills and become PMP certified. I am interested in epidemiology, public health informatics, and data visualization techniques. I look forward to beginning the M.S in Applied Health Sciences Informatics at Johns Hopkins University this fall.

Susan Whitfield – AHSI Online

Susan Whitfield Portrait

Susan Whitfield is a Senior Sql Developer with a specialization in Healthcare, Lending and Government entities. She has enjoyed a career in IT for over 10 years and currently works for a healthcare related company.

Susan completed her undergraduate studies in Computer Information Systems, at Coleman University in San Diego, CA. Her research interests lie in the area of programming languages, and developing intuitive Healthcare systems to help save money for consumers, providers and plans.

Susan lives with her daughter, and their two dogs in Las Vegas, NV. She is looking forward to continuing to build a relationship with her daughter that includes holding hands in public and having her teenager still speak to her. They are currently building a green home and enjoy the beauty of nature all around them. Prior to becoming a proud and involved mom, Susan enjoyed horses, being a Marine and being spontaneous in various adventures. Now she usually manages to volunteer around horses and people with her daughter and read a few books here and there.

Jiancheng Ye –AHSI Campus-based

Jiancheng Ye Portrait

Jiancheng received his Bachelor's degree in Automation and got his Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tsinghua University in China. He is a Master of Applied Health Sciences Informatics at Johns Hopkins University and hopes to pursue Ph.D. training in this field. He has not only done much work in the design and implementation of healthcare devices, but also in the industry and policy analysis. He enjoys interdisciplinary research for the opportunity to use technology to combine engineering and medicine, thereby improving people’s health and quality of life. He has a wide range of interests, including sports, music and art. He holds the belief that the problems in the world are not within-discipline problems, people with different kinds of skills and expertise should work together - a value that health science engineers should be exemplified. One of the key capabilities he’s trying to improve is the collaborative design and leadership of interdisciplinary, action-oriented research projects, cutting across departments, schools, universities, and organizational partners.

Gongliang Zhang – AHSI Online

Gongliang Zhang Portrait

I received Medical Doctorate and Master of Science degrees from Anhui Medical University (China). After graduation, I took a faculty position at the Department of Physiology, Anhui Medical University. In 2006, I started my PhD training at Florida Atlantic University. My major is Neuroscience. I earned my Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2010. After graduation, I first worked as a post doctorate at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Now, I am a staff scientist at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development. I am interested in Health Sciences Informatics by combining modern computational technology, theory and management to process clinical big data, information and knowledge to facilitate evidence-based medicine and drug discovery for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Xiaohan Zhang – HSI 2yr. Research

Xiaohan Zhang Portrait

Xiaohan Zhang is admitted to Health Sciences Informatics Research Master's Program. He earned his medical degree at West China College of Medicine, Sichuan University. During his undergraduate training, he became interested in up-to-date therapies in clinical care. He worked and rotated in West China Hospital in Sichuan Province, the biggest medical center in western China, and several hospitals in Jiangsu Province, where he witnessed the need from both patients and doctors for combining data from modern medical practice with traditional medical care. Dr. Zhang also spent one year at the University of Florida where he conducted basic research in human immunotherapy. He considers it important to be specialized in both research and clinical disciplines to become a great doctor. During his time at Johns Hopkins, he will to build on his experience in designing and conducting independent clinical research. On completing the degree at Johns Hopkins he intends to earn a PhD position become a specialized physician who will bring innovations in clinical informatics to clinical care.