Former Students


Anabel Anandhapriya – AHSI Online

Anabel Anandhapriya 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. She currently work as a Systems Analyst in Baltimore, Maryland. Anabel believes that the Health Informatics Degree will provide 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, and  learning new languages, tennis and cricket.


Michael Bohman —AHSI On campus— Year 1

Michael Bohman Portrait

Michael Bohman graduated Weber State University with a Bachelor's in chemistry prior to attending Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Upon finishing his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency through the U. S. Navy Dental Corps in San Diego, CA, and continues his dental practice as an active duty, commissioned officer.  Lieutenant Commander Bohman has always been an active volunteer in the community with a strong desire to help underserved populations.  He has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America, served as a missionary in Argentina for two years, organized a dental mission trip to Ecuador through the Hispanic Dental Association, was certified as a sexual assault victim advocate, and has worked to assist immigrant groups. 

Dr. Bohman hopes to use his degree in informatics to enable providers to focus more time on patients by reducing inefficiencies and administrative burdens, and to improve dental health by leveraging technology to reduce risk and provide better care.

Lusha Cao — AHSI On campus

Lusha Cao Portrait

Dr.  Cao earned her Ph.D. Degree in Biology from Tsinghua University and her B.S. from Sichuan University, China. The focus of her research was in the determination of molecular structures of cancer and diabetes related enzymes. After completing her degrees, she worked as an assistant professor at Zhejiang University of Technology, China. She has realized a robust digital health ecosystem can bring revolution to both biomedical research and clinical care during her research career and personal life.

She intends to work in healthcare industry after completing AHSI program at Johns Hopkins. She is interested in optimizing EHR for patients with chronic diseases and improving digital health IT by generating data that help patients understand how to manage their diseases, as well as facilitating data-sharing between patients and their providers. She believes she will achieve career success by integrating the skills and knowledge gained from DHSI with her research experience in molecular biology field. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, hiking, coding and doing funny things with her baby.

Angela Chen — AHSI On campus

Angela Chen Portrait

Angela Chen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Analytics and Information Technology from Rutgers University in 2014. While in school, she interned at various pharmaceutical companies within the IT and data analytics departments. Since graduation Angela has worked for Accenture as a Business and Systems Integration Architecture Specialist, concentrating in digital marketing analytics and marketing automation platforms. After working with marketing and analytics for the past 4 years she is now looking to apply her skills in the health care IT industry. Angela hopes to help improve hospital and health care systems to better patient care and enhance the overall patient experience.



Ritu Doijad — AHSI On campus

Ritu Doijad Portrait

A powerful desire and passion to explore the crossroads of Healthcare Sciences and Informatics led me to apply and be accepted to the program Applied Health Sciences Informatics. I graduated from B.V.B College of Engineering, Hubli where I studied Computer Science Engineering. The array of healthcare-based projects such as ‘Smart Connect Portal’ to help rural and specialist doctors communicate via an android application and ‘Predictive Heart Health Analysis’ which is an android based application which can predict the heart health of a certain patient with the risks associated with the same and also perform community heart health analysis for a certain population helped me to explore and experiment deeper into this field. I completed my undergraduate research thesis on ‘Early Detection of Atrial Fibrillation using Machine Learning: A Bioinformatics approach.’

I also gave a presentation on this topic and was named as the runner-up at a technical presentation competition organized by the Bangalore Area Network of IET: Institution of Engineering and Technology. I explored the entrepreneurial avenues when I completed the Student Exchange program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell on ‘Global Immersion in Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ and worked on building business cases for Brain controlled wheelchair and Smart Insulin management. I envision myself to become a Chief Medical Information Officer one day. It is my dream to apply health technology for the welfare of people and the degree and exposure from John Hopkins University is exactly what I need to set forth with my research in the real world and achieve this dream of mine.

Ting He – HSI 2 Yr Research

Ting He Portrait

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.

Sarah Hussain – HSI 2 Yr 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.

Dwi Margawati – HSI 2 Yr Research

Dwi Margawati 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.

Gan (Stan) Shi — AHSI On campus

Gan (Stan) Shi Portrait

Gan Shi, Stan for short, is a Chinese national. He graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, with a major in Public Health. During his undergraduate studies, he was most interested in applying his public health training to practical use to solve real-world problems. In addition, he worked at the Elizabeth Gregory Home for over a year as a student service-learner, where he helped over a hundred homeless women in the city of Seattle. With the help of the Informatics program, he would like to enhance his overall capacity in finding the cure for the social, health and medical issues which hide behind the colorful and charming atmosphere of our modern society.

Sarah Vanderplas- AHSI On Campus

Sarah Vanderplas Portrait

Sarah Vanderplas is a research assistant at George Mason University where she develops curriculum for upper level biology and bioinformatics courses and software for an NGS device conducive to classroom use. As a learning assistant, also at GMU, she teaches microbiology and co-taught a bioinformatics research course. She studied microbiology, biotech and molecular biology and minored in Computational Data Science at GMU. Her research goals include developing systems to facilitate the recording of electronic health records in the most beneficial way for both front-end work flow utilization and back-end research. She believes applying computer automation to the massive amounts of data that medical professionals now capture will alter the landscape of human health for the better- and she wants to be a part of that progress. In her spare time, you can find her going on adventures on her off-road motorcycle or mountain climbing.

Xiaohan (Tanner) Zhang – HSI 2 Yr 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.


Adler Archer— AHSI Online

Adler Archer portrait

Adler Archer is a biomedical innovation researcher, systems engineer, and social entrepreneur. He researches clinician-led innovation creation, innovation diffusion, and population health informatics at Johns Hopkins and the University of London. Adler has led a boutique consulting firm called Allasys since 2005, which provides technology services to federal government agencies, including NASA, NIST, and the Departments of Commerce, Defense, the Interior, and Veterans Affairs.

Adler is passionate about service. He served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 2000-2004 and then lobbied for critical veterans' causes, including "Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery" in Colorado and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal at the White House and the United States Capitol. Adler launched Adloris Foundation 501(c)(3), a nonprofit deploying community based applied mindfulness initiatives through its Wakeful Warriors program and sustainable agriculture initiatives through its Busted Bounty program.

Adler has completed a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from New York Law School, Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Sciences Informatics from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Mindfulness Neuroscience from King's College London, Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Organizational Communications from the University of Denver, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in General Studies from Columbia College, and Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) in Scientific Analysis Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.

Melissa Fannin — AHSI Online

Melissa Fannin Portrait

Melissa Fannin is currently employed as a Senior Vice President at CNSI as of August of 2019. She was employed at HHS Account Executive as a Vice President. She began her Vice President role in January 2017.

Mrs. 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.

Jessica Johnson – AHSI Online

Jessica Johnson Portrait

Jessica Johnson is the Director of Informatics at MedStar Health. She began at MedStar in August 2016. 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.

Joe Mercado – AHSI Online

Joe Mercado Portrait

Joe Mercado is the Product Manager & Data Science Liaison at Collective Medical Technologies. Joe began this role in July 2018.

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.

Daniel Smith – AHSI Online

Daniel Smith Portrait

Daniel Smith is currently working at Apelon Inc. as the Director of Services. He started this position at Apelon Inc. in July 2018.

Dan 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.


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.

Hani Almarzook- AHSI Campus-based (Graduated 2018)

Hani Almarzook portrait

Hani Almarzook is a Senior Computer Engineer at the world-renown King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Riyadh College of Technology.He obtained his Master of Science in Health Informatics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.Hani has been in the health care industry for more than twenty three years.  His interests and goals include reducing medication errors and improving patient safety outcomes for health care delivery organizations.  Hani is on the forefront to improve medicine and the way health care providers deliver better care around the globe.


Gurmehar Singh Deol – AHSI Campus-based

Gurmehar Singh Deol Portrait

Gurmehar Deol was hired in November 2018 as a Data Analyst. He is working in a department for a Collaborative Inpatient Medicine Service (CIMS) at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.

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 Durojaiye is doing his residency at Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital. He started his residency in August 2018.

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.

Jeffrey Ford – AHSI Campus-based

Jeffrey Ford Portrait

Jeffrey Ford has now started a new position as Chief Enterprise Coordinator for Health Informatics at Defense Health Agency in VA. He was the Deputy Chief in the Solution Intelligence section/User Integregation Branch/Solution Delivery Division in Defense Health Headquarters prior to this new position.

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.

Zubin Khan

Zubin Khan Portrait

Zubin Khan accepted a role as a CDC fellow working for the Population Health Workforce Development Team and has been assigned to the Utah Department of Health. This role started in September 2019.

Zubin Khan was hired in Feb 2019 as an Information Systems Analyst for the Henry M Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. He was working in the department of U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP).

Zubin 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

Abraham Kim was hired as an analyst for Evolent Heath in August 2018.

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.

Suzan Lowry – AHSI – Campus-based

Suzan Lowry Portrait

Suzan Lowry is currently the County Health Officer in Charles County MD. She started in November 2018.

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 currently employed in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at JHU. She started in August 2018.

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.