Clinical Interests: While not currently clinically active, he is interested in informatics applications in clinical care to improve quality of clinical care.
Scholarly Focus: His current research in collaboration with computer and information scientists focuses broadly on data integration of biomedical and health data including looking at ways of handling structured and semi structured data, representing uncertainty at various levels in the system, doing computerized reasoning over integrated data, and facilitating extraction of knowledge from clinical data repositories. The challenges and opportunities his research is applied to arise from collaborations with informatics PhD students, biologists and clinical and translational researchers looking at: a) genomics including pharmacogenomic knowledge representation and decision support, b) secondary use of electronic medical record data, c) as part of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and the Northwest Institute of Genetic Medicine research in the area of collaborative integrated analysis of a combination of clinical data, experimental biological data, and clinical/translational research study data, and d) using electronic medical records and clinical data repositories for comparative effectiveness research.
Administration/Education Roles: He serves as the Head of the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics where he also serves in a variety of leadership roles throughout the School of Medicine including a) Director of Research and Data Integration for UW Medicine Information Technology Services (UW clinical computing operations group), b) Director of the Biomedical Informatics Core of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (the UW CTSA), c) Director of the Informatics Core of the Northwest Institute of Genetic Medicine, and d) Director of the Biomedical Informatics Core of the Surgical Care Outcomes Assessment Program WA State Comparative Effectiveness Research Trial Network (SCOAP CERTN). He has taught the introductory course of Biomedical and Health Informatics (MEBI 530), runs the Biomedical and Health Informatics Lecture Series (MEBI 590), and teaches the required first year medical school course HuBio 590 Medical Information for Decision Making.