Over 110 students have graduated from the Department of Biomedical Informatics (25+ PhD, 50+ MS, 25+ Certificate). The diversity of careers available to DBMI alumnus is evident in their biographies. Many of our graduates are teaching and performing research in academic institutions, such as Vanderbilt University, Arizona State University, and New York University while others have entered private industry with companies such as Cerner Corporation and Boston Scientific; some have positions in government agencies, such as the NIH and AHRQ, while others are at major medical centers, serving in roles such as Chief Medical Information Officer. We maintain a database of the career paths of our graduates. If you are an alumnus, please contact us if you would like to submit or update information!

Katrina Romagnoli

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Biographical Info

Personal Statement about time at DBMI:

I had the privilege of earning a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from DBMI. I never thought I would be on that path, but after graduating with a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences, I was awarded a one year fellowship between DBMI and the Falk Medical Library where I earned a certificate in biomedical informatics. One thing led to another and I was in the PhD program. I was lucky to have engaged mentors who pushed me and championed me. My career would not be where it is today without DBMI.


Romagnoli KM, Boyce RD, Empey PE, Ning Y, Adams S, Hochheiser H. Design and evaluation of a pharmacogenomics information resource for pharmacists. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Jul 1;24(4):822-831. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx007. PubMed PMID: 28339805; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6080676.

Romagnoli KM, Nelson SD, Hines L, Empey P, Boyce RD, Hochheiser H. Information needs for making clinical recommendations about potential drug-drug interactions: a synthesis of literature review and interviews. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2017 Feb 22;17(1):21. doi: 10.1186/s12911-017-0419-3. Review. PubMed PMID: 28228132; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5322613.

Blagec K, Romagnoli KM, Boyce RD, Samwald M. Examining perceptions of the usefulness and usability of a mobile-based system for pharmacogenomics clinical decision support: a mixed methods study. PeerJ. 2016;4:e1671. doi: 10.7717/peerj.1671. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 26925317; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4768706.

Romagnoli KM, Boyce RD, Empey PE, Adams S, Hochheiser H. Bringing clinical pharmacogenomics information to pharmacists: A qualitative study of information needs and resource requirements. Int J Med Inform. 2016 Feb;86:54-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2015.11.015. Epub 2015 Nov 30. PubMed PMID: 26725696; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4720137.

Uppal R, Mandava G, Romagnoli KM, King AJ, Draper AJ, Handen AL, Fisher AM, Becich MJ, Dutta-Moscato J. How can we improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education to encourage careers in Biomedical and Pathology Informatics?. J Pathol Inform. 2016;7:2. doi: 10.4103/2153-3539.175375. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 26955500; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4763503.

Ligons FM, Mello-Thoms C, Handler SM, Romagnoli KM, Hochheiser H. Assessing the impact of cognitive impairment on the usability of an electronic medication delivery unit in an assisted living population. Int J Med Inform. 2014 Nov;83(11):841-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2014.07.004. Epub 2014 Jul 27. PubMed PMID: 25153770; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4268135.

Romagnoli KM, Handler SM, Hochheiser H. Home care: more than just a visiting nurse.BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Dec;22(12):972-4. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2013-002339. Epub 2013 Aug 12. PubMed PMID: 23940375; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4120108.

Romagnoli KM, Handler SM, Ligons FM, Hochheiser H. Home-care nurses’ perceptions of unmet information needs and communication difficulties of older patients in the immediate post-hospital discharge period. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Apr;22(4):324-32. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2012-001207. Epub 2013 Jan 29. PubMed PMID: 23362507; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3694324.

Boyce RD, Freimuth RR, Romagnoli KM, Pummer T, Hochheiser H, Empey PE. Toward semantic modeling of pharmacogenomic knowledge for clinical and translational decision support. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc. 2013;2013:28-32. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 24303292; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3814496.

Current Activities: 
I am in charge of a design research team at UPMC Health Plan, leading foundational research to inform the design of digital products and experiences. In my spare time, I have 2 boys and a baby girl to keep me busy.
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