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!

Matthew Scotch

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Biographical Info

  • Currently: Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
  • 2006: PhD in Biomedical Informatics
  • Publications (links to PubMed)
  • Personal statement: “I came to the University of Pittsburgh as a PhD student without a direction in this diverse and challenging new field. Four years later, I left the program as a doctor with an expertise in a focused area of public health informatics. One of the strengths of the DBMI program is that the faculty does not treat you as a subordinate, but rather a colleague with the potential to advance the science. This certainly facilitated my relationship with my advisor as well as the other faculty members. The PhD curriculum was rigorous, yet rewarding; I felt the faculty truly cared that I succeed. I am now looking to begin a career as a young independent biomedical informatics scientist, and feel that the skills and knowledge I learned from the DBMI program gave me a tremendous level of confidence that I can make a difference in this field.”
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