This Directory includes Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni selectable by category, search or alphabetical by last name. 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!

Jonathan L. Lustgarten

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Personal Statement:

I joined DBMI on the urging of one of my advisors as my interests was the combination of data and medicine. This would forever change the course of my career as during my time at DBMI, I learned the tools, techniques, and even more importantly how to employ them for new discovery.  I learned how to conduct inter-disciplinary studies combining experts across multiple domains, how to get to the root of a question to begin the approach in solving it, and importantly, how to ask the next question to keep the momentum going. All of this was only made possible because of the people I have been fortunate to work with there.  All the experiences, even the courses I took for knowledge increase, has helped me in my career helping integrate biomedical informatics into veterinary medicine.


Student Inspiration Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 2011

– $100,00 equity free award


Launcelott, ZA, Lustgarten, JL, Sung, J, Samuels, S, Davis, S, Davis, GJ. Effects of a surgical checklist on decreasing incisional infections following foreign body removal in dogs. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2019 Jan; 60(1):67-72

Lustgarten, JL, et al. Learning Parsimonious Classification Rules from Gene Expression Data Using Bayesian Networks with Local StructureData. 20172(1): 5

Lustgarten JL, Visweswaran S, Gopalakrishnan V, Cooper GF. Application of an efficient Bayesian discretization method to biomedical data. BMC Bioinformatics. 2011 Jul 28; 12:309.

Lustgarten, Jonathan Llyle.  A Bayesian Rule Generation Framework for ‘Omic’ Biomedical Data Analysis. Doctoral Dissertation (2009), University of Pittsburgh.

Lustgarten, J.L., Gopalakrishnan, V., Visweswaran, S. Measuring Stability of Feature Selection in Biomedical Datasets. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009; 2009: 406–410

Mowery, D, Harkema, H, Dowling, J, Lustgarten, J.L., Chapman, W. Distinguishing Historical from Current Problems in Clinical Reports—Which Textual Features Help? Proceedings of the BioNLP Workshop, Boulder, CO. 2009, pp. 10-18

Lustgarten, J.L., Visweswaran, S., Hogan, W.R., Gopalakrishnan, V. Knowledge Based Variable Selection for Learning Rules from Proteomic Data. BMC Bioinformatics. 2009; 10(Suppl 9): S16.

Conference Presentations

Lustgarten, JL. Iterative Evidence-Based Medicine. Veterinary Innovation Summit – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO September 28th, 2019

Lustgarten, JL. Common computer-based tools to make your practice better today.  Fetch DVM 360, Kansas City, MO August 23rd – 26th 2019

Lustgarten, JL. Don’t be scared of machine learning in veterinary medicine.  Fetch DVM 360, Kansas City, MO August 23rd – 26th 2019

Lustgarten, J.L. Make your PIMS sing; set up and modifications to improve performance. Fetch DVM 360, Kansas City, MO August 17th – 20th 2018

Lustgarten J.L. Diagnoses disease faster using patient specific models to help you and your patients. Fetch DVM 360, Kansas City, MO August 17th – 20th 2018

Lustgarten, J.L. Veterinary Innovation Summit, Texas A&M, April 6th – 8th, 2018

Lustgarten, J.L., Okerholm, P., Meyer, E., Practice Management Systems: Using Information to Provide Quality Care and Anticipate Disease. Central Veterinary Conference, Kansas City, MO, August 26th – 29th 2016

Lustgarten, J.L. Private Practice Clinical Veterinary Nutrition.  Invited Speaker, ACVN Special Symposium on Private Practice, Denver, CO June 7th 2016

Lustgarten, J.L., Bioinformatics Approaches to Mining Biomarker Datasets Invited Speaker, Special Meeting of the SPORE (Special Projects of Research Excellence) for University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, PA June 17th, 2009

Lustgarten, J.L., Visweswaran, S., Hogan, W.R., Gopalakrishnan, V. Knowledge Based Variable Selection for Learning Rules from Proteomic Data. Invited Speaker, AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics, March 2009


Personal Quote:

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Roosevelt

Current Activities:

Senior Biomedical Informatics Specialist at VCA, Inc. President of the Association for Veterinary Informatics (AVI) 2017-2019 Practicing Veterinarian