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2013 AMIA Fall Symposium Student Paper Competition

Congratulations to Danielle Mowery, MS!! She was awarded third place in the AMIA Student Paper Competition.D. Mowery, P. Jordan, J. Wiebe, H. Harkema, W. Chapman. Semantic Annotation of Clinical Events for Generating a Problem List

Zach Landis-Lewis Featured in the 2013 SOM Annual Report

 Congratulations to Zach Landis-Lewis for recognitionof his work with the national electronic medical systemin Malawi. He is featured in the current School ofMedicine's annual report. View the articleZach's Profile

Danielle Mowery, MS – AMIA Student Paper Competition Finalist

Danielle Mowery has been selected as one of the eight finalists in the AMIA 2013 Student Paper Competition ( The student paper competition will be held on Sunday, November 17 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at AMIA.D. Mowery, P. Jordan, J. Wiebe, H. Harkema, University of Pittsburgh; W. Chapman, University of California San Diego. Semantic Annotation of Clinical Events for Generating a Problem List

Department of Biomedical Informatics at 2013 AMIA Fall Symposium

Papers/Podium Presentations:J. Hillman, K.P. Waters Applying the Extended Benefits Model in a Resource-Constrained Country: Uncovering the Foundation Date: Sunday, Nov 17     Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM     Session: S09 M. Wagner, J. Levander, S. Brown, W. Hogan, N. Millett, J. Hanna Apollo Giving application developers a single point of access to public health models using structured vocabularies and Web services Date: Monday, Nov 18     Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Session: S18 M. Hauskrecht, S. Visweswaran, G.F. Cooper, G. Clermont Data-driven identification of unusual clinical actions in the ICU Date: Monday, Nov 18     Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM    Session: S41 A. Ferreira, G.F. Cooper, S. Visweswaran Decision Path Models for Patient-Specific Modeling of Patient Outcomes Date: Tuesday, Nov 19    Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Session: S53 D.L. Mowery, P. Jordan, J. Wiebe, H. Harkema, W. Chapman Semantic Annotation of Clinical Events for Generating a Problem List Date:...

DBMI Affiliated Faculty in the News

UPMC Chief Information Officer and Senior VP Dan Drawbaugh (DBMI adjunct faculty) and Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Dan Martich (DBMI secondary faculty) are featured in InformationWeek 500, the 25th Annual Ranking, where UPMC is honored as the Number 1 Top Innovator in Business Technology. Read highlights from InformationWeek, September 9, 2013,  including an article on how "UPMC Plays To Win In The Tech Game".

Congratulations to co-author Richard D. Boyce, PhD for the Medinfo 2013 Distinguished Paper Award

MEDINFO 2013 – Distinguished Paper AwardMattias Samwald, Robert Freimuth, Joanne S. Luciano, Simon Lin, Robert L. Powers. M. Scott Marshall, Klaus-Peter Adlassnig, Michel Dumontier, Richard D. Boyce.  An RDF/OWL Knowledge Base for Query Answering  and Decision Support in Clinical Pharmacogenetics. The 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (Medinfo) will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. (2013)

Congratulations to Doctoral Student Katrina Romagnoli on her recent editorial in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Congratulations to Katrina Romagnoli, Harry Hochheiser, PhD and Steve Handler, MD, PhD on their recent editorial, "Home care: more than just a visiting nurse" published in BMJ Quality & Safety, August 2013.View PDFRead More

Congratulations to recent graduate Hatice Osmanbeyoglu, PhD on her publication in Nucleic Acids Research.

Congratulations to Hatice Osmanbeyoglu, PhD, Roger Day, PhD, and Xinghua Lu, PhD on their publication in Nucleic Acids Research.View PDFRead More

Congratulations to Tanja Bekhuis, PhD, MS, MLIS, AHIP!

The Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) recently awarded Dr. Tanja Bekhuis membership at the prestigious Senior level for her academic preparation, professional experience, and professional accomplishment. The Medical Library Association established the Academy more than sixty years ago to recognize information professionals. "The Academy recognizes the personal investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance and for contributions to the association and to the profession."

Co-authors Zachary A. Marcum, PharmD, MS, Mary Ann Sevick, ScD, RN and Steven M. Handler, MD, PhD publish important article in JAMA

Doctors Should Screen Patients to Assess Consistency in Taking Prescribed Medications, Pitt Professor Recommends   PITTSBURGH, May 22, 2013– Doctors should assess their patients to determine if they are consistently taking prescribed medications for long-term ailments and treat patients’ non-adherence behaviors as they would other medical problems, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicinearticle published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.   Between 30 and 50 percent of U.S. adults do not adhere to chronic long-term medication regimens, leading to an estimated $100 billion in preventable costs annually, noted Zachary A. Marcum, Pharm.D., MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Pitt and corresponding author of the paper. Despite the widespread prevalence and cost of medication non-adherence, the problem goes undetected and undertreated in a significant proportion of adults. “We propose medication non-adherence be viewed as a...

Congratulations to Patrice Thorpe-Jamison who won the best student poster

Patrice Thorpe-Jamison, MS, (alumnus April 2012 and current medical student)won the best student poster at Celebrating Research on Aging: Building Collaborations for the Future, 7th Annual Research Day on Aging sponsored by the UPMC Aging Institute!  The title of her poster was, “Evaluating the Impact of Computer-Generated Rounding Reports on Physician Workflow in the Nursing Home: a Feasibility Time-Motion Study.”  Congratulations!!

Two DBMI Publications Win Distinguished Paper Awards at AMIA STB 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Boyce and his collaborators and Dr. Shyam Visweswaran and his collaborators for their publications that won a "Distinguished Paper Award" at the AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics conference held in San Francisco in March 2013.    Boyce, R. Freimuth, R., Romagnoli, K., Pummer, T., Hochheiser, H., Empey, P. Toward Semantic Modeling of Pharmacogenomic Knowledge for Clinical and Translational Decision Support.   Bhavnani S.K., Drake, J.A., Bellala, G., Dang, B., Peng, B., Oteo, J.A., Santibañez-Saenz, P., Visweswaran, S., Olano, J.P. How Cytokines Co-occur across Rickettsioses Patients: From Bipartite Visual Analytics to Mechanistic Inferences of a Cytokine Storm.

James E. Levin, M.D., Ph.D., 1958-2013: An Appreciation

Dr. Jim Levin was both a clinical informatics pioneer and a true mensch James E. Levin, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Jim Levin was both a clinical informatics pioneer and a true mensch. Well do I remember the first time I met him, four years ago, when in the spring of 2009, as I was meeting with executives and leaders from across the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh, to find out what UPMC leaders were doing to leverage information technology for systemic performance improvement across their 20-plus-hospital integrated system. On my second full day in Pittsburgh, I toured Children’s Hospital with Dr. Levin, the hospital’s CMIO, Jaque Dailey, the hospital’s CIO, and other IT and clinician leaders. Coincidentally, the new Children’s facility had just opened a few days earlier, and things were so new that the hospital even smelled new. In fact, things were so new that virtually everyone at Children’s Hospital was still getting lost finding their way through their gorgeous new, state-of-the-art...

Doctoral Fellow Matt Stokes paper accepted by BioData Mining

Stokes ME, Visweswaran S.  Application of a spatially-weighted Relief algorithm for ranking genetic predictors of disease.  BioData Min. Dec 3:5(1):20.  2012 [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 23198930   ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Identification of genetic variants that are associated with disease is an important goal in elucidating the genetic causes of diseases. The genetic patterns that are associated with common diseases are complex and may involve multiple interacting genetic variants. The Relief family of algorithms is a powerful tool for efficiently identifying genetic variants that are associated with disease, even if the variants have nonlinear interactions without significant main effects. Many variations of Relief have been developed over the past two decades and several of them have been applied to single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data. RESULTS: We developed a new spatially weighted...

Alumni Ketaki Desai former Post-Doc/Research Associate featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times

Ketaki was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times.  Article-