DMICE Welcomes Newest Faculty Member

DMICE is pleased to welcome the newest member of our faculty, Dana Womack, PhD. Dr. Womack completed her PhD in our biomedical informatics program last June and has been awarded a K12 career development award for her project, Echoes of Workplace Overload and Wellbeing. The new grant will advance Dr. Womack’s work in the detection of clinician overload in hospitals using multi-source data integration and analysis.

OHSU is one of 11 sites funded for the K12 program by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) to provide career development awards to new researchers focused on developing the learning health system. The NW Center of Excellence & K12 in Patient Centered Learning Health Systems Science will be directed by grant PIs Jeanne-Marie Guise, MD, MPH of OHSU and Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA of Kaiser Center for Health Research.

Dr. Womack will be an assistant professor in the both the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE), School of Medicine and in the School of Nursing. She will also have an appointment in the Quality, Research & Magnet Department of OHSU Healthcare/Nursing Administration. Her initial work focus will be to build on the foundation established in her dissertation, which was entitled, Recognition of Hospital Work System Strain Through Knowledge Elicitation, Multi-Source Data Integration and Analysis.

Last spring, Dr. Womack received one of two best paper awards at the annual meeting of biomedical informatics trainees funded by the T15 training grant program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

The Career Development Award of Dr. Womack brings the total of such awards in DMICE to four:

  • Michelle Hribar, PhD – Modeling and Optimization of Clinical Processes Using EHR Data (R00LM012238)
  • Nicole Weiskopf, PhD – Measuring and Improving Data Quality For Clinical Quality Measure Reliability (K01LM012738)
  • Lisa Karstens, PhD – Functional Considerations of the Urinary Microbiome in Overactive Bladder (K01DK116706)
  • Dana Womack, PhD – Echoes of Workplace Overload and Wellbeing (K12HS022981)

“I am thrilled that Dr. Womack is the newest member of our faculty, and also that she will be jointly appointed in the School of Nursing as well as OHSU Hospital. The work of her new K12 grant using ambient data sources to detect clinical strain is highly innovative, which will lead to ways to improve clinical outcomes and reduce burnout,” said William Hersh, MD, professor and chair of DMICE.