Alumni Appointed to Positions of Prominence in Biomedical Informatics

Three alumni of the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program and its National Library of Medicine-funded T15 training grant have been appointed to positions of prominence in the field.

Peter Embí, M.D., M.S., FACP, FACMI, FAMIA, FIAHSI, (OHSU postdoc with M.S., 2002) was recently appointed professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), professor of medicine, and senior vice President for research and innovation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, roles he began on Jan. 1, 2022. He was previously president and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute of Indiana University and recent chair of the American Medical Informatics Association Board of Directors.

Dr. Embí is an internationally recognized researcher, educator and leader in biomedical informatics. He literally invented the field of clinical research informatics, which is the application of informatics to clinical research, and remains an accomplished researcher and thought leader in this area. Dr. Embí has held research grants from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the NLM, the National Institute for Drug Abuse, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as well as numerous nonprofit foundations and public health agencies.

Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Ph.D., M.S., (OHSU postdoc with M.S., 2009) has been appointed chief of the new Division of Artificial Medical Intelligence in Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In her new role, Dr. Kalpathy-Cramer will translate novel artificial intelligence methods into effective patient care practices at the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center. She was previously director of the Quantitative Translational Imaging in Medicine Lab and the Center for Machine Learning at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School.






Adam Wright, Ph.D., FACMI, FAMIA, FIAHSI is professor of biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has been appointed director of the Vanderbilt University Clinical Informatics Center. He has led projects funded by NIH, the Agency for Heathcare Research and Quality and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on clinical problem lists, malfunctions in clinical decision support systems, approaches for sharing clinical decision support nationally, and adverse event detection using machine learning. Dr. Wright directs clinical decision support operations at VUMC and previously served as clinical lead for clinical decision support and clinical informatics at Partners HealthCare in Boston.  He is also a founding member and director of research for the Clinical Informatics Research Collaborative.

Dr. Wright won numerous awards while a trainee, including the AMIA Student Paper Competition and the OHSU School of Medicine John A. Resko Award for Best Dissertation in 2007. He has subsequently won additional awards, including the AMIA New Investigator Award in 2010 and the Early Career Achievement Award from OHSU in 2015.