Robert Greenes, MD, PhD

Professor and Ira A. Fulton Chair in Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University [profile]
Professor of Biomedical Informatics, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic [linkedin]

Dr. Greenes joined ASU in September, 2007 to lead the new Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI).  This unit, originally in the School of Computing and Informatics, in the Fulton School of Engineering, and for 3 years reporting directly to the Provost’s Office, became part of the new College of Health Solutions in July, 2012.

After 6 years leading the Department, Dr. Greenes took a sabbatical for the 2013-14 year, to work on creating a collaboration initiative for interoperable healthcare apps, and returned in mid-2014 to ASU as Professor in BMI and to continue to pursue this initiative. He is also Professor of BMI at Mayo Clinic.

Before coming to ASU, Dr. Greenes spent many years at Harvard, in the field of BMI, first at Massachusetts General Hospital, then at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he established the Decision Systems Group in 1980, and developed it into a leading BMI research and development program. Dr. Greenes was professor of radiology and of health sciences and technology (HST), at Harvard Medical School, where HST is a joint division of Harvard and MIT. He was also professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health. For over 20 years, he directed the Biomedical Informatics Research Training (BIRT) program, with support from the National Library of Medicine and other sources, with co-directors that, when he left Boston, represented 10 hospital and university-based informatics groups throughout the Boston area.

One of Dr. Greenes’ earliest contributions was in the 1960’s while a medical student and PhD student at Harvard, when he was co-developer of the MUMPS language and system, which has gone on to become one of the most widely used computer platforms in health information technology throughout the world to this day.  Dr. Greenes has been a practicing radiologist, and also had brief interludes in industry and at Stanford. Dr. Greenes’ research has been in the areas of clinical decision support, in terms of models and approaches for decision making, the knowledge representation to support it, and its clinical application and validation. He has also been active in the promulgation of standards and fostering of group collaborative work, particularly in knowledge management. A related research interest is human-computer interaction, and workflow optimization, particularly with respect to the use of clinical information systems by providers and patients, the improved capture of clinical data and the incorporation of individualized, context-specific decision support. Another interest is in personal biosensors for monitoring of patients at risk in a variety of settings. He also directs a new initiative focused on establishing a platform for interoperable apps to foster health care systems innovation.

Preston LeePreston Lee, MBA

Chief Systems Architect, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
[linkedin] [github] [blog]

Preston Lee is a polymath computer scientist, businessman, and artist, formerly faculty adjunct at the Polytechnic School in the Fulton School of Engineering. Now returning to Arizona State University, he is focused on design and implementation of market-friendly health IT and bioinformatics solutions in collaboration with partner organizations.

Prior to coming to ASU, Preston spent many years in industry honing the craft of enterprise software architecture, spending 4 years as a software architect at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix and 3 years as Chief Architect of a leading educational courseware provider.

Preston’s IP portfolio includes software solutions from a wide range of enterprise concerns spanning enterprise asset provisioning, identity and access management (IAM) and single sign-on (SSO), education, distributed Big Data collaboration, and creative works including commercially-available compositions. He has become recognized for a lighthearted balance of technical savvy, business wisdom and customer outlooks, and as a technological innovator, pragmatic idealist, and leader.

1993151.imageDavide Sottara, PhD

Clinical Assistance Professor, Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University [profile] [linked] [github]


matthew-burton-15870171Matthew Burton, MD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Health Services Research, Mayo Clinic [profile]



wangDongwen Wang, PhD

Professor, Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University [profile]

Dr. Dongwen Wang is a Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University. He got his PhD degree in biomedical informatics from Columbia University. Before coming to Arizona, Dr. Wang was previously on faculty at Columbia University and University of Rochester. He served in various leadership roles for biomedical informatics research, development, and education. Dr. Wang’s research is focusing on modeling and representation of biomedical knowledge in computer-interpretable format, management of biomedical data in specific context of workflow and team collaboration, development and dissemination of online resources, and delivery of technology-mediated behavioral interventions to facilitate knowledge translation, healthcare processes, and patient outcomes. His work has been applied to address real-world challenges such as improvement of childhood immunization rate, support of post-CABG critical pathway, screening of patients with major depression, assistance of diabetic foot-care, enhancement of visit compliance in ambulatory mental health care, facilitation of subject recruitment and retention for clinical research, and management of HIV/AIDS patients. These works have been published in various journals and presented at national and international conferences.

Dr. Wang is an active member of the biomedical informatics research community. He serves as domain experts for grant review, paper review, organization of academic conferences, and development of technical standards. His research is funded by the federal government, New York State, and other sponsors. As an informatics educator, Dr. Wang has engaged in informatics teaching and served as research advisor for a wide range of trainees, including undergraduate students, Master and PhD degree candidates, postdocs, and K grant awardees.