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Harvard biomedical informatics star jumps to ASU

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ASU's biomedical informatics department has announced the hiring of its new chair, Robert Greenes, a longtime professor of radiology and health sciences at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Greenes, who will also hold the Ira A. Fulton Chair in biomedical informatics, will become department chair Sept. 1, succeeding interim chair Vimla Patel.

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Dr. Robert Greens
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Arizona State University's biomedical informatics department has announced the hiring of its new chair, Robert Greenes, a longtime professor of radiology and health sciences at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Greenes, who will also hold the Ira A. Fulton Chair in biomedical informatics, will become department chair Sept. 1.

Dr. Greenes has also served as Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Informatics at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; in 1979, he founded the Decisions Systems Group, a biomedical informatics laboratory, in the hospital's radiology department. Additionally, he has directed the Boston Biomedical Informatics Training Program, and has been a professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health and professor in the Health Science and Technology Division, a joint division of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"I'm impressed by the eagerness at all levels of the university, especially its leadership, and among its partners, the University of Arizona, and other area health and biomedical science institutions, to create a top-notch biomedical informatics program, " Dr. Greenes said. "And there's the opportunity to help shape the program from the beginning."

Dr. Greenes becomes the latest Ivy League expert in biomedical informatics to jump ship this year for ASU's new department. Two have arrived from Columbia University: Vimla Patel, who has served as interim department chair, and Edward Shortliffe, who holds a joint appointment as a professor in the department and as dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, in Partnership with Arizona State University. Dr. Greenes, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Shortliffe have co-authored several journal articles.

Jeffrey Trent, president and scientific director of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), said he considers Greenes "without question among the world leaders in the use of collaborative medical informatics research to benefit patients, physicians, and students."


For more information:

"ASU names new chief of biomedical informatics," East Valley Tribune, 08/28/2007

ASU news release, 08/21/2007