Clinical Informatics & Patient-Centered Technologies


Each student in the Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (CIPCT) Online Master of Science program is assigned to an academic advisor at the start of the program. Your academic advisor will provide advice and guidance regarding your academic progress through the CIPCT program.  In addition, they will serve as a resource to help new students identify appropriate project and internship opportunities.

CIPCT students will eventually select a chairperson for their scholarly project or thesis. Your chairperson does not have to be the same as your academic advisor and can be drawn from the pool of University of Washington (UW) faculty in both the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education (BIME).

The following UW faculty members have worked extensively with CIPCT students, either as advisors or instructors, or have a research focus that may be of interest to CIPCT students.

Program Faculty

[ * Designated faculty member is eligible to serve as chairperson for scholarly projects. Others may serve as secondary members of scholarly project committees.]


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George Demiris, PhD, FACMI *

Program Director

Dr. Demiris is the lead of the CIPCT program as well as the Principal Investigator of the federal grant currently supporting CIPCT. He holds a joint appointment in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine. Dr. Demiris’ research focuses on technology and aging, and the use of telehealth technologies to improve home care and hospice. He teaches NSG 540/BIME 581 Telehealth Applications. [Bio]


Neil Abernethy, PhD *

Dr. Abernethy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Health & Informatics (BHI). His research focuses on infectious disease and epidemiology, systems and data analysis, and global health. He has served as an academic advisor for many CIPCT students since 2008. [Bio]



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Carol Boston-Fleischhauer, JD, MS, BSN

Carol Boston-Fleischhauer has taught several CIPCT courses for many years. Her area of expertise is in the management of care systems. She currently teaches the NURS 524-527 series of courses addressing care systems management, clinical effectiveness, organizational effectiveness and access & utilization. [Bio]




John Gennari, PhD *

Dr. Gennari is an Associate Professor in Biomedical & Health Informatics. His area of specialization is in data and knowledge representation, especially ontologies and semantic web technologies. He has taught graduate courses in BHI since 2002. [Bio]



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Rebecca Hills, PhD *

Dr. Hills is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the CIPCT program and a Research Coordinator at the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Rebecca’s areas of expertise and include: public health informatics, information needs in public health, immunization information systems, data quality in public health, health information exchange, and connections between clinical and public health information systems. Rebecca holds a PhD from Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education and an MSPH from the University of Colorado. [Bio]



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Michael Leu, MD, MS, MHS *

Dr. Leu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education, and is the Director of the UW Medicine/BIME Clinical Informatics Fellowship program. A pediatric teaching hospitalist, he works at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a physician informatician in their award-winning Clinical Effectiveness group. He serves in a variety of leadership groups at the American Academy of Pediatrics related to applied clinical informatics, particularly in the context of quality improvement, patient safety, and guidelines. He is interested in ensuring that the best care can be identified and practiced by clinicians throughout the WWAMI region. [Bio]



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Bill Lober, MD, MS *

Dr. Lober holds a joint appointment in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. Dr. Lober serves as the Co-Director for the Clinical Informatics Research Group (CIRG) and is interested in clinical informatics as well as public health and population-based informatics. [Bio]



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David Masuda, MD

Dr. Masuda has been a CIPCT faculty member since the program’s inception, providing expertise both in the classroom and in the development of the CIPCT curriculum. Currently he teaches NMETH 527/BIME 587, Introduction to Health Informatics and Systems Thinking, as well as NMETH 523/BIME 583, Project Management and System Analysis for Health Informatics. He also teaches in the Biomedical & Health Informatics and Master’s of Health Administration programs. [Bio]



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Tom Payne, MD *

Dr. Tom Payne is the Medical Director for Information Technology Services at UW Medicine, and is an Associate Professor in the UW Department of Medicine and an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Departments of Health Services and Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education. His major professional interest is the use and evaluation of clinical computing systems, especially computer-based medical record systems in patient care, clinical research, and quality improvement. His research interests include electronic documentation, natural language processing, and operating clinical computing systems. Dr. Payne serves as an advisor or scholarly project chairperson for CIPCT students. [Bio]



Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, MD, FACMI *

Dr. Peter Tarczy-Hornoch is the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education (BIME) and Head of the Division of Biomedical & Health Informatics (BHI). He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research. His current research in collaboration with computer scientists focuses on integration of biomedical and health data, including looking at ways of handling semi-structured data, representing uncertainty at various levels in the system, and doing computerized reasoning over integrated data. Dr. Tarczy-Hornoch serves as an academic advisor and scholarly project chairperson for CIPCT students. [Bio]



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Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, CNRN, FAAN *

Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Informatics in the School of Nursing. Her areas of research interest include fall prevention in older adults, traumatic brain injury, and measurement and improvement of outcomes. Dr. Thompson has served as thesis and scholarly project chair for several CIPCT students. [Bio]




Fred Wolf, PhD *

Dr. Wolf is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education in the School of Medicine. He also has appointments in Health Services & Epidemiology and the School of Public Health. His research areas include clinical reasoning and decision making, dissemination and evaluation of new technology, evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness research and training, and evaluation of clinical and translational research interventions and training. [Bio]



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Meliha Yetisgen, PhD *

Dr. Yetisgen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education at the University of Washington. She leads the UW Biomedical Language Processing (UW-BioNLP) Group. Her reserach interests include biomedical and clinical text processing, statistical natural language processing, and information retrieval. She teaches NMETH 528, Computing Concepts: From Theory to Application, and NMETH 529, Database Concepts & Applications in Clinical Informatics. [Bio]



Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, RVT *

Dr. Zierler was the Principal Investigator on the HRSA grant which founded the CIPCT program, and she currently acts as the academic or thesis/project advisor for many CIPCT students. Her research explores the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes — at both the patient and system level. [Bio]


Program Staff


Paul D Isaac

Program Coordinator

Paul assists with the day-to-day operations of the CIPCT program, including academic planning, prospective student inquiries, admissions support, registration & course coordination, technical support for online learning, program advertising, and student compliance and paperwork assistance.