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.

 [Note: Faculty members below designated with a * are eligible to serve as chairperson for scholarly projects. Others may serve as secondary members of scholarly project committees.]

Program Directors

Andrea Hartzler, PhD *

Dr. Hartzler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education in the UW School of Medicine. Her interests include consumer health informatics, social computing, human-centered design, and collaborative health technology. Her research focuses on the design of collaborative technologies that empower people through interaction with social networks and health professionals, using human-centered design, social computing, and patient-generated data to facilitate peer support and enhance patient-provider relationships. [Bio]

Hilaire Thompson

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]

Program Faculty

Neil Abernethy

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]

Carol Boston-Fleischhauer

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]

George Demiris

George Demiris, PhD, FACMI *

Dr. Demiris holds a joint appointment in the Schools of Nursing (Biobehavioral Health & Nursing Informatics) and Medicine (Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education). His research focuses on technology and aging, and the use of telehealth technologies to improve home care and hospice. [Bio]

John Gennari

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]

Sarah Iribarren, PhD *

Dr. Iribarren’s research focuses on development of cutting-edge interventions, suitable for the emerging economies of the world, that facilitate self-management of health and prevent disease. Global health, infectious disease, tuberculosis, treatment self-management, mHealth/connected health. [Bio]

Michael Leu

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]

Bill Lober

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]

David Masuda

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]

Tom Payne

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

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]

Anne Turner

Anne Turner, MD, MPH, MLIS *

Dr. Turner is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, as well as in the School of Public Health. Her research interests include public health informatics, use of machine translation and natural language processing to improve communication with Limited English Proficiency populations, public health information workflow, evaluation of public health information system. [Bio]

Seth Wolpin, PhD, MPH, RN *

Dr. Wolpin started with the UW School of Nursing in 2004. He has led and collaborated on a wide variety of projects in areas including prostate decision support, patient-reported outcomes, predictive analytics for heart failure, and medication adherence and health literacy. Many of his contributions have drawn from his background in information technology, but he is also interested in analogue interventions. In 2010, he began doing more volunteer work in Nepal and co-founding a non-profit called Wide Open Vistas (WOV) that focuses on keeping children in school. He now divides time between UW and WOV and enjoys helping find solutions for improving health outcomes both domestically and internationally. [Bio]

Meliha Yetisgen

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

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.