Chunhua Weng, PhD (contact PI)
Dr. Chunhua Weng is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and the Director for Biomedical Informatics Resources for The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Weng advances the field of clinical research informatics on several fronts, including text knowledge engineering, aggregate analysis of clinical studies, quality-aware computational reuse of electronic patient data and public data, and clinical research workflow optimization in patient care settings towards the achievement of a learning health system.
Ali Gharavi, MD (PI)
Dr. Ali Gharavi is a Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, a Chief of the Division of Nephrology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, and an Attending Physician on the Internal Medicine and Nephrology Services at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He co-directs the Precision Medicine Resource of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Gharavi’s research interests are focused on the molecular genetics of kidney diseases, particularly glomerular and developmental disorders. Dr. Gharavi received his MD degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine.
George Hripcsak, MD, MS (PI)
Dr. George Hripcsak is the Vivian Beaumont Allen Professor and Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics and Director of Medical Informatics Services for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Campus. He is a board-certified internist and his current research focus is on the clinical information stored in electronic health records and on the development of next-generation health record systems. Using nonlinear time series analysis, machine learning, knowledge engineering, and natural language processing, he is developing the methods necessary to support clinical research and patient safety initiatives. He leads the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) coordinating center; OHDSI is an international network with 160 researchers and 600 million patient records. He co-chaired the Meaningful Use Workgroup of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology; it defines the criteria by which health care providers collect incentives for using electronic health records. He led the effort to create the Arden Syntax, a language for representing health knowledge that has become a national standard. Dr. Hripcsak chaired the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee, and he is a fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published over 250 papers. Dr. Hripcsak received his BS degree in chemistry from Haverford College, his MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and his MS degree in biostatistics from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Paul Appelbaum, MD
Dr. Paul S. Appelbaum is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Law, and Director, Division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He directs Columbia’s Center for Research on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic, and Behavioral Genetics, and heads the Clinical Research Ethics Core for Columbia’s Clinical and Translational Science Award program. His current research focuses on legal and ethical implications of advances in genomics, including studies of informed consent to genome sequencing, impact of genetic data on perceptions of responsibility and punishment, and return of results from genomic research. Dr. Appelbaum, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, is a graduate of Columbia College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and completed his residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Wendy Chung, MD, PhD
Dr. Wendy Chung is the Kennedy Family Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and a co-director of the Precision Medicine Resource of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Chung is a leading expert in clinical and molecular genetics, whose research interests are focused on genetics of diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, neuromuscular disease, neuropsychiatric disorders and rare Mendelian disorders. Dr. Chung received her BA degree in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her MD degree from Cornell University Medical College, and her PhD degree from The Rockefeller University in genetics.
Katherine Crew, MD, MS
Dr. Katherine Crew is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Clinical Breast Cancer Prevention Program for the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Crew has expertise in cancer genetics and implementation of decision support tools to enhance breast cancer risk assessment and risk-appropriate prevention strategies. She received her BS in Biochemistry from Brown University, MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and MS in Biostatistics from Columbia University School of Public Health. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Medical Oncology fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University..
Mitchell Elkind, MD, MS
Dr. Mitchell Elkind is a Professor of Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and an Attending Neurologist on the Stroke Service at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He is also the past Director of the Neurology Residency Training Program. Dr. Elkind received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University in England. After receiving his medical degree in 1992 from Harvard Medical School, he trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his master’s degree in epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 1998.
Joseph Finkelstein, MA, MD, PhD
Dr. Joseph Finkelstein is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University and a physician-scientist in the Division of Biomedical Informatics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein specializes on development and evaluation of information technologies for personalized medicine. His current research aims at defining the role of pharmacogenetic polymorphism as an independent factor contributing to the risk of frequent hospitalizations in older adults with polypharmacy. He received his MD and PhD degrees at the Pirogov State Medical University and MA degree in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, and geriatric fellowship program at Johns Hopkins University.
Krzysztof Kiryluk, MD, MS
Dr. Krzysztof Kiryluk is the Herbert Irving Assistant Professor at Columbia University and a physician-scientist in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Kiryluk specializes in chronic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and inherited kidney disorders. His research aims to define genetic factors contributing to the risk of kidney disease. He received his MD degree at the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, and Nephrology fellowship at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University. For more information on his active research projects, please visit the Kiryluk Lab website.
Rita Kukafka, DrPH, MA, MS
Dr. Kukafka is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. She directs the Health Communication and Informatics Laboratory at the Department of Biomedical Informatics and is a certificate lead for Public Health Informatics at the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Kukafka studies how the application of innovative informatics methods can support patient-centered care and influence health and medical decision making, with a particular emphasis on the effects of low numeracy and risk perceptions on decision making. She received her BS degree from Brooklyn College, Masters in Health Education degree from New York University, a Doctorate in Public Health with a concentration in Sociomedical Sciences from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and her MS degree from the Department of Biomedical Informatics of Columbia University.
Lynn Petukhova, PhD, MS
Dr. Lynn Petukhova is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology in the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University. Her research program is focused on implementing precision medicine in the treatment of autoimmune disease. Dr. Petukhova received her MS degree in Molecular Genetics from Boston College, MS degree in Biostatistics and PhD degree in Epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Soumitra Sengupta, PhD, MS
Dr. Soumitra Sengupta is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and leads a clinical information development team providing informatics services to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Sengupta’s work centers around informatics applications in clinical settings and teaching health information privacy and security concepts and practice. His research interests include systems management, information and systems architecture, information security, and metrics. Additionally, he participates in technical and system architecture functions in Information Technology at the Columbia University Medical Center and the Hospital. He earned a BE degree in electrical and electronics engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, followed by MS and PhD degrees in computer science at the State University of New York in Stony Brook.
Yufeng Shen, PhD
Dr. Yufeng Shen is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Department of Systems Biology at Columbia University. Dr. Shen research focuses on the development and application of computational methods for the study of human genetics and disease. Specifically, his group is working on two areas: identification of genetic causes of developmental disorders and understanding the dynamics of human adaptive immune system under normal and disease conditions. To study these questions, his group develops computational and statistical methods and analyzes data generated by high-throughput genomic technologies. Dr. Shen received his PhD in computational biology from the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine in 2007.
Meghna Trivedi, MD
Dr. Meghna Trivedi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University. She has a clinical focus in breast oncology and her research interest is in cancer genetics and medical decision-making. Dr. Trivedi received her BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MD degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at NY Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
Hila Milo Rasouly, PhD
Dr. Milo Rasouly is a human and mouse geneticist. She has received a Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and a PhD in Genetics and Genomics from Boston University, MA. Dr. Milo Rasouly’s career goal is to combine genomic counseling with research in the field of nephrology.
Marasa Maddalena, MD
Dr. Maddalena is a nephrologist trained in Pavia and Bergamo, Italy, where she has worked as a clinician with a main interest in glomerular diseases and transplantation. After moving to the US, she got the ECFMG certification and then started to work as a Clinical Research Coordinator first and currently as a Project Coordinator at the Division of Nephrology at Columbia University, NY. Dr. Maddalena’s current research primarily focuses on the genetics of chronic kidney disease, particularly glomerular disease, transplantation and congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract.