Clinical Informatics Board Review Course Faculty

William Hersh, MDWilliam (Bill) Hersh, MD,FACP, FACMI
Course Director, Clinical Informatics Board Review Course
Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

William Hersh is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Hersh is a leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research.

In education, he developed and serves as Director of all of OHSU’s graduate biomedical informatics education programs, including the Master of Science, the Master of Biomedical Informatics, the Graduate Certificate, and the Doctor of Philosophy. Dr. Hersh also spearheaded OHSU’s efforts in distance learning for biomedical informatics, which are available up to the master’s degree level. He also conceptualized and implemented the first offering of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10x10 (“ten by ten”) program, which aims to educate 10,000 health care professionals and others in biomedical informatics.

Dr. Hersh also serves as Director of the OHSU Clinical Informatics Fellowship, which was accredited by ACGME in 2014. In addition, he serves as Director of OHSU's National Library of Medicine-funded Biomedical Informatics Research Training Grant. Dr. Hersh also directs an Informatics Training for Global Health grant from the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center in collaboration with Hospital Italiano of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Hersh is also involved in other global efforts to expand informatics capacity through education. He is Past Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Education Working Group and has additional educational collaborations in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Hersh obtained his B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. After finishing a residency in Internal Medicine at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago in 1987, he completed a Fellowship in Medical Informatics at Harvard University in 1990. Dr. Hersh became board-certified in the clinical informatics subspecialty in 2013 with the initial cohort of physicians who took the board exam.

Dr. Hersh also maintains the Informatics Professor blog.

Alexis B. Carter, MD
Physician Informaticist, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Alexis Carter, MD, is the Physician Informaticist for the Laboratory at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She is the first chair of the new Informatics Subdivision in the Association of Molecular Pathology and also serves as Test Directory Editor and a member of the AMP Governing Board and Publications Committee. She is a past-president of the Association of Pathology Informatics and is a member of the Informatics Committee and Clinical Informatics Steering Committee of the College of American Pathologists. She is the immediate past-chair of the International Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Special Interest Group (IPaLM SIG) of SNOMED CT International which is the governing body for SNOMED CT Terminology. She is the secretary for the working group on two-dimensional barcoding for the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, is a section editor for informatics for Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pathology Informatics. She is a faculty member for the Clinical Informatics Board Review Course presented through the American Medical Informatics Association. She is board-certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology and Clinical Informatics, and her clinical practice is in both clinical informatics and molecular genetic pathology.

Bimal Desai, MD, MBI, FAAP, CMIO
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Bimal Desai is Chief Medical Information Officer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is a board certified pediatrician with a Master's degree in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health & Sciences University. He has ten years of experience working with software developers, database analysts, and healthcare analytics teams to develop novel clinical applications that support clinical quality and efficiency. He has worked since 2009 on The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia electronic health record project, working with teams of healthcare providers and information technologists to implement a commercial EHR across a multi-specialty pediatric healthcare network and an urban tertiary care academic hospital. His informatics interests include studying patterns of alert fatigue, using web-based tools for collaboration, and teaching pediatric trainees how to more effectively integrate web-based clinical resources such as PubMed into patient care. He lives with his wife and twin children in Philadelphia and enjoys choral singing, cooking, and electronic gadgets.

Natalie M. Pageler, MD, MEd,
Physician Co-chair, CMIO, Associate Program Director of Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Stanford Children's Health

Dr. Natalie Pageler is the Chief Medical Information Officer at Stanford Children’s Health and is a passionate advocate for health care transformation, with a specific focus on the unique needs of pediatric and obstetric patients.  She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care and Systems Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. Through her clinical and administrative positions, Dr. Pageler has been leading Stanford Children’s cutting edge Digital Health program which seeks to transform the model of pediatric and obstetric care delivery from interruptive, intermittent, reactionary care to continuously supportive, proactive care.  Her team has also spearheaded the development of innovative pediatric-specific computerized clinical decision support (CDS) tools to provide point-of-care education to clinicians and enhance quality of care, efficiency, and patient safety.  Dr. Pageler also serves as the Program Director and co-founded the Stanford Clinical Informatics Fellowship, one of the first ACGME-accredited fellowships in clinical informatics.

Thomas Payne, MD, FACP, FACMI
Medical Director of IT Services, University of Washington

Dr. Payne is immediate past Board Chair of AMIA and has been the Medical Director of UW Medicine IT Services since 2000.  He is a Professor of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor in Health Services, and Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education. He is Attending Physician in Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Prior to his current position, he led the installation of the Veterans Administration CPRS electronic medical record at VA Puget Sound in Seattle for which VA Puget Sound was awarded the 2000 Nicholas E. Davies CPR Recognition Award. He has been elected twice to the Board of Directors..  He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and as Chair of the AMIA EHR-2020 Task Force. He is the author of over 60 articles in the field, and edits a book on Operating Clinical Computing Systems in a Medical Center now in its second edition.  His research interests include natural language processing and electronic documentation in EMRs.

Dr. Payne attended Stanford University, the University of Washington School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado, and completed a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Harvard Medical Informatics Fellowship program. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and, since 2013, in Clinical Informatics.