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Melissa Trayhan CLIC Staff - 275 points



The CTSA Program is made up of many unique and talented individuals. Please introduce yourself here. We are excited to meet you.

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Michael Becich - 50 points

Dr. Becich is Professor and inaugural Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is jointly appointed in Pathology, Computer/Information Sciences, Bioengineering and Clinical/Translational Research. He is Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Dr. Becich’s research interests are focused on the interface between clinical informatics and bioinformatics. His research is funded by the CDC, NCATS, NCI, NHLBI and NLM and includes clinical phenotyping of patients for genomic/personalized medicine, tissue banking informatics, clinical informatics and bioinformatics with a special emphasis on data sharing. Dr. Becich is interested in transforming clinical care through translational research and creating a learning health system focused on cost effective, high quality and safe care through personalized medicine.

Dr. Becich is Associate Director for the Pittsburgh CTSA program, PI/PD for PCORnet PaTH CDRN, co-investigator of NCATS Accrual of patients to Clinical Trials (ACT) program as well as CTSA Biomedical Informatics Core. Dr. Becich is one of Pittsburgh's contact to the Informatics Domain Task Force (iDTF) and is a member of the Clinical Data To Health (CD2H) Advisory Board and thea Data and Information Work Group of CD2H. The curation of interoperable data models for ACT, PaTH and the PMI’s OMOP/OHDSI data model which Pittsburgh will participate in are key enablers to accomplish CTSA Data to Health program (CD2H). Dr. Becich experience as a external advisor board member and informatics consultant to many of the current CTSA programs will provide a fertile foundation for the work of CD2H.

For a full listing of Dr. Becich’s publications (over 150) see  

1. Culbertson A, Goel S, Madden MB, Safaeinili N, Jackson KL, Carton T, Waitman R, Liu M, Krishnamurthy A, Hall L, Cappella N, Visweswaran S, Becich MJ, Applegate R, Bernstam E, Rothman R, Matheny M, Lipori G, Bian J, Hogan W, Bell D, Martin A, Grannis S, Klann J, Sutphen R, O’Hara AB, Kho A. The building blocks of interoperability: A multisite analysis of patient demographic attributes available for matching. Appl Clin Inform, 8, April 5, 2017.

2. Cooper GF, Bahar I, Becich MJ, Benos PV, Berg J, Espino JU, Glymour C, Jacobson RC, Kienholz M, Lee AV, Lu X, Scheines R; Center for Causal Discovery team. The Center for causal discovery of biomedical knowledge from Big Data. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Jul 2. pii: ocv059. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv059 PMCID:PMC5009908

3. Amin, W, Borromeo, C, Saul, M, Becich, MJ, Visweswaran, S. Informatics synergies between PaTH and ACT networks. In: AMIA Joint Summits Translational Science Proceedings. 2015 Mar 25; 2015:294-5.

4. Amin W, Tsui FR, Borromeo C, Chuang CH, Espino JU, Ford D, Hwang W, Kapoor W, Lehmann H, Martich GD, Morton S, Paranjape A, Shirey W, Sorensen A, Becich MJ, Hess R; PaTH network team. PaTH: towards a learning health system in the Mid-Atlantic region. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Jul-Aug;21(4):633-6. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002759. Epub 2014 May 12. PMCID:PMC4078296


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