What is your current imaging informaticist role?
Associate Chair of Clinical Informatics, UCSF.
What do you love most about imaging informatics?
I love the people, the technology, and impact that imaging informatics has on patient’s lives.
If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose?
Hard to pick one person; I’m grateful to a ton of mentors including: Val Jackson, David Avrin, Paul Nagy, Chuck Kahn, Adam Flanders, Bill Mayo-Smith, and Curt Langlotz.
What one thing, either industry-related or not, did you learn in the last month?
I love technology and have been experimenting with Home Assistant and recently got an electric car. I was nervous that we would forget to charge it so I built an automation that uses an ultrasound distance sensor to check if the car is in the garage, and uses the car API to check the battery range and whether it’s plugged in for charging. I also recently studied for and received my amateur radio general class license and have been excited to learn a completely new set of skills.
How do you define success?
My goal is to improve patient care, and provider experience through imaging informatics.
What’s the last book you read or TV series you binged?
I’ve been reading Drive by Dan Pink, and watching a bunch of stuff ranging from Ted Lasso to I May Destroy You.
What’s your most memorable networking story at SIIM?
Hard to pick from all the great memories throughout the years; SIIM has been transformative for my career. I have vivid memories of talking with Paul Nagy and his insistence that I join SIIM and get involved. He enabled me to present the Mirth Learning Lab, which I did for several years as I was getting started.
Another highlight is a collaboration between Penn (Tessa Cook, Howard Chen), IU (Me, Aaron Kamer), and UC Davis (Tom Loehflem, Andrew Lemmon) to form the MATILDA database of resident experience data. I’m particularly fond of our internal project name: empanadas, named because we formed the project over sharing lunch during SIIM Long Beach.
Associate Chair, Clinical Informatics
University of California, San Francisco