July 18, 2008

Fred Sanfilippo
Fred Sanfilippo,

Saltz to lead bioinformatics initiatives

It is my privilege to announce that Joel H. Saltz, MD, PhD, will be joining the Woodruff Health Sciences Center as Director of the Center for Comprehensive Informatics and Emory Healthcare’s Chief Medical Information Officer. In this capacity, he will help us achieve our vision of transforming health and healing in the following ways:

  • by chairing the Comprehensive Informatics Leadership Committee, which will advise and coordinate recruitment, research activities, and resource allocation for informatics related to academic endeavors;
  • by guiding strategic planning for the Emory Medical Information Enterprise; and
  • by helping launch a new joint Department of Biomedical Informatics being planned in the School of Medicine and the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, analogous to our top-ranked Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Saltz is an internationally recognized pioneer in the fields of high-performance computing and biomedical informatics, with more than 325 publications and 70 invited presentations to his credit, along with more than $4.7 million in NIH funding and some $70 million in total active grant funding. He currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU), Davis Endowed Chair of Cancer at OSU, and a Senior Fellow of the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Dr. Saltz was Professor of Pathology and Informatics in the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Saltz is trained both as a computer scientist and as a medical scientist. He received his MD and his PhD (computer science) degrees at Duke University. He completed a residency in clinical pathology at Johns Hopkins University and is a board-certified clinical pathologist. Please see the attached document for more information about his background and accomplishments.

He will officially join our Woodruff Health Sciences Center leadership team in September and will work closely with us on a number of planning initiatives in the meantime. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Joel Saltz to Emory and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

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