Program Faculty

Program Chair

Christoph Lehmann M.D.
Christoph U. Lehmann M.D.

Professor, Pediatrics, Population and Data Sciences, and Bioinformatics

Dr. Lehmann conceived and launched the journal Applied Clinical Informatics, devoted to original research and commentary on the use of computer automation in the day-to-day practice of medicine and he served as the Editor-in-Chief since its inception. Dr. Lehmann’s research focuses on improving clinical information technology and clinical decision support.

Dr. Lehmann directs the Clinical Informatics Center and is the program chair for the Master of Science in Health Informatics. He also directs the Fellowship in Clinical Informatics.

Faculty

Jyoti Balani, M.D.

Associate Professor, Pathology

Dr. Balani specializes in General Internal Medicine. She is an expert in workflow design, usability evaluation, and user experience. In addition to her clinical roles, Dr. Chu serves as Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the UT Southwestern Health System.  She is a board-certified clinical informaticist and Epic physician builder.

Jyoti Balani, M.D.
Mujeeb Basit, M.D., M.M.Sc.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine

Dr. Basit specializes in cardiology with a focus on risk optimization. He is an Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for UT Southwestern Health System and the Associate Director of the Clinical Informatics Center. He focuses his research in machine learning, guideline operationalization, and development failure detection.

Mujeeb Basit, M.D., M.M.Sc.
Ling Chu, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine

Dr. Chu specializes in General Internal Medicine. She is an expert in workflow design, usability evaluation, and user experience. In addition to her clinical roles, Dr. Chu serves as Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the UT Southwestern Health System.  She is a board-certified clinical informaticist and Epic physician builder.

Ling Chu, M.D.
Richard Medford, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine

Dr. Medford specializes in infectious disease. He completed his internal medicine and infectious diseases training in his native province of Ontario. He subsequently completed a clinical informatics fellowship at Stanford before joining the faculty in 2018. He is an Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for UT Southwestern Health System.

Richard Medford, M.D.
Brett Moran, M.D.

Professor, Internal Medicine

Dr. Moran is Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Parkland Memorial Hospital and Professor of Internal Medicine for UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Moran acts as facilitator and intermediary between the faculty and information technology, promoting information technology to help improve patient care, patient safety and physician efficiency.

Brett Morgan, M.D.
Thomas Spencer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Health Care Sciences

Dr. Spencer serves as the Assistant Vice President of Academic and Administrative Information Resources Operations and is responsible for the Research Software Core at UT Southwestern Medical School and has taught graduate-level courses since 2014. Dr. Spencer works with faculty to determine the greatest needs for both widely used and highly specialized software in the sciences and assists with acquisition and licensing or development to enable broad use and maximize the impact and reduce administrative burden. He provides ongoing consultation with faculty and staff to identify desired capabilities for future software and services to identify the most applicable and cost-effective software suites to meet desired specifications. Dr. Spencer is a source of institutional memory for scientific software expertise, needs, accessibility, and acquisition.

Thomas Spencer, Ph.D.
Ferdinand Velasco, M.D., HIMSS Fellow

Chief Health Informatics Officer, Texas Health Resources

Dr. Velasco brings years of design, implementation, and maintenance of EHRs. Dr. Velasco leads the system’s clinical decision support, medical and nursing informatics, business intelligence and data analytics functions across the continuum of care. A fellow of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Dr. Velasco serves on the North America Board of HIMSS. Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern collaborate in Southwestern Health Resources, a North Texas accountable care network.

Ferdinand Velasco, M.D.
DuWayne Willett, M.D

Professor, Internal Medicine

Dr. Willett specializes in general and noninvasive cardiology. In addition to his clinical roles, Dr. Willett serves as Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the UT Southwestern Health System. As part of his work in that arena, he helped develop information systems and databases for the groundbreaking Dallas Heart Study. Currently, he works on ways to leverage electronic health records to more rapidly develop specialty patient registries and clinical decision support for physicians and patients.

Duwayne Willett, M.D.
Yang Xie, Ph.D.

Professor, Population and Data Sciences and the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics

Dr. Xie’s research focuses on algorithm development, machine learning and data integration for biomedical research. She is the founding director of the Quantitative Biomedical Research Center and the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC) at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is also a member of the NIH Biodata Management and Analysis Study Section (BDMA). She has developed data commons that are used by researchers worldwide on diseases such as cancer, liver disease, and kidney disease.

Yang Xie, Ph.D.