Message From the Directors

Welcome to the MSc in Biomedical Informatics program at the University of Chicago Graham School. We are so pleased you are interested in our program.

We are excited to introduce health and technology-based professionals to the field of biomedical informatics. Informatics is the study of how to gather, manage, analyze, and interpret information. It is a critical foundation for the future of all biomedical disciplines. With this in mind, this program has a focus on applied learning and tackling challenges in real-world scenarios. The University of Chicago and the wider professional network around the University possess unparalleled expertise, which we are eager to share with the next generation of healthcare leaders and researchers.

We have two application cycles per year for Spring and Fall admission. If you have any questions, please contact us (mscbmi@uchicago.edu).

Sincerely,

Samuel VolchenboumSamuel Volchenboum, MD PhD MS
Faculty Director

Dr. Volchenboum is a pediatric oncologist and informaticist. In addition to taking care of children with cancer and blood diseases, Dr. Volchenboum directs the University of Chicago Center for Research Informatics (CRI), a 40-person group that provides computational support and collaboration to researchers within the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division. Dr. Volchenboum has a special interest in assembling and integrating large data sets to enable clinical research. Under his direction, the Clinical Research Data Warehouse has provided data for over 350 projects. He is working on methods to better connect disparate data sets in order to enable healthcare analytics. Dr. Volchenboum’s main area of research is in utilizing large clinical data sets to make inferences about how disruptive events in the hospital can lead to downstream perturbations and alterations in healthcare delivery. Finally, Dr. Volchenboum has a special interest in how genomic techniques are applied to testing in clinical practice. He has spoken on the legal and ethical implications of genomic testing in kids, and he is currently the informatics director for a large, multi-institutional consortium trial that will be performing tumor genomic testing on children. He has taught courses in Medical Informatics for six years and led the development of the proposal for the new MScBMI program.

David McClintockDavid McClintock, MD
Faculty Director

Dr. McClintock is the Medical Director of Pathology Informatics at The University of Chicago Medicine. He also serves clinically as the Medical Director of Point of Care Testing and as the Associate Medical Director of UChicago MedLabs (outreach laboratory testing), in addition to being an Assistant Professor within the Biological Sciences Division of The University of Chicago. He has been actively involved in Biomedical and Clinical Informatics activities since 2008, has published multiple papers on educational approaches to formal Informatics curricula and served as a faculty director for informatics-based educational retreats, co-developed an intro course on Clinical and Research Informatics within UChicago Medicine, and serves as the primary mentor for Pathology residents choosing a career in Clinical Informatics.

Suzanne CoxSuzanne Cox, PhD MPH
Program Director

Dr. Cox joined the University of Chicago in 2015 to serve as the Program Director of the MScBMI. She previously oversaw the development of the Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program including a concentration in Health and Biomedical Informatics at Northwestern University. With an MPH and PhD in public health, Suzanne’s research career has focused on national maternal and child health projects in the US and the United Kingdom. In addition to research and administration, she has pursued a passion for education and has taught graduate courses in quantitative methods, served as course director for a weekly Continuing Medical Education seminar, and mentored numerous trainee doctors and junior researchers. Suzanne oversees all day-to-day aspects of the MScBMI program, values her interactions with students and faculty above all else, and aims to build the highest quality program.