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My primary research area involves leveraging artificial intelligence to improve the quality and safety of patient care, support knowledge discovery in medicine, and promote health equity. Generally, my research interests concern developing and applying novel machine learning and natural language processing methods to examine and support clinical cognition and decision making; assess disease risk, presence, progression and treatment response; identify disease subtypes and biomarkers associated with important outcomes; and study the fairness, accountability, and transparency of intelligent systems in the health care setting. My PhD is funded by the National Library of Medicine through a Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Research training grant (T15LM007079-28).

Over the years, I have been very fortunate to have many excellent mentors. Before starting my PhD program, I held a number of positions at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School (HMS), and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). While at BWH and HMS, I served on more than a dozen research studies and would eventually develop my own projects with generous support from Harvard Catalyst, the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program, funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

Prior to pursuing a career in medical informatics and health services research, I was a member of the Strategic Information division of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at Harvard University which aimed to rapidly expand antiretroviral therapy (ART) treatment and care programs for people living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. As Data Quality Assurance Manager for the Nigeria country program, my focus was scale-up and transition of data quality improvement and assurance activities nationwide. In this capacity, I worked closely with in-country quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation, and clinical specialists while developing or modifying pediatric and adult quality improvement dashboards and monitoring and evaluation tools. My division reported to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV/AIDS.

Education

Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, NY
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Informatics, Expected May 2024
Coursework includes: Intelligent Decision Systems, Computational Methods, Symbolic Methods, Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, Programming and Statistics

Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China
北京语言大学, 北京, 中国
Summer Student, Intensive Mandarin, 2019

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis, 2019
Thesis: Spatiotemporal modeling of opioid prescribing and persistent opioid use, 2000-2018
Coursework included: Biostatistics, Spatial Statistics, Epidemiology, Spatial Data Technologies

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Special Student, International and Population Health, 2009-2011
Coursework included: Immunology, Tuberculosis, Planning and Evaluation of Health Programs,
Financing Health Care in Developing Countries, Survey Research Methods in Community Health

Yale University, New Haven, CT
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History, 2005
Coursework included: Current Issues in Biological Sciences, Elements of Computing, Calculus I & II,
Social Policy Analysis, Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, Elementary Yoruba

Research Experience

2020-present Spring Rotation Student, Action Research for Collective Health (ARCH) Lab, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY
2019-present National Library of Medicine Predoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY
2019-present Fall Rotation Student, Elhadad Lab, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY
2013-present Visiting Postgraduate Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
2013-2019 Predoctoral Research Fellow, Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
2012-2019 Research Manager, Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
2012-2019 Network Manager, Brigham and Women’s Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network, Boston, MA
2008-2011 Research Assistant (per diem), Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
2007-2008 Research Assistant (full-time), Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
2004 Research Assistant, Yale University, Department of Sociology, New Haven, CT

Teaching Experience

Summer 2017 Teaching Fellow, HPM299 Research with Large Databases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Summer 2016 Teaching Fellow, HPM299 Research with Large Databases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA
2005–2006 Teacher, English-as-a-Second-Language, New York City Board of Education/New York City Teaching Fellows, New York, NY
2000-2001 Reading Tutor (work study), America Reads, New Haven, CT

Other Experience

2010-2012 Data Quality Assurance Manager, Harvard/US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Boston, MA
2008-2010 Data, Training, and Education Coordinator, Harvard/US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Boston, MA
2006-2007 Emergency Medical Technician, Tufts Emergency Medical Services, Medford, MA
2004-2005 Client Outreach Officer, Advanced Strategies for Healthcare Access, New Haven, CT
2003-2004 Editorial Assistant/Contributor, Yale Medicine Magazine, New Haven, CT
2003 Paralegal, Raymond B. Schwartzberg & Associates, New York, NY
2001-2002 Client Advocate, Student Health Outreach (SHOut), New Haven, CT, 2001-2002
2000-2001 Library Clerk, Yale University, Sterling Memorial Library
2000-2001 Program Assistant, Yale University, International Affairs Council, New Haven, CT

Committee Service

2019–present Electronic Health Record Phenotyping Working Group, Columbia University
  2019–present Member
2015–2018 Partners Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Working Group
  2015–2018 Founding Member
2015–2016 Brigham Health Equity and Diversity Council
  2015–2016 Founding Member
  2015–2016 Co-Chair, Data Working Group
2013–2015 Partners eCare Research Working Group
  2013–2015 Member
2013–2015 Partners eCare Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Working Group
  2013–2015 Member
2013–2014 Partners Human Research Committee, Insight Usability Working Group
  2013–2014 Member
2013–2014 Partners Enterprise Research Portal Working Group
  2013–2014 Member
2011–2019 Brigham Health LGBTQ and Allies Employee Resource Group
  2011–2019 Member
  2014–2016 Co-Chair
2007–2008 Association of Multicultural Members of Partners Healthcare
  2007–2008 Member
  2007–2008 Vice-Chair, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Chapter

Editorial Activities

Ad hoc Reviewer
Health Services Research
JAMA Network Open
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Medical Care

Professional Organizations and Societies

2019–present Member, New York Academy of Sciences
2017–present Member, Association for Computing Machinery
Special Interest Groups: Artificial Intelligence; Knowledge Discovery in Data; High Performance Computing; Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Biomedical Informatics
2014–present Member, American Medical Informatics Association
Special Interest Groups: Clinical Decision Support; Natural Language Processing; Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining; Ethics, Legal, and Social Issues
Abstract Reviewer, Annual Symposium (2014–present)
Mentor, AMIA High School Scholars Program (2019-present)
2012–2014 Member, American Public Health Association
Special Interest Groups: Medical Care, Health Informatics Information Technology
2012–2014 Member, AcademyHealth

Computer and Language Skills

Computing Python, bash, SQL, R, SAS, LaTex, HTML, CSS, Javascript, ArcGIS, QGIS, SaTScan, REDCap, MS Access, FileMaker, git

Languages English (native), Spanish (proficient), Mandarin (beginner)

Education of Patients and Service to the Community

2018 Queer Health Hackathon
Co-organizer
Organized 3-day collaborative data analysis event to convene software engineers, data scientists, and clinical experts to examine electronic health record (EHR) data for potential LGBTQ health disparities. Extracted and transformed/de-identified EHR data from health system enterprise data warehouse; loaded on Amazon Web Services Cloud platform.
2013-2016 Human Rights Commission, City of Cambridge
Vice Chair (2015-2016)
Commissioner (2013-2016)
Adjudicated complaints of discrimination occurring in Cambridge, Massachusetts related to housing, employment, education, and public accommodation. Facilitated conciliations to settle disputes among parties. Conducted information sessions on civil rights throughout Cambridge.
2006-2009 Boston Medical Reserve Corps
Emergency Medical Technician
The Boston Medical Reserve Corps is a group of volunteers who are ready to respond should there be a public health emergency in Boston.
2007 Timmy Global Health, Dominican Republic
Medical Relief Volunteer
Helped establish temporary medical clinics along Haiti-Dominican Republic border; triaged patients, managed pharmacy, translated proper drug use and application.
2001-2005 Latino Youth Enrichment Team (LYET), New Haven, CT
Co-Director
Managed community center mentorship program and developed instructional methods for Latino youth ranging in age from 6 through 13.

Honors

2019–present National Library of Medicine Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Training in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University (T15LM007079-28)
2019-2020 Dean’s Fellowship, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
2018 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
2018 Ruth and William Silen, MD Award, Third Place, New England Science Symposium
2018 Partners in Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation, Partners HealthCare
2016-2018 Merit Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2016 LGBTQ Leadership Award, Brigham Health
2015 Brigham Way honoree, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2015 Practice-Based Research Network Conference Travel Scholarship, North American Primary Care Research Group
2014 Partners in Excellence Award for Quality Treatment and Service, Partners HealthCare
2014 Outstanding Quality and Patient Safety Oral Presentation Award, Society of General Internal Medicine
2012 Partners in Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation, Partners HealthCare
2004 Mellon Forum Undergraduate Thesis Research Funding Award, Yale University
2002 Y50K Business Plan Competition, Second Place (Social Enterprise), Yale Entrepreneurship Society