Omolola Ogunyemi, PhD

Current Affiliation: Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Associate Professor, Life Sciences Institute, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

Education: 1999, PhD, Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
1994, MSE, Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
1993, BA, Computer Science, Barnard College, Columbia University

How do you describe my work to those outside the field?

I research computing methods and develop software that can help healthcare professionals in their decision making as they care for patients.

Years of experience:

20 years

Why Informatics?

My interest in biomedical informatics formed while I was a graduate student in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania.  Before then, I had no idea that the field existed.  I had the good fortune to work with a trauma surgeon (John Clarke, FACMI) on a computerized decision support system for penetrating trauma and joined AMIA as a student member.  I haven’t looked back since.

What are your ambitions? At the end of your career, what do you hope to have accomplished?

I hope to have used informatics and telehealth methods to improve access to care and the way in which care is provided in medically underserved communities within the US and internationally.

Who or what are your “key sources” in the informatics field?

JAMIA, the AMIA proceedings, JBI, and MedInfo. 

Articles that spotlight my research interest ...

Ogunyemi O, George S, Patty L, Teklehaimanot S, Baker R. Teleretinal Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy in Six Los Angeles Urban Safety-Net Clinics: Final Study Results. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:1082-8. eCollection 2013. PMID: 24551394.

Ogunyemi O, Teklehaimanot S, Patty L, Moran E, George S. Evaluating Predictive Modeling's Potential to Improve Teleretinal Screening Participation in Urban Safety Net Clinics. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013; 192:162-5. PMID: 23920536.

Ogunyemi O, Meeker D, Kim H, Ashish N, Farzaneh S, Boxwala A. Identifying appropriate reference data models for comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies based on data from clinical information systems. Medical Care. 2013 Aug; 51(8 Suppl 3):S45-52.

Ogunyemi O, Clarke JR, Ash N, Webber B. Combining Geometric and Probabilistic Reasoning for Computer-Based Penetrating Trauma Assessment. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2002 May-Jun;9(3):273-82. PMID: 11971888.

Peleg M, Ogunyemi O, Tu S, Boxwala AA, Zeng Q, Greenes RA, Shortliffe EH. Using Features of Arden Syntax with Object-Oriented Medical Data Models for Guideline Modeling. Proc AMIA Annual Fall Symposium; 2001. pp. 523-527. PMID: 11825243

What are your hobbies and interests outside AMIA?

I like to hike and bike. I do volunteer work with Fair Trade organizations such as 10,000 Villages – as someone from a developing country (Nigeria), I appreciate the difference these organizations make in helping artisans around the globe earn a living wage from their crafts.  Some weekends, you might just find me working behind the cash register at a non-profit store run mostly by volunteers.

AMIA is important to me because ...

It brings together a wide variety of people doing research in the field at annual conferences and I love the student paper competition and the evidence of new talent in the field.

I am involved with AMIA ...

I’ve presented papers and posters at AMIA Fall meetings since 1995. I was a member of the scientific program committee for the 2009 AMIA Fall conference.

It may surprise people to know ...

In my spare time, I write short stories.  They have been published in various literary magazines and one was featured in a book-length collection edited by Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee.

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