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    Peter Tarczy - Hornoch, MD, BSc

Peter Tarczy - Hornoch, MD, BSc

Stanford, BSc in biology; Stanford, MD

Biography and photograph when elected: 

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

I describe with a vision statement of our department, which is unleashing the potential for electronic biomedical information to improve health.

Years of experience …

30 years. I started working as a software consultant on biomedical applications in the early 80s

Why informatics?

It’s a way of combining a love of and gift for computing with the desire to benefit or contribute beneficially to society.

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

My hope is to have contributed substantially to the training of the next generation of informatics researchers and practitioners. To have made some contributions both at the foundational and applied level in informatics that have a beneficial health impact. To have helped bridge academic informatics with informatics service activities. And somehow to do both at a personal, individual personal level and also at an organization level as academic leader.

What or who are your key sources in the informatics field?

Fellow academic leaders, division heads, department chairs, center directors in the academic informatics community, virtually all of whom are members of AMIA. Some of the members of ACME. The leading informatics journals including AMIA and JBI where I serve on the editorial board. And obviously national and international informatics conferences, including, of course AMIA’s conference. The conferences, AMIA’s in particular, provide an opportunity for me to meet a large number of my peers in person.

Articles that spotlight my research interest …

Feasibility of incorporating genomic knowledge into electronic medical records for pharmacogenomic clinical decision support. Overby C, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Hoath J, Kalet I, Veenstra D. BMC Bioinformatics 2010;Oct 28;11 Suppl 9:S10. Accepted for AMIA Translational Bioinformatics Summit 2010, as one of best papers.

Supporting Retrieval of Diverse Biomedical Data using Evidence-aware Queries. Cadag E, Tarczy-Hornoch P. J Biomed Inform 2010; Dec; 43(6):873-82.

Translational Bioinformatics: A Macroscopic Approach to Bridge the Biological and Clinical Divide. Sarkar IN, Butte AJ, Lussier YA, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Ohno-Machado L. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2011 Jul-Aug; 18(4):354-7. Epub 2011 May 10 (2011)

A survey of informatics platforms that enable distributed comparative effectiveness research using multiinstitutional heterogeneous clinical data. Sittig DF, Hazlehurst BL, Brown J, Murphy S, Rosenman M, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Wilcox A. Accepted April 2012 by Medical Care

Deriving Rules and Assertions From Pharmacogenomic Knowledge Resources In Support of Patient Drug Exposure Predictions. Overby CL, Devine, EB, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Kalet I. J. Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012 Apr 26. [Epub ahead of print] (2012)

AMIA Board white paper: definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline. Kulikowski CA, Shortliffe EH, Currie LM, Elkin PL, Hunter LE, Johnson TR, Kalet IJ, Lenert LA, Musen MA, Ozbolt JG, Smith JW, Tarczy-Hornoch PZ, Williamson JJ. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012 Jun 21.fd

AMIA is important to me because …

It is my leading professional community of peers.

I am involved with AMIA …

I served on the AMIA finance committee, as chair of the genomics working group. I served as a member of the American College of Medical Informatics, or ACMI executive committee.  ACMI is the honorary society that is part of AMIA. I am currently as a member of the ACMI nominations committee.

It may surprise people to know …

I’ll have to think about that one …

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