Jyotishman Pathak, PhD

Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of Medical Informatics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Education: 2007, PhD, Computer Science, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
2002, B. Eng. Computer Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, India

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

My work lies at the intersection of computer science, engineering, and clinical practice in the healthcare industry, where the role of advanced informatics methodology and its applications can help us understand our current practice of healthcare today and develop approaches by which we can study and hopefully improve on the future of medicine.

Years of experience:

Since 2003

Why Informatics?

Informatics is critical to drive the future of information and knowledge management in clinical and translational research, clinical practice and public health. It is a highly multi-disciplinary field where clinicians, computer scientists, systems engineers, health services researchers and the like develop, introduce, and evaluate new methodologies to improve our healthcare system, ultimately benefiting the patients. From its inception more than 150 years ago, the Mayo Clinic founders instilled a core value: "the needs of the patients come first", and I strongly believe that informatics is pivotal in achieving this mission.

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

I would like to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine, but isn’t that what every biomedical researcher dreams of? (Laughter). I suppose my long-term ambition is to see how informatics technologies and methods become mainstream in our healthcare system to drive clinical practice, research and education. As healthcare is becoming more and more data-intensive and rapidly exceeding the capacity to deliver personal or public health benefit from analyzing these data, there is a compelling need to make informatics an integral part of the healthcare ecosystem. I think that this is happening, but there is still some room for improvement, and that is what I would like to see my career help bring about.

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

Mostly JAMIA and the AMIA meetings.  I am also an avid reader of MIT Technology Review, which provides a very different perspective in the role of science and technology in our daily lives, including health and wellbeing.

Articles that spotlight my research interest …

  1. Pathak J, Solbrig HR, Buntrock JD, Johnson TM, Chute CG. LexGrid: A Framework for Representing, Storing, and Querying Biomedical Terminologies from Simple to Sublime. J Am Med Inform Assoc (JAMIA), 2009. Vol. 16, Num 3, 305-315. PMCID2732233. DOI: 10.1197/jamia.M3006.
  2. Kullo IJ, Fan J, Pathak J. Savova GK, Zeenat A, Chute CG. Leveraging Informatics for Genetic Studies: Use of the Electronic Medical Record to Enable a Genome-Wide Association Study of Peripheral Arterial Disease. J Am Med Inform Assoc (JAMIA), Vol. 17, Num. 5, 568-574, 2010. PMCID2995686
  3. Pathak J, Bailey KR, Beebe CE, Bethard S et al. Normalization and standardization of electronic health records for high-throughput phenotyping: The SHARP consortium, Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), Vol. 20, Num. 2, 341-348, 2013. PMCID3861933.

Hobbies/Interests outside AMIA ...

We have a very active 4-year-old daughter, and she keeps me fairly busy outside work. I love running, play guitar and listen to classic rock (die-hard Pink Floyd fan).

AMIA is important to me because ...

AMIA is important to me because it provides a fantastic forum for biomedical researchers, clinicians, businesses and others who are involved in the healthcare industry to find a “home”. AMIA provides the environment where highly multidisciplinary and skilled individuals with different backgrounds and expertise could find a common platform to talk and exchange opportunities and research ideas. I am not too sure that such an interdisciplinary and hybrid forum exists in other research communities.

I am involved with AMIA ...

I have been an AMIA member since 2007. I have been involved in a number of AMIA scientific program committees, including serving as the Track Chair for the 2015 AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics. I also represent Mayo Clinic at the AMIA Academic Forum.

It may surprise people to know ...

With varying degrees of fluency, I can speak four different languages, besides English. I also love reading about expensive and fast cars.

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