• AMIA Clinical Informatics Board Review Course

    The American Medical Informatics Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Clinical Informatics Board Review Course Faculty

William Hersh, MDWilliam (Bill) Hersh, MD,FACP, FACMI
Course Director, Clinical Informatics Board Review Course
Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

William Hersh is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Hersh is a leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research.

In education, he developed and serves as Director of all of OHSU’s graduate biomedical informatics education programs, including the Master of Science, the Master of Biomedical Informatics, the Graduate Certificate, and the Doctor of Philosophy. Dr. Hersh also spearheaded OHSU’s efforts in distance learning for biomedical informatics, which are available up to the master’s degree level. He also conceptualized and implemented the first offering of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10x10 (“ten by ten”) program, which aims to educate 10,000 health care professionals and others in biomedical informatics.

Dr. Hersh also serves as Director of the OHSU Clinical Informatics Fellowship, which was accredited by ACGME in 2014. In addition, he serves as Director of OHSU's National Library of Medicine-funded Biomedical Informatics Research Training Grant. Dr. Hersh also directs an Informatics Training for Global Health grant from the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center in collaboration with Hospital Italiano of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Hersh is also involved in other global efforts to expand informatics capacity through education. He is Past Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Education Working Group and has additional educational collaborations in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Hersh obtained his B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. After finishing a residency in Internal Medicine at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago in 1987, he completed a Fellowship in Medical Informatics at Harvard University in 1990. Dr. Hersh became board-certified in the clinical informatics subspecialty in 2013 with the initial cohort of physicians who took the board exam.

Dr. Hersh also maintains the Informatics Professor blog.

Alexis B. Carter, MD
Physician Informaticist, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Alexis Carter, MD, is the Physician Informaticist for the Laboratory at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She is the first chair of the new Informatics Subdivision in the Association of Molecular Pathology and also serves as Test Directory Editor and a member of the AMP Governing Board and Publications Committee. She is a past-president of the Association of Pathology Informatics and is a member of the Informatics Committee and Clinical Informatics Steering Committee of the College of American Pathologists. She is the immediate past-chair of the International Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Special Interest Group (IPaLM SIG) of SNOMED CT International which is the governing body for SNOMED CT Terminology. She is the secretary for the working group on two-dimensional barcoding for the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, is a section editor for informatics for Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pathology Informatics. She is a faculty member for the Clinical Informatics Board Review Course presented through the American Medical Informatics Association. She is board-certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology and Clinical Informatics, and her clinical practice is in both clinical informatics and molecular genetic pathology.

Bimal Desai, MD, MBI, FAAP, CMIO
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Bimal Desai is Chief Medical Information Officer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is a board certified pediatrician with a Masters degree in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health & Sciences University. He has nine years of experience working with software developers, database analysts, and healthcare analytics teams to develop novel clinical applications that support clinical quality and efficiency. He has worked since 2009 on The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia electronic health record project, working with teams of healthcare providers and information technologists to implement a commercial EHR across a multi-specialty pediatric healthcare network and an urban tertiary care academic hospital. His informatics interests include studying patterns of alert fatigue, using web-based tools for collaboration, and teaching pediatric trainees how to more effectively integrate web-based clinical resources such as PubMed into patient care. He lives with his wife and twin children in Philadelphia and enjoys choral singing, cooking, and electronic gadgets.

Diane Montella, MD
Clinical Informaticist, Knowledge Based Systems, Office of Informatics and Analytics, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Visiting Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Diane Montella is a Physician Informaticist within the Office of Informatics and Analytics of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with a focus on Clinical Decision Support (CDS). Diane also provides support in Informatics Education and VA Informatics workforce development efforts, and facilitates communication and training opportunities among Informatics Fellows and Fellowship Directors in the eight VA Advanced Special Fellowships in Medical Informatics nationally.

Dr. Montella was in VA’s legacy Health and Medical Informatics Office and is a key member of the team that developed and produced the “VA Health Informatics Lecture Series 301,” a 41 lecture series available to VA staff nationally in a distance learning format, and the VA Health Informatics-AMIA 10x10 Certificate Program that launched during fiscal year 2012. Diane currently serves as a faculty moderator for the VA 10x10 course. Currently, she is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University and is completing the thesis research for her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics.

She has more than 15 years experience as a Physician Leader/Physician Executive in medical administration, healthcare quality management, and oversight of healthcare delivery to special populations. Dr. Montella received her undergraduate degree in Public Health from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Payne, MD, FACP, FACMI
Medical Director of IT Services, University of Washington

 Dr. Payne is Board Chair of AMIA and has been the Medical Director of UW Medicine IT Services since 2000.  He is Professor of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor in Health Services, and Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education. He is Attending Physician in Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Prior to his current position, he led the installation of the Veterans Administration CPRS electronic medical record at VA Puget Sound in Seattle for which VA Puget Sound was awarded the 2000 Nicholas E. Davies CPR Recognition Award. He has been elected twice to the Board of Directors..  He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and as Chair of the AMIA EHR-2020 Task Force. He is the author of over 60 articles in the field, and edits a book on Operating Clinical Computing Systems in a Medical Center now in its second edition.  His research interests include natural language processing and electronic documentation in EMRs.

Dr. Payne attended Stanford University, the University of Washington School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado, and completed a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Harvard Medical Informatics Fellowship program. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, and since 2013, in Clinical Informatics.

Certification Consultant

Ben S. Munger, PhD
Associate Professor and Special Projects Advisor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson

Dr. Munger was the founding Executive Director of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and also served as Director of Education and Associate Executive Director for the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was responsible for coordinating the program that led to the recognition for Emergency Medicine as a primary medical specialty.

Dr. Munger has been directly involved in the development and approval of multiple joint subspecialties including Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology, Sports Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. As a consultant Dr. Munger has been involved in the development of multiple subspecialties including the ABMS approval of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Clinical Informatics. Dr. Munger is currently Associate Professor and Special Projects Advisor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona and a board member and consultant with several other national medical specialties.