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William (Bill) Hersh, MD,FACP, FACMI
OHSU 10x10 Course Director
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, FCAP, FAMIA
CIBRC Faculty
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Dr. Carter is the Physician Informaticist for the Laboratory at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Carter is the current Vice-Chair for the College of American Pathologists' Informatics Committee, the incoming Secretary/Treasurer for the Association for Molecular Pathology and a past-president of the Association of Pathology Informatics. She is the secretary for the working group on two-dimensional barcoding for the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, an Associate Editor for Artificial Intelligent for the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pathology Informatics. Dr. Carter is a faculty member for the Clinical Informatics Board Review Course presented through the American Medical Informatics Association. 

Dr. Carter 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.  She lives with her husband, two kids and two bloodhounds and enjoys studying Russian, training the hounds to mantrail, music, writing and cooking.


CIBRC Faculty
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Desai is a pediatrician and Chief Health Informatics Officer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where he oversees the programs in Clinical Informatics and Digital Health.  He is board-certified in pediatrics and clinical informatics and received his Master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health & Science University.  He has over fifteen years of experience working with software developers, database analysts, and clinical teams to develop novel applications that support clinical quality and efficiency.  Dr. Desai co-leads CHOP’s digital transformation strategy including efforts to expand the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring.  He lives with his wife and twin children in Philadelphia and enjoys cycling, cooking, and DIY projects.


Thomas Payne, MD, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA
CIBRC Faculty
University of Washington

Dr. Payne is a past Board Chair of AMIA and served as Medical Director of UW Medicine IT Services for 20 years. He is Professor of Medicine and of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education, and Adjunct Professor in Health Services, in the School of Public Health.  He is attending physician at 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 AMIA Board of Directors.  He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, is a Senior Editor of Applied Clinical Informatics, a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American College of Physicians and of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and a Chair of the AMIA EHR-2020 Task Force. He is the author of over 95 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 EHRs.

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.