Combining Patient Care and Global Health

Becoming a Chief Medical Information Officer, all began with an “ah-ha” for Maia Hightower, MD, MPH, MBA.

While spending a semester in Kenya, Maia watched as a woman in the distance walked back to her village carrying both a baby and heavy wood, while balancing a big jug of water on her head. This was that moment where she felt an overall sense of gratitude and a real desire to help people – in her community and globally.

To realize this passion, Maia became a clinician to help patients every day, and an informatician to reach broad populations, such as those at high-risk for HIV.

Why Informatics? To have the right tools in place to care for the patient at the given time and to use that knowledge to help large populations.