Hogan to Lead New Division of Informatics at UAMS

By Nate Hinkel

The Division of Biomedical Informatics will identify innovative and efficient technologies to accelerate the pace at which researchers and clinicians create and use biomedical knowledge to improve health.

Hogan is a nationally known leader in interconnecting systems for electronic health records and the use of information technology to improve biosurveillance. He was previously an associate professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Hogan earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1993 and a Master’s of Science in Intelligent Systems degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. He completed an internal medicine residency in 1996 and a National Library of Medicine fellowship in Medical Informatics in 1999, both at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

His current research in the area of biomedical ontology involves investigation of how prominent biomedical terminologies conform to sound principles of ontological design, and the application of ontologies and terminologies to clinical and research data systems. In the area of biosurveillance, Hogan and colleagues have been developing ways to use information technology to better prepare medical clinics to respond to bioterrorism.

Hogan will also be responsible for carrying out the biomedical informatics goals of the recent nearly $19.9 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) UAMS received in July.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.