Noriaki Aoki, MD, PhD, 2000-2001
Kenji Hira, MD, PhD, 2001-2002
Jorge Herskovic, MD, PhD, 2003-2009
Yanko Michea, MD, PhD, 2003-2005
Adol Esquivel Guzman, MD, MS, PhD, 2005-2009
Jennifer Rankin, MS, MHA, MPH, PhD, 2005-2009
José Fernando Florez Arango, MD, MS, PhD, 2006-2010
Jorge Raúl Rodríguez, MD, 2003-2011
Jesús Ibarra-Jiménez, MD, MMEd, MS, 2010-2013
SCHULL INSTITUTE SCHOLARS
Noriaki Aoki, MD, PhD, MS, FJSIM, Schull Scholar 2000-2001 (Succumbed Jan. 07, 2014)
Dr. Aoki was a Schull Institute Scholar from 2000 to 2001 and is now on the Schull Institute Advisory Board.
1991 MD Sapporo Medical University, Hokkaido, Japan
2001 MS School of Health Information Sciences, The University of Texas Health
Science Center-Houston, TX (Health Informatics)
2002 PhD Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan (Clinical
Epidemiology and Decision Science
2007 MBA The University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management (Medical
Dr. Aoki is an Assistant Professor at the Health Information Sciences, UTHSC-H; President, Center for Health Outcomes Research and Development, Japan; Adjunct Faculty, Dept. International Health, Tohoku University School of Medicine; Japan Adjunct Faculty, Dept. Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Showa University School of Medicine; Japan Adjunct Faculty, Dept. Health Informatics, Kyoto University School of Medicine; and Japan Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health, The University of Tokyo, Japan. He also established a non-profit organization, The Center for Health Service, Outcomes Research and Development - Japan (CHORD-J), which promotes interdisciplinary healthcare practice, research, development and education in Japan.
Dr. Aoki is a board certified physician in Internal and Acute Medicine in Japan, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine (FJSIM). He is also a certified Physician Executive (CPE), certified by the American College of Physician Executives. He completed his post-doctoral research in decision science and medical informatics at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, and joined UT-H SHIS in 2002.
Dr. Aoki has conducted wide-ranging collaborative research locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Aoki has major interests in clinical data analysis to improve process and outcomes of clinical care, which includes data mining, text mining, decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, geographic information systems, and various simulations. He has done extensive research in decision making /decision support systems, especially in extreme environments, such as disasters, trauma care and terrorism. He has also started projects related to medical management, health communication, knowledge management, and edutainment system development utilizing small handheld devices. Recently, he has been involved in prefecture-level community healthcare planning in Japan.
Adol Esquivel Guzman, MD, MS, PhD, Schull Scholar 2005-2009
2001 Medical Doctor (MD), Monterrey Tech School of Medicine (ITESM). Monterrey, México
2002 (Summer) Clinical Elective in Health Informatics, National Library of Medicine, National
Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
2002-2003 National Social Service Research Fellow, Secretaría de Salud, Monterrey Tech
School of Medicine (ITESM), Laboratory for Cellular Biology, Monterrey, México
2005 MS Health Informatics, School of Health Information Sciences, The University of Texas
Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX
2009 PhD Health Informatics, School of Health Information Sciences, The University of Texas
Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX
Dr. Esquivel currently is Assistant Vice President for Performance Measurement Systems and Comparative Effectiveness Research, CHI St. Luke's Health-Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston, Tx.
Dr. Esquivel was Director, Clinical Effectiveness and Performance Measurement, St. Luke's Episcopal Health System and Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at the School of Biomedical Informatics at The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. Previously he was a Research Associate at the Houston VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine where he conducts quantitative and qualitative research to prevent diagnostic and treatment errors to improve the delivery of healthcare. He is an Independent Health Informatics Consultant for Informaticasalud; an Organizer and Instructor or Podc@sting 101 (Podcasting Workshop), University of Texas – School of Health Information Sciences. Houston, TX. and a Consultant for Online Environment an online journal "Paediatria de Mexico”.
Dr. Esquivel has been a Developer and Consultant for Consumer Health Informatics, Colegio Potosino de Medicos Generales y Familiares; Administrator for UT-HSCH iTunes U, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Developer, Implementer and Evaluator for Online Learning Environment for the Houston Geriatric Education Center (Moodle) and Online Learning Environment for the Pediatric’s Residency (Moodle); an Evaluator for The Houston Harris County Hospital District Telemedicine Pilot Project Specialty Access through Telemedicine and Database Developer for the Cardiology Transplant Registry. Baylor College of Medicine.
His PhD dissertation project comprised Research Characterizing, Assessing and Improving the Healthcare Referral Communication, other projects of interest include Consumer Health Informatics: Colegio Potosino de Médicos Generales y Familiares and Emerging Technologies: Podc@sting 101 Workshop.
His interests are focused at the intersection of the fields of Medicine and Information Sciences including the delivery of healthcare in a collaborative way supported by the use of information and communication technologies. His specialties include conducting Health System's Analysis to improve healthcare processes; implementing and evaluating Health Information Systems; and planning, implementing and evaluating telehealth applications.
José Fernando Florez-Arango, MD, MS, PhD 2006-2010
2000 Physician and Surgeon, School of Medicine, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin,
2001 Certificate in Emergency, Disaster and Prehospital Care, Instituto de Ciencias de la
Salud (CES), Medellin, Colombia
2003 MS, Biomedical Sciences with emphasis in Medical Informatics, Corporación de
Ciencias Básicas Biomédicas, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
2004 Certificate in University Didactics, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
2005- 2010 PhD, Clinical Informatics, School of Health Information Sciences, The University of
Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Dr. Florez is a Professor, clinician and researcher and currently is the Health Informatics Coordinator at Hospital Palbo Tobon Uribe; Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Antioquia and Docente Universitario at Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. His emphasis is on health informatics, emergency, disasters and pre-hospital care; focusing on user-centered design of decision-support systems. He has experience with adaptation of low cost technologies for health care and uses technology for teaching and learning care. His specialties are emergency and prehospital medicine, disaster management, design of clinical information systems and clinical data management.
Dr. Florez completed his PhD studies at the School of Health Information Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; dissertation entitled: Tasks and Workload Factors Influencing the Use of Multimedia Job Aids to Improve Health Care Providers Performance. He is working with Decision Making Support in the point of care particularly exploring guidelines encoding, delivery and usage. His projects are related with Medal and Guideview.
Additionally he is an Auxiliary Professor in the Department of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Universidad de Antioquia Medellin, Colombia and a Clinical Data Management Advisor to the World Health Organization/TDR and Pan American Health Organization. He has been a Special Programs Coordinator in the Telemedicine Lab, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston and Director of the program for OnLine Education (CESVirtual http://www.cesvirtual.edu.co), Instituto de Ciencias de la Salud (CES), Medellin, Colombia.
Dr. Florez was a Fulbright-Colciencias-DNP Scholar from 2005-2008 pursuing his PhD in Medical Informatics.
Some of his medical informatics projects have included ED GIDDS (tridimensional interface representing the human body to data entry and visualization); Arboles Curriculares (Curriculum trees software for data entry and visualization of the contents of the medical school program at Universidad de Antioquia; Celma (software for data entry and display of patients in the cardiac rehabilitation program with stem cells); CibCALC (Calculator of liquids and electrolytes distributed with the book Liquids and Electrolytes, CIBA 2006); GuideView (Tool for structured creation and distribution of multimedia decision making support tools, for non-physician health care providers); HCEWeb (patient-centered Electronic Health Record oriented to physician’s offices based on SIDEC); Informática y Salud (open access web portal about health informatics in Spanish); LesionesDep (software for data collection and follow-up research related with sport men and women at the Universidad de Antioquia); SimRiesgo (tool to visualize the risk analysis in disaster preparedness); SimTriage (Serious game to teach prehospital triage in disasters); TeleMAP (Information system for an integral approach to land-mine victims in Colombia); and TeleOphtalmoDX (tool to grade diabetic retinopathy in retinal images).;
Dr. Florez’s goal is to promote Health Informatics in Colombia, become an academic leader, and provide solutions adapted to the country's reality.
Jorge R. Herskovic, MD, PhD, Schull Scholar 2003-2009
1993-1994 Engineering School, Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago, Chile (Withdrew)
1995-2001 Medical School University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
2003-2009 Graduate School, School of Health Information Sciences, The University of Texas at
January 1993 International Baccalaureate (Majored in Math, Physics, English, and Spanish)
August 2000 Bachelor of Science in Medicine
January 2002 M.D. Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
2005 Master of Science in Health Informatics
May 2009 Doctor of Philosophy
Currently Dr. Herskovic is Director of Institutional Research, MD Anderson cancer Center. Previously he held the positions of Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics and Academic Intelligence Analyst at MD Anderson Cancer Center; Product Manager at Pan-SHARP Project; and Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Informatics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He was a W.M. Keck Fellow. He interned at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston and was an Engineering Intern at Google, a public company with more than 10,000 employees.
Dr. Herskovic’s research interests focus on biomedical information retrieval, Machine learning and Natural Language Processing (NLPL)
His doctoral research will improve the speed and accuracy of access to biomedical research, and make it easier for scientists to find papers in their fields of interest. His specialties include Information retrieval, Biomedical NLP and AI EMR implementation and hospital IT consulting.
Kenji Hira, MD, PhD, Schull Scholar from 2001-2002
1985-1991 MD, Miyazaki Medical College
1997-2001 PhD, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Kyoto University, Faculty of Medicine
2001-2002 Scholar, Schull Institute at Houston
2001-2003 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Health Information Sciences,The University
of Texas at Houston
1991-1995 Resident, Iizuka Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan
1995-1997 Medical Staff, Department of General Medicine, and Clinical Epidemiology, Kyoto
University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan
2004-2005 Assistant Professor, Department of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Kyoto
University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan
2005- President, Healthcare Research Company 'PLAMED' (http://www.plamed.co.jp/),
which Dr. Hira founded in Japan, April 2005
During Dr. Hira’s studies in Houston his research involved prognostic models for terminally ill cancer patients from laboratory data; comparison of computerized algorithm sources (MEDAL) and text-based sources in using algorithms on clinical scenarios of trauma patients; How Japanese physicians decide the discharge date; Evaluation of trauma team performance using an advanced human patient simulator for resuscitation training; Applying and the role of data mining in the evidence-based clinical decision making.
Since Dr. Hira’s return to Japan he has been involved in an internet survey of Japanese medical doctors, patients and others in the healthcare research company in Japan.
Yanko Michea, MD, PhD, Schull Scholar 2003-2005
1991 MD Medicine Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago, Chile
1998 Multimedia Design Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago, Chile
2004 MS Health Informatics, Learning &Technology Focus
Thesis: Design and Evaluation of Computer games for Science Education, School of
Health Information Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
2004 PhD Health Informatics, Learning &Technology Focus
Dissertation: Cognitive Impact of Interactive Multimedia, School of Health Information
Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Dr. Michea currently is Project Director at i-Human, Hartford, CT. Previously he has been the
Associate Director for Medical Technology, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT and FITS Director and Director FITS - ESS at the University ofConnecticut Health Center.
Dr. Michea’s research interests have included the use of multimedia in medical education; design, development and evaluation of online learning environments and developing multimedia tutorials, games and simulations, such as web-based games for the Braindomain student site; evaluation tools and database apps (MS SQL, Coldfusion applications); defining technical specs and collaborate with the business plan and use policy and procedures for a multimedia lab. Current projects in process include: Virtual Microscope - allows students to review histology slides; ECG Curriculum - open to anyone wanting to improve ECG interpretation skills and CT Scan Anatomy - shows CT and photographic images side by side to help students learn. While at the School of Health Information Sciences he was part of the LEARN team.
Jennifer L. Rankin, MS, MHA, MPH, PhD, Schull Scholar 2005-2009
1994 Bachelor of Arts, Major: Latin, The University of Texas at Austin
1999 Master of Health Administration, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2005 MS, School of Health Information Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science
Center at Houston
2009 MPH, School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at
2009 PhD, School of Health Information Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science
Center at Houston
Dr. Rankin currently is the UDS Project Manager and Health Geographer at the Robert Graham Center where she directs all geospatial projects, most notably the UDS Mapper. Her career has focused on issues related to primary care and access to care, with special interest in the geography of access to health care. She began working in 2010 at the American Academy of Family Physicians in their Robert Graham Center. Previously she worked with the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau; was the Director of Primary Care Office Training at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in Arlington, VA and worked with the Texas Association of Community Health Centers. She was working with state health officials to improve access to health care in underserved areas of the United States.
She was previously a Fellow of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, responsible for Project Safety Net, an online, bilingual, geographical portal that helps the medically underserved in Harris County, Texas identify appropriate medical homes. Also as a Health Systems and Informatics consultant, she worked for the Texas Medical Center- Women’s Health Network finding networks and groups in Texas interested in participating in a statewide women’s health network; and field testing a women’s health community assessment tool. In addition to her work on access to care she has worked on preparedness projects at the state planning level while with the Texas Association of Community Health Centers and at a systems development level while with the UT Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Informatics.
Her interests include working in environments that are committed to planning and/or providing appropriate health care for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay; with a special interest in how geography influences or impedes access to care. In her current position she works with the entities within state departments of health responsible for geographic designations of under service and the federal offices responsible for setting rules related to how those designations are made.
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