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New Faculty Recruit to Enhance UCI Clinical and Medical Informatics

Professor Zheng
New Faculty Professor Kai Zheng

We are delighted to announce that Professor Kai Zheng will be joining the faculty of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Department of Informatics, commencing in January, 2016. His recruitment represents a major step forward in building UC Irvine’s multidisciplinary program in the burgeoning field of medical and clinical informatics. Kai comes to UCI from the prestigious University of Michigan where he held faculty positions in health management and policy in the School of Public Health and in the School of Information. Kai was also affiliated with the University of Michigan's School of Nursing, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, Medical School Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, and Center for Entrepreneurship. He co-directed the Bio-Repository and Biomedical Informatics Core of the University of Michigan Health System and Peking University Health Science Center Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research.

Kai received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University where his dissertation entitled "Design, Implementation, User Acceptance, and Evaluation of a Clinical Decision Support System for Evidence-Based Medicine Practice'' won the university's 2007 William W. Cooper Doctoral Dissertation Award in Management or Management Science.  He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Association for Information Systems, and the Association for Computing Machinery, and a founding member of the China Health Policy and Management Society. Kai was the recipient of the 2011 American Medical Informatics Association New Investigator Award that recognizes early informatics contributions and significant scholarly contributions on the basis of scientific merit and research excellence.

We are particularly excited about the role Kai will play in coalescing UC Irvine’s unique collaboration in clinical informatics that includes the Center for Biomedical Informatics of the recently funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (the NIH CTSA), the UCI Medical Center Health Affairs Information Services, and, of course, the Department of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

Kai will play key roles in the following ambitious activities: 

  • Developing a Board Certified clinical informatics fellowship program
  • Establishing a graduate degree and certificate program in health/medical informatics
  • Continuing to improve clinical informatics support for translational researchers
  • Advancing biomedical informatics research at UCI and its visibility at a national level through increased publications in high impact journals and in competing for extramural grants