Justin Starren

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Faculty Profile

Justin Starren, M.D., Ph.D., FACMI, recently joined Northwestern University as Director of the Northwestern University Biomedical Research Center (NUBIC), at the Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also Chief of the newly-formed Division of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Preventive Medicine, and remains an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University.

From 2006 to 2010 Dr. Starren was the first director of the Biomedical Informatics Research Center at Marshfield Clinic. At Marshfield he grew the informatics research activity four-fold, and founded the Interactive Clinical Design Institute. He also designed the informatics infrastructure for the Wisconsin Genomics Initiative.

Dr. Starren began his informatics career at Columbia University, starting as the first doctoral student in biomedical informatics and becoming an Associate Professor of Clinical Biomedical Informatics. At Columbia, he directed the technology components of the IDEATel project, an 8-year, $60 million project, to evaluate the role of home telehealth in the management of Medicare patients with diabetes.

Dr. Starren’s research career gives him a broad perspective on the field. It has included: Decision Support; Health Information Exchange; Natural Language Processing; Telehealth; Standards Development; Radiology Informatics; Consumer Informatics; Translational (CTSA) Informatics; Human Computer Interaction; and Genomics.

He has received many awards including being named one of the Top 10 IT Innovators by Healthcare Informatics Magazine. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Washington University, St. Louis; a combined medical degree and master's degree in immunogenetics from Washington University School of Medicine and Ph.D. in medical informatics at Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and has served on the Wisconsin eHealth Care Quality and Patient Safety Board.

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