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UB creates biomedical informatics department and names chair


The University at Buffalo has created a new department of biomedical informatics and has recruited an official from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine to serve as its first chair.

Dr. Peter L. Elkin, vice president and professor of medicine at Mount Sinai and director of its Center for Biomedical Informatics will begin his duties at UB as a professor and department chair this summer, the university announced.

Including Elkin, Dr. Michael E. Cain, UB's vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has named 10 chairs or chair-level appointees over the past five years. Cain's recruiting push is part of UB's effort to hire 100 new Medical School faculty over the next five years, a key component of the UB 2020 planning initiative.

Biomedical informatics explores how best to use clinical, genetic and related information to improve health care, public health, the treatment of patients and biomedical research.

“Biomedical informatics is now essential to the delivery of health care,” Cain said in a statement.

Elkin has developed standards for collecting, using and storing electronic medical records, among other areas of research, and was selected following a national search.

---Stephen T. Watson



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