Current Fellows

Justin Halls

Justin Halls, M.D., M.P.H., is a Pathology resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a first year Clinical Informatics Fellow at Mass General Brigham (2020-2022).

Justin attended Notre Dame for undergraduate studies, majoring in a 'Great Books' program that blended the liberal studies. He then joined Teach For America and moved to New Orleans where he taught school and worked for FEMA in the disaster response to Hurricane Katrina. He eventually helped to create a high school there that has since grown into a system of schools called Collegiate Academies. After this he began his career in health care, first completing a MPH at the University of Virginia, and then medical school at Tulane. He has completed 3 years of residency training in Clinical Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard training program. During residency, Justin completed research projects in automated blood typing, molecular identification of microbial sensitivities, and quality control. Justin's current interests include EHR management, interoperability, information governance, clinical decision support, digital pathology, and keeping his 3 golden retrievers happy.


Ellen Kim

Ellen Kim, M.D., M.P.H., is a Radiation Oncologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a first year Clinical Informatics Fellow at Mass General Brigham (2020-2022).

Ellen attended Princeton University and majored in computer science. She then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. During medical school, she also completed an M.P.H. degree with a focus on population health research and large database analysis. Ellen completed radiation oncology residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, including a year as Chief Resident. She has completed numerous research projects using national cancer databases and merging independent institutional databases. She enjoys creating websites and professional social media. Ellen is currently interested in using technology to improve the quality of care for patients and to improve the clinical experience for both providers and patients, e.g., patient decision aids, patient reported outcome measures, new combinations and applications of data.


Alex Mays MD

Alex Mays, M.D., is a Pathologist and first year Clinical Informatics Fellow at Mass General Brigham (2020-2022).

Alex attended Harvard University for his undergraduate studies, majoring in Human Evolutionary Biology. He then moved to Chicago to attend medical school at Northwestern University, where he developed his first interest in clinical informatics. He completed his residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Washington, where he was chief resident in his final year. During residency training, his projects focused on analysis of laboratory and patient data to support clinical laboratory operations. In his final year there was special emphasis on building tools for stewardship of molecular virology testing. Alex's current interests include laboratory operations, clinical decision support, data warehouses, interoperability, and data and terminology standards.

Nicole Benson, M.D., is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital and a second year Clinical Informatics Fellow at Partners Healthcare (2019-2021). 

Nicole attended Haverford College where she majored in mathematics. Before medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, she worked at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the University of Pennsylvania, where she developed her interest in health services research by studying outcomes and utilization of the Intensive Care Unit. After obtaining her medical degree, Nicole completed a residency in psychiatry and subsequently completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, both at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital. Nicole’s interests include research involving the integration of insurance claims datasets with data from the electronic health record to study the way children and young adults access and receive mental health care. She has also explored methods for using technology to engage psychiatric patients in care. 


Vivek Upadhyay, M.D., is a clinical and research fellow in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Partners CancerCare hematology/oncology fellowship program as well as a joint fellow in clinical informatics at Partners Healthcare (2019-2021).

Vivek attended Duke University for his undergraduate degree where he majored in biology and received a minor in chemistry as well as certificate in ethics. Throughout his undergraduate time and for a year after, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz where he conducted a large-library screen for novel small molecules with potential therapeutic application. After leaving Duke, he completed medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He subsequently completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he worked with the Harvard TMA Research Collaborative to develop the PLASMIC score, a novel algorithm used to risk stratify patients at risk for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Following residency, he started hematology/oncology fellowship at Partners/DFCI during which he is concurrently working as a clinical informatics fellow. Vivek’s interests lie at the intersection of therapeutic development, care delivery, and clinical informatics within hematology and oncology. This includes data extraction and utilization from EHR for research, digital health integration into oncology, and decision support tools.


Past Fellows

Lin Shen, M.D. (CI 2020)

Director of Clinical Informatics - Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologist - Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Gastroenterology

Heather Lyu, M.D., M.B.I. (CI 2019)

Chief Surgical Resident - Brigham and Women's Hospital

Heather attended University of Virginia for her undergraduate studies where she majored in media studies and minored in global health. She then attended Johns Hopkins Medical School where she spent one year in the Department of Surgery to conduct health services and surgical outcomes research. She then began her general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2014. Heather has been involved in the EPIC integration as a resident and has taken an interest in improving surgical care delivery with health information technology. She took two years off between her third and fourth years to complete a clinical informatics fellowship and has now returned to surgery residency. Other interests include data extraction and utilization from EHR for research and  standardization of surgical care delivery using health information technology.

David Rubins, M.D., M.B.I. (CI 2019)

Chief Resident - Department of Medicine Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

David attended Washington University in St. Louis Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During residency, he helped develop and operate multiple websites and residency-specific applications for scheduling purposes. He is interested in Electronic Health Record development, clinical decision support, and reducing cognitive overload through user interface redesign and improved EHR training modules.

William Gordon, M.D., M.B.I. (CI 2018)

Medical Director - Health Innovation Platform, Partners Personalized Medicine

Attending Physician - Brigham and Women's Hospital

Will has a background in technology development, having spent several years before medical school working as a software developer. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College, and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital where he was active at the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science. Since 2014, he has been on staff at MGH as a hospitalist and attending on the resident teaching service. Since 2014, he has also been a Product Manager and Director of Clinical Product at Kyruus, a patient access and provider-side population health information technology company based in Boston.Will has an interest in interoperability, Application Program Interfaces (APIs), health data visualization, enterprise technology implementation, and using health information technology to improve clinical medicine.

Tamim Alganam, M.D., M.B.I. (CI-International 2018)

CEO - Wateen

Digital Health Consultant - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Tamim completed the CI fellowship as the first international fellow.  During his fellowship, he concieved and developed the Wateen App, the official mobile application for blood donation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Mark Zhang, D.O., M.M.Sc. (CI 2017)

Medical Director - BWH Digital Innovation Hub

Associate Program Director - Partners Clinical Informatics and Innovation Fellowship

Palliative Care Consultant - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Mark completed an Internal Medicine residency and chief year at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a graduate of the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship. He is the founder and co-creator of Palliative Care Fast Facts for iOS and Android mobile applications.  He was the first graduate of the Partners Clinical Informatics and Innovation fellowship.

He is the co-founder of Cake, a venture backed company whose mission is making advance care planning easier and more accessible for everyone.  He co-founded and was the first president of the Association of Clinical Informatics Fellows (ACIF), the national organization representing Clinical Informatics fellows.  During this time, he negotiated the merger of ACIF with the American Medical Informatics Association, leading to the creation of the AMIA Clinical Informatics Fellows.