Fellows

Current Fellows
Farah Z. Dadabhoy, M.D.
  • Emergency Medicine Physician at Mass General Brigham
  • Clinical Informatics Fellow at Mass General Brigham (2021-2023)

Farah Z. Dadabhoy is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed residency in emergency medicine from the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program and is currently training in clinical informatics at Mass General Brigham. Dr. Dadabhoy’s research focuses on applications of informatics to alleviate disparities in access to care. 

Irbaz Riaz, MD
  • Oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Clinical Informatics Fellow at Mass General Brigham (2021-2023)

Irbaz completed his medical school as valedictorian at Nishtar Medical University, Pakistan and received an Endeavor Award to complete Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at University of Sydney Australia. He completed his internal medicine training at University of Arizona, Tucson and Hematology/Oncology training and at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He is a Mayo Clinic Scholar, BIRT NLM fellow at Harvard Medical School and a clinical informatics fellow at Mass General/Brigham Hospital. Irbaz’s research interests include cancer bioinformatics, digital transformation of cancer care, living evidence synthesis, and AI assisted Electronic Health Records.

Matthew G. Gayhart, M.D.
Pathology Fellow
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow at Cedars Sinai (2020-2021)
  • Clinical Informatics Fellow at Mass General Brigham (2020-2022)

Matthew is a graduate of Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his combined AP/CP residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020 and molecular genetic pathology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2021. His current research activities include using image analysis and gene expression to predict response to targeted therapeutics.

Justin Halls, M.D., M.P.H.
Pathology Fellow
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Resident
  • 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, M.D., M.P.H.
Radiation Oncologist
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital Radiation Oncologist
  • Second 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, M.D.
Pathology Fellow
  • 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.

Past Fellows
Vivek Upadhyay, M.D.
  • Senior Director, Clinical Development, EQRx
  • Oncologist, University of Pennsylvania

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.

Nicole Benson, M.D. (CI 2021)
  • Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, McLean Hospital

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.

Lin Shen, M.D. (CI 2020)
  • Director of Clinical Informatics, Division of Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Gastroenterologist, Division of Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Lin attended Stanford University for his undergraduate studies where he majored in Human Biology.  He then attended Yale School of Medicine, and subsequently completed his Internal Medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.  After residency training, Lin spent a year at Yale as an academic hospitalist before coming to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for GI fellowship.  Lin has worked on multiple health IT projects including automatic neuroimaging segmentation algorithms, natural language processing-assisted identification of possible hepatocellular cancer in cirrhotic patients, as well as many Epic-related implementation and optimization efforts both at Yale and the Brigham.  He is a founding member of the Epic Adult Gastroenterology Steering Board at Epic Systems Corporation (Verona, WI) as well as an Epic Clinician Builder within Partners eCare.  His primary interests are clinical decision support, at-risk cohort identification, subspecialty panel management, and workflow optimization.

Heather Lyu, M.D., M.B.I. (CI 2019)
  • Surgical Oncologist, MD Anderson Cancer Center

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)
  • Medical Director, Advanced Decision Support, Digital Health eCare, Mass General Brigham

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)
  • Director, Solution & Experience, Digital Care Transformation, Mass General Brigham
  • Medical Director, Health Innovation Platform, MassGeneral Brigham Personalized Medicine
  • Associate Physician & Faculty, Hospital Medicine Unit, Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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)
  • Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • 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.

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