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“We explore the application of machine learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, genetic analysis and deep phenotyping of health data to build useful, responsible tools that put people first.”
-Abel Kho, MD, MS, FACMI

Director, I.AIM


LISTEN TO THE PODCAST  Dr. Kho discusses his vision for the institute and how AI can enhance healthcare.
 
MEET THE I.AIM TEAM
 
Ngan MacDonald
Chief of Data Operations

Ngan MacDonald is Chief of Data Operations for the Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine at Northwestern University.  She is also the Vice President of Healthcare Business Solutions Architecture for HealthLX, an interoperability platform software company. She serves as an advisor from time to time for companies trying to understand landscape of data in healthcare. She has over 20 years of experience providing technical and business leadership for information strategies and solution implementations with large and small companies. Her experience spans across analytics, information management, data strategy, regulatory compliance with interoperability. Ngan’s healthcare experience spans 15+ years with both large and small health insurers in operational roles as well as in management consulting.  Her mission is the liberation of data for use in healthcare settings.
Bill Temps
Solutions Engineer

Bill Temps learned computer programming from books before he had a computer to use, before the IBM PC was introduced. Later, he worked as a computer operator and programmer for Northwestern; while there, he recommended that all new programs use four-digit years to avoid problems with the year 2000, but since this was far off in the distant future, the suggestion was not accepted. 

Most of his career has been in banking and finance, including what is now JP Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch (supporting computer systems -- nothing to do with the banking crisis or Great Recession). In the early 1990s, he switched from the IBM Virtual Machine facility (VM) to Unix system support. While employed by IBM Global Services, between mid-1998 and 2000, he led a team to prepare a bank's Unix systems for the year 2000. 

He returned to Northwestern in 2012, doing programming and statistical analysis in support of Dennis West's RADAR group, investigating adverse effects of prescription drugs. He joined I.AIM in December, 2020, with the title of Solutions Engineer and the goals of resolving problems and facilitating research.

CENTER SNAPSHOTS

Advanced Molecular Analysis (AMA)

Feng Yue, Director

This center seeks to generate and analyze cellular and population omics data for improved diagnostics. Most human diseases are associated with certain genetic signatures, either inherited from parents or acquired after birth due to environment or random events. Our goal is to use state-of-the-art technologies to identify such genetic variants in patients, including single-point mutations and large-scale structural variants, and study how they contribute to aberrant gene regulation and human diseases.

Learn More About AMA

Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (BIDS)

Justin Starren, Director

This unit, a joint center between our institute and the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, develops and supports informatics methods and tools to effectively use data in clinical settings and to train the next generation of biomedical informaticians

Learn More About BIDS

Deep Phenotyping and Precision Therapeutics (DPPT)

Sanjiv Shah, Director

This center is focused on high-definition phenotyping of patients, applying machine learning to reclassify heterogeneous clinical syndromes and performing novel clinical trials to advance precision medicine.
Learn More About DPPT

Bioethics & Medical Humanities (BMH)

Kelly Michelson, Director

This unit, a joint center between our institute and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, will establish a program in the ethics of data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Learn More About BMH

Computational Imaging & Signal Analytics in Medicine (CISAM)

Lee Cooper, Director

This unit, a joint center between our institute and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, will establish a program in the ethics of data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Learn More About CISAM

Education in Data Science and Digital Health (MEDSDH)

David M. Liebovitz, Co-director 
Marianne Green, Co-director


Our center aspires to impart trainees with foundational knowledge and skills in the research and application of technology to improve health.
Learn More About MEDSDH

EXTERNAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Laurent Rotival
Cambia Health

Laurent leads Cambia’s development of next-generation technology products & solutions that will create a more person-focused approach to health care.

Laurent is a tireless advocate for the health consumer. Whether delivering business transformation or building great products, investing in people and great teams is core to his focus. He is passionate about engineering & technology, laser focused on execution, always with unyielding integrity. Prior to Cambia, Laurent has been on a multi-industry global journey focused on innovation and discovery. He developed breakthrough advanced materials for high performance European automotive applications; held transformational global software and technology leadership roles across oil & gas, broadcasting and energy industries; and has over a decade of P&L leadership roles in health IT products, diagnostic imaging, solution and market development in the US, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Laurent is a Franco-American national, French educated in West Africa, France & Switzerland with two Engineering Degrees in Materials Science from Brown University. Laurent has lived on 4 continents, traveled 6, and currently resides in Seattle. Laurent is married to Amy, proud father of 4 and 2 dogs. He is an avid traveler, runner, cyclist, nordic and alpine skier.
 

Frank Naeymi-Rad, PhD, MBA, FACMI
Leap of Faith Technologies, Inc

Naeymi-Rad is the Chairman of the Board and Co-founder of Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc. He is also a Director of LOF, LLC, Leap of Faith Technologies, Inc, and Leap of Faith Clinic, LLC.\

Leap of Faith Clinic is part of the Leap of Faith campus in Libertyville, IL, consisting of three facilities: Leap of Faith Technologies headquarters, an innovation center, and the clinic. The clinic building houses eight clinical practices, including a gastroenterologist, primary care physician, and a chiropractor.

In addition to founding IMO and guiding it to become the premier terminology vendor for EHRs now used by about 85% of all physicians and nurses, Dr. Naeymi-Rad has over 50 scientific publications and holds 11 patents related to EHRs and health enterprise informatics. His entrepreneurial spirit has led to a new vision of medical informatics, embodied by codified semantics and natural language processing to eliminate isolated repositories of information, and enable both patients and practitioners to make better use of health information. His thought leadership in clinical informatics led to his nomination for the Oracle Corporation Smithsonian Award in the category of Medicine.
 

Armando Pauker
Tensility Venture Partners

Armando Pauker is a co-founder and Managing Director of Tensility Venture Partners, a Chicago-based seed-stage fund focused on enterprise software applications of Artificial Intelligence. He has been in venture for almost 20 years investing in hardware and software businesses at a prior firm.  Prior to venture, Armando served in senior management positions at several global technology companies and as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in technology industries. 

Select previous exits include: Duo Security (acquired by Cisco Systems), DocuSign (N:DOCU), FutureSimple (acquired by ZenDesk), BrightCloud (acquired by Webroot), Initiate Systems (acquired by IBM) and YCharts (acquired by LRR Partners).

Armando holds an MBA with High Distinction from the University of Michigan, and he received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Steven Collens
Matter Health

Steven Collens is CEO of MATTER, the healthcare technology incubator and innovation center. MATTER opened in February 2015 and nurtures entrepreneurs and innovators building next-generation health IT, medical device, diagnostic and biopharma technologies. MATTER works with more than 200 healthcare technology ventures and the company partners with dozens of industry-leading companies, health systems and universities. Steven is also senior advisor at Pritzker Group Venture Capital.

Prior to assuming his current role, Steven was senior vice president at Pritzker Group, the investment firm led by Tony and J.B. Pritzker. In that capacity, he led the team that created 1871, Chicago’s center for digital startups that now houses more than 400 early-stage companies. He previously worked at Abbott in a variety of domestic and international functions, including product management, policy and public affairs. In 2005, Steven helped found ConstantWellness.com to give patients control over their health data and allow healthcare providers to coordinate care of their patients. Prior to Abbott, Steven served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun.

Steven holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. He serves on the boards of 1871, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Chicago High School for the Arts, and is a member of ChicagoNEXT, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s council on technology and innovation. He is also a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago.

Ron Elwell
Swoop and IPM.ai

Ron Elwell is the Founder and CEO of Swoop and IPM.ai. Together these companies have been leaders in applying Machine Learning and other forms of AI to deidentified patient data sets. Specializing in conditions where the majority of the patient population is undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, Swoop and IPM solutions span the product lifecycle, from pre-clinical to clinical to commercial, all aiming to accelerate the correct patient diagnosis and therapy time to market. As a serial entrepreneur Ron brings a mindset of looking for the convergence of seismic technology changes with large markets. It is his belief that advances in ML and AI, along with the growing availability of patient and SDOH data have created an environment where we can dramatically enhance the ability to deliver timely and appropriate care.

Christopher Khoury
American Medical Association (AMA)

Christopher Khoury is vice president of market intelligence and strategic analytics at the American Medical Association (AMA). He leads a diverse team of researchers, analysts, and business professionals focused on assessing and interacting with emerging elements across healthcare, technology, and policy sectors. Christopher has worked in the healthcare sector for over 18 years. He earned an M.B.A. from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business magna cum laude. Christopher received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois in Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds an M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Mary Kratz
Interoperability Institute

Mary Kratz is the Executive Vice President of the Interoperability Institute, an affiliate organization of the Michigan Health Information Network group. Mary is a leader in the field of biomedical informatics, working at the intersection of interoperability, telemedicine and business development.

As a senior Health Informatics Advisor to the United States Department of State, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, Mary implemented health information systems in over 40 countries, primarily low and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa. An Open Source platform enabled Internet, electronic medical records, collaboration tools and Open Access to a reference library of medical knowledge. She assisted the World Health Organization, International Telecommunication Union, United States Agency for International Development, Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine in formulating and articulating policy, position and response to current and emerging technologies and enabling interoperability across a variety of public and private organizational missions.

Starting her career in research and clinical laboratories at the University of Michigan Health System, Mary quickly transitioned into managing complex enterprise-wide computer deployments. She chaired several Standards Development Organization committees for Health Level Seven, Object Management Group and the International Standards Organization. Under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, Mary was recruited to work for the U.S. Government. She served as a Contracting Officer Representative at the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center at Fort Detrick. She was Internet2’s initial Health Sciences Director, implementing next generation Internet for academic organizations in the United States and globally, before taking a position with the U.S. Government.

Wendi Wright
Cigna

Wendi Wright, MJ, JD has more than 16 years of experience as a privacy attorney. She has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, academia, tech, pharma and insurance. Her many leadership roles have included Chief Privacy Officer for Stanford University, Vice President/Chief Privacy and Security Counsel for Allscripts Healthcare, LLC, HIPAA Privacy & Security Officer/Compliance Officer for Abbott, and Attorney/Chief HIPAA Officer for the City of Chicago. Wendi holds both a Master of Jurisprudence and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law (Chicago), and is CIPP certified for the US and the EU.
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