Faculty

Faculty

Miriam Isola

For more than a decade, Dr. Miriam Isola has served as a professor of health informatics and technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She brings more than 35 years of experience as a healthcare professional, having held previous roles in epidemiology, analysis, administration, and project and program management. An authority on health informatics, […]

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Anthony Faiola

In addition to serving as a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Anthony Faiola heads the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences at the College of Applied Health Sciences. Dr. Faiola, a three-time Fulbright Scholar to Russia, brings expertise as an accomplished researcher and presenter, having written more than 90 refereed […]

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Sanket Shah

Mr. Sanket Shah is an instructor for the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences (BHIS) at the College of Applied Health Sciences. Professor Shah has created a course curriculum focusing on healthcare business intelligence, healthcare data, knowledge management and consumer informatics. Professor Shah brings considerable strategic management and technology […]

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Spyros Kitsiou, PhD

Dr. Spyros Kitsiou is an Assistant Professor who has recently joined the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences (BHIS) at the College of Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago. He comes to BHIS from HEC Montreal, where he was awarded a two-year fellowship from the Canada Research Chair in Information Technology in Health […]

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Teri Jorwic, MPH, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA

Clinical Assistant Professor   The UIC Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs are committed to providing world-class education through industry-experienced practitioners and professionals. We are currently awaiting a bio from Teri Jorwic, and we will post it soon.

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Jacob Krive, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor   Dr. Jacob Krive is Clinical Assistant Professor at UIC’s College of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences. His research interests include patient health outcomes improvement through data analysis and clinical decision support interventions, healthcare data management, medical ontologies, evidence-based medicine, effective use of information technology and clinical […]

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Felecia Williams, MPA, RHIA

Felecia Williams has held management positions with national healthcare consulting firms, working with hospitals and employer groups to streamline and automate processes, perform cost-saving analyses and evaluate business strategies. Most recently she was employed in the health care payor arena, focusing on provider profiling and healthcare transparency for consumer education. She began teaching as an […]

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June Wencel-Drake, PhD

As a scientist, June Wencel-Drake has over 32 years of experience in the field of hematology and blood platelet research. In particular, she researched the regulation of cell-cell and cell-substratum interactions, which is important in a variety of biologic processes including organogenesis, phagocytosis, immune response, hemostasis and thrombosis. Wencel-Drake found the molecular basis of these […]

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Valerie S. Prater, MBA, RHIT

Clinical Assistant Professor   Valerie Prater has held management positions with hospitals and a national healthcare management firm, where her responsibilities included operations, strategic planning, quality management, business development and health information management. Her interest in education quickly evolved from adjunct instructor to assistant professor. She has been teaching online and in the classroom within […]

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Lois M. Hitchcock, MHA, RHIA, CPHQ

Clinical Assistant Professor   Lois Hitchcock has 27 years of diverse healthcare experience within the healthcare delivery system. As a part time instructor in the health information management program at UIC, her undergraduate curriculum responsibilities include Introduction to Healthcare Systems, Management and Business Practices, Healthcare Data Analysis and Research, and Alternative Healthcare Records. She teaches […]

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Andrew Boyd, MD

Professor Andrew Boyd Andy Boyd joined the department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences in 2008. He came from industry, working on Electronic Health Records. His background includes postdoctoral work in biomedical informatics at the University of Michigan that was funded through the State of Michigan, Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health. […]

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John S. Orzechowski, MBA

Clinical Assistant Professor   John Orzechowski is a strategic management and technology business consultant with over 20 years of experience in advanced systems and solutions, leading-edge technologies, networking, software, applications and project management. Throughout his career, Orzechowski has defined and delivered innovative technology solutions and provided expertise to a variety of businesses, including healthcare companies, […]

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Olympia Kalagidis, MS, MT (ASCP)

Clinical Assistant Professor   Olympia Kalagidis is a 2011 graduate of the MSHI program. Her undergraduate degrees are in Biology and Medical Terminology from Walsh University in Ohio. Her clinical internship was completed at Metro Health System in Cleveland while working as a technician at the Northeastern Red Cross blood bank. She also attended Hahnemann […]

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Joanna Abraham, PhD

Assistant Professor   Dr. Joanna Abraham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences (BHIS) at the College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on developing strategies and mechanisms to improve care coordination among patient care terms and health behaviors of at-risk patient population. […]

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Cathy Bimmerle, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor   Cathy Bimmerle earned a Master of Science degree in education from Fordham University in New York (1995) and in 2006 completed our BHIS Online IBHE Post Masters Certificate in Health Informatics. Cathy bridged her health informatics studies at UIC with her extensive industry experience in data communications, information systems and applications […]

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Eric Swirsky, JD, MA

Clinical Assistant Professor   Eric Swirsky’s professional experience is diverse. Before opening his own law firm and practicing law–startup business ventures, venture capital and real estate–for six years in Bethesda, Maryland, he worked for a wide variety of organizations, from Mother Teresa’s mission in Kolkata, India, to the U.S. Department of Justice. He has held […]

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Annette Valenta, DrPH

Professor Annette Valenta joined UIC in 1991 to implement the specialization in health informatics within the Master of Business Administration degree, a model curriculum developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From that successful venture, she spearheaded the development of a full HI degree in the Department of Biomedical […]

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Michael (Mike) Dieter, PhD, MLIS, MBA

Clinical Associate Professor Director, Health Informatics Programs   Mike Dieter was first exposed to health informatics as a graduate student studying information science. He became intrigued by the diverse ways in which information can be used to reduce risk in decision making. After finishing that degree, he sought out an information science program specific to […]

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Karen Patena, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA

Clinical Associate Professor Director, Health Information Management Programs   Karen Patena has worked in hospital medical record management, as well as systems planning and implementation, for nearly 20 years. She served as a vital member of the team to implement a Cerner patient-care information system at the University of Illinois Medical Center. She is a […]

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