Director of the Data Analytics Collaborative Announced

Date:   September 10, 2014
To:      University Community
From:  Joseph E. Steinmetz, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost
Dear University Community:

I am pleased to announce that Philip R. O. Payne, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, will lead the first Discovery Themes initiative as director of the Data Analytics Collaborative. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his fifty percent appointment will be retroactively effective on September 1, 2014.

Professor Payne’s background, research and experience align well with the potential and promise of the Data Analytics Collaborative. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of clinical research informatics and translational bioinformatics. His research has focused on the use and application of knowledge engineering and human-computer interaction design principles. And, his work has been published in more than 140 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings articles, books, book chapters and technical reports.

In addition to serving as chair, he leads his department’s Laboratory for Knowledge Based Applications and Systems Engineering. He also serves as the co-director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Bioinformatics Shared Resource.

He is the associate director for data sciences in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS); the center is funded with assistance from an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award. CCTS is responsible for the coordination and delivery of data analytics services and capabilities to the university’s biomedical research community, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and a network of regional collaborators. He is also a co-founder of Signet Accel, LLC, one of Ohio State’s largest software spin-off companies.

He earned a BA in political science at the University of California, San Diego. In addition, he earned an MA in medical informatics, an M. Phil in biomedical informatics and a PhD with distinction from Columbia University. He is also an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

Many thanks to all the faculty and staff members who provided the critical thinking and sound recommendations put forth in the summary report about the Data Analytics Collaborative. I know that Professor Payne will welcome their support as the Collaborative moves forward.

Please join me in welcoming Philip to his position as director. I look forward to working with him in his new role.