datasets, leverages novel information technology for patient reporting of symptoms and other concerns, informs future studies, and facilitates patient education and patient–provider communication. Dr. Abernethy is co–principal investigator (PI) of the NIH-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group and co-PI of an NCI-funded faculty development (K01) program in comparative effectiveness research to develop the research workforce of the future.
Asif Ahmad, M.B.A., M.S., joined US Oncology, now a part of McKesson Specialty Health, in 2010 as the executive vice president, Technology Services. He currently manages Information and Technology Services, where he is responsible for leading the development and evolution of strategy related to information technology (IT) and the company’s several IT-based businesses and services.
Mr. Ahmad served as vice president, Diagnostic Service, and chief information officer and associate dean, Academic Computing and Imaging, School of Medicine at Duke University Health System and Medical Center from 2003 to 2010. Prior to that, he was administrator and chief information officer at the Ohio State University Health System and Medical Center. He earned an M.B.A. at Max M. Fisher College of Business and an M.S. in biomedical engineering at the Ohio State University. He received his B.S. (honors) in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan.
Sam Butler, M.D., brings a wealth of knowledge to Epic’s Clinical Informatics Team, with 8 years of senior-level experience in multispecialty medical group management, along with 14 years of clinical practice experience. He helps to guide the direction of Epic’s applications. He is heavily involved in the creation and development of Epic and third-party content for use in clinical applications. Dr. Butler has a B.S. in interdisciplinary science and received his M.D. from the University of Florida.
Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D., is chief of the Division of Systems Medicine and associate professor (tenured) of pediatrics and, by courtesy, medicine and computer science, at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Butte trained in computer science at Brown University, worked as a software engineer at Apple and Microsoft, received his M.D. from Brown University, trained in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Boston, and received his Ph.D. in health sciences and