Michael J. Becich, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Becich is Professor and inaugural Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is jointly appointed in Pathology, Information Sciences/Telecommunications and Clinical/Translational Research. He is Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute as well as the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Becich’s research interests are focused on the interface between clinical informatics and bioinformatics. His research is funded by the CDC, NCATS, NCI, NHLBI and NLM and includes clinical phenotyping of patients for genomic/personalized medicine, tissue banking informatics, clinical informatics and bioinformatics with a special emphasis on data sharing. Dr. Becich is interested in transforming clinical care through translational research and creating a learning health system focused on cost effective, high quality and safe care through personalized medicine.
Recently funded grants include a PCORI CDRN and a NCATS CTSA Supplement which will link hundreds of clinical sites (primarily health systems affiliated with CTSA programs) with and innovative open source informatics infrastructure which allow for clinical research use of EHR data. This is a critical step for clinical and translational research nationally.