Student Presentation, Alumni Reunion,
Cimino/DBMI Honors Highlight 2019 AMIA Conference

The 2019 AMIA conference provided numerous DBMI trainees an opportunity to present their current research, while both past and present department members connected at the annual DBMI reunion inside the Georgetown Ballroom on Tuesday, Nov. 19.


Six DBMI trainees gave oral presentations during the AMIA conference, held Nov. 16-20 in Washington D.C. The speakers, their titles and several presentation slides are available below.

Amelia Averitt: “Characterizing the Urban Opioid Epidemic Using EHR Data”
Daniel Feller: “Longitudinal analysis of social and behavioral determinants of health in the EHR: exploring the impact of patient trajectories and documentation practices” (Presentation Slides)
Lisa Grossman: “Interventions to Increase Patient Portal Use in Vulnerable Populations: A Systematic Review” (Presentation Slides)
Elliot Mitchell: “Feasibility of a machine learning-based method to generate personalized nutrition goals for diabetes self-management”
Adrienne Pichon: “Get on the Same Page: Negotiating and Aligning Knowledge and Expectations between Patients and Providers through Self-Tracking Artifacts”
Victor Rodriguez: “Learning Disease Phenotypes with Semi-Supervision”

Furthermore, Amanda Moy collaborated with nursing student Jessica Schwartz to place second overall in the Student Design Challenge. The team’s presentation was entitled “Synergizing Technologies To Facilitate Readiness In Initiating Dialogue On End-Of-Life Services (Strides).”

Trainees also presented their research during the multiple poster sessions throughout the week.

Lisa Grossman: “Comprehension of Visualizations for Longitudinal Patient-Reported Outcomes”
Elliot Mitchell: “Machine learning for personalized decision support with patient-generated health data”
Amanda Moy: “Measurement of physician burden in EHRs: a systematic literature review”
Anna Ostropolets: “Investigating female-male differences in risk factors for myocardial infarction using OHDSI tools”

Several faculty members also shared presentations or were part of panel discussions at AMIA:

Noémie Elhadad, Patrick Ryan, Alison Callahan, Jenna Reps, Iñigo Urteaga – Panel: “Learning Across a Healthcare Data Network to Improve Model Robustness and Evidence Reliability” (Presentation Slides)
Andrew Kanter – Industry Partner Session: “Reimagining the EHR: A New Paradigm for Success”
Rita KukafkaOral Presentation: “Expanding the Precision Medicine Landscape: How to Prepare Providers Who Serve Underserved Minority Patients”
Karthik Natarajan, Workshop Presenter: “Data Quality Assessment Survey Results and Expanded Topics” and Panelist: Curating EHR data in the All of Us Research Program”
Sarah Collins Rossetti, Oral Presentation: “Leveraging Clinical Expertise as a Feature – not an Outcome – of Predictive Models: Evaluation of an Early Warning System Use Case”


James Cimino, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics, earned the top honor bestowed at the annual AMIA Conference, the Morris Collen Award of Excellence (pictured, right). This award is the highest honor in informatics that is presented by the American College of Medical Informatics to an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to biomedical informatics has made a lasting impression on healthcare and biomedicine. (Video Tribute)

Jonathan Elias, and Sarah Collins Rossetti collaborated with Jessica Schwartz in the Student Paper Competition and placed third overall with the paper “An Interprofessional Approach to Workflow Evaluation Focused on the Electronic Health Record Using Time Motion Study Methods.” Schwartz also earned the NIWG Student Award.

Neil Sarker, a 2004 Columbia graduate, earned one of the three AMIA Leadership Awards. 

Beatriz Ryan-Lora, a DBMI colleague at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, earned a Distinguished Poster Honor for “Reasons for Non-Participation in an Inpatient Acute Health Portal Randomized Controlled Trial among Hospitalized Patients.”

DBMI Reception

We were thrilled to have so many current and former DBMI members come together inside the Georgetown Ballroom for our annual reception. Please take a look at the photo gallery below; if you missed the event this year, we hope you can join us next year when AMIA is held Nov. 14-18 in Chicago.