Robert Sideli received a BA in chemistry from Middlebury College and then studied medicine at the University of Rome, Italy, graduating with honors in 1985. Bob did his internship and residency in anatomic pathology at Presbyterian Hospital in New York. In addition to his medical training, Bob did a three-year fellowship in Medical Informatics at the Center for Medical Informatics at Columbia University in New York, joining the faculty as an assistant professor upon his completion.
In 1993, he accepted the position of Director of Administrative Information Systems at Presbyterian Hospital. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing the selection and implementation of several large-scale projects including HIS, HRIS, and Payroll Systems. In 1995, Bob became a partner with Preferred Health Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in physician practices. In 1998, he became the Chief Information Officer at Metropolitan Jewish Health System in New York. There he consolidated the information technology staff from several separate business units and implemented an ambitious overhaul of the technology infrastructure. In 2003 Bob took a senior position at Cerner and led the implementation of Cerner information technology products at a major hospital system in Indiana.
Bob became the Chief Information Officer for Columbia University Medical Center on June 15, 2007. He is an associate professor in the Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics and studies the application of business process reengineering in healthcare. He is co-director of a new medical school curriculum thread titled Systems, Leadership, Integration and Management (SLIM).