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Tiffany Veinot appointed director of Health Informatics

Tuesday, 08/01/2017

Associate professor Tiffany Veinot has been appointed the director of the Health Informatics program at the University of Michigan, according to an announcement by Thomas A. Finholt, dean of the School of Information, and Martin Philbert, dean of the School of Public Health. Veinot is an associate professor in the School of Information (UMSI) and the School of Public Health (SPH), which together administer the master of health informatics (MHI) program.

The master of health informatics degree is a two-year multidisciplinary program that prepares professionals to work at the intersection of patient healthcare, information technology and data analytics.

Veinot is a founding faculty member of this program, which was introduced in 2012.  She joined the University of Michigan as assistant professor in 2008 and in 2014 was promoted to associate professor in both UMSI and SPH, with tenure in UMSI.

Her interests include developing and evaluating community health informatics interventions, which focus on the improvement of the health of marginalized populations and the reduction of health disparities.

“Tiffany is an outstanding researcher, mentor and teacher with a strong record of internal service to the schools and external service to numerous professional organizations,” said Finholt. “I am certain she will do an equally outstanding job providing strong leadership managing the growth and direction of this program.”

“As a founding faculty member of the Health Informatics program, Tiffany has been critical to its success, and has demonstrated a keen aptitude of stewardship for the program's diverse community," said Philbert." We are fortunate to have someone with her expertise and collaborative spirit in this important leadership role."

Veinot’s research has been funded by institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. She currently heads a research team intent on increasing the cardiovascular safety of patients undergoing hemodialysis therapy, funded by a $6.7 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Her published research has garnered awards from the Journal of Documentation, Canadian Association of Information Science, the American Society for Information Science & Technology–SIG USE, and the Association for Library and Information Science Education.

Veinot holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and a BA and MLS degree from the University of Toronto.

Her appointment is effective September 1, 2017.

- UMSI News Service