2017 – 2019 Clinical Informatics Fellows

Behnam Vahdati Nia, DO

Behnam Vahdati Nia, DO

Dr. Vahdati Nia is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and trained in Family Practice at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. During his residency, he assisted with implementation and optimization of Electronic Health Records (EHR), as he worked closely with the faculty, staff and the clinical informatics team. As a Clinical Informatics Fellow, he intends to learn from various practice and management models and develop tools to help with provider efficiency, as well as optimizing patient care and safety.

Peter Nguyen, MD

Peter Nguyen, MD

Dr. Peter Nguyen completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. In his intern year, he was elected as a member of the HouseStaff IT/Informatics committee and later served as its chair. His major focus was improving resident provider workflow and the optimization of Electronic Health Record (EHR) use. He worked toward this through the promotion of the I-PASS Handoff model among residents, which resulted in adoption, the creation of resident provider templates and the involvement in new intern orientation and education. As a current Clinical Informatics fellow, he still maintains an interest in improving workflow processes and efficiency for clinicians and end-users, though his interests have also broadened to include big data analytics and interoperability with the vision of progressing toward an era of precision medicine. Additionally, he continues to enjoy providing direct patient care as an internist in the acute inpatient setting. He is excited to deepen his understanding of people, platforms and processes as he progresses in order to improve health care systems for both patients and providers alike.

2016 – 2018 Clinical Informatics Fellows

Christopher Hollweg

Christopher Hollweg, MD

Dr. Hollweg trained in pediatrics at Richmond University Medical Center in New York City. While there, he created tools to reduce errors in medication and TPN ordering in the NICU. As chief resident, he implemented a mobile scheduling system for his residents. His interest in clinical informatics lies in its potential to make great strides in the advancement of medical care, by aggregating the wealth of data available and bringing it to bedside clinical practice. During the fellowship, Christopher intends to develop clinical decision support that is powerful and interoperable.

Andrew Muth, MD

Andrew Muth, MD

Dr. Muth trained in pediatrics at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center. During his training, he discovered the field of Clinical Informatics through his involvement in the implementation of an ambulatory EHR solution. Throughout this fellowship, he will work closely with interdisciplinary teams engaged in all health systems in the valley, as well as practice clinically as a general pediatrician. He is focused on optimizing health care delivery and becoming a leader in the field. Some of his interests include: interoperability, patient safety, big data analytics and population health management. 

Program Graduates, 2015 – 2017 Clinical Informatics Fellows

J. Edward Maddela, MD

J. Edward Maddela, MD

Jed trained in family medicine at HonorHealth in Arizona. Subsequently, he served as a board-certified primary care physician for a local federally qualified health center, while also teaching at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. He is drawn to clinical informatics because of the interprofessional nature of the fast growing subspecialty. During this 2-year fellowship, he will focus on leveraging information and technology to optimize data-driven health care practices for the delivery of value based care.

Umar Iqbal, MD

Umar Iqbal, MD

Dr. Umar Iqbal’s interest in informatics stems from a desire to understand how to better implement IT solutions to improve health care. While completing his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at ASU, Dr. Iqbal recognized that Clinical Informatics was becoming an emerging, new and unique field. With that in mind, he was involved in the implementation of an enterprise EHR within all ambulatory clinics at St Joseph’s Hospital. Later, during his residency training, he would use that knowledge to better serve in his role as Co-Chair on the Housestaff Leadership Council and on St. Joseph’s Medical Executive Committee by establishing new and effective quality improvement projects. This fellowship will allow Dr. Iqbal to continue refining the capabilities of informatics, while also collaborating with all of the major health systems in the valley.

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