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FACULTY

Ramin Khorasani, MD, MPH
Professor of Radiology

Dr. Khorasani is the first incumbent of the Distinguished Chair of Medical Informatics at BWH established in 2013, and CEBI’s Director and founder. He also serves as Vice Chair for Quality, Safety, and IT in Radiology.

Kristine S. Burk, MD
Instructor in Radiology

Dr. Burk is a member of the Abdominal Imaging and Intervention division where she serves as Division Director of Quality and Safety. She also serves as one of three Quality and Patient Safety Officers for the BWH Radiology Department. Dr. Burk joined CEBI faculty in 2019. Her work focuses on peer learning in radiology, pay for performance quality and safety initiatives, and variation in prostate MRI interpretive performance.

Catherine Giess, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology

Ivan Ip, MD, MS, MPH
Assistant Professor in Radiology

Dr. Ip joined the CEBI faculty in July 2012 with a clinical appointment in primary care and general internal medicine at BWH. He is an internist with a focus on health policy, health services research, biostatistics and epidemiology. His expertise in health IT, with special focus on CDS, natural language processing, and ‘big data’ are uniquely suited to the mission of CEBI.

Neena Kapoor, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Dr. Kapoor is a musculoskeletal imaging radiologist and a radiology quality and patient safety officer at BWH. Dr. Kapoor joined CEBI faculty in 2016. Her work is focused on improving patient experience in radiology and the communication of critical radiology results.

Ronilda Lacson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiology

An internist, Dr. Lacson’s major focus is in machine learning, natural language processing, ontologies, and IT tools for optimizing hand‐offs, such as communication of critical results and transitions of care.

Ali Raja, MD, MBA, MPH
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology

Dr. Raja’s major focus is use of health IT tools, specifically CDS, to improve quality, safety and efficiency in emergency medicine. He serves as Vice Chair in Emergency Medicine at MGH.

Louise Schneider, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

A practicing primary care physician, Dr. Schneider brings more than 15 years of experience in design and implementation of health IT solutions, specifically using CDS, to enable evidence‐based practice to improve quality and reduce waste. She also serves as the Medical Director of the Fish Center for Women’s Health at BWH.

Vlad Valtchinov, PhD
Instructor in Radiology

Dr. Valtchinov’s major focus is in artificial intelligence, imaging and genomics informatics, and design and implementation of ‘big data’ strategies and analytics to accelerate evidence discovery and delivery at the point of care.

Nicole Vetrano, MHA, BS, RT(R)
Program Manager

Nicole Vetrano is the CEBI Program Manager as well as the current Project Manager for the Harvard Medical School Library of Evidence. Nicole attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where in 2007 she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Sciences. She further pursued her passion for the field by acquiring a Masters in Healthcare Administration degree at Suffolk University in 2015. Her extensive experience as a Radiologic Technologist, PACS Administrator and Clinical Instructor in Radiology have supplemented her avidity for advancing patient care and quality improvement initiatives with the use of information technology, evidence-based medicine and clinical decision support.

Current Trainees

Laila Cochon, MD, MPH, PhD
Research Fellow

Dr. Cochon completed her MD training at Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She obtained a masters degree in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, as well as Clinical Research in the Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain where she also pursued her PhD in Translational Medicine. Currently, Laila is an informatics research fellow at the Center for Evidence-Based Imaging of Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School where her research mainly focuses on the use of healthcare IT (electronic health record, clinical decision support systems, machine learning, natural language processing) and its use to further enhance evidence based practice as wells as quality and patient safety. She recently completed an MPH with a focus on Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health.

Mahsa Eskian, MD
Research Fellow

After graduating from National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents(NODET), Dr. Eskian received her MD degree in 2018 from Tehran University of Medical Science. She conducted several research projects as a research assistant in Molecular Immunology Research Center and Sina Trauma and Surgery Research Center. Currently she is working as a postdoc research fellow in Center of Evidence Based Imaging at BWH, focusing on the field of diagnosis and survival prolongation of high burden and critical disease.

Andro Licaros, MD
Research Fellow

Dr. Licaros is a diagnostic radiologist who completed his training at the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital. He is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Evidence-Based Imaging (CEBI) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School. His research projects have included quality improvements in radiology through effective communication of critical findings as well as neuroradiology imaging reviews. At CEBI Dr. Licaros’ primary interests are on projects that optimize healthcare IT, imaging and reports analysis, as well as artificial intelligence.

Anna Zhao, MD
Research Trainee

Anna Zhao received her Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is a medical student at Harvard Medical School pursuing her interest in radiology and evidence-based medicine through a research year at the Center for Evidence-Based Imaging. Her research focuses on improving quality and patient safety through analyzing IT-enabled peer learning tools, second opinion review of imaging, follow-up recommendations, and more.

Research Assistants

Elvira Budiawan, MS
Research Assistant

Elvira obtained her Master’s in Biostatistics – Statistical Genetics track from Columbia University, New York, and her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry with minor in Chemistry from University of Washington, Seattle. Currently, Elvira is a Research Assistant II at the Center for Evidence-Based Imaging of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she uses statistical analysis, machine learning, and natural language processing to model and analyze medical reports to improve evidence-based practice, as well as quality and patient safety.

Elyse Lynch
Research Assistant

Elyse completed her Bachelor of Arts at Trinity College, Dublin and majored in Psychology. She was a Clinical Research Coordinator at Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program. There, she was responsible for overseeing the program’s clinical trial, a treatment study for PTSD, and led efforts to analyze the clinical programs satisfaction and feasibility data. She also worked as a Quality and Safety coordinator at the Boston Hope Field Hospital.

Luca Tramontozzi
Research Assistant

Luca received his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University in Athletic Training and joined CEBI shortly thereafter to pursue his passion for quality improvement and evidence-based care in medicine. His work is mainly focused on improving patient experience and standardizing follow-up care in radiology. He also serves as a curator for the Harvard Library of Evidence.

Alumni

Alex Goehler, MD

Isha Gujrathi, MD
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Gujrathi is MD Radiologist from India who is currently working as a Post-doctoral research fellow at the Center of Evidence Based Imaging of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School. Her research projects focus on radiology image reviews and report analysis to standardize image interpretation. She is also closely working with the machine learning team on projects involving liver segmentation. Prior to joining CEBI, she was working as a research assistant at the Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto where she worked closely with the Machine learning team to build a convolutional neural network for detecting prostate cancer. She will be taking a Summer course for Program in Clinical Effectiveness to enhance her research portfolio.

Raein Hashemi, MS
Research Assistant II

Raein received his Bachelors Degree from University of Tehran in Computer Science (Software Engineering) and his Masters Degree from Northeastern University in Medical Informatics and Data Science. Raein was a Research Assistant at the Computational Radiology Laboratory (CRL) of Boston Children’s Hospital. Currently, he is a Research Assistant at the Center for Evidence-Based Imaging (CEBI) of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At CRL, Raein developed new deep learning strategies for enhanced fetal brain MRI segmentation, as well as brain tissue and lesion segmentation. At CEBI, he is developing new machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing techniques for the analysis of medical images and reports. His research focuses on clinical decision support systems and AI in healthcare.

Atul Shinagare, MD
Associate Professor in Radiology

Dr. Shinagare is a Staff Radiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Senior Physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, faculty at the Center for Evidence-based Imaging and Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as the Radiology Quality and Safety Officer and Associate Fellowship Director of the Cancer Imaging Program. Dr. Shinagare’s interests pertain to use of evidence-based medicine, radiomics and informatics to make imaging more efficient and reduce the unwarranted variability in radiology reports. In my role as Radiology Quality and Safety Officer, I strive to standardize the imaging techniques, imaging interpretation and reporting to make radiology reports more clear and minimize the errors.

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