Who's speaking at Data Day Health?

We are beginning to confirm the first wave of speakers for Data Day Health. If there is someone you would like to see, or some technology that you would like to see represented, please send us a note. If you'd like to speak at Data Day Health, please send us a proposal.

Confirmed Speakers

(KEYNOTE) - Dr. William Hersh (Portland)

Dr. William Hersh, MD, FACMI, FACP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Hersh is a leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research.

In education, Dr. Hersh developed and serves as Director of all of OHSU’s graduate biomedical informatics education programs, including the Master of Science, the Master of Biomedical Informatics, the Graduate Certificate, and the Doctor of Philosophy. Dr. Hersh also spearheaded OHSU’s efforts in distance learning for biomedical informatics, which are available up to the master’s degree level. He also conceptualized and implemented the first offering of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10x10 (“ten by ten”) program, which has provided education to over 2000 health care professionals and others in biomedical informatics.

Dr. Hersh also serves as Director of OHSU's two Fellowship Programs in Biomedical Informatics. These include OHSU's Reseaarch Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics, which is funded by a training grant from the National Library of Medicine, and its new ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship. Dr. Hersh has also been involved in other global efforts to expand informatics capacity through education, serving as Director of an Informatics Training for Global Health grant from the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center in collaboration with Hospital Italiano of Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as activities in Singapore and elsewhere.
Dr. Hersh will be presenting the plenary keynote for Data Day Health.


(NEW) - Stephen Barr (Seattle)

Stephen Barr is the lead data scientist for the Clinical Pathways Office at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In this role, he designs and implements infrastructure for concordance reporting of patients to clinical pathways (flowcharts for cancer care). Stephen is working on completing his PhD in Operations Management at the University of Washington, Foster School of Business. His focus is on machine learning and healthcare operations. His background is in applied math, statistics, and economics. He is also passionate about functional programming with Haskell and graph databases (Neo4j).
Stephen will be holding the following session: Graph Representations of Clinical Standards of Care in Oncology.


(NEW) - Nikhil Buduma (SF Bay) @nkbuduma

Nikhil Buduma (Linkedin) is Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Remedy Health. Before Remedy, Nikhil worked on machine learning systems at MIT CSAIL and authored the O’Reilly Fundamentals of Deep Learning book. He developed a keen interest building affordable healthcare after running a university drug discovery lab at the age of 15. In his free time, Nikhil invests in early stage companies and sits on the board of his mental health and wellness non-profit, Lean On Me.
While at Data Day Health, Nikhil will be signing advance copies of his upcoming O'Reilly book: Fundamentals of Deep Learning


Dr. Denise Koessler Gosnell (Charleston) @DeniseKGosnell

Denise Gosnell is a woman of action who pursues life and her career with passion and enthusiasm. Since August of 2014, Denise has been pursuing her zeal for data science and graph analytics in Charleston, SC where she works as a Data Scientist for PokitDok. In Charleston, she can be found on her paddleboard during the daily commute to and from the historic peninsula. She received her PhD from the University of Tennessee, and her PhD research has been featured widely at conferences from London to San Diego. A retired college swimmer, former math teacher and National Science Foundation Graduate STEM and IGERT Fellow, her collegiate accomplishments are vast. As a graduate student, she founded the Systers group, two start-ups and was highlighted as a Tennessee Torchbearer. Recently Denise has been a thought leader for Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In movement for women in computing, and has been cited by USA Today, TechCrunch and other national publications.

(NEW) - David Hughes (Seattle)

David Hughes David Hughes is the associate director of the Clinical Pathways Office. With backgrounds in both clinical care and software development, David leads the Clinical Pathways Office at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He enjoys problem solving and developing leading edge services with a focus on eliciting, processing, and acting on core issues that affect users. (a:Person {name : 'David' })-[:LIKES]->(g:Theory {name : 'Graph'})
Stephen will be holding the following session: Graph Representations of Clinical Standards of Care in Oncology.


Sanjay Joshi (Seattle)

Sanjay Joshi is the CTO of Healthcare and Life Sciences at the EMC Emerging Technologies Division. Based in Seattle, Sanjay's 28+ year career has spanned the entire gamut of life-sciences and healthcare from clinical and biotechnology research to healthcare informatics to medical devices; he defines himself as a “non-reductionist systems guy.”
His current focus is a systems view of Genomics, Proteomics and Healthcare for infrastructures and informatics. Recent experience has included data management and instruments for Electronic Medical Records; Proteomics and Flow Cytometry; FDA and HIPAA validations; Lab Information Management Systems (LIMS); Translational Genomics research and Imaging. Sanjay holds a patent in multi-dimensional analytics. He began his career developing and building X-Ray machines.
Sanjay was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant and has been a consultant or co-Principal-Investigator on several NIH grants. He is actively involved in non-profit biotech networking and educational organizations in the Seattle area and beyond.
Sanjay holds a Master of Biomedical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney and a Bachelor of Instrumentation Technology from Bangalore University. He has completed several medical school and PhD level courses.
Sanjay Joshi will be holding the following two sessions:
1) R you experienced?: Genomics 101 and a real-world R example for genetic analysis, and
2) Deconvolving cellular phenotypes in images: a review of deep learning and machine Intelligence methods in healthcare Imaging

(NEW) - Gunnar Kleemann (Berkeley / Austin)

Gunnar Kleemann is a Data Scientist with the Berkeley Data Science Group (BDSG). He is interested in how data science facilitates biological discovery and lowers the barrier to high-throughput research, particularly in small, independent labs. In addition to his work with BDSG, he is also involved in the development and implementation of technologies like the ATX Hackerspace Biology Laboratory.
Gunnar holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Master’s in Data Science from UC Berkeley. He did post-doctoral research on the genomics of aging at Princeton University, where his research focused developing high throughput robotic assays to understand how genetic changes alter lifespan and reproductive biology.
Gunnar will be co-presenting the following session: Biorevolutions: a Data Science Approach to Success in Biotechnology.


(NEW) - Juan Sequeda (Austin) @juansequeda

Dr. Juan Sequeda is the co-founder of Capsenta and the developer of Ultrawrap, a system that virtualizes relational databases as graph data sources. His research interests are on the intersection of Logic and Data and in particular between the Semantic Web and Relational Databases for data integration. Juan holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Capsenta is a spin-off from his PhD research. Juan is the recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Best Student Paper at the 2014 International Semantic Web Conference, and 2nd Place in the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge for his work on ConstituteProject.org. Juan is on the editorial board of the Journal of Web Semantics and has been an invited expert member and standards editor for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Relational Database to RDF Graph working group.
Check out our recent interview with Juan Sequeda.

(NEW) Dan Tecuci (Austin) @dantecuci

Dan Tecuci graduated from UT Austin with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. During that time he contributed to the development of several large scale AI projects: Project Halo - knowledge acquisition and question answering in scientific domains (funded by Paul Allen), RKF, and Calo (precursor of Siri). He then moved to Siemens Corporate Research where he led the development and deployment of a natural language QA system for Siemens Energy Service. Also at Siemens, he developed a prototype system for accurately diagnosing heart diseases from patient data. Dan joined IBM Watson in 2014, where he led the development of Question Answering from tables and then moved onto fixing recipes for IBM ChefWatson. His main areas of expertise are knowledge representation and reasoning, question answering, NLP, and complex knowledge indexing and retrieval. He now works for Watson Health where he is applying learning and reasoning techniques to problems in the Life Sciences domains.

(NEW) - Denis Vrdoljak (SF Bay)

Denis Vrdoljak (Co-Founder and Managing Director at the Berkeley Data Science Group (BDSG)): Denis is a Berkeley trained Data Scientist and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), with a background in Project Management. He has experience working with a variety of data types-- from intelligence analysis to electronics QA to business analytics. In Data Science, his passion and current focus is in Machine Learning based Predictive Analytics and Network Graph Analysis. He holds a Master's in Data Science from the UC Berkeley and a Master's in International Affairs from Texas A&M.
Denis will be co-presenting the following session: Biorevolutions: a Data Science Approach to Success in Biotechnology.




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