Joyce Mitchell Named Associate VP for Health Sciences Information Technology

Joyce Mitchell Named Associate VP for Health Sciences Information Technology

Oct 21, 2007 6:00 PM

Salt Lake City--Joyce Mitchell, Ph.D., has been appointed associate vice president for health sciences information technology. In this role, Mitchell is responsible for coordinating and directing the information technology resources for the health sciences academic mission in collaboration with the clinical and University IT services. She will continue to serve as professor and chair of the medical school's Department of Biomedical Informatics.

"Strong information technology resources are key to the success of the health sciences clinical, educational and research missions," said Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health sciences, executive dean of the medical school, and CEO of University Health Care. "Whether it's for electronic medical records, web sites, or analysis of genetics research, we require tremendous computing power. Dr. Mitchell is uniquely suited to guide our information technology efforts and ensure we have the resources necessary to accomplish our mission."

Mitchell received a Ph.D., in population genetics from the University of Wisconsin and completed postdoctoral training in both clinical genetics and medical informatics. She is certified as a medical geneticist by the American board of medical genetics and the American College of Medical genetics.

Prior to joining the U faculty in 2005, she spent 25 years on the faculty and in leadership positions at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, including director of medical informatics, chief information officer for the Universitys health system, and as associate dean for information technology. She also spent a year at the National Library of Medicine in 2001 helping develop the Genetics Home Reference. She continues to serve as the senior scientific advisor for the project. The project was the first of its kind to bridge genomics research results with consumer health interests in genetic diseases.

Mitchell joined the U faculty in 2005. Her current research focus is on personalized medicine.

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