Shamsi Daneshvari, PhD , Biomedical Informatics Fellow, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, just received her doctoral degree in biological anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Her doctoral research focused on the prediction of body mass from the skeleton and the creation of a new and improved way to estimate an individual’s weight. During that time she was a research and lab assistant at the Laboratory of Human Osteology at the Maxwell Museum. She spent her time analyzing skeletons, excavating burials and informing young minds about anthropology. She has also been working with Dr. Philip Kroth for the past two years on an informatics project related to the James K. Economides Orthodontic Collection housed at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Through the project she became very interested in biomedical informatics and is now the new Biomedical Informatics Fellow. During the 3 year fellowship she hopes to pursue further research into body mass and health outcomes.
Dr. Stewart graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Premedicine in 1994 and earned his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1998. He completed internship through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center working at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinics.
In 1999 he transferred to the University of New Mexico to complete his residency in Psychiatry. The UNM Department of Psychiatry has been working towards a Behavioral Health-specific electronic medical record since 2002. This was during Dr. Stewart's fourth year of residency when, as chief resident, he began his medical informatics involvement providing clinical representation on the Implementation Team. Following residency, he worked as Department of Psychiatry faculty for one year prior to transitioning to the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center to pursue a career in Medical Informatics.
In the summer of 2005, Dr. Stewart was awarded fellowship funding through a National Library of Medicine Individual Medical Informatics Fellowship grant. He studied the effects of documentation using electronic health records on the psychiatric patient population and completed the fellowship in 2008. His interests also included application development, EHR implementation, and medical coding and standardized languages. He left UNM after a year working as biomedical informatics faculty to take a job working with terminology standards at the VA in Salt Lake City, UT.
Dr. Rohm started the fellowship in 2008 when he completed his residency in family and community medicine at UNM. His interests centered on natural language processing beginning a project evaluating the feasibility of using a caBIG (Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid) tool, caTIES as a case-identification method using full text surgical pathology reports for the UNM Tissue Repository and Experimental Pathology Laboratory. Because of unanticipated personal reasons, Dr. Rohm had to prematurely leave the fellowship and is now practicing in the Albuquerque area.