Roberto A. Rocha, PhD, FACMI, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Clinical Informatics Director
Dr. Rocha is the Clinical Informatics Director for Partners eCare at Partners HealthCare, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. At Partners, Dr. Rocha leads the Clinical Informatics team responsible for system-wide clinical knowledge management activities, including clinical decision support interventions implemented across different clinical systems. The clinical knowledge management activities encompass the entire lifecycle of multiple types of knowledge and terminology assets, and include an integrated software infrastructure for collaborative authoring and curation. Dr. Rocha also leads applied informatics research projects and is one of the Associate Directors of the Partners Clinical Informatics & Innovation Fellowship program.
Prior to joining BWH and Partners, Dr. Rocha was an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah (2000-2008), where he led the design and implementation of a distributed data and knowledge management infrastructure to support clinical and translational research. Concurrently with his faculty appointment at the University of Utah, Dr. Rocha was an EVP and the Lead Informaticist at Remedy Informatics (2006-2007) and a Senior Medical Informaticist at Intermountain Healthcare (2000-2006). During his tenure at Intermountain, Dr. Rocha managed the clinical knowledge management activities and data definitions used by Intermountain’s longitudinal healthcare record. Prior to Intermountain, Dr. Rocha was an Associate Professor of Medical Informatics at the Federal University of Paraná (1997-2000), Brazil, and the Chief Information Officer of a 650-bed University Hospital with a locally-developed hospital information system (1998-2000).
Dr. Rocha completed a PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah (1996) and is the first recipient of the Reed Gardner Award for Faculty Excellence from the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics (2006). Dr. Rocha received his MD from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (1987). His areas of interest include application of knowledge management principles and processes to biomedicine; modeling and representation of biomedical ontologies, data, and knowledge; and interoperability standards and best practices. Dr. Rocha is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.