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Joel Saltz

Joel H. Saltz has joined Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center as the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Informatics. He will further bioinformatics partnerships between Georgia’s research universities, including a new Department of Biomedical Informatics, which is a joint program of the Emory School of Medicine and the Georgia Tech College of Computing
On a national level, Saltz will lead the Clinical and Translational Science Award’s Bioinformatics Program. This effort will leverage his work on caBIG, the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid. He is also involved in the Biomedical Informatics Research Network, an informatics grid sponsored and supported by the NIH National Center for Research Resources
Saltz is currently director of the Emory University Center for Comprehensive Informatics and Emory Healthcare’s Chief Medical Information Officer. Saltz previously chaired the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Ohio State University. Prior to OSU, Saltz was professor of pathology and informatics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland
Saltz trained both as a computer scientist and as a medical scientist, receiving his MD as well as a PhD in computer science from Duke University.  He then completed his residency in clinical pathology at Johns Hopkins University and became a board certified clinical pathologist.

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