Tom is a primary care doctor, Professor of Medicine and the Medical Director for Information Technology Services at the University of Washington Medicine. He also serves as Board Chair member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).
In addition to seeing patients, Tom’s major professional interest is the use and evaluation of clinical computing systems, especially electronic health records (EHRs) in patient care, clinical research, and quality improvement. Tom received his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed his residency in medicine at the University of Colorado, a fellowship in Medical Information Science at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health.
His research interests include electronic documentation and natural language processing. He is currently engaged in projects exploring ways to write better and more accurate clinical notes and export important recommendation from radiology reports.
Tom chaired the EHR 2020 Task Force and is currently on the faculty of the AMIA Clinical Informatics Board Review course. He is the Associate Director of the UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety, where he partners with colleagues from the University of Washington School of Public Health to learn how other countries have approached health and public health challenges using information technology and how medical informatics can serve large populations around the globe.