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Joanna Abraham, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Institute for Informatics (I2), Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Joanna Abraham

Dr. Joanna Abraham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and at the Institute for Informatics (I2) at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with training in computer science, human factors, biomedical informatics, and human-centered design. She has over 15 years of experience in biomedical informatics, with a specific research focus on clinical workflows, communication, decision making, and the use of health information technologies.

Dr. Abraham’s current research focuses on understanding and developing informatics tools to promote patient safety: (a) medication ordering practices; (b) clinical communication and coordination behaviors supporting medical and surgical care transitions; (c) use of telemedicine to augment perioperative risk identification and mitigation; and (d) shared and distributed cognition for critical care teamwork. Across these domains, Dr. Abraham’s research program targets the development of collaborative systems to deliver coordinated and safer care. Centered on techniques of working “in the clinical wild,” Abraham’s research translates these techniques into applied products that are meaningful for healthcare practice and into novel theoretical and methodological frameworks that can drive the direction for future research.

Dr. Dr. Abraham has received several awards, including the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2019 New Investigator Award, AMIA Distinguished Paper Award, AMIA Diana Forsythe Award, and other research mentoring awards. I have also been recognized as a national expert in clinical informatics by many, including the US Department of Health & Human Services, the Leapfrog Institute, and the Perioperative Multi-center Handoff Collaborative. Currently, she chairs the AMIA Diana Forsythe Awards committee, sits on the editorial board of JAMIA Open, JAMIA, and has participated in multiple scientific program committees for AMIA, Human Factors in Healthcare, and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. Her research is supported by extramural funds from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Science Foundation.

She earned her PhD in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to Washington University, she was at the University of Illinois at Chicago, The New York Academy of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Science Center.