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Isaac Kohane, MD

Research Overview

Dr. Kohane is the director of the Children's Hospital Informatics Program and is the Henderson Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He is also co-director of the HMS Center for Biomedical Informatics and Director of the HMS Countway Library of Medicine. Dr. Kohane leads multiple collaborations at Harvard Medical School and its hospital affiliates in the use of genomics and computer science to study cancer and the development of the brain (with emphasis on autism). He has developed several computer systems to allow multiple hospital systems to be used as "living laboratories" to study the genetic basis of disease while preserving patient privacy. Dr. Kohane's research builds on his doctoral work in computer science on decision-support and subsequent research in machine-learning applied to biomedicine. Dr. Kohane has led the development of cryptographic health identification systems, automated personal health records and peer-to-peer pathology information networks. Dr. Kohane leads several NIH-funded efforts to translate genomic research into clinical practice and continues his own practice in pediatric endocrinology at Boston Children's Hospital.

About Dr. Kohane

Isaac Kohane received his MD from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed an internship, residency, and fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Kohane is a founder of the Center for Outcomes and Policy Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, founder and Associate Director for the Center for Genetic Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and of the Society for Pediatric Research.

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