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Institute for AI in Medicine with Abel Kho, MD

Abel Kho, MD, is the director of the new Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine, now called the Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, at Feinberg. He discusses his vision for the institute and how AI can enhance healthcare.


Abel Kho

"We can’t afford to ‘move fast and break things,’ because if we break things, people might die. We have to be very thoughtful, from the bottom data layer all the way up to the application layer, to be sure we are doing everything in an ethical, responsible way."

—  Abel Kho, MD, MS, FACMI

  • Director, Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
  • Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) - Center for Health Information Partnerships
  • Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
  • Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics
  • Member of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Episode Notes

As the director of Feinberg’s new Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine (I.AIM), now called the Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Abel Kho, MD, has laid out a vision for the Feinberg community to consider when approaching AI projects.

“This technology is a tool, like a stethoscope or scalpel. And it’s not the only way you deliver care,” Kho said. “We want to emphasize the human touch in medicine and how it can be enhanced or augmented with technology, not replaced.”

In this episode, Kho talks about the people, projects and long-term goals of the institute and how Northwestern is primed to lead in a new era of AI in medical research.

Additional Reading:

  • Article about the new institute in the March 2020 issue of the Breakthroughs newsletter
  • Nature article featuring Northwestern's Mozziyar Etemadi, MD, PhD, on an AI system for breast cancer screening
  • Associated Press article on Northwestern's use of "digital" stethoscopes
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Continuing Medical Education Credit

Physicians who listen to this podcast may claim continuing medical education credit after listening to an episode of this program.

Target Audience

Academic/Research, Multiple specialties

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the research interests and initiatives of Feinberg faculty.
  2. Discuss new updates in clinical and translational research.
Accreditation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

Abel Kho, MD, MS, FACMI, disclosed financial relationships with Datavant, Tempus and Regeneron. Peer reviewer, Justin Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI, has nothing to disclose. Course director, Robert Rosa, MD, has nothing to disclose. Planning committee member, Erin Spain, has nothing to disclose. Feinberg School of Medicine's CME Leadership and Staff have nothing to disclose: Clara J. Schroedl, MD, Medical Director of CME, Sheryl Corey, Manager of CME, Jennifer Banys, Senior Program Administrator, Allison McCollum, Senior Program Coordinator, and Rhea Alexis Banks, Administrative Assistant 2.

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