Meet the team of the Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine.
Abel Kho, MD, MS, FACMI
Director, Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine
Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) - Center for Health Information Partnerships
Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics)
Abel Kho, MD, MS, FACMI, is Tenured Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Founding Director of the Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine (I.AIM), and Director of the Center for Health Information Partnerships (CHIP) within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine. His work focuses on bringing people, data, and tools together to enable the success of students, researchers, and community partners.
Abel is the Principal Investigator (PI) for several multi-institutional collaborative projects. He helped found CAPriCORN, a patient-centered outcomes and research network. He is the PI along with Dr. Patricia Franklin for the AHRQ/PCORI funded K12 training award, A Chicago Center of Excellence in Learning Health Systems Research Training (ACCELERAT), which builds upon CAPriCORN to train the next generation of leaders in learning health systems research.
Abel’s research has focused on how to link and analyze data efficiently across sites while preserving individual and institutional privacy. Privacy preserving record linkage and analysis methods can help form a more complete picture for research and population health. For example, as a member of the All of Us Research Program Data and Research Center, Abel is studying whether data linkage can improve the completeness and quality of EHR data for study participants. In 2020, he was awarded the Don Lindbergh Award for Innovation in Informatics for his work in the development and application of privacy preserving record linkage methods.
As a primary care provider, Abel leads projects improving quality of care in the community. With Dr. JD Smith and Dr. Paris Davis, Abel is Principal Investigator for the NHLBI-funded CIRCL-Chicago project, part of the DECIPHeR Alliance, which aims to address disparities in hypertension control in the South Side of Chicago. Along with Dr. Theresa Walunas, he is Principal Investigator for the AHRQ-funded INSPIRE (Intervention in Small Primary Care Practices to Implement Reduction in Unhealthy Alcohol Use) project, which supports and evaluates the implementation of screening and treatment interventions for patients with unhealthy alcohol use.
View Abel’s NU Faculty Profile for publications, news, and more.
Courtney Canino, MPH
I.AIM Research Project Manager
Mozziyar Etemadi, MD, PhD
I.AIM Chief of Data Engineering
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and McCormick School of Engineering
Mozzi grew up in the Chicago area and fell in love with technology at an early age, first making websites for local businesses, then working for a start-up internet service provider that used wireless radios to provide broadband to areas that were still on dial-up. He then spent 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, training in electrical engineering at Stanford, finishing medical school at UCSF, and earning a PhD at UC Berkeley. During this time he found several opportunities to bring state-of-the-art technology to solve an actionable, clinical need, and he was named as one of Forbes “30 Under 30” Scientists.
I.AIM Operations Leader
Kristi L Holmes, PhD
I.AIM Chief of Knowledge Management
Director, Galter Health Sciences Library
Professor of Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics) and Medical Education
Yuan Luo, PhD
I.AIM Chief AI Officer
Chief AI Officer at Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
I.AIM Chief of Data Operations
Kelly N Michelson, MD, MPH
I.AIM Chief Ethics Officer
Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) - Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)
I am Professor of Pediatrics, Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and Chief Ethics Officer for the Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I am also an attending physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the division of pediatric critical care medicine.
My research interests include communication, decision making, palliative care, and ethics. Currently, my research focuses on communication and decision making among patients, family caregivers, and professional caregivers in the pediatric intensive care unit using family care conferences. I also study disparities in access to bereavement support for people after the death of a child and opportunities to improve enrollment in clinical research through recruitment in community-based clinics using novel technology.
My work uses qualitative and quantitative methods as well as patient/stakeholder engagement and community-based participatory research methods. I serve on mentorship teams of K awardees and early career investigators. My research has been funded by the NIH, PCORI, National Palliative Research Center, American Cancer Society, and the Greenwall Foundation. I am dedicated to helping others achieve their full potential and follow their passion.
Beatrice Nardone, MD, PhD
I.AIM Lead Clinical Data Scientist
I.AIM Core Faculty
Research Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Dermatology
I.AIM Solutions Engineer
Most of his career has been in banking and finance, including what is now JP Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch (supporting computer systems -- nothing to do with the banking crisis or Great Recession). In the early 1990s, he switched from the IBM Virtual Machine facility (VM) to Unix system support. While employed by IBM Global Services, between mid-1998 and 2000, he led a team to prepare a bank's Unix systems for the year 2000.
He returned to Northwestern in 2012, doing programming and statistical analysis in support of Dennis West's RADAR group, investigating adverse effects of prescription drugs. He joined I.AIM in December, 2020, with the title of Solutions Engineer and the goals of resolving problems and facilitating research.
Firas H Wehbe, MD, PhD
I.AIM Chief Informatics Officer
Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics) and Pathology
Eva Winckler, MPH
I.AIM Communications Manager