(From the June 2014 Research Now)
Simon M. Lin, MD, CSDP, has been appointed Chief Research Information Officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and will begin his tenure at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s in July. As Chief Research Information Officer, Dr. Lin will be responsible for the programmatic development and oversight of activities related to the intersection of research informatics, education, and clinical activities at Nationwide Children’s.
He will partner with Hospital Information Services and Veronica Vieland, PhD, Vice-President for Computational Research and Director of the Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine, to translate clinician and investigator information requirements into research systems and activities. He will also oversee the Research Information Technology (RIT) department and the Research Data and Computing (RDC) services division of The Research Institute, to ensure that the high-performance computing needs of the entire Nationwide Children’s research community are met.
Dr. Lin is currently the Director of the Biomedical Informatics Research Center at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, which houses one of the largest clinical based informatics research centers in the United States.
Prior to joining Marshfield Clinic, Dr. Lin was an associate professor of biomedical research at Northwestern University’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and an assistant professor of research in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University.
“Dr. Lin’s experiences as a skilled physician-scientist and his successful track record in clinical and genomics informatics research will be valuable assets for the future of clinical care and research at Nationwide Children’s,” says John Barnard, MD, president, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s.
Dr. Lin graduated from medical school at Peking University, with a specialization in Medical Informatics as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his post-graduate training and earned his MS in Pharmacology and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and is en route to finishing his MBA in Leadership and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.
Dr. Lin has authored more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature and BMC Bioinformatics, received numerous grants for clinical and bioinformatics research, and held several leadership positions on scientific committees and advisory boards. As a certified software engineer and senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Dr. Lin has also presented invited talks nationally and internationally and is the founding chair of the annual CAMDA conference on massive data analysis.