Susan Rea, PhD

Informatics Fellow
Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research


BSN with honors, Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Texas, Houston, TX
MS, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Texas, Houston, TX
PhD, Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Personal Statement

I discovered the value of computing technologies to improve health care as a research nurse at Baylor College of Medicine in the late 1970s. That led me to a Masters Degree in Epidemiology, where I found courses in data base management and computer programming applied to health research. My clinical and information management cross-training and experience prepared me to lead the design, development and implementation of an institution-wide clinical trials system at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The system was widely used, interfaced to lab and hospital administrative systems, and supported hundreds of clinical trials from IRB approval to digital reporting.  During these years, I developed two cornerstones of my professional goals:  to improve health outcomes and to provide clinicians with information to better care for patients. I have been very privileged to study and work among the Biomedical Informatics professional community in Salt Lake City, Utah. More recent professional exposure included implementation of an evidence-based guideline-driven oncology system, architecting health care systems interfaces, and providing secondary data extraction and quality assurance for an institution-wide oncology care improvement program at Intermountain Healthcare. My academic informatics exposure was very broad, with focus in aspects of secondary use of health care data and application of knowledge discovery methods from the computer science discipline. I look forward to applying my knowledge, experience and skills to the challenges of improving health outcomes by repurposing health care systems’ data for biomedical research, knowledge discovery and evidence-based care. I enjoy interacting with, learning from, and mentoring others in the application of information technologies to support improved care processes and health outcomes.

Employment / Experience

Medical/Surgical Staff Nurse, Pasadena Bayshore General Hospital, Pasadena, TX
Research Nurse, Department of Virology and Epidemiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Research Nurse, Division of Medicine, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, TX
Manager, Clinical Research Information Systems, Office of the VP of Patient Care, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, TX
Graduate Assistant, Medical Informatics, University of Utah / Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
Computer Professional, Informatics, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Integration Systems Analyst, Clinical Systems Interface Team, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
Data Manager/Stewart, Oncology Clinical Programs, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
Graduate Assistant, Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah / Fellow, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
Informatics Fellow, Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT


National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Fellowship
Honorary Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Leadership, Intermountain Healthcare
Nursing Informatics Working Group Award, AMIA Annual Symposium


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