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Seattle Children’s Research Institute Appoints Chief Research Information Officer

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Dr. Eric Tham is Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s first Chief Research Information Officer.

July 10, 2014

New position will oversee new and existing research information technology applications

Seattle Children’s Research Institute today announced the appointment of Eric Tham, MD, as its new Chief Research Information Officer.

Tham will build a new informatics team at the research institute. He and his team will work closely with investigators on the design, implementation, and consolidation of analytics systems and initiatives. 

“We are delighted to have Dr. Tham joining the Research Institute as our new Chief Research Information Officer,” said Dr. Jim Hendricks, president of Seattle Children’s Research Institute. “Dr. Tham will bring world class informatics capabilities to the important research being conducted here to improve the health of children worldwide.”

The new role was established in response to rapid growth within the organization and in recognition of the importance that informatics systems play in research.

“Dr. Tham shares our keen interest in improving the lives of children through research,” said Wes Wright, senior vice president, Chief Information Officer, Seattle Children’s. “We wanted a physician-scientist who could build the tools our researchers need. Staff will now have a day-to-day partner helping them bring research to the bedside.”

Tham comes from Children’s Hospital Colorado where he served as Director of Research Informatics. In this role, he provided informatics and data management consultation and services to the organization’s researchers. Tham was also an attending physician in the hospital’s emergency department and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Children’s Hospital Colorado, Tham completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University Medical School and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Informatics from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

“I have always admired the work of Seattle Children’s and saw this as a great opportunity,” said Tham, who will also treat patients as an attending physician in the emergency department of Seattle Children’s Hospital. “I look forward to helping advance research through informatics and information technology.”

About Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention and bioethics, among others. As part of Seattle Children’s Hospital, the research institute brings together leading minds in pediatric research to provide patients with the best care possible. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, which consistently ranks as one of the best pediatric departments in the country. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org/research.

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