Clinical Informatics | Meet Our Team

Fellowship leadership

Jonathan Hron, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, Children’s Hospital Inpatient Services; Physician Lead, Inpatient Informatics; Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Chase Parsons, DO, MBI
Pediatric Hospitalist, Department of Pediatrics; Clinical Informatics Lead, Communication & Education; Clinical Informatics Lead, Clinical Decision Support, Associate Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Marvin Harper, MD
Senior Associate Physician in Medicine, Division of Emergency Pediatrics; Chief Medical Information Officer

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Fellowship faculty

Jonathan Bickel, MD, MS, FAAP
Assistant in Medicine, Childrens Hospital Primary Care Center; IT Physician Lead, BCH Biorepository; Senior Director, Business Intelligence and Clinical Research Informatics;

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Fabienne Bourgeois, MD, MPH
Pediatric Hospitalist, Children’s Hospital Inpatient Services; Physician Lead, Consumer Informatics

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

D. Levin Brown, MD, MPH
Open Standards Director

Affiliate Faculty, Harvard Medical School

Andrew Capraro, MD
Director in Information Technology, Division of Emergency Medicine; Associate Physician in Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine

Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Amir Kimia, MD
Senior Associate Physician in Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Michael Lee, MD
Executive Director and Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Integrated Care Organization

Instructor of Pediatrics. Harvard Medical School

Heather C. O’Donnell, MD, MSc
Primary Care Pediatrician, Bridgewater Pediatrics; Director of Clinical Informatics, Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s

Elisabeth Scheufele, MD, MS, FAAP

Physician Informaticist, Department of General Pediatrics — Clinical Informatics
Urgent Care Physician, Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center
Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Jacob Spector

Physician Informaticist, Clinical Pathologist, Department of General Pediatrics — Clinical Informatics

2019-22 fellow

Peter Hong, MD
Peter trained in Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Health System of Texas in Dallas, TX. One of his first steps toward informatics took place through the clinical use of an enterprise data warehouse to increase pneumococcal immunization rates in patients with immunocompromising conditions. To elucidate factors contributing to immunization status in this population, Peter interviewed families, nurses, front-desk staff, transplant coordinators, practice managers, and physicians. After the identification of several opportunities to improve communication and processes using health information technology (HIT), he became galvanized by informaticians whose expertise facilitated improved immunization rates, not to mention Peter’s vision for streamlining care management and quality.

While serving in the role of chief resident, Peter coordinated multidisciplinary groups to streamline documentation practices and electronic health record use in order to facilitate trainee education and improve clinician satisfaction. Peter is passionate about wellbeing and looks forward to a career in which he can transform the patient and provider experience through cognitive informatics discoveries and implementation. Through dual fellowship in Clinical Informatics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Peter aims to gain a deeper understanding of medical economics, quality improvement, implementation science, and health system leadership.

2020-22 fellows

Mara Alexeev, MD, MPH
Mara completed a combined pediatric residency and masters of public health at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. Afterwards she worked as an outpatient pediatrician in Maui, HI and as a school physician in New York City. While at home as a full-time mom following the birth of her son, she learned how to program in R and stumbled upon the field of clinical informatics. Prior to that happy discovery, she had worked on many different quality improvement projects, EHR collaborations, and workflow analyses, so finding the clinical informatics community was a professional homecoming. Immediately prior to starting fellowship, Mara was the Pediatric Chief Resident at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City, and she hopes to use her oncology experience in her clinical informatics career to help improve outcomes in pediatric cancer. She is also interested in how laws and policies affect the use of medical technology and how electronic health records are implemented around the world. Outside of work, Mara enjoys reading, learning languages, and spending time outdoors with her family. She is also on the committee for the R/Medicine Conference.

Lily Payvandi, MD
Lily trained in Family Medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her research in residency focused on geo-analytics using EHR and census tract data to study social determinants of health. She additionally analyzed EHR log data to study physician task burden. Lily is drawn toward patient advocacy and student mentorship, and served as Resident Representative to the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physician’s Board of Directors. She is enthusiastic for Fellowship to lend her an innovative, interdisciplinary lens to improve primary care.

2021-23 fellows

Adam Yan, MD
Adam trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. As Chief Hematology/Oncology Fellow, Adam recognized an opportunity to optimize the utilization of electronic health records (EHRs) in the care of children with cancer and blood disorders. He developed initiatives to improve documentation and integrate supportive care guidelines into the EHR. Adam’s research has focused on improving care for survivors of childhood cancer, and on the use of novel therapies for children with cancer and blood disorders. Adam wants to use his informatics training to develop advanced decision support systems that use predictive analytics and real-time patient data to inform clinical decision-making. Adam is also interested in the integration of genomic data into EHRs, with a particular interest in pharmacogenomics. Adam plans to use his combined Hematology/Oncology and Clinical Informatics training to make meaningful improvements in the care of children with cancer and blood disorders.

Julia Whitlow Yarahuan, MD
Julie trained in Pediatrics at the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. She then completed fellowship training in Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. Julie has been interested in combining healthcare and information systems since her time as a Management Information Systems major at the University of Texas as an undergraduate. She first discovered the world of clinical informatics during her pediatric residency at Boston Children’s. Since then, Julie has had the opportunity to work on many projects including using clinical decision support design to minimize ordering errors, and designing and building an automated, real-time dashboard for pediatric residents that provides them with individualized patient care and quality metrics. Julie is interested in EHR optimization and clinical decision support to improve patient safety and care delivery. She is also excited about the secondary use of EHR data and data visualization to identify opportunities for continuous improvement. In fellowship, Julie hopes to learn more about implementation science, health care leadership, and advanced technology solutions to find innovative ways to improve the care of hospitalized children.

2022-24 fellows

Eugene Kim, MD, JD, MS
Eugene trained in anesthesiology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, including his final year as chief resident. He has had a lifelong interest in computers and improving the health of populations and individuals. His first experience with clinical informatics was assessing medical image retrieval systems as an undergraduate summer research associate at Oregon Health and Science University’s Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology in Portland, Oregon. Prior to medical school, Eugene attended the New York University School of Law concentrating on health law and policy, including projects for the State of New York. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association. He also has degrees in public health and medical physiology. As a clinical informatics fellow, he is excited to have the opportunity to pursue more formal training in computer science and management. He looks forward to applying his unique background and viewpoint to improve patient care, particularly in the perioperative setting.

Susannah Kisvarday, MD, MPH
Susannah trained in internal medicine and pediatrics at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. After graduation, she remained at Geisinger as a faculty med-peds primary care physician. She served as Assistant Program Director for the Geisinger Med-Peds Residency and Medical Director for Bloomsburg University. Throughout her career, she has been heavily vested in quality and process improvement. She has also done work in clinician efficiency training, EHR use optimization, and EHR improvements to reduce clinician workload. Susannah is interested in using clinical informatics training to leverage information technology for quality and process improvement across health systems while maintaining a focus on user-centered design leading to decreased cognitive load and improved clinician experience. She also hopes to hone her data analysis and visualization skills in a way that can inform and translate to tangible population health initiatives. She aspires to become a leader in healthcare through innovative approaches to healthcare delivery that can directly impact the lives of clinicians and patients.

Former fellows

Sarah Mousseau, MD: Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at Sainte-Justine Hospital, Montreal

Chase Parsons, DO: Current Boston Children’s Hospital Hospitalist and Clinical Informaticist

Colby Uptegraft, MD, MPH: Clinical Informaticist, Defense Health Agency

Melissa Van Cain, MD: Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at Oklahoma University Health

Joshua Herigon, MD: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Medical Informatics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO