Isaac Kohane, M.D., Ph.D.

Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School
Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Isaac Kohane’s website
Lawrence J. Henderson Professor of Pediatrics Isaac Kohane is the new head of the new Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. He is pictured in Countway Library in the rare books collection, the original big data, at HMS. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Kohane is the inaugural chair of the department of biomedical informatics and the Marion V. Nelson professor of biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School. He develops and applies computational techniques to address disease at multiple scales — from whole healthcare systems as “living laboratories” to the functional genomics of neurodevelopment with a focus on autism. Kohane’s i2b2 project is currently deployed internationally to over 120 major academic health centers to drive discovery research in disease and pharmacovigilance (including providing evidence on drugs that ultimately contributed to “boxed warning” by the FDA). Kohane has published several hundred papers in the medical literature and authored a widely-used book on microarrays for integrative genomics. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

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