• 19 incoming students are looking forward to coursework in precision medicine, data science, computational biology, and clinical informatics.
  • The first cohort of our People-Powered Medicine program is a Network of Enigmatic Exceptional Responders to cancer treatment. Story on WBUR.
  • Thanks to all who joined us. Videos can be found on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/HarvardDBMI.
  • DBMI seeks Assistant Professor in fields of Artificial Intelligence and/or Decision Science for Medicine
  • New course led by DBMI profs Kohane and Avillach delves into the power and pitfalls of computation and data in biomedical research.


Over 100 years ago, Abraham Flexner reviewed the state of U.S. medical education and its impact on the practice of medicine. What he reported about the lack of modern science in medicine caused half of the medical schools in this country to close. Today we are at another Flexnerian moment. Medicine and biomedical science are data- and knowledge-processing enterprises that are largely conducted without any of the modern tools of quantitative analysis or automation.

On July 1, 2015, we inaugurated the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. This new department, built on our ten-year history as the former Center for Biomedical Informatics, will bring quantitative methods and engineering to biomedicine at HMS. It is our mission to ensure that the next 100 years result in the breakthrough treatments and scientific insights we presaged in a New England Journal of Medicine piece entitled "A Glimpse of the Next 100 Years in Medicine."

Zak Kohane, Chair




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