The Harvard Clinical Informatics Lecture Series (HCILS) provides a forum for clinicians and researchers at HMS and beyond to learn the field of clinical informatics. The series addresses core topics in clinical informatics as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as well as cutting edge research being done nationally.

This series is designed to change the way clinicians approach clinical informatics problems and provide them with tools to create more successful intervention.

The seminar intends to provide attendees with the tools to:

  • Apply Clinical Informatics principles to solve clinical and operational challenges
  • Understand proven informatics tools and techniques
  • Critically review informatics evidence

Sessions are held virtually (via Zoom) on Tuesdays 12–1pm. Check the DBMI Calendar for upcoming sessions and descriptions.

                                               **Please register in advance at the link provided below**
                                                                    Zoom Webinar Registration Link 
                                        After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
                                                                 information about joining the meeting.​                                                                   

*Please be aware that starting on 11/3/2020 we will be using the Zoom Webinar feature to conduct all CI Lecture's* 

If you have already registered for the Harvard CI Lecture Series, you do NOT need to register again, as the call-in link you received in your confirmation email is the same. This link is the same for every lecture so if you haven’t already, we recommend creating a recurring calendar item with the link for you to access each week.

If you have not registered for the Harvard CI Lecture Series before, please use this LINK. Once registered you will receive an email with a personalized link and calendar invite. Please use this calendar invite (or create your own with the link provided)

To receive weekly notifications of meetings and subsequent CME surveys, please join the HCILS Mailing List.

To obtain CME credit, attendees are asked to complete the weekly survey. For more information about the series, please contact us.

2021–2022 Schedule (Virtual) 

*Fall Dates: TBA* 


Past Talks
Date Topic Speaker
5/4/21 Ask the Doctor for a Video Prescription? YouTube Video Analytics for Patient Education and Health Literacy Rema Padman, PhD
Trustees Professor Of Management Science And Healthcare Informatics, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy,
Carnegie Mellon University
4/27/21 Applied Clinical Informatics Innovations in the COVID Era Christopher A. Longhurst, MD, MS
Chief Information Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Quality and Safety, UC San Diego Health
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego School of Medicine
4/13/21 Development of an Institutional Biorepository: Challenges and Opportunities Paul Avillach, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical
Harvard Medical School
Florence T Bourgeois, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
4/6/21 Clinical Informatics Leadership and Advocacy Emily C. Webber, MD, FAAP, FAMIA
Chief Medical Information Officer
Indiana University Health and Riley Children’s Health
3/30/21 Using Technology to Support COVID-19 Vaccination Brenda Dodson, PharmD
Clinical Integration Architect,
Boston Children’s Hospital
Haipeng (Mark) Zhang, DO, MMSc
Medical Director
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Digital Innovation Hub
3/23/21 How Health IT Companies Build Products and its Impact on the Roles Available to MDs? Justin Hubbard, MD, MMSc
Head of Product Strategy, Medicom
3/9/21 Waste Water Analysis for COVID Peter Chai, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
3/2/21 ONC Update: Burden Reduction, 21st Century Cures Final Rule and the Impact of COVID-19 Andrew Gettinger, MD
Chief Clinical Officer
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
2/23/21 Pediatric Health Data Sharing Natalie Pageler, MD, MEd
Chief Medical Information Officer, Stanford Children’s Health
Clinical Professor of Pediatric Critical Care, Stanford University
Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Stanford University
2/9/21 Telehealth Use Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic Shira Fischer, MD, PhD
Physician Policy Researcher,
RAND Corporation
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
2/2/21 Meeting ACO Needs with Information: An Illustration from the BCH ACO Michael A. Lee MD, MBA
Executive Director and Medical Director
Department of Accountable Care and Clinical Integration
Boston Children’s Hospital
1/26/21 Digital Contact Tracing
1/19/21 Journal Club
12/8/20 Behavioral Health Apps John Torous, MD, MBI
Director of the Digital Psychiatry Division,
Department of Psychiatry,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
12/1/20 The Covid19 Mobility Data Network
  • Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
    Harvard Medical School / Beth Israel Lahey Health
  • Nishant Kishore, MPH
    PhD Candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Co-founder EpiTech Consultants

11/10/20 Implementation and Evaluation of Clinical Decision Support for Chronic Kidney Disease Lipika Samal, MD, MPH
Associate Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
11/3/20 Preserving Privacy for Patients and Families: Confidential Notes in Pediatrics Chase Parsons, DO, MBI, FAAP
Physician Lead for Informatics Prescriber Education and Clinical Decision Support
Pediatric Hospitalist | Division of General Pediatrics
Instructor of Pediatrics | Harvard Medical School
Boston Children’s Hospital
10/27/20 Conducting Clinical Trials to Study Mobile Apps 
  • Mihir Kamdar, MD
    Section Head, Division of Palliative Care, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
    Director, MGH Cancer Pain Clinic
    Divisions of Palliative Care & Anesthesia Pain Medicine, MGH
    Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School  
  • Alexander Turchin, MD, MS
    Director of Informatics Research Division Director of Quality in Diabetes

    Division of Endocrinology
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School 

10/20/20 Digital Phenotyping Using Smartphones 
  • Jukka-Pekka Onnela, PhD
    Associate Professor of Biostatistics
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Timothy R. Smith, MD, PhD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School
    Director, Computational Neuroscience Outcomes Center (CNOC), Brigham and Women's Hospital
10/13/20 Real-world Informatics Challenges in Building a Real-World Oncology Registry: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s CureCloud Experience Steven E. Labkoff, MD, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA
Chief Data Officer, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Doctor of Medicine, Temple University Medical School
10/6/20 A Sociotechnical Framework for Safety-Related EHR Research Reporting: The SAFER Reporting Framework Dean Sittig, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Informatics
9/29/20 21st Century Cures, APIs, and a Roadmap For Patient-Led Data Sharing William Gordon, MD, MBI
Director, Solution & Experience | Digital Care Transformation | Mass General Brigham
9/22/20 High Quality Research and Innovation in a Commercial EHR Adam Wright, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA, FIAHSI
Professor of Biomedical Informatics,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


GAN Tutorial - From basics to current state-of-the-art, and towards key applications in medicine

Razvan Marinescu, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher in Medical Image Computing, MIT CSAIL      


ML-Driven Clinical Documentation: A New EHR Paradigm

Divya Gopinath
Graduate Student, MIT CSAIL