Cris Ewell, PhD

UW Medicine Chief Information Security Officer

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education


Information security and privacy issues in protecting healthcare data (including collaboration and information sharing), Information security program strategy, risk management methodologies, and threat analysis.


Cris is the Chief Information Security Officer at UW Medicine. As the senior leader in the Information Security program, he has full strategic and operational oversight for building and managing the security framework, teams, programs, and policies to decrease exposure, drive awareness, and minimize risk for the organization. Along with UW Medicine, he has worked with several other organizations, including Seattle Children’s Hospital, to help them implement risk management practices to address information security risks and to promote meaningful dialogue about the information security program with executive management and board members. Cris has a PhD in  Computer Information Systems – Concentration in Information Security, MSc in  Information Technology – Concentration in Information Security, and BSc in  Information Technology – Concentration in Network Technology. Cris also received the Health Care North America executive award and has been recognized as one of the top 10 influencers in health information security.


Risk management and critical infrastructure protection, information security adversarial predictive modeling, and security/privacy issues in healthcare