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Clinical, public health, and global health informatics.


Bill enjoys applying his clinical and technology backgrounds to address information management problems in clinical care, public health, and global health. And, he likes building systems that are used both within academics, to understand and evaluate new approaches and methods, and outside of academics, to deliver real world value. He received his MD from the University of California, San Francisco, a Master of Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona, and the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Queensland, Australia, after which he joined the faculty in the Emergency Medicine at University of Washington. While at UW, he was awarded a F38 “mid-career” fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to support his career transition to basic sciences research, in Applied Medical Informatics. Currently he is a Professor in Health Informatics and Global Health, jointly appointed in UW’s Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health, and directs the UW Clinical Informatics Research Group. Two major themes in both his research and teaching have been (1) development of patient-centered systems and patient-reported outcomes, and (2) the integration of clinical data to support population health applications.  Bill has mentored masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral trainees from graduate programs in Public Health, Medicine, Bioengineering, Nursing Science, and Global Health. His students have worked on applied informatics across clinical, public health, and global health domains. He looks forward to working with a diverse group of students, across interesting health domains.


Currently accepting new MS, PhD, and Post-doc students.

Representative publications:

(Current Pubmed Search)

  • Olson DR, Paladini M, Lober WB, Buckeridge DL, Working Group ID. Applying a New Model for Sharing Population Health Data to National Syndromic Influenza Surveillance: DiSTRIBuTE Project Proof of Concept, 2006 to 2009. PLoS Curr 2011;Aug 2;3:RRN1251. PubMed PMID 21894257; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3148528.
  • Lober WB, Flowers JL. Consumer empowerment in health care amid the internet and social media. Semin Oncol Nurs 2011;Aug 27(3):169-82. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2011.04.002. PubMed PMID: 21783008.
  • Reeder B, Revere D, Olson DR, Lober WB. Perceived usefulness of a distributed community-based syndromic surveillance system: a pilot qualitative evaluation study. BMC Res Notes 2011;Jun 14(4):187. PubMed PMID: 21672242; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3146436.
  • Berry DL, Blumenstein BA, Halpenny B, Wolpin S. Fann JR, Austin-Seymour M, Bush N, Karras BT, Lober WB, McCorkle R. Enhancing patient-provider communication with the electronic self-report assessment for cancer: a randomized trial. J Clin Oncol 2011;Mar 10;29(8):1029-35. Epub 2011 Jan 31. PubMed PMID: 21282548; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3068053.
  • Kim EH, Coumar A, Lober WB, Kim Y. Addressing mental health epidemic among university students via web-based, self-screening, and referral system: a preliminary study. IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed 2011;Mar 15(2):301-7. Epub 2011 Jan 20. PubMed PMID: 21257386.
  • Berry DL, Halpenny B, Wolpin S, Davison BJ, Ellis WJ, Lober WB, McReynolds J, Wulff J. Development and evaluation of the personal patient profile-prostate (P3P), a Web-based decision support system for men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. J Med Internet Res 2010;Dec 17;12(4):e67. PubMed PMID: 21169159; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3056527.
  • Lober WB, Revere D, Hills R. A Lab-EMR interoperability profile as an eHealth architecture component for resource-constrained settings. Stud Health Technol Inform 2020;160(Pt 1):257-61. PubMed PMID: 20841689.
  • Van Eaton EG, McDonough K, Lober WB, Johnson EA, Pellegrini CA, Horvath KD. Safety of using a computerized rounding and sign-out system to reduce resident duty hours. Acad Med 2010;Jul 85(7):1189-95. PubMed PMID: 20592514.
  • Wolpin S, Berry DL, Kurth A, Lober WB. Improving health literacy: a Web application for evaluating text-to-speech engines. Comput Inform Nurs 2010;Jul-Aug 28(4):198-204. PubMed PMID: 20571370.
  • Kim EH, Stolyar A, Lober WB, Herbaugh AL, Shinstrom SE, Zierler BK, Soh CB, Kim Y. Challenges to using an electronic personal health record by a low-income elderly population. J 19861298; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2802566.