Robert A. Greenes, MD, PhD

Ira A. Fulton Chair and Professor
ASU - Professor Biomedical Informatics
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(602) 827-2548

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Professional Bio: 

Dr. Greenes joined ASU in September, 2007 to lead the new Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI) in the School of Computing and Informatics. Before that, he spent many years at Harvard, in the field of BMI, first at Massachusetts General Hospital, then at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he established the Decision Systems Group in 1980, and developed it into a leading BMI research and development program. Dr. Greenes was professor of radiology and of health sciences and technology (HST), at Harvard Medical School, where HST is a joint division of Harvard and MIT. He was also professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health. For over 20 years, he has directed the Biomedical Informatics Research Training (BIRT) program, with support from the National Library of Medicine and other sources, with co-directors now representing 10 hospital and university-based informatics groups throughout the Boston area. Dr. Greenes is a practicing radiologist, and has also had brief interludes at Stanford and in industry.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Imaging
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Affiliate Member
Arizona State University (ASU)
Research Focus: 

Dr. Greenes’ research has been in the areas of clinical decision support, in terms of models and approaches to decision making, the knowledge representation to support it, and its clinical application and validation. He has also been active in the promulgation of standards and fostering of group collaborative work, particularly in knowledge management. A related research interest is human-computer interaction, particularly with respect to the use of clinical information systems by providers and patients, the improved capture of clinical data and the incorporation of individualized, context-specific decision support. Another interest is in personal biosensors for monitoring of patients at risk in a variety of settings.

Selected Publications: 
  1. Greenes RA. Clinical Decision Support: The Road Ahead. Elsevier 2007
  2. Greenes RA, Boxwala AA, Sloan WN, Ohno-Machado L, Deibel SRA. A framework and tools for authoring, editing, documenting, sharing, searching, navigating, and executing computer-based clinical guidelines. Proc 1999 AMIA Annual Fall Symposium, Washington DC, 1999. Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus. JAMIA (suppl) 1999: 261-265
  3. Greenes RA, Lorenzi NM. Audacious goals for health and biomedical informatics in the new millennium. JAMIA 1998; 5:395-400
  4. Greenes RA, McClure RC, Pattison-Gordon E, Sato L. The findings-diagnosis continuum: Implications for image descriptions and clinical databases. Proc Sixteenth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC), Baltimore, MD, Nov 92. New York: McGraw-Hill. 1993; 383-387
  5. Greenes RA, Deibel SRA. The DeSyGNER knowledge management architecture: A building block approach based on an extensible kernel. Artif. Intell. in Med. 1991; 3(2):95-111.
  6. Greenes RA, Shortliffe EH. Medical informatics: An emerging academic discipline and institutional priority. JAMA, 1990; 263: 1114-1120.
  7. Greenes RA, Begg CB. Assessment of diagnostic technologies: Methodologies for unbiased estimation from samples of selectively verified patients. Invest Radiol. 1985; 20 (7): 751-756
  8. Greenes RA, Barnett GO, Klein SW, Robbins A, Prior RE. Recording, retrieval and review of medical data by physician/computer interaction. N Engl J. Med. 1970; 282:307-315
  9. Greenes RA, Pappalardo AN, Marble CW, Barnett GO. Design and implementation of a clinical data management system. Comput Biomed Res. 1969; 2:469-485

Academic Information

Medical School: 
MD, Harvard, 1966