Appointment Strengthens UM Medicine’s Position as a Leader in Use of Data in Research and Clinical Care
William F. Regine, MD, FACRO, the Isadore and Fannie Schneider Foxman Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Warren D. D’Souza, PhD, MBA, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, has been appointed Vice President, Enterprise Data and Analytics for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) by the Medical System’s President and CEO, Robert Chrencik, MBA, CPA.
Dr. D’Souza will continue to serve as Chief of the Division of Medical Physics in the UM SOM Department of Radiation Oncology.
“Dr. D’Souza has a wealth of experience using data to improve both research and clinical care in radiation oncology,” said Dr. Regine, who is also Executive Director, Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC). “In his new role, he will add a new level of focus in developing our analytics infrastructure, and that he will use his impressive expertise on a larger canvas. His understanding of the role that data can play will be extremely important for our institution and our health system’s patients.”
As part of his new responsibilities, Dr. D’Souza will work with senior leadership within UMMS to establish the foundation, processes and cultural capabilities to become an information-rich and data-driven organization. He will work in collaboration with UMMS Information Technology, Finance, Clinical Quality, Clinical Service lines, and other areas to establish common organizational performance metrics along with measurable and actionable initiatives.
“This new position will enable us to greatly expand our strategic use of information in all aspects of our operations,” Mr. Chrencik said. “We are fortunate to have a talented professional like Dr. D’Souza on the School’s faculty to serve in this capacity.”
Dr. D’Souza will also provide oversight and guidance on the design of the analytics infrastructure, data governance processes and tools, data visualization tools, data modeling, and associated component processes and infrastructure that contribute to creating a high-performance, data-driven organization.
“The addition of Dr. D’Souza to our UMMS team is a reflection of the continued strong partnership established by Mr. Chrencik and Dean Reece,” said Jon P. Burns, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of UMMS. “The creation of a sustainable analytics and data governance platform is one of several key strategic priorities of the Medical System. Developing our ongoing ability to blend many sources of data, harmonize that data, and present it back to the organization in an actionable manner is the primary goal we are confident Dr. D’Souza will help us lead and build.”
Dr. D’Souza received a BS degree in Applied Physics (summa cum laude) from Xavier University, a PhD degree in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA degree from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. He was recruited to the Department of Radiation Physics at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. He joined the Department of Radiation Oncology in the University of Maryland School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 2002. He rose through the ranks to become Professor in 2014. Since 2008, he has served as the Chief of the Division of Medical Physics, which is nationally recognized as one of the leading academic medical physics groups in the country. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. He has served as principal investigator on several extramural funded grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation as well as industry sponsors. He is actively involved in professional organizations such as the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the Health Information and Management Systems Society. In addition, he is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and short papers, four book chapters and is the holder of several US patents.
“Dr. D’Souza is a tremendous addition to UMMS,” said Dean Reece, who is also Vice President of Medical Affairs, the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “As we increasingly use data in clinical medicine and biomedical research, we need to leverage the highest leverage of expertise in information management. Dr. D’Souza provides this strategic capability so that we are able to optimize care for our patients in new and more effective ways.”
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