Longtime SOM Educator/Researcher Catherine Staes Will Lead Specialty Track
Jun 7, 2018 12:00 AM
Professor Catherine Staes, a longtime nurse and educator and researcher in the University of Utah School of Medicine, will lead the College of Nursing's informatics program.
Associate Dean Linda Edelman announced Staes' appointment on Tuesday.
Staes earned a BS in Nursing from Georgetown University in 1981, an MPH in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1987, and a PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah in 2006. She completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service Training Program--a 2-year advanced training in epidemiology for health professionals--at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1992.
Currently an assistant professor in the School of Medicine, Professor Staes teaches both biomedical and nursing informatics students. She has more than 12 years of teaching experience and course development, advises post-doctoral fellows, and has been a member of more than 25 MS and PhD student committees. In addition, Staes developed and taught continuing education courses offered through the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). She received the Biomedical Informatics Department’s highest award for excellence in teaching and mentoring in 2013.
Staes' research expertise is in public health informatics and clinical decision support, and she has active grants from the National Library of Medicine (co-I), U.S. Veterans Administration (PI), and the CDC as well as contracts with Hitachi, Ltd. and the Utah Department of Health. She has authored 44 peer-reviewed journal articles. Staes received the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Learning Health System Research Award (2014-15) from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for “Development of a standardized and accepted process for creating, implementing, and evaluating value-driven care process models within and Academic Health Enterprise.”
She also serves as an editorial board member for Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) and Associate Editor for JAMIAOpen, a newly-launched Gold Open Access journal.
Her current leadership roles include serving as the AMIA representative on the Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce, and as a member and advisor of the Digital Bridge Evaluation Committee, a collaborative partnership to ensure bidirectional information flow between healthcare, health information technology, and public health organizations. In 2016-2017, she was a professional advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at an ONC/CDC-sponsored meeting with the leadership of professional associations on Electronic Health Record (EHR) prompts for the response to the public health emergencies such as Zika virus. And Staes co-leads the Population Health Special Interest Group in the Biomedical Informatics Department.
Staes will serve as director for the Nursing Informatics Specialty Track starting August 1. She will teach Nursing Informatics courses, mentor students and conduct informatics research.
Also: Staes rides a unicycle and loves cross-country skiing above the Arctic Circle. And she takes every chance she can to play outdoors with her husband and two grown kids.