Dr. Gil Alterovitz

Director of Artificial Intelligence, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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Director of Artificial Intelligence, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Specialties: Precision Medicine, PGx, Network methods, Bioinformatics, Bayesian methods, Ontologies, SMART/FHIR Genomics, Mobile Apps.

Dr. Gil Alterovitz was named in July 2019 as the first Director of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He was previously a Presidential Innovation Fellow supporting the VA and HHS.

Previously, Alterovitzwas a faculty at Harvard Medical School specializing in biomedical informatics and with the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children’sHospital. He is Director of the Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory. He is also affiliated with theDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology. He is co-chair of the HL7 Clinical Genomics workgroup and on the ClinicalWorkgroup core executive group of the Global Alliance.

His research focuses on integrating genomics within healthcare settings as well as international collaborations involving genomics/clinical data integration. His work on integrative methods for “big data” in the biomedical informatics space has been published or presented in more than 30 peer-reviewed publications ranging from academic journals and international conferences to three books (including “Systems Bioinformatics: An Engineering Case-based approach,” ranked #1 in new Amazon bioinformatics category).

His lab site is at: bcl.med.harvard.edu

AI Experience at the VA

AI is enabling a new paradigm. By leveraging voluminous real-time information and new algorithms, there is a promise of better and more efficient care. In this session, several case studies from the work of the National Artificial Intelligence Institute at the VA and collaborations will be discussed, including research and development that empowers Veterans to search for clinical trials and physicians to evaluate COVID-19-associated prognosis and needs.

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