Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University has named Madhusmita Behera, PhD, as its first chief informatics and data officer. The newly created position will drive digital transformation and research growth through innovation and the implementation of technology that can positively affect patient care, outcomes, and safety.
In her new role, Behera will establish the strategic direction and prioritization of data, advanced analytics, and reporting initiatives, bridging scientific and clinical domains to strengthen an organization-wide data science and informatics community. She will continue to serve as director of the Data and Technology Applications (DATA) Shared Resource at Winship, a role that is complementary and strategically aligned with her new responsibilities as chief informatics and data officer.
With a doctoral degree and training in biomedical engineering from the University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center, Behera has extensive experience working in informatics and biomedical research. She joined Emory in 2009 in the thoracic oncology program. As director of cancer informatics, she has led overall research IT operations and research informatics at Winship since 2016. She also conducts original research, with a significant publication record focused on cancer outcomes and population-based studies using real world data and evidence-based research. Internationally, she serves on the editorial board of the journal JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics and as a member of the Society Leadership Council for the Cancer Informatics for Cancer Centers (Ci4CC).