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Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Information Technology


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Joyce A. Mitchell, PhD.

Associate Vice President of Health Sciences Information Technology

"The AVP for Health Sciences IT is responsible for coordinating and directing the information technology resources for the health sciences academic mission in collaboration with the clinical and University IT services. This includes fulfilling both the education and research mission of schools, research institutes and research centers. Our initial focus has been securing access to clinical and bio specimen data for research purposes."

Joyce A. Mitchell obtained her PhD in Population Genetics from the University of Wisconsin with postdoctoral training in clinical genetics. She is certified as a Medical Geneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American College of Medical Genetics. Dr. Mitchell’s postdoctoral training was in Medical Informatics Sciences and she was elected to be a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics. Dr. Mitchell spent 25 years on the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Medicine in two departments: Child Health (Section on Medical Genetics) and Health Management and Informatics (Division Leader of Health Informatics). Administratively, she has served as the Director of the Medical Informatics Group, the Associate Dean for Information Technology for the School of Medicine, and the Chief Information Officer for University of Missouri Health Care. She spent a sabbatical year at the National Library of Medicine in 2001-02 and developed the Genetics Home Reference to bridge the genomics research results with consumer health interests in genetic diseases.

In 2005, Dr. Mitchell was recruited by the University of Utah to serve as Department Chair for Biomedical Informatics. In 2007 she was appointed as Associate Vice President for Health Sciences IT, where she coordinates and directs the information technology resources for the academic mission. She is also the director of the Biomedical Informatics Core for the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS).

Dr. Mitchell was elected to serve as President of the American College of Medical Informatics from 2008-2010, and will serve as immediate past-president until 2012. She is currently serving a four year term on the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and will serve on the Council of Councils for the National Institute of Health (NIH) from 2012-2016. Dr. Mitchell serves as co-director of the NLM-sponsored course in Biomedical Informatics held annually at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.