Michael Becich MD PhD

Dr. Becich is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is jointly appointed in Pathology, Information Sciences/Telecommunications and Clinical/Translational Research. He is Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Co-Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Becich obtained his MD and a PhD in Experimental Pathology from Northwestern University, and served as a staff anatomic pathologist after completing his pathology residency at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO). At the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine he founded the nation’s first Pathology Informatics fellowship program and the Advancing Practice Instruction and Innovation through Informatics (APIII) conference which now has been renamed as Pathology Informatics 20XX. In 2000, in partnership with Bruce Friedman, MD, he helped co-found the Association for Pathology Informatics. He is a member of 14 professional societies and has contributed to over 150 papers as well as several on-line presentations. He is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American College of Medical Informatics. Dr. Becich’s research interests are focused on the interface between clinical informatics imaging informatics and bioinformatics. His research is funded by the NCI, NCRR, NLM, CDC, TATRC and the DOD and includes clinical phenotyping of patients for genomic studies, tissue banking informatics and bioinformatics with a special emphasis on data sharing. Dr. Becich is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Omnyx and has been an innovator and entrepreneur in the area of whole slide imaging and digital pathology and their use in improving patient care and patient safety. A complete online profile including bibliography is available atwww.dbmi.pitt.edu/person/michael-j-becich-md-phd.