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Center for Biomedical Informatics

GurcanThe Center for Biomedical Informatics is a newly established center at Wake Forest to strengthen the institution’s research, education, and clinical missions and is directed by Dr. Metin Gurcan, Professor of Internal Medicine. This cross-disciplinary initiative is designed to integrate resources at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Wake Forest University and complement the work of other research centers, including the Wake Forest Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 


If you would like to become of member of the Center for Biomedical Informatics, please fill out an application

Our Mission

The mission of Center for Biomedical Informatics is to contribute to Wake Forest Baptist Health’s evolution as a learning health care system and to foster better health across the patient populations served by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the nation by advancing and promoting informatics research, practice and education.

Center Goals:

We seek to achieve our mission by pursuing the following goals:

  • Catalyze: Catalyze biomedical discovery across the spectrum of informatics, including bioinformatics, imaging, healthcare, translational and public health informatics.
  • Integrate: Integrate resources for research informatics across Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Wake Forest University and support the informatics needs of other research centers.
  • Research: Develop a portfolio of externally funded research in the area of biomedical informatics.
  • Train: Support the training of the next generation of investigators in the principles and practice of biomedical informatics.

    Our Research and Services

    The Center for BMI will enhance the use of electronic health record (EHR) data for clinical and translational research to maximize the impact of research on health. Wake Forest investigators can access informatics services including expertise, informatics tools, programming support, and Wake Forest’s Translational Data Warehouse (TDW) through the Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Informatics Program.


    The Wake Forest Center for Biomedical Informatics is hiring tenure-track Assistant and Associate Professor faculty members with research interests in Biomedical Informatics. To apply, please send a curriculum vitae, cover letter expressing interest in the position, and the names of three references to
    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics 
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics

    Faculty and Leadership

    Metin N. Gurcan, PhD
    Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics
    Professor of Internal Medicine, General
    Medical Center Blvd.
    Winston Salem, NC  27157

    Brian J. Wells, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor
    PHS-Biostatistical Sciences 

    Umit Topaloglu, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Cancer Biology 

    Last Updated: 08-15-2018
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