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DANVILLE, Pa. – David K. Vawdrey, Ph.D., a biomedical informatics executive, has been named Geisinger’s Chief Data Informatics Officer. In his role, Dr. Vawdrey will be responsible for implementing transformational technologies and bringing value to Geisinger by harmonizing data across the clinical care, research and health plan enterprise.

Previously of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University, Dr. Vawdrey joins Geisinger with more than a decade of experience developing and evaluating innovative clinical information systems interventions that have benefited clinicians and patients across the country. Dr. Vawdrey has been on the faculty of Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics since 2007. He was the founding director of NewYork-Presbyterian’s Value Institute, which he grew from a small team of data science and health services researchers into a 200-plus-member team responsible for enterprise analytics, quality measurement, and electronic health record integration.

Dr. Vawdrey is a national speaker and author on data analytics and informatics. His federally and privately funded research has resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Vawdrey is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a Master’s in computer science. He completed his Ph.D. in biomedical informatics at the University of Utah.


About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

David Vawdrey, PhD
Geisinger's Chief Data Informatics officer David K. Vawdrey, PhD.

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