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Amit Acharya, BDS, MS, PhD
Director, Dental Informatics Postdoctoral Training Program
Dental Informatics Scientist | Associate Research Scientist
Telephone: (715) 221-6423
Dr. Amit Acharya is the Director of the NIDCR funded dental informatics postdoctoral training program and an Associate Research Scientist in the Biomedical Informatics Research Center at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, where he leads the Dental Informatics research and training efforts. Dr. Acharya played a key role in the integration of the Marshfield Clinic's Electronic Dental Record with in the existing Electronic Health Record environment. He was also invited by Springer Verlag to edit a health informatics book titled ‘‘Integration of Medical and Dental Care and Patient Data: Progress in Health Care Informatics.’
Dr. Acharya attained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) in 1999 from Government Dental College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India during which he was also completed a year-long residency rotation in general dentistry as a house surgeon. He practices general dentistry in a private office until 2001 when he decided to move to the United States. Dr. Acharya obtained a Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science in 2004 from Western Kentucky University, Kentucky. As a general dental surgeon and computer scientist, he then chose to develop expertise in the field of biomedical informatics to deal with the several ongoing challenges in the healthcare domain. Towards that end, he received a Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Informatics with specialization in Dental Informatics in 2010 from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), New Jersey. During this time, he also served as a Visiting Scholar with focus on Dental and Biomedical Informatics research at the Center for Dental Informatics, Department of Biomedical Informatics at the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh. Dr. Acharya has also completed ‘Identifying and Developing the Future Leaders in Dental Education’ from the American Dental Education Association’s Leadership Institute in 2011 and ‘Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care’ from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston in 2012.
Dr. Acharya’s research interest lies in applied and translational clinical informatics and oral and systemic research, integration of medical and dental data and clinical information systems, design and architecture of electronic health records, developing clinical decision supports and expert systems, information modeling and developing ontologies and terminologies, principles of evidence based practices, knowledge development and representation, and investigating the oral-systemic relationship between periodontal disease and other systemic disease such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Dixie Schroeder, B.A.
Dental Informatics Research Project Coordinator
Telephone: (715) 221-7266
Dixie Schroeder is currently a Dental Informatics Research Project Coordinator – Team Lead in the Biomedical Informatics Research Center at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
Ms. Schroeder earned a Nursing Assistant Certificate from South Central Vocational Center, Baraboo, Wisconsin; an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Mid-State Technical College, Marshfield, Wisconsin; and a Bachelor of Arts’ Degree in Business Management, with emphasis on Healthcare Management, from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI.
Ms. Schroeder focuses on the coordination and administration of Dental Informatics research and training program along with Dr. Acharya. She also pursues her research interest in areas of quality improvement and patient experience.
Kelsey Schwei, BS, MS
Dental Informatics Research Specialist
Telephone: (715) 221-6437
Kelsey Schwei is currently a Dental Informatics Research Specialist in the Biomedical Informatics Research Center at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.
Ms. Schwei earned a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences with an emphasis on Allied Health from Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas. She then pursued her Master’s of Health Care Informatics from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Biomedical & Health Care Informatics from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Ms. Schwei’s research interest lies in the design and usability of electronic health records with focus on electronic dental records.
Neel Shimpi, BDS, MM
Dental Informatics Research Specialist
Telephone: (715) 221-6430
Ms. Neel Shimpi is currently a Dental Informatics Research Specialist in the Biomedical Informatics Research Center at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
Ms. Shimpi earned Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Shikshan Sanstha's (CSMSS) Dental College, in Maharashtra, India, and a Master of Management (Healthcare Informatics), at Cambridge College of Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition, she earned a post-graduate certificate in clinical research from Symbiosis Centre of Health Care, India, and a post-graduate diploma in hospital and health care administration from Symbiosis College, India.
Her fieldwork experience includes: System Analyst for the Electronic Medical Records implementation; Project experience: meaningful use, use cases, cloud computing, electronic medical record, computer based charting system; Master thesis on Digital radiography in dental practice and quality of care; Visiting faculty at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India, for conducting CMEs on Medical Informatics and Research Methodology; Study Coordinator for clinical trials: used e-tools for clinical trials progress and Dental Practitioner: constructed dental learning models and small templates having specific workflow.
Ms. Shimpi’s research interest include: Medical and Dental Informatics; Electronic dental records and electronic health records; Decision support systems; Imaging Informatics; Neural networks; Meaningful use; interoperability; Continuity of care record; Health Information management; Artificial Intelligence; telemedicine; and Human Computer Interface (HCI) technology.
Harshad Hegde, BE, MS
Dental Informatics Research Programmer/Analyst
Telephone: (715) 221-6476
Harshad Hegde is currently a Dental Informatics Research Programmer/Analyst in the Biomedical Informatics Research Center at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.
Mr. Hegde earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Mumbai University (India) and a Master of Sciences degree in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA).
Trainees, Visiting Scholars and Others
Gary D. Pack, BS, MS, Ph.D.
Dental Informatics Postdoctoral Fellow
Telephone: (715) 221-8233
Dr. Gary Pack is currently a NIDCR funded post-doctoral fellow in dental informatics jointly trained by the Computational and Informatics in Biology and Medicine program at University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Dental Informatics Research and Training program at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation. Dr. Pack is working under the mentorship of Dr. Amit Acharya and Dr. Mark Craven. After spending over 15 years researching and designing computer hardware and software for parallel distributed systems he returned to university and earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Medical Image processing and statistics while doing cross-disciplinary work with the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Pack’s main interest is extending the field of Imaging Genetics from its current focus on Brain Imaging and genetics to include Dental Imaging and genetics and apply the combination of these modalities to better understand the genetic and environment factors that drive the inflammatory processes that are thought to contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The goal is to use Dental Imaging in a clinical setting to detect and mitigate those specific inflammatory processes. His work involves research in machine learning, differential geometry, algebraic geometry and topology, and compressive sensing.
A. Pasha Hosseinbor, PhD
Dental Informatics Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. A. Pasha Hosseinbor is currently a NIDCR funded post-doctoral fellow in dental informatics jointly trained by the Computational and Informatics in Biology and Medicine program at University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Dental Informatics Research and Training program at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation. Dr. Hosseinbor is working under the mentorship of Dr. Moo K. Chung and Dr. Amit Acharya. Dr. Hosseinbor is currently developing and applying a novel shape parameterization algorithm for the representation of oral anatomical surfaces.
Dr. Hosseinbor received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in medical physics in the summer of 2013. Hosseinbor’s research interests lie at the interface of applied mathematics, computer science, and physics, and include magnetic resonance imaging, shape analysis, and machine learning.
Nikki Klucas AHEC Intern (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation)
June 2013 - July 2013
Nikki, a native of Crystal, Minnesota, is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from which she will graduate in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pharmacology-Toxicology and Biology. She is a pre-dental student and recently applied to dental schools.
Klucas’ research project concentrated on the development and evaluation of patient education modules that focus on the oral-systemic connection. She obtained feedback on a current draft of the periodontal disease-diabetes video module, analyzed results, and created a set of actionable items with which a final version of this module will be produced. Nikki also conducted preliminary literature review and data collection for the development of a subsequent module focusing on periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Klucas recently submitted an abstract to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) National Conference, in hopes of presenting her research from this summer in March of 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.
Adam Sorenson Intern (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation)
May 2013 - August 2013
Adam, a native of Wausau, Wisconsin, is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, majoring in Biochemistry. He has applied to dental schools with the intention to begin in 2014.
Sorenson’s research project focused on conducting a formal usability evaluation of the Intelligent Tooth Charting System (iTooth), a touch-based electronic tooth chart developed on the iPad. Through this research, he traveled to Family Health Center dental centers and obtained feedback from dental professionals that will enable improvements to the application.
Sorenson recently submitted an abstract to the 2014 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care to present his research in Chicago, Illinois.
Megan Vesel Intern (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation)
May 2013 - August 2013
Megan, a native of Schofield, Wisconsin, received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Physiology with Spanish and Chemistry minors from Northern Michigan University. She is in the process of applying to dental schools.
Vesel’s research project will focus on evaluating the feasibility of using different dental terminology codes to the electronic health record interface.
Jimmy Kayastha, B.D.S. Postdoctoral Fellow (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation)
September 2011 - April 2013
Dr. Jimmy Kayastha was a post-doctoral fellow, in the Biomedical Informatics Research Center at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, in the Dental Informatics research and training program under the mentorship of Dr. Amit Acharya. After graduating from College of Dental Surgery from Manipal University he completed a post-doctoral residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and Geriatrics and Special Needs Dentistry at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. This was followed by a General Practice Residency at Miami Valley Hospital and a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. This was a conduit for his post-doctoral residency in oral medicine at Carolinas Medical Center.
Dr. Kayastha’s main focus was to develop clinical decision support systems within the electronic health records. His research interest lied in connection between oral-systemic diseases, design and architecture of electronic dental records and dental virtual data warehouse. He also worked with the Division of Education to develop the dental residency program at the Marshfield Clinic.
Onur Asan - Intern (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation)
May 2012 - August 2012
Onur, a native of Istanbul, Turkey, received his Master of Science in industrial and system engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in industrial engineering at the same institution.
Asan researched the patient-provider and provider-computer interaction at the dental operatories with in the Marshfield Clinic dental centers. His work fills a big gap in the literature that will inform both future health information technology design and training programs that will help dental providers effectively integrate health information technology use with patient communication, thereby improving patient experience. He will be submitting his work to be considered in couple of national conferences and also will be aiming for a journal papers.
Asan’s abstract was accepted by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). He presented the results of his summer research project, “Understanding Dental Provider-EHRs Interaction during the Patient Visit in Dental Care” at the 2013 International HFES Annual Meeting, in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 10-13, 2013.
Lauren Janes - Intern (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation)
May 2012 - August 2012
Lauren, a native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, received her Bachelors of Science in Medical Microbiology and Immunology as well as Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December of 2012. She is set to begin dental school at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in August of 2013.
Janes developed patient education modules focused on the oral-systemic connection; particularly diabetes, pregnancy, and osteoporosis, as they relate to oral health and periodontal disease. Her work is going to be crucial for educating our patients about how some of the oral and systemic diseases are interrelated.
Janes’ abstract was accepted by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). She presented the results of her summer research project, “Development of Patient Friendly Education Modules Focusing on Oral-Systemic Connection” at the National 2013 ADEA, in Seattle, Washington, on March 16-19, 2013.
Presentations for Onur Asan and Lauren Janes can be viewed at Marshfield Clinic's
Jon Gaasedelen - Intern (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation)
May 2011 - August 2011
Gaasedelen developed a Data Model for Health Information Exchange that was presented as a poster at the HIMSS National Conference in New Orleans. This project focused on identifying HIE requirements for transfer of administrative and clinical dental data from an electronic dental record.
A native of Edina, Minnesota, Gaasedelen received a Masters’ degree from the Institute for Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota upon completion of this internship. He is now employed as an Independent Consultant for Health Information Exchange and has worked as a Systems Programmer for Statistical Genetics & Bioinformatics Development at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and for the State of Minnesota Health Information Exchanges.
Sara Engler - Intern (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation)
May 2011 - August 2011
Engler worked in the Interactive Clinical Design Institute. Engler's project specifically focused on testing the functionalities and user interface of CattailsDental; developing user tasks of various complexities for the different roles within dentistry and performing user testing utilizing eye tracking devices.
A native of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Engler received her undergraduate degree at UW-Madison with a major in biology. She is currently a dental student at the University of Minnesota - School of Dentistry.
Usability Evaluation of an Integrated Electronic Dental Record System - Mahnke A, Moritz R, Acharya, A. Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, WI.
Eye Tracking and Assessment of an Integrated Electronic Dental Record System - Sara Engler, BS, Andrea Mahnke, MS, Robert Moritz, MA, CUXP, Amit Acharya, BDS, MS, PhD Abstract
Measuring Users' Reactions to an Integrated Electronic Dental Record - Andrea Mahnke, BS, Sara Engler, BS, Robert Moritz, MA, Amit Acharya, BDS, MS, PhD Abstract
Kelsey Schultz - Intern (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation)
May 2011 - August 2011
Schultz worked to evaluate methods for structured data entry into the CattailsMD electronic medical record. The goal of Schultz's project was to make information more easily accessible for use in clinical decision support and research.
A native of Richfield, Wisconsin, Schultz graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Master's of Health Care Informatics and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Biomedical & Health Care Informatics from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is now employed as a Dental Informatics Research Specialist at the Biomedical Informatics Research Center - Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.
Presentations for Jon Gaasedelen, Sara Engler and Kelsey Schultz can be viewed at Marshfield Clinic's
Jennifer Ciske - Intern (Wisconsin's AHEC's Community Health Internship Program)
May 2010 - August 2010
Jennifer is from Appleton, WI. She attended Marquette University and graduated with degree in Biomedical Science. She is currently continuing her education at the Medical School at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Dental Information on a Web-based Patient Health Portal: A Pilot Survey - Andrea Mahnke, BS, Jennifer J. Ciske, BS, Amit Acharya BDS, MS, PhD, Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, WI, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Abstract
Developing an Oral-Systemic Patient Education Module - Jennifer J. Ciske, BS, Amit Acharya BDS, MS, PhD, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, WI. Abstract
Wisconsin Area Health Education Article
Internship Program Changes Perspective Article
Ryan Cooper - Intern (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation)
May 2010 - August 2010
Ryan conducted a dental workflow analysis of the clinician's interaction with the dental electronic health record, Cattails Dental, to find breakdowns in the current system and develop a more efficient system for end users.
A native of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Ryan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently a dental student at the University of Minnesota - School of Dentistry.
Analysis of Dental Workflow with an Integrated Medical-Dental Electronic Health Record: A Time and Motion Study - Ryan Cooper, Andrea Mahnke, BS, Carla Rottscheit, BS, Zhan (Harold) Ye, BS, MS, PhD, Amit Acharya BDS, MS, PhD Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, WI. Abstract
Presentations for Ryan Cooper can be viewed at Marshfield Clinic's