Clinical Informatics Fellows



Roger Boodoo, MD, Commander, USN (Radiology)

My interest in informatics began when I was a radiology resident at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. A patient asked me, "How much radiation she will get from a Head CT?" I thought it would be a brilliant idea to have a smartphone app to look up radiation doses. I couldn't find a good easy-to-use app at the time, so I developed one. Working with programmers to create this app was some of the most creative and rewarding experiences of my residency.

Improving processes with information technology became my passion as Chief of Diagnostic Radiology at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. However, the tools and my skillset were limited, hence, Clinical Informatics Fellowship here at the University of Illinois. Additionally, the Department of Defense invested billions of dollars in a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) which it will begin to deploy in 2017. I hope to play a significant role in improving healthcare delivery and maximizing the potential benefits of the new EHR.

During my time here in Chicago, I plan on increasing patient engagement and improving workflow processes. Radiology touches many aspects of medicine. Through my lens, I would like to streamline the flow of information and remove the complexities of healthcare. I also have an interest in population health and healthcare transparency.

My non-medical interests are travel, sports, and food. I am challenging myself to new learn a new sport, explore Chicago and step out of comfort zone during the next two years!



David Chestek, DO (Emergency Medicine)

In college, I studied Biomedical Engineering prior to attending medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus. I graduated and then completed my residency in Emergency Medicine at Midwestern University in Chicago. Throughout medical training, I became interested in the technology supporting our medical system. My main conclusions and those of my colleagues was that we were woefully behind the times. I became involved in a "Go-live" at one of the hospitals where I trained in residency which put a bug in me to further pursue this integration of technology and medicine. In today's era of medicine, we are only as efficient as our technology allows us to be. I pursued this fellowship in Clinical Informatics to help try to bring the medical field up to date with companies such as Google and Amazon that are leveraging technology to extreme advantages.

My main focus of interest is the interoperability of healthcare systems. Medical centers consist largely of silos of information and getting access to them from outside the institution can be very challenging. While there are very legitimate privacy concerns regarding patient data, patient care suffers when clinicians don't have timely access to that data. A patients healthcare information should be centered around them, not around the institution where they most often get their care. Working in the emergency department I am consistently frustrated by lack of information about my most complex and noncompliant patients. They are constantly telling me, "Just look in the computer, my records are there". Hopefully, in the very near future, that will actually be the case.



Bhrandon Harris, MD (Family Medicine)

I'm originally from Southern California but I've done all of my medical training in Illinois with medical school at Loyola University of Chicago and my family medicine residency with the Loyola/Cook County Program.

Technology has always been a major part of who I am. I was born with an Apple computer in my house, and throughout my life I've been exploring and teaching technology to consumers, students and physicians.

Clinical informatics is the perfect bridge between my two passions. Technology in health care is the future. The future of health care is now.



Zachary S. Sonnier, DO, Captain, USAF (Internal Medicine)

I am an internal medicine physician in the United States Air Force, having completed my residency at Wright-Patterson AFB/Wright State University in Dayton, OH. The Department of Defense is currently undergoing significant changes in their HIT infrastructure and have recognized the importance of training board certified clinical informaticians to implement, and lead our military's future clinicians into, a modern electronic health record. My interests also include clinical-decision support with a focus on evidence-based medicine and high-value care.




Alaa (Al) Alsadi (Surgical Pathology)

My name is Alaa (Al) Alsadi. I am a board-certified pathologist and currently a combined Surgical Pathology and Clinical Informatics Fellow at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health). I graduated from Tishreen Medical School in Syria but I have spent most of my Graduate Medical Education in the Midwest. During my training I developed a deep interest in the various Electronic Medical Records, PACS systems, diagnostic and surgical procedures software, Laboratory Information Systems, and quality systems. This interest eventually led me to pursue a fellowship in Clinical Informatics after completing my training in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

The field of Pathology is transforming; looking at glass slides will, in the near future, be replaced by Whole Slide digital Imaging (WSI). In other words, the field of Pathology will soon be going through the transformation the field of Radiology went through a couple of decades ago! For this reason, it is pivotal to have Board-Certified Pathology Informaticians to develop, implement, and lead our future pathologists into the era of Digital Pathology. I aspire to take a role in this transformation; the Whole Slide Imaging (WSI) technology and Pathology PACS systems are two of my main interests. I am also interested in diagnostic and Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tools.

My non-medical interests are computers, electronics, technology in general, and cars.

Monique_Diaz_2017_HeadshotMonique Diaz (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

I am a first-year fellow in clinical informatics. I am board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, which has offered me the opportunity to serve as an interdisciplinary team leader in the hospital setting for the past 5 years. From that vantage point I gained intimate knowledge of in-patient workflow and how quality care hinges on data-sharing. My interests and activism have centered on EHR improvement projects. With my background in molecular biology, I am also captivated by the Precision Medicine Initiative and what that means for integration of genetic data into medical practice.