Clinical Informatics Fellows

2015 - 2017


P. Irushi Dissanayake, DO (Pathology)
Blended Clinical Informatics and Surgical Pathology Fellow

I obtained my medical degree from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Blacksburg, VA. Following my residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Baptist Health Systems in Birmingham AL, I completed a fellowship in Surgical Pathology at John H. Stroger Hospital which is affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.  During my combined clinical informatics/Surgical Pathology fellowship I am taking part in multiple process design projects aimed at improving workflow and efficiency.  These include projects aimed at optimizing the workflow at the ENT outpatient clinic and at improving the surgical room turnaround time.  I am also interested in evaluating the policies and efficiency of clinical decision rules, and developing a smarter clinical decision rule set that would better aid in patient care.  In the future, I want to apply informatics to improve public health policies and provide better patient care.


John Manning, MD (Emergency Medicine)
150621_Manning_John_02Clinical Informatics Fellow

Born the son of an inventor-engineer, I have a passion for blending medical practice with digital innovation. With my eyes set on electronic health records (EHRs), my long-term goal is to improve the design and efficiency of our EHRs so that providers no longer bear the heavy burden of usability issues during their daily practice.

Originally from Tennessee, I have spent much of my training along the east coast from New York to Virginia. Beginning as a medical scribe handwriting patient charts, I have worked at 19 different hospital systems thanks to the mobility offered by medical training. I have broad IT experience ranging from designing and soldering circuit boards, to hardware repair and phone tech support, to visual design and programming. I have served various local and national leadership roles over the years, has presented nationally at both EM and informatics conferences, and won multiple awards with my team at EM’s first and second national hackathons.

I am part of the inaugural class of fellows at UIC, which is the second program accredited by the ACGME. This program trains its fellows in change management methodologies, which is currently being used to improve process workflows in an outpatient setting. My entrepreneurial interests are being explored locally through Innovate@UIC and the strategic partnership between UIC and technology startup MATTER, and on a national scale through the Insight to Innovation program. Finally, I have worked heavily on the planned inter-institutional collaboration amongst all CI fellowship programs, which employs tools from UIC’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory in a novel way.

Manmeet (Manu) Singh, DO (Pathology)
Singh_Manmeet_001Blended Clinical Informatics and Surgical Pathology Fellow 

My name is Manmeet (Manu) Singh and I am currently a combined Surgical Pathology and Clinical Informatics Fellow here at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health).

I grew up in Joliet, IL and have spent most of my academic pursuits in the Midwest, graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and completing medical school at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

While rotating through a Traditional Intern year at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, I realized I wanted to be a part of the diagnostic side of medicine, having a strong interest in visual diagnostic methods (histopathology) and decided to pursue Pathology and completed my residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology along with a one year Surgical Pathology Fellowship at UI Health.  

I am truly excited to be a part of this new combined Fellowship experience in both Surgical Pathology and Clinical Informatics.  My interest in Clinical Informatics started during my Surgical Pathology Fellowship, while rotating on an Informatics elective and working on various projects involved within Anatomic Pathology (i.e. technical issues in obtaining prior patient pathology information with our outreach clients and learning about some of the challenges and solutions in deploying a new laboratory asset tracking system).

My Informatics interest has continued to grow through Fellowship and is now extending outside my area of training in Pathology, learning about Quality Improvement methods and applying them to projects within our organization (i.e. improving the time between surgical cases in the operating rooms).

When I graduate, I plan on working as a Surgical Pathologist in addition to applying the Clinical Informatics experience I gained during Fellowship to work on Quality Improvement projects in optimizing workflows within Pathology, along with projects outside of Pathology, in order to assist in the organization’s overall vision and goals, ultimately enhancing patient care.

As far as my hobbies, I enjoy playing guitar and following Chicago sports.



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.