Clinical Informatics Fellows
Sagar Harwani, MD (Internal Medicine)
After two decades away, I'm excited to be back in my birthplace of Chicago, IL to study Clinical Informatics at UIC! Growing up interested in both health care and technology, I studied Information Science with a concentration in HealthInformation Systems at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. At the time, I was excited to see the myriadof potential applications of information technology to healthcare delivery. I completed a Masters in Biomedical Sciences at Barry University, medical school at St. George's University, and residency training as well as a Chief Resident year in Internal Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. Along the way I opened a small healthcare IT company, project managed a hotel renovation, co-founded a startup that was accepted into a national accelerator fund, and now focus my free time on my new healthcare startup, Epihealth. I am excited by the promise of clinical informatics and the possibilities that lie ahead in delivering safe, highly reliable, and cost-effective care to our patients.
Jai Nebhrajani, MD (Family Medicine)
Hello everyone and welcome!
I am originally from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Attended Florida International University in Miami, FL attaining a Bachelors in Biological Sciences. Shortly thereafter I graduated medical school from University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St Kitts. I then went on to complete my Family Medicine Residency training at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Pennsylvania. I am a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician.
Currently, as a Clinical Informatics Fellow, with a natural inclination toward the latest technology and gadgets throughout my life, my interest in the field of informatics grew during my residency training. As an intern, I had a chance to witness a Go-Live occurring as the hospital was transitioning from a paper-based documentation to an EMR system. As a resident, I continued to get involved with multiple optimization strategies. By helping providers to use the system more efficiently, improving compliance of medication reconciliation, and implementing a new electronic handoff tool for residents, I witnessed firsthand how technology can improve overall patient care and provider satisfaction. I hope with my training in Clinical Informatics to help bridge the gap between technology and medicine, to work synergistically in improving our overall health care system.
My other interests include basketball, football, swimming, biking, and Indian dancing.
Kamel Azhar, MD (Family Medicine)
I graduated medical school from Saudi Arabia which is where I am originally from. In pursuit of knowledge, I decided to continue my education in the US where I got my master’s degree in clinical research from UC San Diego, American board certification in family medicine from Texas Tech University, and academic medicine fellowship from University of North Texas.
I’ve always been fascinated by technology but my interest in informatics sparked during my residency where I was training in two different hospitals in which one of them was using paper documentation. I was able to clearly see the impact of technology whether on efficiency or overall patient care. As a clinician, I know firsthand the challenges physicians face. I believe technology made and will continue to make a huge impact on our daily clinical practice.
Interests: Database query, clinical decision support (CDS), and artificial intelligence (AI).
John Zulueta, MD (Psychiatry)
I’m originally from San Diego, CA. I studied East Asian Studies at Harvard University and worked as a business analyst before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. I received my medical degree from Northwestern University, and I completed my residency here at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the adult psychiatry / neuroscience research track.
My interest in clinical informatics stems from my conviction that in order for the field of clinical informatics to advance it’s going to need to tackle the most difficult of problems and that psychiatry has a host of very difficult problems that could benefit from the methods and insights offered by informatics. These problems span a wide range: from trying to understand how our genes and environment interact to produce our thoughts and emotions to figuring out how we can we develop and use technology to facilitate the physician - patient relationship.
With my training in clinical informatics I hope to promote the union of these disciplines and look forward to the advances it will bring in moving us closer to our goal of providing the best patient care possible.