UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center

MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 272-2311

HSLIC Biomedical Informatics Program

Contact the Program

Philip J. Kroth, MD, MS - Director, Biomedical Informatics Research, Training and Scholarship, and
Associate Professor, UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center and UNM Department of Internal Medicine

MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001
Ph: 505-272-6937 Fax: 505-272-8254

The Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC) established its biomedical informatics program as part of a National Library of Medicine Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) grant in the late 1990's.

The director of the Biomedical Informatics Research, Training and Scholarship program is Philip Kroth, MD. He also is a professor in the UNM School of Medicine and serves as the Section Chief for Clinical Informatics in the Division of Translational Informatics in the Department of Internal Medicine.


The unrestricted transformation of biomedical information into health knowledge.


Our interdisciplinary team advances the science of biomedical informatics by finding innovative ways to eliminate information barriers to health through research, training, scholarship and service.

What is Biomedical Informatics?

Biomedical Informatics: The science of managing information for health care, research, education and administration by applying, integrating and evaluating information technology along with its associated policies, procedures and organizational cultures. This includes the study of all forms of information technology from paper through to high performance computers.

An interdisciplinary science, biomedical informatics extends across the domains of other sciences, creating sub-specialty fields within the field of biomedical informatics as shown below:

BioMedical Informatics diagram

Because the field of biomedical informatics is still young, you might find many different definitions from various sources. The definition published by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is available on their website. AMIA also has several web pages that describe the field in much more detail.

Biomedical Informatics Consultation

HSLIC offers one-on-one consultation for help with biomedical informatics issues related to:

  • Developing grant applications, including informatics components
  • Curriculum development
  • Designing databases in support of research/data collection, curation and dissemination
  • Activities ensuring patient privacy and security of data in a research database

You can schedule an appointment for a consultation within two to three weeks of your request.

What We Do
We offer one-hour consultations by appointment.

Why Do I Want It?
You can incorporate the use of biomedical informatics standards and principles into your work to:

  • Make your grant application more competitive.
  • Update curricula to include biomedical informatics topics related to the course.
  • Design databases that are optimized for future re-use and sharing (linking) of data for other databases that may derive added value from the data collected.
  • Comply with all federal, state and UNM regulations, including HIPAA.

Who Is This For?
Any UNM faculty, staff or trainee

How Do I Get It?
In a face-to-face meeting. Please send an email to Philip Kroth, MD, MS, at PKroth@salud.unm.edu to schedule an appointment.

What Do I Need?
Please provide a clearly defined question or statement of the problem you would like consultation on (e.g., "How do I code/structure the data in my database to meet HIPAA requirements?")

How Much Does It Cost?
The consultation is free. Extended work may require special arrangements.

Biomedical Informatics Fellowship

The Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC) offers a three-year research fellowship for those at the post-doctoral level (with MD, PharmD or PhD degrees) who have some training in or experience with information technology. The fellowship program is designed to train individuals for biomedical informatics careers in academic research and the health care industry. In addition to extensive exposure to a wide spectrum of biomedical informatics topics, the curriculum also provides Fellows with the health services research skills necessary to become independently funded academic investigators.

The fellowship requires completion of a mentored research project in the Fellow's area of interest, with the goal of publishing the results in a national journal. Dedicating a portion of fellowship time to clinical activities is also strongly encouraged to provide the Fellow with "real world" experience using our institution's electronic medical record system.


The fellowship curriculum [PDF] is composed of demonstrable competencies that are to be attained at defined levels of expertise. Each of the competencies is mapped to the various UNM and external educational resources that are available to ensure that the fellow attains each competency successfully. This allows for maximum flexibility when tailoring the curriculum to individual fellows’ needs.


HSLIC accepts fellows every other year. Fellowship candidates must be United States citizens and must have a terminal degree in a biomedically relevant field (e.g., MD, PhD, PharmD, DPT). We are currently accepting applications for a fellowship that starts July of 2018. Visit UNM Jobs for details.

Current Fellow

Michael Bernauer, PharmD

Photo of Michael BernauerMichael Bernauer, PharmD, is a current Biomedical Informatics Fellow at the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center. He earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from the UNM College of Pharmacy. During his time at the College of Pharmacy, he worked with Dr. Jason McConville to develop a wireless medication compliance monitor. He has submitted two invention disclosures to the University of New Mexico Science and Technology Center. In 2015, Bernauer completed a two-month research externship at the Rheinische Friedrich–Wilhelm University of Bonn, Germany. This research was conducted under the advisement of Dr. Jason McConville and Dr. Alf Lamprecht and was directed toward the development of 3D printed airways for use in medication inhalation studies.

His current research interests include the use of machine learning methods for identification of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) PFGE strain types, as well medication compliance monitoring, postmarket surveillance and pharmacovigilance. One of Bernauer's main goals for the fellowship is to narrow his research focus. Henotes, “In the past, my research interests varied and have ranged from the use of machine learning for classifying MRSA PFGE strain types to the development of wireless medication compliance monitors. More recently, I’ve become interested in anomaly detection and mining the CMS Medicare Part D provider utilization and payment data as a means to identify aberrant prescribing patterns.”

Past Fellows

Past Fellows

Felicha Candelaria–Cook, PhD

Photo of Felicha Candelaria-CookFelicha Candelaria–Cook, PhD, is the most recent alumnus of HSLIC's Biomedical Informatics Fellowship Program, and she is serving as an adjunct professor for HSLIC. She earned her doctoral degree in behavioral neuroscience from the UNM Department of Psychology. Her doctoral research focused on the role of cannabinoid receptors in memory consolidation processes in the hippocampal dentate gyrus. She studied the neurobiology of learning and memory, effects of fetal ethanol exposure, spatial navigation, structural plasticity and electrophysiology.

During her time in the department, Candelaria–Cook held various research assistant and fellowship positions from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her current interest is in neuroinformatics and clinical research in neuroscience. During her three-year fellowship, she pursued further research into memory processes and human imaging.

Shamsi Daneshvari, PhD

Photo of Shamsi Daneshvari, PhDShamsi Berry, PhD, completed her tenure as a HSLIC Biomedical Informatics Fellow. She now serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for HSLIC and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Shamsi earned her doctoral degree in biological anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Her doctoral research focused on the prediction of body mass from the skeleton and the creation of a new and improved way to estimate an individual’s weight.

During that time, she was a research and lab assistant at the Laboratory of Human Osteology at the Maxwell Museum. She spent her time analyzing skeletons, excavating burials and teaching students about anthropology. For the past two years, she has been working with Dr. Philip Kroth on an informatics project related to the James K. Economides Orthodontic Collection housed at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Through the project, she became interested in biomedical informatics and is now the new Biomedical Informatics Fellow. During the three-year fellowship, she pursued further research into body mass and health outcomes.

Randall Stewart, MD


Dr. Stewart graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor of science in premedicine in 1994 and earned his MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1998. He completed an internship through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, working at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinics.

In 1999, he transferred to the University of New Mexico to complete his residency in psychiatry. The UNM Department of Psychiatry has been working toward a behavioral health-specific electronic medical record since 2002. This was during Stewart's fourth year of residency when, as chief resident, he began his medical informatics involvement, providing clinical representation on the Implementation Team. Following residency, he worked as a  Department of Psychiatry faculty member for one year prior to transitioning to the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center to pursue a career in medical informatics.

In 2005, Stewart was awarded fellowship funding through a National Library of Medicine Individual Medical Informatics Fellowship grant. He studied the effects of documentation using electronic health records on the psychiatric patient population and completed the fellowship in 2008. His interests also included application development, EHR implementation, medical coding and standardized languages. He left UNM after working as a biomedical informatics faculty member for one year to take a job working with terminology standards at the VA in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Trevor Rohm, MD


Dr. Rohm started the fellowship in 2008 when he completed his residency in family and community medicine at UNM. His interests centered on natural language processing, and he began a project evaluating the feasibility of using a caBIG (Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid) tool and caTIES as a case-identification method using full text surgical pathology reports for the UNM Tissue Repository and Experimental Pathology Laboratory. Because of unanticipated personal reasons, Rohm had to leave the fellowship prematurely. He is now practicing medicine in the Albuquerque area.

The following biomedical informatics faculty members serve as mentors to biomedical informatics fellows, overseeing all of their research and training activities. Fellows are also strongly encouraged to develop mentoring relationships with other faculty members at the Health Sciences Center, the University of New Mexico and outside institutions for additional mentoring. Multidisciplinary research projects and collaboration are highly encouraged.

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About Our Director

Dr. Philip Kroth leads HSLIC's informatics training program and is the person to contact if you have questions about the fellowship. He was elected to serve as the Chair of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Academic Forum (AF) for a one-year term in 2015. He will serve as Chair Emeritus in 2016. As a result of his election, the AMIA annual summer meeting was held in Albuquerque in April 2015.

Dr. Pope Moseley appointed Kroth as the inaugural chief of the new Clinical Informatics Section in the Department of Internal Medicine's Translational Informatics Division. He has had a secondary appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine for the past 10 years, where he continues to provide clinical service.

Kroth has been awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant from AHRQ to study the effect of health information and communication technologies on the stress and fatigue electronic health record users experience that interfere with quality and efficient care. This will provide an important body of knowledge as clinical facilities and clinicians around the country struggle to implement Meaningful Use Guidelines.


Philip J. Kroth, MD

Director, Biomedical Informatics Research, Training, and Scholarship
Associate Professor, HSLIC and UNM Department of Internal Medicine
MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001
Ph: (505) 272-6937
Fax: (505) 272-8254
Faculty Web Page


Dale Alverson, MD

Emeritus Professor, Pediatrics Neonatology Division
Professor, HSLIC
Medical Director, Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research
Ph: (505) 272-8633
Fax: (505) 272-0800

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Shamsi Berry, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, HSLIC
Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center
(601) 984-6318


Jeff Blair, MA

Adjunct Lecturer III, HSLIC
MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001
(505) 272-0635

Holly Buchanan

Holly Buchanan, MLn, MBA, EdD, FMLA

Adjunct Professor, HSLIC

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Thomas D. East, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor, HSLIC;
CEO and CIO, LCF Research/New Mexico Health Information Collaborative
MSC 09 5100
(505) 938-9901


Heather J.H. Edgar, PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Forensic Anthropologist, Office of the Medical Investigator
University of New Mexico
Ph: (505) 925-4373
President, Dental Anthropology Association


Jonathan Eldredge, MLS, PhD, AHIP

Coordinator, Evidence Based and Translational Science Services, HSLIC
MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001
(505) 272-0654
Faculty Web Page


Gale G. Hannigan, PhD, MPH, AHIP

Research Professor, HSLIC
MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Ph: (505) 414-6418
Fax: (505) 272-8254
Faculty Web Page


Erv Klink, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, HSLIC
MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001
(505) 508-1415

Seminar Series (BioMISS)

Each season, the Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series (BioMISS) features an array of distinguished speakers and topics to stimulate your interest in biomedical informatics. The purpose of the series is to provide the HSC community with a forum for discussion on salient topics in biomedical informatics. Each session consists of a short presentation and lively discussion.

In addition to the chance to learn more about biomedical informatics, the series allows those from across the HSC community with an interest in biomedical informatics to meet, network and foster new collaborations. Everyone is welcome to attend. The only prerequisite is an interest in learning more about biomedical informatics.

All BioMISS lectures are held on the main (2nd) floor of the library in room 228, from 10 to 11 a.m., on Thursdays. The 2018–19 BioMISS season [PDF]  runs September 20, 2018 through April 18, 2019. The BioMISS schedules from 2004 to the present are archived in the UNM Digital Repository.

Links & Resources

Recommended Books:

  • Clinical Epidemiology A Basic Science for Clinical Medicine by David L. Sackett, R. Brian Haynes, Gordon H. Guyatt, and Peter Tugwell, Little, Brown, 1991. 
  • Diffusion of Innovation by Everett M. Rogers, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2003. Call Number: HM 101 R725 2003 
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials by Lawrence M. Friedman, Curt D. Furberg and David L. DeMets, Mosby-Year Book, 1996. Call Number: W 20.5 F91 1996 
  • Health Care USA: Understanding its Organization and Delivery by Harry A. Sultz, Kristina M. Young, Jones and Bartlett, 2011. Call Number: W84S962011 
  • Revising Prose by Richard Lanham, Allyn & Bacon, 2000. Call Number: PE1421 L287 2000 
  • The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems by Jef Raskin, Addison Wesley, 2000. Call Number: QA 76.9 U83R225 2000 
  • User's Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice edited by Drummond Rennie et. al., McGraw-Hill Medical, 2008. Call Number: EMB Block 
  • Web Style Guide by Patrick J. Lynch and Sara Horton, Yale University Press 1999. Call Number: TK 5105.888 L987 2001