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 Research, Training & Scholarship Unit

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 

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:

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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 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). 

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.