Tiffani Bright: "Girl On Fire"
This Week's Guest: Dr. Tiffani Bright
ABOUT THIs episode
Dr. Tiffani Bright, Ph.D., is the Biomedical Informatician Evaluation Team Lead at IBM Watson Health. As she describes it, the field of Biomedical Informatics sits right at the middle of a three-part Venn diagram, where computational sciences, health/life sciences, and social sciences overlap. Dr. Bright is currently working to advance the science of AI and its application to major public health issues, in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Vanderbilt University.
Tiffani’s studies have been extensive and have led her to this fascinating field that combines data and biology to advance the ways healthcare is delivered. In this episode, she shares the story of how she arrived at this point, achieving degree after degree and receiving award after award along the way.
Tiffani is the recipient of several awards and honors, including a Meyerhoff Scholarship from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics Pre-doctoral Fellowship, and a Columbia University Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance Pre-doctoral Fellowship. She is also an elected board member of the American Medical Informatics Association.
BOOKS AND ARTICLES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Dreams by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes published by Alfred A. Knopf/Vintage. Copyright © 1994 by the Estate of Langston Hughes.
More About Tiffani Bright, PhD.
Biomedical Informatician Evaluation Team Lead at IBM Watson Health
Tiffani J. Bright, PhD is the Biomedical Informatician Evaluation Team Lead at IBM Watson Health. Dr. Bright provides technical, informatics, and evaluative leadership in the design, development, and execution of evaluation research for Watson Health products. She offers consulting services in Health IT and grant support and has a background in biomedical informatics and information systems, with expertise in clinical decision support (CDS), mobile health, and usability evaluation. A major focus of Dr. Bright’s work has been on CDS, which has the ability to enhance decision-making, improve care, and reduce costs.
Dr. Bright is also an elected board member of the American Medical Informatics Association and holds leadership appointments on numerous committees throughout AMIA and the STEM communities. As an ardent STEM advocate, Dr. Bright uses her platform to advance diversity and inclusion in STEM education through local and national initiatives. She received her BA degree in sociology from The College of William and Mary, BS degree in information systems from UMBC, PhD degree in biomedical informatics from Columbia University, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Clinical Informatics at Duke University.