UW Data Science Seminar: Jim Phuong


4:30 pm – 5:20 pm


Physics/Astronomy Auditorium A102
3910 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

Please join us for a UW Data Science Seminar on Tuesday, December 5th from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. PST. The seminar will feature Jimmy Phuong, MSPH, PhD, who is Acting Assistant Professor of UW Biomedical and Health Informatics; lead research data scientist at UW Medicine Research IT; and staff research data scientist, Research core at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center.

This event will take place in the Physics/Astronomy Auditorium 102 (PAA A102) on the University of Washington campus. This will be the final seminar of the Fall 2023 Quarter. 


“Population health research & research data sharing in national research consortia”

Abstract: Health systems are uniquely positioned to survey the health of their patient population, including the effects of natural hazards, disaster disruptions, and public health emergencies.  Health systems are an integral part of biomedical research consortia, where data sharing supports data-driven research and iterative quality improvements to the data from each health system.  Apart from clinical outcomes, health systems are gradually increasing their focus upon collecting and addressing gaps in understanding Social Determinants of Health (or Social Drivers of Health, SDoH) and their dynamic role in maintaining health and wellness.  This includes integrating patient-level information as well as place-based information integrated from geocoding and secondary use of spatial-temporal datasets. In this talk, I will discuss the nexus of environmental health, disaster management and population health research, and biomedical informatics research.  I will also discuss the directions from health system preparedness, the broader implications towards research data sharing and research consortia with a precision medicine focus, and the analytical capacities needed for research with multiple data types in cloud infrastructure. 

Bio: Dr. Jimmy Phuong is an Acting Assistant Professor in University of Washington (UW) Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME). He also serves as Lead Research Data Scientist UW Medicine Research IT and Harborview Injury Prevention Research Center and has been a co-champion for the NIH National COVID-19 Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Domain team.  Dr. Phuong is a UW BIME PhD alumni of Dr. Sean Mooney’s lab. Prior to joining University of Washington, Dr. Phuong has been a bioinformatics analyst and research fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) National Center for Computational Toxicology.  Dr. Phuong currently focuses on integrating clinical and spatial-temporal data types to support data engineering and research data science applications.  His research currently touches on the secondary use and integration of electronic health records, disaster preparedness and injury prevention research, Social Determinants of Health, including research consortial data engineering to advance areas of population health and precision medicine research.

The UW Data Science Seminar is an annual lecture series at the University of Washington that hosts scholars working across applied areas of data science, such as the sciences, engineering, humanities and arts along with methodological areas in data science, such as computer science, applied math and statistics. Our presenters come from all domain fields and include occasional external speakers from regional partners, governmental agencies and industry.

The 2023-2024 seminars will be held in person, and are free and open to the public.