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Dongwen Wang, PhD


Dongwen Wang, PhDAssociate Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Associate Professor of Medical Informatics
Co-Director, Biomedical Informatics Program
Ph.D. (2003) Columbia University

Contact Information

University of Rochester

Dept of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
265 Crittenden Boulevard, CU 420630
Rochester, New York 14642-0630
Office: Saunders Research Building 4205
Phone: (585) 275-0319
Fax: (585) 273-1031

Research Interests

Dr. Dongwen Wang is a formally trained informatician. His research has been focusing on use of informatics approach to facilitate the translation of biomedical research into clinical practice. This involves modeling of biomedical knowledge and representation of them in computer-interpretable formats, management of biomedical data and knowledge within the context of clinical workflow, development of online resources for clinical education, and delivery of behavioral interventions to improve processes and outcomes of clinical practice and biomedical research. His work has been applied to address a wide variety of problems, such as improvement of immunization rate, support of post-CABG critical pathway, screening of patients with major depression, assistance of diabetic foot-care, management of HIV/AIDS patients, enhancement of visit compliance in ambulatory mental health care, and facilitation of subject recruitment and retention for multi-center clinical trials.

Dr. Wang is an active member of the biomedical informatics research community. He has published papers in various informatics journals and given talks at national and international conferences. He has participated in reviewing research grants and papers, organizing academic conferences, and developing technical standards. His research is funded by both government and industry sponsors.

Selected Publications

  • Le XH, Luque A, Wang D. (2013). Assessing the usage of a guideline-driven interactive case simulation tool for insomnia screening and treatment in an HIV clinical education program. Medinfo (in press).
  • Le XH, Doll T, Barbosu M, Luque A, Wang D. (2012). An enhancement of the role-based access control model to facilitate information access management in context of team collaboration and workflow. J Biomed Inform. 45(6):1084-107.
  • Shprecher D, Noyes K, Biglan K, Wang D, Dorsey R, Kurlan R, Adams MJ. (2012). Willingness of Parkinson’s disease patients to participate in research using Internet-based technology. Telemedicine and E-Health. 18(9):684-7.
  • D'Angio CT, Heyne RJ, Duara S, Holmes LC, O'Shea TM, Wang H, Wang D, Sanchez PJ, Welliver RC, Ryan RM, Schnabel KC, Hall CB (2011). Immunogenicity of trivalent influenza vaccine in extremely-low-birth-weight, premature infants. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 30(7):570-4.
  • Hazard M, Steele S, Wang D, Pearson T, Scheideler M, Dewhurst S (2011). CTSA-IP: a solution to identifying and aggregating intellectual property across the NIH Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium of Biomedical Research Institutes. Clin Transl Sci. 4(5):328-31.
  • Peleg M, Shachak A, Wang D, Karnieli E (2009). Using multi-perspective methodologies to study users' interactions with the prototype front end of a guideline-based decision support system for diabetic foot care. International Journal of Medical Informatics 78(7):482-493.
  • Luque, A.; Hulse, S.; Wang, D.; Shahzad, U.; Tanzman, E.; Antenozzi, S.; Smith, B. (2007). Assessment of Adverse Events Associated With Antiretroviral Regimens for Postexposure Prophylaxis for Occupational and Nonoccupational Exposures to Prevent Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 28(6):695-701.
  • Choi, J.; Currie, L.M.; Wang, D.; Bakken, S. (2007). Encoding a clinical practice guideline using GuideLine Interchange Format: a case study of a depression screening and management guideline. International Journal of Medical Informatics 76(Supplement 2):S302-S307.
  • Wang, D.; Peleg, M. (2007). Using GLIF and GLEE to facilitate knowledge management in development of clinical decision support systems. Medinfo 12:2268-2270.
  • Irigoyen MM, Findley S, Wang D, Chen S, Chimkin F, Pena O, Mendonca E. (2006). Challenges and successes of immunization registry reminders at inner-city practices. Ambulatory pediatrics: the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association 6(2):100-4.
  • Arocha, J.F.; Wang, D.; Patel, V.L. (2005). Identifying reasoning strategies in medical decision making: a methodological guide. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 38(2):154-171.
  • Wang D, Peleg M, Tu SW, Boxwala AA, Ogunyemi O, Zeng Q, Greenes RA, Patel VL, Shortliffe EH (2004). Design and implementation of the GLIF3 guideline execution engine. Journal of biomedical informatics 37(5):305-18.
  • Boxwala AA, Peleg M, Tu S, Ogunyemi O, Zeng QT, Wang D, Patel VL, Greenes RA, Shortliffe EH. (2004). GLIF3: a representation format for sharable computer-interpretable clinical practice guidelines. Journal of biomedical informatics 37(3):147-61.
  • Peleg M, Boxwala AA, Tu S, Zeng Q, Ogunyemi O, Wang D, Patel VL, Greenes RA, Shortliffe EH (2004). The InterMed approach to sharable computer-interpretable guidelines: a review. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA 11(1):1-10. Epub 2003 Oct 05.
  • Wang D. (2004). Translating Arden MlMs into GLIF guidelines--a case study of hyperkalemia patient screening. Studies in health technology and informatics. 101:177-181.
  • Wang D, Peleg M, Tu SW, Boxwala AA, Greenes RA, Patel VL, Shortliffe EH (2002). Representation primitives, process models and patient data in computer-interpretable clinical practice guidelines: a literature review of guideline representation models. International journal of medical informatics 68(1-3):59-70.
  • Patel VL, Branch T, Wang D, Peleg M, Boxwala A (2002). Analysis of the process of encoding guidelines: a comparison of GLIF2 and GLIF3. Methods of information in medicine 41(2):105-13.