BMIR Leadership

Division Director, Mark Musen, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Informatics Research
Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research

Dr. Musen leads Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research and conducts research related to open science, data stewardship, intelligent systems, and biomedical decision support. His group developed Protégé, the world’s most widely used technology for building and managing terminologies and ontologies. He is Principal Investigator of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, one of the original National Centers for Biomedical Computing created by the U.S. National Institutes of Heath (NIH). He is principal investigator of the Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR). 

Dr. Musen has led CEDAR which is a Center of Excellence supported by the NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative, with the goal of developing new technology to ease the authoring and management of biomedical experimental metadata. Dr. Musen chaired the Health Informatics and Modeling Topic Advisory Group for the World Health Organization’s revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and he currently directs the WHO Collaborating Center for Classification, Terminology, and Standards at Stanford University.

Section Chief of Biostatistics, Director of QSU, Manisha Desai, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Informatics Research

Dr. Desai is the Director of the Quantitative Sciences Unit and is an expert in the handling of missing data, the translation of randomized clinical trial findings to real world target populations, the incorporation of digital health data to clinical trials, and the design of clinical trials. As Director of the Quantitative Sciences Unit (QSU), she manages a group of faculty, PhD and Master’s level staff, who collaborate with clinical and translational investigators throughout the School of Medicine on clinical and basic science research. Dr. Desai joined the Department of Medicine at Stanford University in 2009.

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Associate Director, Nigam H. Shah, MBBS, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Informatics Research

Dr. Shah is Associate Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics Research. He is a physician scientist and an expert in approaches that combine machine learning and knowledge of medical ontologies to enable use cases for the learning health system. He develops methods to analyze large unstructured data sets for use in data-driven medicine and to enable improvements is decision-making in medicine and health care. Dr. Shah joined the BMIR faculty in 2011. Prior to that he served as a Research Scientist at BMIR and trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Mark Musen between 2005-2007.


Sarah Lai

Administrative Division Director