Health informatics expert to build on SILS and RTI International partnership

January 20, 2012

Tom Caruso

CHAPEL HILL - A recent partnership between the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International's Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology (CAHIT) has been strengthened with the joint appointment of Tom Caruso, an expert in the area of health informatics.

Dr. Caruso, who joined SILS and RTI International as health informatics liaison research associate on Jan. 3, 2012, has an extensive background in biomedical informatics, health information management and technology. He comes to North Carolina from T.P. Caruso and Associates, LLP where he built partnerships for government contractors in the Federal health technology sector, founded Quantal Semantics, Inc. to develop a Universal [Health Information] Exchange Language called QuantalUEL and created the Biomedical Informatics Think TankTM an organization of experts at major academic medical institutions who have been working in the fields of health information management, clinical informatics, public health informatics, clinical research informatics, bioinformatics, data mining, health informatics technology training and high performance computing for the last 30 years.

Caruso's new responsibilities include developing research programs between SILS and RTI International, pursuing collaborative grant and contract opportunities in health informatics and creating and facilitating an internship program for the Health Informatics professional master’s degree program at UNC at Chapel Hill. 

"We are delighted to expand our partnership with RTI International an institution that has such a rich history in scientific development and research, especially in the field of bioinformatics and health information," said Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer distinguished professor. "We are especially pleased to welcome a professional like Tom with broad expertise in biomedical and health sciences, as well as partnership development between academic organizations and government contractors, as we expand our efforts into the health informatics field."

"RTI’s Center for the Advancement of Health IT is very committed to the partnership with SILS and we firmly believe that the complementary expertise of the faculty and staff of these two world class institutions creates a very unique set of capabilities that will allow us to conduct very exciting, cutting edge research," said Linda Dimitropoulos, senior director of the Center for the Advancement of Health IT at RTI.

"Our recent joint appointment of Dr. Tom Caruso has served to cement our commitment to this partnership and he will serve as a dedicated resource that will help us to move this partnership forward."

Dr. Caruso worked as a project manager at NIH Center for Information Technology and built partnerships for 12 years at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Minnesota, his MBA from Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his bachelor's of science degree in biochemistry/biology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is certified as a Program Management Professional. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, Health Information and Management Systems Society, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the International Society for Computational Biology.