CHIDS Team

We’re taking on healthcare

CHIDS’ core team consists of faculty, fellows and students involved in the day-to-day operations and management of the center. In addition to the core team, CHIDS affiliated faculty, the advisory board, and Smith School staff members play key roles for the center in various activities. The CHIDS student fellows provide support in the research process and also lead independent research projects.

Ritu Agarwal
Founder & Director | Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS)
Robert H. Smith Dean's Chair of Information Systems
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research

Ritu Agarwal is the founder and director of CHIDS and professor and the dean’s chair of information systems at the Smith School. Read bio.

Gordon Gao
Co-Director | Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS)
Associate Professor, Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

Gordon Gao is co-director of CHIDS, and associate professor in DO&IT at the Smith School. His research interests in the healthcare management area related to quality and transparency, health 2.0 and the business and economic value of IT in healthcare. Read bio.

P. Kenyon Crowley, MBA, MSIS, CPHIMS
Deputy Director | Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS)
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Health Information Science PhD Student | University of Maryland iSchool

Kenyon Crowley is a leader of the University of Maryland's health IT research portfolio where he serves as Deputy Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and is a Doctoral Scholar at the University of Maryland iSchool.  Kenyon's research interests include precision behavioral health interventions, health data analytics, and digital health system design. Full bio.

Faye Baker
Program Coordinator | Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS)
Email: fbaker@rhsmith.umd.edu

Faye Baker is the program coordinator for the center. She has extensive experience in coordination roles at the Smith School and elsewhere. Currently she is responsible for the administrative support and the communication portfolio for the Center.

Barney Corwin
Senior Fellow | Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS)
Associate Clinical Professor, Decision, Operations & Information Technologies
Email: bcorwin@rhsmith.umd.edu

Barney Corwin is a CHIDS senior fellow and a lecturer at the Smith School. He has more than two decades of experience, and served most recently as the chief information officer for the District of Columbia department of health. He is involved in the member relations and outreach functions for the Center and teaches health IT curriculum. Read bio.