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. At CHIDS, Kenyon manages activities aimed at improving the design, adoption, integration and effective use of information systems in healthcare to address outcomes such as patient safety, healthcare quality, efficiency in healthcare delivery, and a reduction in health disparities. He has worked with a range of government agencies (FDA, ONC, CMS, AHRQ, VA, state and local) and commercial organizations from Fortune 500 firms to startups. He is Managing Partner for the venture, DiaSocial, which integrates remote monitoring, game psychology and analytics for improved chronic disease management. He is founder of Community Well, a cloud-based health campaign as a service provider. Kenyon serves on the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Workgroup for Health & Human Services Data Access and Use. He teaches courses in mobile health and health IT strategy. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Informatics at the University of Maryland’s iSchool and has completed the dual M.B.A. and M.S. Information Systems degree program, with a Health Technology focus, at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS). Kenyon was the winner of the 2014 ASIS&T Design Challenge and of the 2014 American Public Health Association Codeathon.

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.