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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.
Dr. Ritu Agarwal,
Founder & Director of CHIDS, Professor and the Dean’s Chair of Information
Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business
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 communication portfolio for the Center.
Dr. Barney Corwin is a CHIDS
Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. 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.
P. Kenyon Crowley is Associate Director of CHIDS. Kenyon is a passionate health IT advocate
and a leader of the University of Maryland's health IT agenda. At CHIDS, he manages programs to
research, analyze, and recommend solutions to challenges surrounding the introduction and integration
of information and decision technologies into the health care system. His research has explored health
information exchange performance and sustainability, electronic health record (EHR) design and usability,
health information system maturity models, EHRs to support clinical
research, pay-for-performance schemes, health 2.0 technologies, economic
models and innovative applications of health IT for consumer and
clinical use. His experience includes health IT strategy with Johnson &
Johnson, business strategy consulting as founder of Carolina Business &
Investment Services and he was a Fortune 500 commercial banker and
venture capital consultant, respectively. He has over 10 years
experience managing multi-disciplinary projects for both commercial and
government clients. When he’s not working to accelerate health care
transformation, you’ll likely find him on a soccer field or at a
Jiban Khuntia is a PhD student in information systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
He has been a Graduate Research Fellow with the center since 2006. With his prior corporate experience
of more than ten years, Jiban is leading several research projects and is involved in the management of
the Center. His major interests are health information technology infrastructure and related socio-economic
Emily McPherson is a CHIDS Research Fellow. Manager of CHIDS' social media efforts including its Health IT news blog, she also contributes monitoring and evaluation support to several ongoing research projects. Prior to her fellowship appointment, Emily spent three years at AcademyHealth, where she facilitated "knowledge translation" of clinical research on contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She has also served as Research Associate with the Frontier Center for Public Policy, and as a Research Assistant with London's Reform think tank.
Emily has a Political Science BA from the University of British Columbia and an Applied Economics MA from Johns Hopkins University. She also has a baby daughter, Cathleen Aall McPherson.