Ritu Agarwal

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research | Distinguished University Professor | Robert H. Smith Dean's Chair of Information Systems | Co-Director, CHIDS

Ph.D. Syracuse University

Ritu Agarwal is Distinguished University Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, and the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the Founding Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the Smith School. Dr. Agarwal has published over 100 articles in journals such as Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Health Affairs, and made presentations at a variety of national and international conferences. Her current research is focused on the use of IT in healthcare settings, health analytics, and artificial intelligence applications in health.

Professor Agarwal has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies including Cisco Systems, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer on a variety of research and consulting engagements. She has been a regular speaker at meetings of senior IT and business executives, including a select group of Chief Information Officers from Fortune 100 companies. She has testified before the National Committee on Health and Vital Statistics and the US Department of Health based on her research on IT and healthcare. Her research has been sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Society for Information Management, US Department of Labor, NSF, and DARPA, and a number of private corporations. Dr. Agarwal’s research has been featured in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and elsewhere. Professor Agarwal has taught at business schools in her 30-year career across all programs, including undergraduate, Masters, MBA, and Ph.D. She also teaches in the Smith School’s Executive MBA program in College Park and Beijing, China. She has been a recipient of all the major teaching awards at the Smith School of Business.

In 2010 Professor Agarwal started the Annual Conference on Health IT and Analytics (CHITA). This conference, now in its 9th year, is a leading research forum at the intersection of technology, analytics, and health. CHITA attracts international scholars, policy makers, and business executives who work in the area of healthcare reform. She is deeply passionate about using her research capabilities and advocacy to improve the practice and delivery of healthcare.

Professor Agarwal recently completed a 6-year term as the Editor-in-Chief of Information Systems Research, which is one of the world’s top academic journals in information systems. Previously she served as Senior Editor at MIS Quarterly and Associate Editor for Management Science. She has been a leader in all of the major professional associations: Dr. Agarwal was a member of the INFORMS board as Vice President for Subdivisions, and served as a Vice President in the Association for Information Systems from 2002 to 2005. She was a Standing Member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s expert review panel on Healthcare Effectiveness and Outcomes Research for the period 2010-2014. She was the NSF ADVANCE Professor for 2012-2013 for the Smith School.

In 2011 she became a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems, and also received the University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award. In 2013 she received the title of Distinguished Fellow from the Information Systems Society of INFORMS. In 2017 she was appointed as Distinguished University Professor; the highest academic title at the University of Maryland. She has served in leadership roles in a number of major professional conferences during her career, including Conference Co-Chair and Program Co-Chair. Most recently she was the Co-Chair for the International Conference on Information Systems, the premier professional conference in information systems held in Seoul, South Korea, December 2017.