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Ritu Agarwal

Ritu Agarwal

Senior Associate Dean

Distinguished University Professor

Robert H. Smith Dean's Chair of Information Systems

Co-Director, CHIDS

Ph.D. Syracuse University


Ritu Agarwal is the senior associate dean at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is also the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems and founding director of the school’s Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS). She has published more than 100 papers in top academic journals, testified before government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health, and collaborated with Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco Systems, Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer. Since arriving at Maryland Smith in 1999, Agarwal has taught at every level and received all of the school’s major teaching awards. Prior to her appointment as interim dean, she served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research.

Her current research focuses on the use of information technology in healthcare settings, health analytics, and artificial intelligence applications in health. In addition to publishing her research in journals such as Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and Health Affairs, Agarwal has made presentations at a variety of national and international conferences. She has been the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Professor for Maryland Smith and won the university's Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award. In 2017 she was appointed as a Distinguished University Professor, Maryland’s highest academic honor. 

Agarwal recently completed a six-year term as editor-in-chief of Information Systems Research, 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, a fellow of the Association for Information Systems, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Society of INFORMS.

In 2010 Agarwal started the annual Conference on Health IT and Analytics (CHITA). This conference is a leading research forum at the intersection of technology, analytics and health. CHITA attracts international scholars, policymakers and business executives who work in healthcare reform. Agarwal is deeply passionate about using her research capabilities and advocacy to improve the practice and delivery of healthcare.

News

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Research

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Insights

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