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William Lober MD, MS

Director, Clinical Informatics Research Group

I began my career with a strong interest in computer engineering, which I studied both in undergraduate and graduate school, and for the next six years was a principal in two small technology startups. I developed an interest in medicine and completed medical school at the UC Berkeley and UCSF Joint Program. My MS thesis combined engineering and medicine to examine the heart’s electrical activity during cardiac arrest. I completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona, with a brief stint as a Registrar at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Queensland, Australia. I came to UW as a board certified ED physician, practiced for a few years, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics (NIH/NLM F38 Applied Medical Informatics) with Dr. Jim Brinkley. I joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2005 and have been happily pursuing my interests across health informatics, across the Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health, since that time. For more information about the Clinical Informatics Research Group, please see:


  • BSEE, Tufts University, 1980
  • MS, UC Berkeley, 1992
  • MD, UC San Francisco, 1994
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, U of Arizona, 1997

What classes are you teaching? 

NMETH 526 – Patient-centered Technology and Interactive Health Communications

NURS 210 – Science, Evidence, & Health: Mastering Health Information and Personal Health Technologies

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I have a diverse and interesting set of colleagues, who bring their research and clinical experience to the task of improving individual and population health across many different domains. Their work and openness to collaboration meshes with my interests in developing and evaluating informatics tools and systems to support health system change for patients and families, health care providers, health care organizations, and researchers.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science

Research Centers

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