Gretchen is the Vice President and Director of the Evaluation Research Center at IBM Watson Health and a tenured Associate Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Biomedical Informatics at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is an internationally recognized informatician and accomplished clinical surgeon with over 25 years of contributions to informatics research, innovations in health information technologies, and surgical science. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).
Gretchen earned her Ph.D. in Medical Informatics at Stanford University in 1997 and held informatics faculty and leadership positions at three universities during her surgical residency and fellowship. She is board certified in general and pediatric surgery, and in 2014 joined the first class of 455 diplomats who became board certified in the new specialty of Clinical Informatics. She sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and International Journal of Medical Informatics, and is an associate editor of Applied Clinical Informatics and JAMIA Open. Gretchen’s current research is focused on evaluating clinical decision support systems and empowering patients and families through health information technologies. She is the principal investigator for a R01 grant from the Agency for Health Research and Policy for a project studying of the information needs of pregnant women and their caregivers to inform the design of health information technologies. Gretchen was previously the Director of Graduate Studies and a co-Principal Investigator for Vanderbilt’s National Library of Medicine T15 Training Grant in Biomedical Informatics. She is a member of the Board of Governors for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and has chaired informatics committees at the American College of Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, and American Pediatric Surgical Association. She has also chaired the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee for the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.