Clinical Informatics Fellowship - Faculty, Staff & Current Fellows

Program Leadership

Joel Saltz, MD PhD

Department Chair, Founding Program Director.

Veena Lingam, MD

Program Director


Core Faculty

Gerald Kelly, DO, Chief Information Officer

Mary Saltz, MD, Chief Clinical Integration Officer

Mathew Tharakan, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer

Richard Moffitt, Director of Graduate Education

Janos Hajagos, Chief Data Analytics Officer

Laura Fochtmann, MD, Distinguished Professor, Psychiatry


Program Coordinator 

Craig Stewart


Current Fellows

Year #2

Chao-wei Tsai, MD

Chao-wei Tsai, MD

Chief Operations Fellow

"I have always been interested in the intersections between information technology and clinical medicine since medical school. This thought especially amplified during my internal medicine residency at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, OR where I was involved in helping colleagues of all kinds configure and learn how to use the software tools for their work.

I joined the Stony Brook Clinical Informatics Fellowship program right after fellowship because I was looking to get a completely different educational and life experience than that from my residency. The Stony Brook program is new and offers exciting potential for customizing my education, it is located in a suburb with its unique patient population and lifestyle, as well as the fact that it is a state government-managed institution. In addition, it has a very large IT workforce which shows the organization's commitment to improve patient care and workforce satisfaction.

My primary interest is in user education and workflow improvement. I aim to practice with both clinical and leadership roles, with the hope of being able to help colleagues of any kind to work more easily and efficiently."- Chaowei Tsai


Victor Garcia, MD

Victor Garcia, MD

Chief Research Fellow

"I chose to stay at Stony Brook for Fellowship after completing my Internal Medicine residency here. With an interest in data analytics, I was drawn to the Stony Brook Clinical Informatics program because of the unique opportunity to tailor my fellowship experience toward my career interests while simultaneously attaining my M.S. in Biomedical Informatics. As Chief Research Fellow, I've enjoyed leading a wide range of projects, and ultimately, I seek to organize translational research projects that operationalize data analytics into physician workflows." - Victor Garcia


Year #1

Jacob Wooldridge, MD

Jacob Wooldridge, MD

Jacob joined the clinical informatics program after completing his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Tx followed by a fellowship in hematopathology at Columbia University.

"My main interest is in exploring digital pathology and the ways in which it can improve the care provided by pathologists as well as the opportunities to join this information with other data, such as radiology and molecular genetics to provide novel insights to various diseases. Outside of pathology, I am interested in finding ways to improve clinical workflows to allow for more efficient and effective care through the use a data analytics. The program at Stony Brook provided me the opportunity to work with leaders in the field of digital pathology as well as an environment that has shown significant buy-in from hospital leadership with respect to the value provided by clinical informatics." - Jacob Wooldridge


Rachel Wong, MD

Rachel Wong, MD, MPH, MBA

Rachel has been at Stony Brook for many years, where she completed medical school, Internal Medicine residency and degrees in public health and business. She served as an Associate Director for the Internal Medicine residency program and directed the primary care track and ambulatory quality improvement for several years after residency. She is interested in applying analytics to quality improvement strategies, healthcare delivery research and clinical decision support tools.

"I chose to do a clinical informatics fellowship at Stony Brook because it was the ideal opportunity to explore and facilitate inter-professional collaboration between data scientists, IT and front-line clinical providers." - Rachel Wong