DBMI Centers

Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) consists of more than 100 faculty and staff who all focus on different aspects of biomedical informatics, including precision medicine, big data, clinical informatics, education and more. 

Click the links below to view and learn more about each DBMI Center.

  • Director: Michael Matheny

    Faculty, trainees, staff and collaborators of the Center for Improving the Public's Health through Informatics (CIPHI) conduct population-based informatics research across multiple disciplines under informatics. The CIPHI has a strong affiliation with the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, which has created this multidisciplinary and collaborative center. The CIPHI also has a strong relationship with the Middle Tennessee Research Institute (MTRI). 

  • Director: Josh Peterson

    The Center for Precision Medicine (CPM) at Vanderbilt University is a multidisciplinary team consisting of basic research investigators, clinicians, data scientists, application developers and support personnel whose objective is to build a research platform that amasses, extracts and curates meaningful information from patient healthcare records and integrates it with genetic information derived from a DNA repository patterned after BioVU.

    The CPM develops and applies advanced bioinformatics tools to identify genotype/phenotype associations and genotype/treatment relationships in order to facilitate discovery and signally improve healthcare outcomes through the personalization of diagnostics, treatment and disease prevention. 

  • Director: Brad Malin

    The Vanderbilt Health Data Science Center (HEADS) was established to focus on the innovation and application of data science in the biomedical domain. HEADS serves as an umbrella for, and embellishes on the work of, multiple laboratories at Vanderbilt University working in this domain. 

    As of June 2024, HEADS will no longer be in existence. The Center will instead become the AI Center in March 2024, co-directed by Brad Malin and Peter Embi. 

  • Director: Adam Wright

    The Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC) coordinates clinical informatics activities across VUMC and is working to "pave the road" for clinical informatics researchers and practitioners, ensuring that faculty, students and staff throughout Vanderbilt find it easy to access data, test innovations and evaluate results. VCLIC also offers lectures, trainings, competitions and funding opportunities for Vanderbilt informaticians.