Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Chief of Bioinformatics, ASCO CancerLinQ

George Komatsoulis is the Chief of Bioinformatics at CancerLinQ, a rapid learning healthcare program at the American Society of Clinical Oncology. CancerLinQ uses standard clinical care data from Electronic Health Records to create a national cohort that participating practices can use to improve outcomes for their patients. Prior to coming to CancerLinQ, Dr. Komatsoulis spent 12 years at the NIH, working at the National Cancer Institute and the National Center for Biotechnology Information. At the NIH, he spearheaded the development of innovative biomedical informatics capabilities including the NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots, the NIH Commons Credits Model and semantic technology to support interoperability. From 1997 – 2004, Dr. Komatsoulis was a bioinformatics scientist at Human Genome Sciences, Inc. after completing a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and post-doctoral work in Biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Mathematics at the University of Southern California.


Big Data in Cancer Care
Improving outcomes by leveraging data from regular clinical practice is the objective of what the Institute of Medicine calls a “rapid learning health system”. This talk focuses on implementing such an environment in oncology and discusses the challenges involved in doing so in a way that supports rather than burdens providers.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2017 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: Enabling the oncology community to harness the power of clinical data and electronic health care records to improve standard care requires data sharing, aggregation, and harmonization of research-grade datasets, including a supportive infrastructure. This session focuses on novel partnerships and high performance computing, that enable clinical workflow acceleration and decision making for precision medicine.

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