Elliot Arsoniadis and Thomas Byrd
Elliot Arsoniadis and Thomas Byrd

New Learning Health System scholars named

The Minnesota Learning Health System Mentored Career Development Program (MN-LHS) is welcoming Elliot Arsoniadis and Thomas Byrd into its program in September 2022. 

The K12 scholar training program is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota, M Health Fairview, Mayo Clinic, Hennepin Healthcare and six other collaborating clinical sites. It's one of 11 institutions funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The MN-LHS program, in conjunction with the Center for Learning Health System Sciences, trains and supports researchers to conduct patient-centered outcomes research within learning health systems.

The new scholars are funded by the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.  

Elliot Arsoniadis, MD, PhD

Dr. Arsoniadis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He completed medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, a general surgery residency at the University of Minnesota, and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Florida. He has also completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics from the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota. His LHS project studies ways to improve the screening and detection of premalignant HPV-associated anal lesions in high-risk populations, especially HIV+ gay men, in an effort to prevent development of anal cancer. These interests stem from a broader interest in improving the delivery of healthcare to the LGBTQ+ patient population.

Thomas Byrd, MD, MS

Dr. Byrd is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, at the University of Minnesota. His current work focuses on clinical deterioration, wherein a patient’s condition suddenly and unexpectedly worsens while hospitalized. As an MN-LHS scholar, he aims to optimize and implement an unbiased artificial intelligence algorithm that predicts deterioration before it occurs, allowing for swift clinical intervention. Dr. Byrd attended medical school at the University of New Mexico and completed residency training in internal medicine at Northwestern University. He earned his master’s degree in Health and Biomedical Informatics from Northwestern University.

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