Dr. Rocha is the Senior Corporate Manager for Knowledge Management and Clinical Decision Support at the Clinical Informatics Research and Development (CIRD) group, Partners HealthCare, and a Lecturer on Medicine at the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining BWH and CIRD, Dr. Rocha was an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah (2000-2008), where more recently he was leading the design and implementation of a distributed data and knowledge management infrastructure to support clinical and translational research. Concurrently with his faculty appointment at the University of Utah, Dr. Rocha was an EVP and Lead Informaticist at RemedyMD (2006-2007) and a Senior Medical Informaticist at Intermountain Healthcare (2000-2006). During his tenure at Intermountain, Dr. Rocha managed the Knowledge Base team and coordinated system-wide clinical knowledge management activities, including development and maintenance of the knowledge content and its associated software infrastructure. At Intermountain, Dr. Rocha also managed the Terminology team, responsible for the development and maintenance of all information models and terminologies used by Intermountain’s longitudinal healthcare record. Prior to Intermountain, Dr. Rocha was an Associate Professor of Medical Informatics at the Federal University of Paraná (1997-2000), Brazil, and the Chief Information Officer of a 650-bed University Hospital with a locally-developed hospital information system (1998-2000).
Dr. Rocha completed a PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah (1996) and is the first recipient of the Reed Gardner Award for Faculty Excellence from the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics (2006). Dr. Rocha received his MD from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (1987). His areas of interest include application of knowledge management principles and processes to biomedicine; modeling and representation of biomedical ontologies, data, and knowledge; and interoperability standards and best practices. Dr. Rocha is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.