Dr. Rocha is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. At BWH, Dr. Rocha leads applied informatics research projects and is a faculty member of the Partners Clinical Informatics & Innovation Fellowship program. Dr. Rocha is also the Managing Director of Semedy Inc., a new Boston-based software company focused on knowledge and metadata management using semantic technologies.
Prior to joining Semedy, Dr. Rocha was the Clinical Informatics Director for Partners eCare at Partners HealthCare (2008-2017), where he led enterprise clinical knowledge management activities, including clinical decision support interventions implemented across different clinical systems. Prior to joining BWH, Dr. Rocha was an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah (2000-2008), where he led 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 Executive Vice-President and the Lead Informaticist at Remedy Informatics (2006-2007) and a Senior Medical Informaticist at Intermountain Healthcare (2000-2006). During his tenure at Intermountain, Dr. Rocha managed clinical knowledge management activities and data definitions 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 teaching hospital with a homegrown clinical 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 development and implementation of interoperability standards. Dr. Rocha is am elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.