About Us

Turning data into actionable knowledge

The growing pressure for health care providers to administer cost-effective, patient-centered care has contributed to changes in the health care industry. Loyola University Chicago's Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research (CHOIR) strives to educate and lead a strong, innovative research program focused on leveraging our informatics infrastructure, and large heterogeneous data sets across the Loyola University Health System, Trinity Health and other facilities within the community, to transform data into actionable knowledge that will improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities.

Launched in Spring 2017 with 24 multidisciplinary faculty and staff, and led by François Modave PhD, CHOIR centers the effective use of informatics and data science for health care. The work of CHOIR spans research and education, but also “high-impact sprint projects”, focused on the rapid testing and implementation of data-driven strategies in health care. CHOIR is guided by a steering committee consisting of faculty and staff across disciplines and schools. 

2018 CHOIR Steering Committee

  • François Modave, PhD, CHOIR director, associate provost, Health Sciences Division
  • Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, provost, Health Sciences Division
  • Joshua Lee, MD, chief medical officer, Loyola University Medical Center; associate professor, Department of Medicine, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Keith Veselik, MD, medical director, primary care, Loyola University Health System; associate professor, Department of Medicine, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Amy Luke, PhD, professor, Public Health Sciences, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Majid Afshar, MD, MS, assistant professor, Public Health Sciences, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Karen Saban, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN, FAHA, associate dean for research, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
  • Kathleen Bobay, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
  • Ron Price, associate vice president for informatics and systems development, Health Sciences Division
  • Cara Joyce, PhD, assistant professor, Public Health Sciences, Stritch School of Medicine