Bridging Clinical and Engineering Expertise in Electronic Health


Bridging Clinical and Engineering Expertise in Electronic Health: A Focus on Health Behavior Change and Cancer

The Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care (CFTCC) and Boston University’s Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office (BU IBRO) are co-hosting Bridging Clinical and Engineering Expertise In Electronic Health: A focus on health behavior change and cancer.

The half-day conference will focus on the development, understanding, and application of e-health and m-health within the fields of public heath and cancer care. The featured speakers will discuss their experience with electronic health in these fields. Attendees will be provided with a general understanding of emerging directions focused on areas for collaboration across these fields.

The event will offer CME credits and will be livestreamed. Individuals must be present to receive credit.



Rebecca has more than twenty-five years of experience as a technologist and technology executive in the software and healthcare IT sectors. Rebecca has an extensive background in software and cloud product development, system and software architecture, system platform design, technology incubation, product strategy formulation, and has startup experience as both an investor and operator.

Rebecca has BS degree in Computer Science from Boston University, two Distinguished Alumna Awards from Boston University, and extensive senior executive training from Microsoft and the Forum for Executive Women.

Rebecca lives and works in Seattle, WA, with strong business ties to Boston, New York, D.C. and the Bay Area.

Rebecca has served on numerous non-profit boards. She currently serves as Venture Partner for Illuminate Ventures, Board of Overseer member for Boston University, Director on the Board of Directors for AAUW, as well as an advisor to several Seattle-based startups.

In addition to her board activities, Rebecca is an accomplished public speaker. She cycles, runs, and is an AASI Level II Snowboard Instructor.


Dr. Houston is a primary care physician (American Board of Internal Medicine) and an American Board of Preventive Medicine board-certified clinical informatician.  After receiving his MPH from Johns Hopkins, he has had a federally funded portfolio of health informatics and health services research for over 15 years.  His research is at the intersection of technology and behavior change for patients and providers.  His funding has been from NIH, AHRQ, <ahref=””>VA HSR&D, PCORI, RWJF, and the Bayer Institute for Healthcare Communication.  He is Professor and Chief of the Division of Health Informatics and Implementation Science at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Dr. Houston is also a scientist at the Bedford VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Science.

Dr. Houston is an active mentor, guiding the careers of junior faculty at UMass and VA, and serves as multi-PI of PRACCTIS, an implementation science post-doctoral program.

Tom is an elected fellow of the society of behavioral medicine and the American College of Medical Informatics, and a father of two kids and one labradoodle.


Yannis Paschalidis is a Professor and Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. He is the Director of the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE). He obtained a Diploma (1991) from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and an M.S. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1996) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has been at Boston University since 1996. His current research interests lie in the fields of systems and control, networks, applied probability, optimization, operations research, computational biology, medical informatics, and bioinformatics.

Prof. Paschalidis’ work has been recognized with an NSF CAREER award and the second prize in the George E. Nicholson paper competition by INFORMS. Joint work with students has been recognized with the best student paper award at WiOpt (a wireless networks conference), an IBM/IEEE Smarter planet award, an IEEE Crowdsourcing prize (for work in medical informatics), and a finalist best student paper award in ICRA (a robotics conference). His work on protein docking (with his collaborators) has been recognized for best performance in modeling protein-protein complexes. He was an invited participant at the 2002 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium organized by the National Academy of Engineering, and at the 2014 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAFKI) Conference. Prof. Paschalidis is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems.


Davidson Hamer, MD is a Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Hamer is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases with particular interests in tropical infectious diseases, travel medicine, emerging diseases, and antimicrobial resistance. He has more than 25 years of field research experience on malaria, pneumonia, neonatal and child survival, maternal health, micronutrient deficiencies, and HIV/AIDS. Several of these studies have integrated mHealth solutions to improve newborn and child health outcomes. In 2014, Dr. Hamer took over the lead of GeoSentinel, a global surveillance network of 65 sites in 30 countries that uses returning travelers, immigrants, and refugees as sentinels of disease emergence and transmission patterns throughout the world.

Committee Members

Catherine Klapperich PhD
Director, Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care

Katya Ravid PhD
Director, BU Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office

Andrei Lapets PhD
Director, Research Development, Hariri Institute for Computing

Belinda Borrelli PhD
Professor, Health Policy and Health Services Research, BU Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Director, Behavioral Science Research

Lisa Quintiliani PhD
Assistant Professor, BU General Internal Medicine


Colloquium Room, Room 906
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA 02215


(listed in order of closet to venue)

Granby Lot
665 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Kenmore Lot
549 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Agganis Arena Lot
925 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

pricing information

Take the B line (Boston College) and get off at Boston University Central Station

57 Bus, T Stop, St. Mary’s Street

BU Shuttle
St Mary’s Street (Inbound) or Marsh Plaza (Outbound)