Isaac Samuel Kohane, MD PhD2023-02-28T21:59:10-05:00

Zak Kohane MD Ph DProfessor
Professor & Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School Dr. Kohane is driven by the vision of what biomedical researchers could do to find new cures, provide new diagnoses and deliver the best care available if data could be converted more rapidly to knowledge and knowledge to practice. Dr. Kohane created DBMI at Harvard and was instrumental in the creation and support of the i2b2 platform. Dr. Kohane serves as the Chairman of the Board of the i2b2 tranSMART Foundation.

Board Term: 2017-2021

Dr. Kohane holds an MD and Ph D from Boston University.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kohane initiated the 4CE Consortium, Consortium for Clinical Characterization of Covid19 by EHR:


Dr. Kohane is the 2020 winner of the prestigious Morris F. Collen Award by the American Medical Information Association (AMIA) for his substantial accomplishments in the field of biomedical informatics.

Dr. Kohane currently leads three NIH-funded projects that cut across the entire agenda:

  1. Center for Excellence in Genomic Science to study neuropsychiatric disease at multiple levels (from molecular characterization of induced neurons obtained from fibroblasts of patients to automated classification of the textual component of their electronic medical record).
  2. The Coordinating Center for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network. Where patients with rare and unknown diseases are provided with combined clinical and molecular diagnoses in a nationally-scaled infrastructure so that they can see the right expert with all their relevant data at hand.
  3. Center for Excellence in Big Data to Knowledge to both create a nationally scalable research data-sharing infrastructure and demonstrate its use for neurodevelopmental diseases.



LINK to Kohane’s Lab’s Webpage

LINK to the DBMI webpage


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