Online M.S. in Health Care Informatics Faculty

All courses in the M.S. in Health Care Informatics degree program are taught by either the University of San Diego’s acclaimed practitioner professors or expert practitioners currently working in the health care informatics field. Their expertise, experience and insight about this emerging industry provides students with relevant information and expectations about the health care informatics field.

Jonathan Mack, PhD, MSN Clinical Associate Professor & Program Coordinator Read More

Jonathan Mack, PhD, MSN

Clinical Associate Professor & Program Coordinator

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

Dr. Mack has over 35 years of health care experience as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. Dr. Mack has held senior level hospital positions as Director of Emergency and Trauma Services, executive positions as a Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer for several Southern California Hospitals. Dr. Mack maintains an active practice as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner with a local medical group.

Dr. Mack earned an R.N. diploma in 1983 from Los Angeles County Medical Center, School of Nursing and an AA degree from Los Angeles City College. Dr. Mack completed an MSN in Nursing with a certificate as a nurse practitioner from Simmons College, Boston, MA., in 1994. Dr. Mack continued his graduate education and completed his PhD in Nursing at the University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. His dissertation examined the application of systems engineering and technology to predict bed utilization.

Dr. Mack completed a post-doctoral engineering fellowship with the West Wireless Health Institute. His post-doctoral research focused on medical device development and user interface design,. During his fellowship Dr. Mack participated in the development of smart phone base technology to conduct wireless fetal monitoring and non-stress testing of high risk pregnancies. After completing his Fellowship, he continued to build upon his technology and informatics expertise, as Director of Research and Development.

Dr. Mack joined the faculty of the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, in 2008 and has taught across pre-license masters degree and nurse practitioner programs. Dr. Mack is currently Program Coordinator for the Graduate Health Care and Nursing Informatics programs. He provided leadership for the development and implementation of both programs in 2009, and implemented online sections in 2014 . Dr Mack’s program of research includes telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, and simulation based learning for health care and nursing informatics.

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Brenda Boone, PhD, RN Advanced Practice Nurse, Scripps Health Read More

Brenda Boone, PhD, RN

Advanced Practice Nurse, Scripps Health

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

Brenda Boone is the Advanced Practice Nurse for Imaging Services at Scripps Health in San Diego. Her mission and passion is to develop and instill best practices in her clinical environment. Her program of research has included nurse/physician collaboration and the clinical practice environment in interventional radiology and cardiovascular services. She has published her research and presented widely and nationally on these topics.

Brenda received her PhD at the University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science in 2012. She has been a Registered Nurse for more than 32 years in acute care within a variety of practice settings, including oncology, emergency medicine and imaging services. Among her many projects is the content build for an EMR conversion to EPIC for her health system.

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Elizabeth Brown, MBA Account Based Marketing Director, Teradata Read More

Elizabeth Brown, MBA

Account Based Marketing Director, Teradata

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

Liz Brown is a lecturer for Healthcare Finance in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. She completed her MBA with a concentration in Marketing from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Emory.

An experienced marketer, Ms. Brown has over 20 years of experience as a business leader, 16 of which were spent at IBM in IT marketing, where Ms. Brown led healthcare and life sciences marketing for a worldwide and North America perspective for 10 years. Ms. Brown is currently an Account Based Marketing Director at Teradata, supporting healthcare and banking account teams.

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Leslie Dela Cruz-Torio, PhD, RN Senior Staff Development Specialist, Sharp HealthCare Read More

Leslie Dela Cruz-Torio, PhD, RN

Senior Staff Development Specialist, Sharp HealthCare

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Health Care Informatics
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Tennille Gifford, MSN, RN Read More

Tennille Gifford, MSN, RN

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

Tennille Gifford is a Program Manager of Clinical Informatics with a mission to cultivate an environment of authenticity and transformation in health care through electronic modalities. Recent projects include: leading the open medical record program for Planetree re-designation with distinction, the implementation of Cerner Millennium at 5 Acute Care Hospitals, completion of a new content build for rehab/LTC/TCU, attestation for MU state 2, RCA/FMEA for highly reliable strategies/initiatives, and implementation of change management procedures for objective scoring. She has applied Six Sigma/Lean standards to multiple projects and is HIMSS Level 6 Certified: Leading CDS optimizations and rollouts.

With over ten years of leadership experience in nursing, Tennille has participated in several related committees and initiatives including: Chair of Acute and Critical Care System Committee, Clinical Informatics Council, Regional Resource Allocation and Informatics for PHS (Oregon State) and Regulatory and Quality System Committees for ongoing readiness assessments and surveys.

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Lucia Gonzales, PhD, MSN Associate Professor of Nursing Read More

Lucia Gonzales, PhD, MSN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

Lucia Gonzales is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice and Simulation. Dr. Gonzales completed a Doctor of Philosophy from Emory University. Her major concentration was adult health nursing with a Certificate in Women’s Studies. Her dissertation research focused on role transitions and health outcomes of midlife woman following acute myocardial infarction. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in secondary education from Rosary College, Master of Science in Nursing degrees in Gerontology/ Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Rush University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. Recently she graduated with her MSN in Adult/Gero/Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of San Diego.

At the graduate level, Dr. Gonzales has taught leadership/professional issues and health theory at Emory and Kennesaw State Universities, and research at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Gonzales has greater than ten years’ experience as Director of Education in health systems and greater than ten years as chief nursing administrator. She is an invited international speaker on transition and adult development topics and maintains a nursing practice as a transition planner for the midlife woman.

Her nursing administrative and educational research interests include care coordination, continuing nursing education and the effect on quality outcomes; nursing competency evaluation tool development, student learning styles assessment and the development of culturally sensitive patient education materials. $420,000 grants for care coordination and nurses’ computer education were awarded. She developed an onsite RN to BSN program in collaboration with UMDNJ/Rowan School of Nursing for 93 nurses.

Her clinical applied practice research interest includes the implementation of an evidence based algorithm that reduces the symptom burden of the palliative care patient. Her most recent publication, “Adjusting bowel regimens when prescribing opioids in women receiving palliative care in the acute care setting”, is found in International Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2015).

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Kurt Hanft, BS ENGR,MBA, CSSBB Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Read More

Kurt Hanft, BS ENGR,MBA, CSSBB

Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

Kurt joined Sharp Healthcare in April 2005. After 13 years in the manufacturing industry primarily at Honeywell, where he led Six Sigma improvement teams as a principle process engineer. He received his bachelor of science in Manufacturing Engineering in 1992 at Cal Poly University, and his MBA from San Diego State University. As Master Black Belt at Sharp he leads and mentors Black and Green Belts, training programs and Lean transformation initiatives.

Kathleen Stacy, PhD, MS Clinical Associate Professor Read More

Kathleen Stacy, PhD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palomar Medical Center
Dr. Kathleen Stacy is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science and a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Palomar Medical Center. Dr. Stacy received a BS in Nursing from SUNY at Plattsburgh, a MS in Critical Care Nursing from San Diego State University, and her PhD in Nursing from University of San Diego.

Dr. Stacy has been practicing and teaching critical care nursing for more than 35 years. She has held a variety of positions, including staff nurse, clinical educator, outcomes manager, and nurse manager. As an advanced practitioner Dr. Stacy collaborates with the health care team to facilitate the achievement of optimal outcomes for the chronically critically ill patient.

Dr. Stacy’s research interest is patient safety with a focus on alarm management and hospital-associated infections. Her initial research in the area of alarm management examined the contextual factors that influenced the nurses’ response to the alarms. Dr. Stacy is a member of the Healthcare Technology Safety Institute Clinical Alarms Steering Committee. Dr. Stacy’s initial research on hospital-associated infections examined nursing practices’ in the management of central lines. She has also conducted research on end-of-life issues.

Dr. Stacy is an active member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and has participated on numerous committees, work groups, and task forces. Most recently she was a member of the CNS Scope and Standards Task Force which was responsible for the latest revision of the AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice. Dr. Stacy has published several articles and co-authored two critical care textbooks: Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management and Priorities in Critical Care Nursing.

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Suzanne Taylor Read More

Suzanne Taylor

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Health Care Informatics
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Thidarat Tinnakornsrisuphap, PhD Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Read More

Thidarat Tinnakornsrisuphap, PhD

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

Dr. Tinnakornsrisuphap (or Dr. T, as her students and colleagues call her) has a PhD in Information Systems Engineering with a focus on the healthcare environment. She has work experience in the design, development, and testing of databases and system applications, as well as a background in healthcare, engineering and research. Her research interests include clinical information systems such as Electronic Health Records and the application of Human Factors in system design. One of her recent research papers: “An Interoperable System for Automated Diagnosis of Cardiac Abnormalities from Electrocardiogram Data” has been published in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.

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