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

Jonathan Mack completed his dissertation on application of systems engineering techniques to predict bed utilization. His program of research centers on application of systems engineering to the health care environment. He has training in systems engineering, health care informatics and human factors. He is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow with the West Wireless Health Institute. His research areas include clinical applications of technology and wireless heal devices. Dr. Mack is researching user interfaces for electronic medical records and medical devices.

Jonathan attended the University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, for his PhD training. He has over 27 years of experience as a registered Nurse, which includes 15 years as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Jonathan has held senior level hospital positions, including executive positions as a Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer for several southern California Hospitals. Dr. Mack maintains an active practice as an acute care Nurse Practitioner through St. Bernadine Medical Center, in San Bernardino, California.

Brenda Boone, PhD, RN

Advanced Practice Nurse, Scripps Health

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.

Leslie Dela Cruz - Torio, PhD, RN

Senior Staff Development Specialist, Sharp HealthCare

Tennille Gifford, MSN, RN

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.

Lucia Gonzales, PhD, MSN

Associate Professor of Nursing

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).

Kathleen Stacy, PhD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor
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.

Thidarat Tinnakornsrisuphap, PhD

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor

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.