Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Dr. Herbert Chase has had a 30-plus-year career teaching clinical medicine and basic science to medical students, interns and residents, and junior and senior faculty at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a board certified internist and nephrologist who spent the early part of his career as a basic scientist. After shifting his interest from research to education, he directed and participated in several major medical school courses. In 2000 he left Columbia University and was appointed the first deputy dean for education at Yale School of Medicine, where he introduced several major programmatic changes. In 2006 he returned to Columbia to enter the master's program in biomedical informatics as National Library of Medicine-funded postdoctoral fellow.
Dr. Chase is currently professor of clinical medicine in biomedical informatics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, involved in several research projects: developing informatics methods to detect chronic kidney disease in its earliest stages; developing just-in-time information-retrieval systems for clinicians at the point of care; implementing strategies for pharmacovigilance operating through the electronic medical record (EHR); and creation of a patient record summary in the EHR. He is also a medical advisor to the IBM team developing the medical version of Watson.
Dr. Chase continues to participate in the educational programs at Columbia: he recently developed a four-year medical decision-making curriculum, a new course in biomedical informatics, and a module for advanced pharmacology, "Rational Drug Prescribing."