• 8348 Citations
1994 …2022
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Research Interests

I received my PhD in immunology from the University of Chicago where I discovered the function of CTLA-4, the first checkpoint inhibitor. Following my MS in computer science, I worked in microbial genomics developing informatics tools to understand biochemical pathways in microorganisms. I joined the Nortwestern faculty to focus on medical informatics and am Associate Director for the Center for Health Information Partnerships and Director of the Chicago Health IT Regional Extension Center.

My goal is to improve health for people with autoimmune disease, using immunological, genomics, informatics and implementation science methods to study the development of autoimmunity. My research focuses on using electronic health records, intersected with genetic, social and environmental data to 1) develop translational models to elucidate the molecular and environmental mechanisms of human autoimmune disease and 2) develop EHR-based tools to improve care for people with autoimmunity.

Education/Academic qualification

MS, DePaul University

… → 2004

PhD, University of Chicago

… → 1997

Research interests

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Big Data
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomic Medicine/Personalized Medicine
  • Healthcare Quality
  • Immunology
  • Implementation Science
  • Medical Informatics
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Grants 2011 2022

Computer Simulation
Medical Records
Autoimmune Diseases
Precision Medicine
Electronic Health Records
Chronic Disease
Information Centers
Public Health
Costs and Cost Analysis
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Fee-for-Service Plans
Electronic Health Records

Research Output 1994 2020

  • 8348 Citations
  • 33 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Conference contribution
Open Access
Electronic Health Records
Quality Improvement
Preventive Medicine
Smoking Cessation

Assessing the concordance of clinical classification criteria for lupus between electronic health records and a physician curated registry

Walunas, T. L., Ghosh, A. S., Pacheco, J. A., Jackson, K. L., Chung, A. H., Erickson, D. L., Mancera-Cuevas, K., Ramsey-Goldman, R. & Kho, A. N., Aug 21 2019, MEDINFO 2019: Health and Wellbeing e-Networks for All - Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics. Seroussi, B., Ohno-Machado, L., Ohno-Machado, L. & Seroussi, B. (eds.). IOS Press, p. 1466-1467 2 p. (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; vol. 264).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Electronic Health Records
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Making work visible for electronic phenotype implementation: Lessons learned from the eMERGE network

Shang, N., Liu, C., Rasmussen, L. V., Ta, C. N., Caroll, R. J., Benoit, B., Lingren, T., Dikilitas, O., Mentch, F. D., Carrell, D. S., Wei, W. Q., Luo, Y., Gainer, V. S., Kullo, I. J., Pacheco, J. A., Hakonarson, H., Walunas, T. L., Denny, J. C., Wiley, K., Murphy, S. N. & 2 others, Hripcsak, G. & Weng, C., Nov 2019, In : Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 99, 103293.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electronic medical equipment
Electronic Health Records
1 Citation (Scopus)

Design of healthy hearts in the heartland (H3): A practice-randomized, comparative effectiveness study

Ciolino, J. D., Jackson, K. L., Liss, D. T., Brown, T., Walunas, T. L., Murakami, L., Chung, I., Persell, S. D. & Kho, A. N., Aug 2018, In : Contemporary Clinical Trials. 71, p. 47-54 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Point-of-Care Systems
Random Allocation
Primary Health Care
Smoking Cessation
6 Citations (Scopus)

Engaging primary care practices in studies of improvement: Did you budget enough for practice recruitment?

Fagnan, L. J., Walunas, T. L., Parchman, M. L., Dickinson, C. L., Murphy, K. M., Howell, R., Jackson, K. L., Madden, M. B., Ciesla, J. R., Mazurek, K. D., Kho, A. N. & Solberg, L. I., Apr 2018, In : Annals of family medicine. 16, p. S72-S79

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Primary Health Care
Costs and Cost Analysis
Quality Improvement
Health Services Research