Dr. Jihad Obeid is an expert in research databases and web-based clinical research systems. He has achieved national recognition for developing innovative software to manage complex datasets in clinical settings. Through his SmartState Endowed Chair, he is working with information technology professionals throughout South Carolina to develop software and infrastructure that help researchers share data and collaborate with other researchers across hospitals and universities.
Dr. Obeid is involved in several areas of research in Informatics including: clinical data warehousing; text mining and secondary use of clinical data for research; biomedical ontologies; and social networking analysis for researchers.
He is also helping South Carolina’s biomedical and pharmaceutical researchers better manage and analyze complex data is ways that are faster and more efficient. These medical informatics systems enable researchers to conduct rigorous studies and more easily compare the effectiveness of different treatments for a given disease, allowing treatments to move from the lab to patients more quickly.
As the Associate Director of MUSC’s Biomedical Informatics Program, he oversees academic and operational informatics initiatives and the educational activities. He is a co-investigator on several National Institutes of Health funded projects, including the Research Permissions Management System (RPMS) and Lipidomics Portal and the Principal Investigator on IRB protocols for the use of clinical data warehouse systems for research.