PCORnet Leaders Accept New Roles with Research and Data Committees

The new year brought additional opportunities for network members to participate in PCORnet’s governing committees. The PCORnet Council is pleased to welcome several colleagues to new roles within the Research and Data Committees.

Keith Marsolo will now serve as chair of PCORnet’s Data Committee. Marsolo is an associate professor in the division of Biomedical Informatics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His research focuses on how to obtain meaningful insights from electronic health records at scale through the use of common data models. He is a co-investigator in the ImproveCareNow partner network as well as the PEDSnet partner network. As chair of the Data Committee, Marsolo also joins the PCORnet Executive Committee as a non-voting member.

Russ Waitman, our former Data Committee chair, will remain on the Data Committee as a member. Waitman is an associate professor of Internal Medicine, director of Medical Informatics, and associate vice chancellor for Enterprise Analytics at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is currently the co-principal investigator for the Greater Plains Collaborative partner network.

Also joining the Data Committee as a member is Mark Weiner, assistant dean for Informatics and professor of Medicine and Clinical Sciences at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Weiner is the informatics lead for Temple as part of the PaTH partner network. His research interests and work help to bridge the gap between health services research, clinical and research operations, quality improvement, and medical informatics.

On the Research Committee, we are extending a welcome to James McClay, who will now serve as a member. McClay, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine and chair of the Biomedical Informatics graduate program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is the Greater Plains Collaborative co-principal investigator. He is internationally recognized for his work developing innovative methods for the capture, encoding, and reuse of clinical data to improve the quality and safety of health care.

Congratulations to all of these members on their new roles!

About PCORnet

PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, is an innovative initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of PCORnet is to improve the nation’s capacity to conduct clinical research by creating a large, highly representative network that directly involves patients in the development and execution of research. More information is available at www.pcornet.org.


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. More information is available at www.pcori.org.