Interview with Dr. Joel Saltz

Joel Saltz sitting in an office

Director, Center for Comprehensive Informatics
Professor in the Departments of Pathology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and Mathematics and Computer Science
Emory University
Chief Medical Information Officer at Emory Health-care
Adjunct Professor of Computational Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Informatics
Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar

Dr. Saltz's research on bioinformatics spans several disciplines.  One project involves applying computer analysis to medical imaging to yield better results for patients.  As an example, a computer program may able to help doctors detect small cancers in a CT scan or mammogram. In this interview, Dr. Saltz discusses some of the uses of bioinformatics and its application to cancer.  He also discusses a national effort to connect researchers interested in computerized approaches to cancer research, caBIG and caGrid.