Co-Director of Duke Forge and Assistant Dean for Biomedical Informatics, Duke University Health Systems

As Co-Director of Duke Forge, and Assistant Dean for Biomedical Informatics, Erich is helping build a data science culture and infrastructure across Duke University that focuses on actionable health data science. The Forge emphasizes scientific rigor, awareness that technology does not supersede clinicians’ responsibilities and human relationship with their patients, and the role of data science in society.

Erich, who is also Assistant Professor in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, focuses his research on applied machine learning, research provenance, and data infrastructure. Projects include building data provenance tools funded by the NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge program and regulatory science funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation. Applied machine learning applications include “Deep Care Management,” a highly interdisciplinary project with Duke Connected Care, Duke’s Accountable Care Organization, that integrates claims and EHR data for predicting unplanned admissions and risk stratifying patients for case management; and CALYPSO, a collaboration with the Department of Surgery for utilizing machine learning to predict surgical complications. Erich’s team also is building the data platform for the Department of Surgery’s “1,000 Patients Project” an intensive biospecimen and biomarker study based around patients undergoing the controlled injury of surgery.

Erich earned his PhD and MD degrees from Duke University.