Elliot Arsoniadis and Thomas Byrd Join MN-LHS Program

Mona Rath | July 14, 2022

The Minnesota Learning Health System Mentored Career Development Program (MN-LHS) is excited to welcome a new cohort of scholars to join the program in September, 2022. The MN-LHS K12 scholar training program is one of 11 institutions funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The MN-LHS program, in conjunction with the Center for Learning Health System Sciences, trains and supports researchers to conduct patient-centered outcomes research within learning health systems. The new scholars are funded by the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.  

Elliot Arsoniadis
Assistant Professor Elliot Arsoniadis

Elliot Arsoniadis, MD, PhD
Dr. Arsoniadis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He completed medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, a general surgery residency at the University of Minnesota, and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Florida. He has also completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics from the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota. His LHS project studies ways to improve the screening and detection of premalignant HPV-associated anal lesions in high-risk populations, especially HIV+ gay men, in an effort to prevent development of anal cancer. These interests stem from a broader interest in improving the delivery of healthcare to the LGBTQ+ patient population.

Thomas Byrd
Assistant Professor Thomas Byrd

Thomas Byrd, MD, MS
Dr. Byrd is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, at the University of Minnesota. His current work focuses on clinical deterioration, wherein a patient’s condition suddenly and unexpectedly worsens while hospitalized. As an MN-LHS scholar, he aims to optimize and implement an unbiased artificial intelligence algorithm that predicts deterioration before it occurs, allowing for swift clinical intervention. Dr. Byrd attended medical school at the University of New Mexico and completed residency training in internal medicine at Northwestern University. He earned his master’s degree in Health and Biomedical Informatics from Northwestern University.

Drs. Arsoniadis and Byrd join the following MN-LHS alumni and current scholars:

  • Elisheva Danan, MD, MPH, Minneapolis VA Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research
  • Cory Schaffhausen, PhD, MS, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute
  • Bjorn Berg, PhD, University of Minnesota, Division of Health Policy & Management
  • Carolyn Bramante, MD, MPH, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Sarah McCarthy, PhD, MPH, LP, Mayo Clinic
  • Debbie Pestka, PharmD, PhD, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
  • Chris Tignanelli, MD, MS, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Pawl Mroz, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Kasey Boehmer, PhD, MPH, Mayo Clinic
  • Warren McKinney, PhD, MA, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute
  • Abbie Begnaud, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Allison Gustavson, PT, DPT, PhD, Minneapolis VA Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research

Learn more about the MN-LHS Program and stay tuned for a call for applications focused on health equity to open this fall, funded by the Center for Learning Health System Sciences

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