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Ahmad P. Tafti is an assistant professor of Health Informatics in the Department of Health Information Management, where he is also leading the Pitt HexAI Research Laboratory. Starting in August 2022, he serves our community as the Vice Chair of IEEE Computer Society at Pittsburgh. Tafti has a deep passion for AI-Powered health care informatics and health data science with better patient diagnosis, prognosis and treatment using large-scale multiple clinical data sources and advanced computational algorithms. His main research interest spans Explainable AI and Machine Learning from the technical perspectives, and Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders from the clinical perspective.   

Tafti earned his PhD in computer science from University of Wisconsin and since then, he has been on a quest to explore and solve problems that are worth it and make the most positive impact on people’s lives. He has been successfully leveraging his background in descriptive and predictive machine learning modeling, medical image analysis, and big data analytics to find solutions to a diverse range of problems in healthcare informatics.   

Tafti is the 2021 SiiM Imaging Informatics Innovator awardee, Mayo Clinic Benefactor funded CDAs Orthopedics Career Development awardee, Mayo Clinic Transform the Practice awardee, an NVIDIA GPU awardee, and GE Healthcare Honorable Mention awardee. To date, he has authored 45+ peer-reviewed publications, organizing numerous workshops on intelligent health systems and he has served on the program committee of 15+ conferences, symposiums, and journals in AI and health data science. 


Department of Health Information Management


Health Informatics (MS)