Shireen Thomas is the staff associate to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at UPMC. In her role, Shireen is responsible for managing all aspects of the Office of the CIO in the planning, organization, and execution of strategic technology initiatives for UPMC’s Information Technology (IT) division, which employs 2,000+ IT professionals. Shireen has experience with collaborating and building partnerships with all levels of staff, executive management, and customers to facilitate strategies and operational plans for all technology programs. Shireen is also one of the founding leaders of UPMC’s Women in IT initiative, which aims to inspire, empower, and promote female technology career paths at UPMC and in the community.
Shireen recently began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Health Information Management. She teaches the Intro to Health Information Technologies and Emerging Technologies within the undergraduate curriculum.
Shireen began her career in the inaugural class of UPMC’s Information Technology Rotational (ITR) Program (formally known as the ISDR Program), which is a full-time, accelerated leadership development program where participants rotate through four unique UPMC IT areas over two years to develop a holistic perspective of healthcare technology. Shireen currently leads the management of the ITR Program and IT Summer Associate Internship Program as one of the Program Sponsors.
Outside of work, Shireen volunteers her time as a mentor for the Pennsylvania Women Work 3 Cups of Coffee Program. Shireen is also the former Secretary of the Western Pennsylvania Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Board. Shireen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Systems and Management from the University of Pittsburgh with an earned Registered Health Information Management Administrator (RHIA) credential. Shireen also has achieved the following professional certifications: Business Relationship Management Professional, Lean IT Foundation, and ITIL Service Management Foundation, and Certified Technology Business Management Executive. Shireen recently completed the certificate of Leadership and Organizational Change from Robert Morris University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University.