James E Tcheng, MD is Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Appointments, Promotion & Tenure, and Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Duke University School of Medicine. He has clinical responsibilities as an interventional cardiologist. His research interests include the study of antithrombotic therapies in cardiovascular disease and biomedical informatics and information technologies. His applied clinical research focuses on the evaluation of technologies in the clinical arena. His area of expertise is an outgrowth of his clinical research. It includes use of the new antiplatelet therapeutics in the treatment of coronary artery disease; treatment of unstable angina and acute myocardial infarction; quality assurance and quality improvement; application of informatics and information technology to the delivery of care; and the application of excimer laser coronary angioplasty in the treatment of coronary artery disease.