About Data Science & Information Technology


The School of Medicine created the role of Vice Dean for Data Science & Information Technology in response to a yearlong review assisted by an external consultant charged with defining “how IT should be aligned and organized for the research and education missions of a research-intensive academic health system.”

The Vice Dean’s responsibilities include developing and implementing quantitative science strategies as they pertain to the School’s education and laboratory, clinical science, and data science missions. The Vice Dean leads the School’s IT strategic direction and investments, working in collaboration with the vice presidents and chief information officers of Duke Health and Duke University’s Office of Information Technology.

Michael Pencina, PhDMichael Pencina, PhD, an internationally recognized expert in risk prediction model development and evaluation whose methods for quantifying improvement in model performance have been recommended by expert panels and guideline groups, was named by Dean Mary E. Klotman, MD, as Vice Dean in May 2018. Dr. Pencina has co-authored more than 300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and serves as deputy editor for statistics at JAMA-Cardiology and associate editor for Statistics in Medicine. 


Walter Kwiatek, MS, MBA


Walter Kwiatek, MS, MBA, serves as Chief Academic Information Officer for Duke Health, charged with executing IT strategy, developing innovative IT solutions, and overseeing IT operations that will empower the School’s basic, clinical, and translational research and education.