Dr. Julia Adler-Milstein

Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD 
Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research. Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Anjali Garg

Anjali Garg, MS 
Assistant Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research


Wendi Zhao, MHI 
Data Analyst

Julia's BIO

Dr. Adler-Milstein is the nation’s top researcher in health IT policy, with a specific focus on electronic health records and interoperability. She has examined policies and organizational strategies that enable effective use of electronic health records and promote interoperability. Her research – used by researchers, health systems, and policymakers – identifies obstacles to progress and ways to overcome them. She has published over 60 influential papers, testified before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, been named one of the top 10 influential women in health IT, and won numerous awards, including the New Investigator Award from the American Medical Informatics Association and the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth.

Dr. Adler-Milstein has served on an array of influential committees and boards, including the NHS National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology, the Health Care Advisory Board for Politico, the Interoperability Committee of the National Quality Forum, and the Digital Learning Collaborative of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM, formerly the Institute of Medicine). As part of the NAM Vital Directions initiative, she was co-author of a paper on Patients, families, and communities: The democratization of health care.

Dr. Adler-Milstein holds a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard and spent the past six years on the faculty at University of Michigan prior to joining UCSF as an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and the inaugural director of CLIIR.


Anjali's BIO

Anjali Garg is an Assistant Director for the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research. Prior to joining CLIIR, Anjali worked as a Health Policy Analyst for an environmental health center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City where she co-authored several research and policy papers on environmental toxins and social risk factors affecting children’s health and development. Most recently, Anjali worked as an internal consultant at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco in clinical operations. Her consulting and analytic support to the surgical departments ensured better access, improved patient care experience, and more efficient scheduling and clinical workflows. In addition, Anjali’s work with the Department of Oncology led to a prestigious national accreditation of the medical center’s patient-centered, comprehensive cancer care program by the Commission on Cancer (CoC). Her 15+ years of experience in healthcare includes environmental health research, clinical trial implementation and compliance, clinical data analysis, program implementation and consulting.

Anjali holds a Masters of Science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also certified as a Process Improvement Advisor using the Six Sigma and Lean process improvement methods.

Wendi's BIO

Wendi Zhao serves as Data Analyst for the Center of Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR) and Division of Hospital Medicine Data Core. Wendi received her MHI in Health Informatics from University of Minnesota, and received her MD and completed residency in Internal Medicine in China. Her interest is using clinical and patient data to improve healthcare. In her spare time, Wendi enjoys scuba diving in different places while exploring local food and culture.

Crissy Thao

Crishyashi Thao, MPH 
Project Manager

Mike Wang

Michael Wang, MD 
Clinical Informaticist

Robert Thombley

Robert Thombley 
Lead Data Architect


Crishyashi's BIO

Crishyashi Thao is the Project Manager for the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR). Prior to joining CLIIR, she supported the implementation and management of study activities for the HIV PrEP demonstration project at SFDPH and assisted with efforts to improve STD screening in young women in the SF health network. Crishyashi received both her MPH and BA from the University of California, Berkeley.


Michael's BIO

Michael Wang is a Hospitalist and Clinical Informaticist working with the Center of Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR).  He was one of the first Clinical Informatics fellows to graduate from UCSF's new program this past July and was one of the founding board members for ACIF, the national society for Clinical Informatics fellows. His research interests include clinical applications of machine learning, social determinants of health, and optimization of how physicians interact with the EHR. A Southern California native, his hobbies include tennis, golf, and snowboarding.  He is always happy to talk about how EHR data can be used in research, the current inefficiencies of EHRs for physician workflow, and which local mountains are best for snowboarding. 

Robert's BIO

Robert Thombley is the Lead Data Architect for the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR). He brings a strong foundation in health care data science and Epic reporting. In his previous role he worked with medical claims, surveys and the UCSF EHR to build research datasets that modeled everything from cardiac patient decision making to drug pricing dynamics and geographic variation in breast cancer testing. In addition, he has worked extensively to build and test algorithms for constructing claims-based, pediatric quality measures. Robert has nearly 2 decades of programming experience and a diverse professional background including time spent as a high school math teacher, a freelance web developer and as a sea going oceanographer. An avid outdoorsman and construction enthusiast, Robert is often backpacking, surfing or building something in the backyard in his spare time.