Ida Sim, PhD, MD


General Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine UCSF Health

Ida Sim, MD, PhD is a primary care physician, informatics researcher, and entrepreneur. She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she co-directs Informatics and Research Innovation at UCSF's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and is Director of Digital Health for the Division of General Internal Medicine. Her current research focuses on the use of mobile apps and sensors to improve health and manage disease for populations and individuals, and to make clinical research faster and less expensive. She is a co-founder of Open mHealth, a non-profit organization that is breaking down barriers to mobile health app and data integration through an open software architecture. Open mHealth is an official working group of the IEEE Standards Association and is on track to becoming a global IEEE standard.

Dr. Sim is also an international leader in clinical trial data sharing. In 2005, Dr. Sim was the founding Project Coordinator of the World Health Organization's International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, where she led the establishment of the first global policy on clinical trial registration and defined the common 20-item Trial Registration Data Set that all registers worldwide adhere to. She served on the Institute of Medicine's committee on Strategies of Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data and is a Co-founder of Vivli, the world's largest data sharing platform for participant-level clinical trial data.

Dr. Sim has served on multiple advisory committees on health information infrastructure for clinical care and research, including committees of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. She is a recipient of the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

PhD, 1997 - Medical Informatics, Stanford University
M.D., 1990 - , Stanford University
Honors and Awards
  • Elected Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation, 2010
  • Elected Fellow, American College of Medial Informatics, 2007
  • Leadership Award, American Medical Informatics Association, 2005
  • United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, White House Office of Science Technology and Policy, 2000
  1. Moving Data Sharing Forward: The Launch of the Vivli Platform.
  2. Patient Perceptions of their Own Data in a Study of Mobile Health Technology-Enabled N-of-1 Trials for Chronic Pain (Preprint).
  3. Study Protocol Representation.
  4. Information Technology research challenges for healthcare: from discovery to delivery.
  5. Synchronized tag clouds for exploring semi-structured clinical trial data.
  6. S12 Standardized computer-based reporting of clinical trials: In support of meta-analysis.