François Modave, Ph.D., joined us on Aug. 1 as a professor in artificial intelligence (AI).
Dr. Modave received a Ph.D. in computer science from the ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France. For the first half of his career, he focused on artificial intelligence and mathematical methods of decision theory and game theory. He was eager to apply these methods to clinical questions and transitioned from computer science to biomedical informatics when he joined the Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Family and Community Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso in 2010.
He first joined the University of Florida in 2015, before becoming director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research and the founding chair of the Department of Health Informatics and Data Science at Loyola University in Chicago.
Dr. Modave returned to UF in 2019 as director of AI and decision-making and associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics. For family reasons, he then relocated to El Paso, where he joined the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science at UT Health as a professor.
He is now returning to UF to continue his AI work. Along with Drs. Patrick Tighe and Chris Giordano, Dr. Modave developed an AI course for clinicians that began in May 2022. Dr. Modave is currently one of three mPIs for an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded R01 focused on telehealth and disease control. His work has been funded by the NCI, NCATS, NSF, DoD, and industry (Boeing, NASA).
Welcome, Dr. Modave!