Josh Denny, M.D., M.S., FACMI is a Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency as a Tinsley Harrison Scholar at Vanderbilt. His interest in medical informatics began while in medical school with the development of a concept-based curriculum database to improve medical education. Other interests include natural language processing, accurate phenotype identification from electronic medical record data, and using the electronic medical record to discover genome-phenome associations to better understand disease and drug response, including the development of the EMR-based phenome-wide association (PheWAS).
He has been involved with the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative and currently leads the All of Us(sm) Research Program Data and Research Center. He is also PI for Vanderbilt sites in the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN), and the Implementing Genomics Into Practice (IGNITE) Network. At Vanderbilt, he is also part of the PREDICT (Pharmacogenomic Resource for Enhanced Decisions in Care and Treatment)program, which prospectively genotypes patients to tailor drug response.
Dr. Denny serves on several local committees and remains active in teaching medical students and clinical roles. He received the Homer Warner award from the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) in 2008 and 2009. He received the AMIA New Investigator Award in 2012 and was elected into the American College of Medical Informatics in 2013, He was elected into the American College of Medical Informatics in 2013, the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 and the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2018.