Mount Sinai Health System selects first chief data officer: 6 things to know

New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System appointed Andrew Kasarskis, PhD, executive vice president and chief data officer, a newly created role.

Six things to know:

1. Dr. Kasarskis previously served as director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has stepped down from that role.

2. He is, however, continuing to serve as a professor in the genetics and genomic sciences department at the Icahn School of Medicine.

3. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, he helped develop genome databases at Stanford (Calif.) University.

4. Dr. Kasarskis has also served in senior-level roles at Pacific Biosciences and Merck.

5. A biologist, he has 20 years of experience in overseeing research and technology development projects centered on software engineering, drug development and human and mouse genetics.

6. In his new role, Dr. Kasarskis will oversee data accessibility and sharing, open application development and digital asset transparency and use. He also will support entrepreneurial activities at the Icahn School of Medicine.

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