Thomas Caruso

Health Information Liaison Research Associate, UNC School of Information and Library Science and RTI Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology

Thomas Caruso, an expert in health informatics, is the health information liaison research associate at the UNC School of Information and Library Science and the RTI Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology. His responsibilities include developing research programs between the school and RTI International, pursuing collaborative grant and contract opportunities in health informatics and creating and facilitating an internship program for the health informatics professional master’s degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

He has an extensive background in biomedical informatics, health information management and technology. He comes to North Carolina from T.P. Caruso and Associates, LLP where he built partnerships for government contractors in the Federal health technology sector, founded Quantal Semantics, Inc. to develop a universal [health information] exchange language called QuantalUEL and created the Biomedical Informatics Think Tank, an organization of experts at major academic medical institutions who have been working in the fields of health information management, clinical informatics, public health informatics, clinical research informatics, bioinformatics, data mining, health informatics technology training and high performance computing for the last 30 years. Caruso worked as a project manager at the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Information Technology and built partnerships for 12 years at Virginia Tech University. He received his PhD in pharmacology from the University of Minnesota, his MBA from Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry/biology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is certified as a program management professional. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, Health Information and Management Systems Society, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the International Society for Computational Biology.