Leveraging informatics and data to improve lives

Loyola University Chicago launched the Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research (CHOIR) in 2017 to educate and engage faculty, health care professionals, resident physicians, and students in the fundamentals of health outcomes research and data-driven health care delivery and outcomes.  Simply put, CHOIR strives to create a data-driven culture to improve outcomes and health equity. 

Collaboration with our academic medical center partner at Loyola University Health System and our clinical partner at Trinity Health is central to CHOIR.  In the United States, health care organizations are expected to deliver effective, high-quality care as efficiently as possible to best serve patients. Over the last decade, many health care organizations have made significant investments to implement electronic health records and also have invested in clinical trials. CHOIR brings the expertise and resources to leverage informatics and big data in health care to improve health care and health equality. 

About Us

Turning data into actionable knowledge

Health care providers face ongoing challenges to administer cost-effective, patient-centered care, prompting significant changes in the health care industry. CHOIR seeks to both educate and lead an innovative research program focused on leveraging our informatics infrastructure and large heterogeneous data sets across the Loyola University Health System, Trinity Health and other facilities within the community.  The goal?  Transform data into actionable knowledge that will improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities.

CHOIR’s work spans research and education, but also “high-impact sprint projects,” focused on the rapid testing and implementation of data-driven strategies to improve care.

Affiliated Members

Meet the faculty members from departments across the Loyola University.

Last Name
First Name
Akbilgic  Oguz Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Bobay Kathleen Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Dligach Dmitriy Computer Science 
Dong Qunfeng Stritch School of Medicine
Gupta Gopal Urology 
Joyce Cara Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Luke Amy Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Markossian Talar Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Mathews Herbert Microbiology and Immunology  
Mattix-Kramer Holly Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Mirowitz Scott Radiology
Oosterhouse Kimberly Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing 
Pappu Suguna Neurological Surgery
Putonti Catherine Microbiology and Immunology
Saban Karen Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Shea Steven Radiology
Solanki Abhishek Radiation Oncology 
Tootooni Samie Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Weaver Frances Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Wolfe Alan Microbiology and Immunology
Yoo David Ophthalmology

Funding Opportunities

Each spring, CHOIR invites all faculty to submit proposals for projects that leverage our informatics infrastructure and data analytics capabilities to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities, and to develop health outcomes and informatics expertise. Learn more. 

Proposals for both opportunities can be up to $50,000 for one year of funding starting July 1. Opportunities are open to the entire Loyola University Chicago and Loyola University Health System faculty community. Multi-disciplinary projects are strongly encouraged. Proposals for 2022 must be submitted using Loyola’s Grant Program Portal by Febuary 11, 2022, at 5 p.m. (CT)

Funded Projects

  • A High-Performance Computing Infrastructure and AI-Based COVID-19 Diagnosis Tool (PI: O. Akbilgic)
  • Urban Garden Connection responds to COVID-19 (PI: J. Kouba)
  • COVID-19 Registry for Organizing Chicagoland Area Research for Health Equity and Community Services (CRO Cares) (PI: J. Shore)
  • Catalyzing to Curb the COVID-19 Pandemic in Maywood (PI: A. Silva)

CHOIR supports research to address health inequalities and improve patient outcomes. If you believe you have a project that meets these goals. Learn more about our annual funding opportunities.

Seminar Series

CHOIR’s seminar series (which includes taped and live lectures) helps educate and engage clinical faculty, healthcare professionals, resident physicians and health sciences students in the fundamentals of health outcomes research and data-driven healthcare delivery.



Contact Us

If you would like to join our team or request funding, please contact:

Kathleen Bobay, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Kelly Quinn
CTRE 126
p: 708.216.5972

You can also request a CHOIR Appointment or learn more about CHOIR's call for proposals.