IU School of Dentistry appoints director to lead new dental informatics group

Dr. Thankam Thyvalikakath
Dr. Thankam Thyvalikakath

Former University of Pittsburgh faculty member Thankam Thyvalikakath has been appointed to the Indiana University faculty to develop and lead a dental informatics core group initiative for the School of Dentistry.

As core director, she will focus on creating and maintaining a program that is designed to pursue missions associated with research, teaching, information technology service and clinical care. The core’s primary objective is to enhance patient care through improved data capture and documentation and phenotyping of electronic health records data.

“Dr. Thyvalikakath’s extensive training both in dentistry and biomedical informatics makes her an ideal candidate to lead the dental school’s new core, which will strive to develop collaborative research relationships with the school’s existing research programs as well as other informatics-related efforts on campus,” Dean John Williams said.

A full report on Dr. Thyvalikakath's appointment is available in this Sept. 6, 2013 IU Communications news release.

Sept. 6, 2013