Clinical Informatics Fellows

2023-2025

Steven Nevers, MD (Family Medicine)

I am a clinical informatics fellow and family medicine physician, and my background includes quality improvement, bioinformatics, and computer science. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. For my undergraduate education, I pursued a degree in Bioinformatics / Computer Science from Brigham Young University and later obtained my M.D. from the University of Utah. Afterward, I completed my Family Medicine residency at HCA Houston Healthcare West/University of Houston in Houston, Texas. Throughout my residency training, I held various roles. I served as chief resident, University of Houston College of Medicine Accreditation Task Force member, and participant on the Council on Medical Practice for the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. Clinical informatics intrigues me because it integrates systems thinking, technology, quality improvement, and leadership. My professional interests include electronic care pathways, decision support, EHR implementation, interoperability, physician efficiency/documentation optimization, and clinical workflow analysis. Outside work, I enjoy hiking, audiobooks, and spending time with my wife and daughter.

Luke Lauridsen, MD (Pathology)

I grew up in Northwest Indiana. I attended Indiana University for undergrad (Go Hoosiers!) and medical school. I completed anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Chicago. I completed the Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine fellowship here at UIC in 2023. My interest in clinical informatics grew throughout my training and was cemented during fellowship. Im particularly interested in laboratory utilization and clinical decision making.

Awais Farooq, MD (Internal Medicine)

I am originally from Northern Virginia, near DC. I went to James Madison university for undergraduate and obtained a degree in biology. From there I then went to American University of Barbados to obtain my medical degree. Before starting residency, I had the opportunity to work at Walter Reeds informatics department as a clinical chart analyst as well as a clinical data scientist. I then began my internal medicine residency in Dothan AL at Southeast Health and was honored to serve as a 3rd year Chief. I knew from my experiences during undergrad in statistics as well as my time at Walter Reed that informatics was the route I wanted to go into as it has transformative power in healthcare. I hope to utilize new technological applications, including further study into artificial intelligence to help contribute to the improvement of healthcare delivery. Additionally, as physicians, we owe it to ourselves to make our daytoday tools work for us in order to achieve better outcomes for all.

2022-2024

Aaron Chaise, MD (Family Medicine)

I am a Family Medicine physician who is originally from New Jersey. I attended Rutgers University for undergraduate and St. George’s University for medical school. I completed my residency at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, New York. I developed an interest in Clinical Informatics during my training by using multiple EMRs including an EMRS transition from QuadraMed to Epic. During fellowship I want to continue to learn to use technology and healthcare data to improve patient care and EMR usability.