Ziad Obermeyer

Ziad Obermeyer

Ziad Obermeyer works at the intersection of machine learning and health. His research has helped doctors make better decisions and reduce racial bias in healthcare systems.

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Ziad Obermeyer's Biography

Ziad Obermeyer is Associate Professor and Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley.

His primary research focuses on harnessing the power of machine learning to assist healthcare professionals in making more informed decisions, such as determining who should be tested for heart attacks. His work also enables researchers to uncover new insights by adopting an algorithmic perspective. This allows them to identify otherwise unnoticed causes of pain or link individual body temperature set points to health outcomes.

Obermeyer gained international recognition for shedding light on the significant issue of racial bias in widely used healthcare algorithms. His efforts left a substantial mark on the healthcare system and positively impacted millions of patients. His groundbreaking research on algorithmic bias is also frequently referenced in public discussions about artificial intelligence and played a crucial role in shaping federal and state regulatory guidelines and how AI should be held accountable.

In 2021, Obermeyer co-founded Nightingale Open Science, a non-profit organisation that facilitates access to extensive medical imaging datasets for research purposes, and Dandelion Health, a data platform designed to foster innovation in the field of AI.

He serves as a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator and is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Ziad Obermeyer was recently acknowledged by TIME magazine as the 100 most influential people in the field of AI. He is also recognised as an emerging leader by the National Academy of Medicine. Obermeyer’s research papers have been published in various prestigious journals, including ICML, JAMA, Nature Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Science.

Prior to his current roles, Ziad Obermeyer worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and served as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. In addition to his research and academic responsibilities, he continues to practice emergency medicine in underserved communities.


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