James Willig, M.D.

James Willig

Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Co-founder and Informatics Lead, Research and Informatics Service Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, UAB Medical School
Member, OneFlorida+ Executive Committee

James Willig, M.D., is a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he has served as the informatics director for the UAB HIV/AIDS Clinic (2005-2012), director of medical informatics for UAB Health System Information Services (2012-2015), faculty of the Informatics Institute and the co-founder and informatics lead of the Research and Informatics Service Center (RISC) at UAB (2011 to present). He is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and clinical informatics, and serves as the assistant dean of clinical education at UAB Medical School. Dr. Willig has contributed to or led the design of several software applications that facilitate data capture for research at UAB, including the HIV/AIDS Computerized Patient Record v.2 (used for chronic disease care for a clinic with over 2,000 active patients from 2006-2012); the PRO Software Platform (real-time PRO capture currently in over 10 clinical sites); ArthritisPower (platform for research and PRO at-home data capture, available in app stores with over 20,000 users); and Kaizen Education (gamification in education, over 12,000 users).  Another area of focus has been working closely with investigators to plan extraction and transformation of data from the Enterprise Data Warehouse into research-ready datasets.